[By Leslie Jane]
Celebrities in magazines often sport shiny, voluminous locks that just seem to defy gravity. Before you lament at your own lacklustre follicles, you should know that shiny hair is not born but bred. There are simple steps that you can take to give your hair that enviable sheen and picture-perfect fullness.
If you share my va-va-voom motto, you will agree that “Bigger is better.”
Pre-Party: For sexy, “modern” volume, follow this supermodel-tested-and-approved prescription: After applying a volumizing spray, blow-dry hair using a round brush, pulling hair upward from the root. While hair is still warm, wrap sections around large Velcro curlers and allow it to cool. Remove rollers, tease around the root for added height, and comb through with your fingers to create a soft finish. Refresh as needed with a dry shampoo such as Tresemmé Fresh Start. For added oomph, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove weighty product buildup.
Long Term: To prevent hair fall, avoid tying your hair too tightly. Use a scalp and follicle restorer such as Sloane Inc’s Hair Recovery (available at www.sloaneshop.com ) to maximise hair volume and revitalise ailing hair health.
If the long straight look is for you, you’ll probably want smooth looking locks.
Pre-Party: For frizz-free strands, work a small amount of Moisturizing Cream into towel-dried hair to calm unruly strands before blow-drying with a large round brush, making sure to point the dryer nozzle downward (moving the dryer in all directions lifts the hair cuticle and causes frizz). Soften ends with a moisturizing oil like Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil and finish with an anti-humidity hairspray such as Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine.
Long Term: If you want smooth looking hair, you may want to cut down on bleaching your hair. Peroxide in hair colours can dry up the follicles and cause them to look frizzy. Choose natural peroxide hair colours instead.
I don’t know any woman who doesn’t covet shiny hair. Even dogs and horses look better with a shiny coat.
Pre-Party: To get mega-gloss, start with a vitamin- and protein-rich shampoo and conditioner (try the Pantene Restore Beautiful Length Shine Enhance duo), running a comb through hair to coat each strand. After towel drying, apply a leave-in conditioner (we like Davines Glorifying spray) to protect against heat damage. Blow-dry, again positioning the nozzle down. Finish with a blast of cold air, then a glossy mist such as Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray. For a weekly boost, try an at-home gloss treatment such as Frédéric Fekkai Salon Glaze.
Long term: Healthy hair = Shiny Hair. Try taking biotin capsules to improve your hair health. This vitamin produces keratin that prevents hair loss and hair graying. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.