Home Remedies for Shiny Hair
We all want our hair to look glossy and beautiful, but we don’t want to put all kinds of weird laboratory chemicals in it! Here are some ways to make your hair shinier, naturally:
Our Number One Tip
Unless you’re a professional, don’t blow dry your hair. Try to comb it as little as possible. Heat and friction are the biggest enemies of shiny hair, so let it air dry and finger-comb it instead of using tools whenever you can. When you’re rinsing, use cool water to close the hair cuticles.
Rosemary Tea Rinse
Make a strong tea with eight teabags, four cups of water, and several sprigs of rosemary. Bring this to a boil and allow it to cool, then strain it into bottles. Moisten your hair with the rosemary tea rinse and wash it out with cool water after shampooing and conditioning. The rinse adds body and shine, along with a gentle herbal fragrance.
Flat beer also makes a surprisingly good hair rinse! The alcohol gently cleans away product residues that shampoo can leave behind, while the malt and hops nourish and shine your hair. Wash it out well with cool water and let it air-dry to give the scent some time to dissipate, or mix it with your rosemary tea rinse.
Puree a ripe avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Work the mixture through your hair, let it rest for three minutes, and rinse out. This masque restores the pH of your hair to a more natural level while softening it with rich avocado oil, one of nature’s most beneficial fats.
Lavender Rosemary Spritz
Boil 1/4 cup of fresh chopped rosemary leaves and 2 teaspoons lavender flowers (check your supermarket baking aisle or health food store) for 5 minutes. Leave to cool, then strain and keep this in a spray bottle in your refrigerator. Use it whenever you need to add shine, soothe your scalp, or refresh your skin.
Citrus Olive Hot Oil Treatment
Start the night before. Shred a handful of sage leaves and the zest of one orange. Heat them in 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil until they start to bubble, then cool overnight. The next day, warm the oil to the temperature of a hot bath, about 90°F. Strain it into a squeeze bottle or a little pitcher with a spout, and gently work it into your hair. Wash out after 3 minutes.
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