Home Remedies For Shiny Hair

by Sam Malone

Lustrous hair is not only a sign of good health, but it also makes a woman more look more attractive. Dull, lifeless hair that has gone frizzy can be extremely difficult to manage and often you might just want to tie it all up in a bun. If you run to the salon, harrowed and frustrated, the stylist will make matters worse by telling you how badly damaged your hair is. At the salon you'd be lured by the stylist's fancy recommendations and treatment suggestions, and eventually you will end up spending a whole lot of money on hair treatment. However, taking care of hair is really not that difficult nor is it expensive. In this article, we will tell you how to get shiny hair at home. Read up about shiny hair treatment and tips for silky shiny hair.

Hair is no different from skin, and just like how skin needs to be moisturized to look healthy, so does hair. The outer layer of hair is called the cuticle and is built very similar to the scales of a fish. When moisturized well, these scales lie on each other, giving you soft and shiny hair. When dry, the scales fray out, giving your hair a dull, lifeless appearance. In severe cases, this even results in a sort of frizz.

Generally, most saloons follow one basic principle. They clean out hair and then apply moisturizing agents fortified with various substances that will benefit the hair. Together these are called conditioning agents or conditioners.

Getting shiny hair by yourself is not very difficult and very often requires just as much time and effort and much less money than if you went to a saloon. Below are a few things you can do to get shiny and smooth hair at home.

Tips for Silky and Shiny Hair

  • Reduce the Use of Hair Dryers: Even mild heat damages hair, and overuse of the hair dryer will dehydrate it, leaving it looking dry and lifeless. If you want to use the hair dryer, make sure that you switch over to normal air from hot air when the hair is almost dry. That way you will not be drying it out too much nor will the hair get over heated.
  • Moisturize Hair: Oil-based moisturizers are the best for hair because not only do they rehydrate it, they also give it that shine that you want. One of the best natural remedies is using coconut oil and avocado oil on hair. Leave it on for as long as possible before washing off with a regular shampoo. Make sure you do not dry your hair too much after that.

Home Remedies

  • Egg Whites: A good home remedy for shiny hair is the use of eggs. Eggs have been used since time immemorial on hair, and mixing a few egg whites with olive oil and lukewarm water and applying this mixture on the hair is one of the best things you can do. Let this sit for 10 minutes before washing off and see the difference.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise is also believed to be very good for hair and can be used either alone or mixed with a little avocado oil. The amount of benefit derived is in direct proportion to how long you leave it on. Applying it, wrapping your hair in a towel, and going to sleep at night will show wonders in a matter of days.
  • Vinegar and Lime: Lime juice and apple cider vinegar is an age old &'hair shiner&'. Applying a little apple cider vinegar mixed with a few drops of lime juice on the scalp is known to impart a shine to hair. However, do not go out into the sun without washing the lime out completely as it may lighten your hair color.
  • Aloe Vera and Honey: If you are interested in spending some money get natural aloe vera and honey. Not only are honey and aloe vera good moisturizers, they also coat your hair and form a protective layer.
  • Coffee: The coffee grounds that we get after making coffee (not the instant variety) need not be thrown away. Simply make a paste of it and apply it on the hair. Leave this on for 30 minutes, after which wash it off with plain water. Not only does this give your hair a shine, it also darkens the color of your hair. This mixture is very good for dark haired people.

Having shiny glossy hair is not very difficult as long as you follow a sensible approach. Avoid chemical-based products and follow in simple hair care routine to improve the quality of your hair. Additionally, eating right and exercising will give your hair the required nourishment from within.

  1. Jude C Williams, Jude Todd, Jude&'s Herbal Home Remedies: Natural Health, Beauty & Home Care Secrets, Llewellyn Worldwide, 08-Sep-2002.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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