CONTRIBUTED BY Varsha Nautiyal

In an interview: celebrity hair stylist Aaron Carlo about how to get celebrity-worthy glossy locks at home, and he said it’s all about condition, blow-dries and shine spray.

“Looking after the condition of your hair is the top priority, invest in a good masque and leave on hair for 15 minutes twice a week to keep the moisture levels up,” Aaron tells us.

“Your blow-drying technique really matters. Get a great oil and apply to mid lengths and ends before blow-drying hair, with a nozzle on and always pointing down the hair to smooth down the cuticle which helps reflect the light.

“When finished, gently mist a lightweight shine spray over the hair, make sure you hold it away from your hair while applying though, you don’t want to overload the hair and have shine turn into grease.”

The shinier the hair, the brighter the YOU shine. Prepare for some serious hair envy as we bring you with the glossiest hair secrets.

 

1. Use the Right Shampoo
Routine Shampoos and conditioners have their appeal (who doesn’t want to rid hair of gunky buildup?). But if high gloss is your goal, here is what you have to do. Contrary to popular belief, frequent shampooing (even daily) won’t rob hair of nurturing natural oils that enhance shine. They strip away too many natural oils and leave the hair lackluster. Instead choose sulfate-free, moisturizing formulas made with strand-fortifying proteins and nourishing oils. “Sulfates” are effective detergents that instantly lather up a lot—and Indians love their bubbles. But sulfates are also the kind of detergents with which you wash your dishes or your car. They might foam up on command, but they are also harsh and drying. Not good for hair health or shine. 

 

 

2. Cool it to Get Glossy
Heat splinters the cuticle, resulting in an uneven, unbrilliant surface. So finish with a cool rinse in the shower—Even just five-ten seconds is fine and a cool shot during a blow-out. 

 


3. Add a Deep-conditioning Treatment
Give shine a head start with a weekly or monthly hair mask. Kérastase Chroma Captive Shine Intensifying Masque (amazon.in) also saves your dye job. 

 

 

4. Consider a Gloss
These colorless shine boosters act like a gleaming topcoat for hair. In-shower versions, like Oscar Blandi Pronto Instant Gossing Creeme (amazon.in), shine last up to a week.

Few ingredients add more shine than this glossy polymer, but it can weigh hair down if it’s not used correctly. For thin hair, pick a spray formula, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease 100% Shine mist (amazon.in), and gently mist onto damp hair from mid-shaft down. For thick hair, work a pea-size drop between palms and distribute evenly through damp hair. If your hair is coarse or kinky, add a bit more product to ends once hair is dry, or try a heavier natural oil. 

 


5. Brush Naturally
Aggressive tugs with nylon bristles can actually increase breakage. Instead, use natural bristles-they distribute the oils in hair, making it glossier. 

 


If Your Hair Is Damaged

Improving its condition is the only way to make it look shinier.
When hair is damp, apply leave-in conditioner to damaged areas.
Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use once a week. Apply drops of frizz-taming serum to dry hair.
Try: Intensive Conditioning Balm
Tip: Add a spritz of hairspray to your brush before running it through your hair to control static and hold the style.

 

If Your Hair Is Straight
Good for you. Straight hair has great natural shine, because its flat cuticle is highly light-reflective. To get maximum shine, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds. This helps seal in conditioner, making hair easier to style and adds a ton of shine. Blow-dry while brushing with a natural boar-bristle paddle brush. Apply a bit of light finishing serum to frizzy areas (like ends). Finish with shine-enhancing hairspray.
Try: Brilliant Hair Spray


If Your Hair Is Curly

Curly hair tends to have more shine-reducing short pieces and split ends. This becomes really noticeable when it’s blown straight.
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and a straightening gel. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb.
As you blow-dry, wrap 2″ sections around a round brush to straighten.
Apply a finishing cream from 1″ below the roots to the ends.


To Get Super-glossy Curls

After conditioning hair, don’t rinse completely — leave a little in. Apply a gel to damp hair and twist sections around your fingers. Let hair dry naturally.
Try: Pure Cream Shampoo
Tip: Glossing sprays are great for boosting shine midday.


DO’s:
Do use heat-activated shampoos, conditioners and styling products like those from ThermaSilk, Vidal Sassoon and Neutrogena. Their moisturizers are released by the heat of your hairdryer.
Do treat yourself to a weekly deep-conditioning treatment or hair mask like Joico K-Pak.
Do use your fingers to separate your curls once your hair is dry, if it is curly. A brush will cause your hair to frizz.
Do try a shine-enhancing hair-color product like Revlon Super Lustrous

 

DON’TS:
Don’t apply finishing products too close to your scalp — your hair will look greasy.
Don’t weigh down fine hair with a heavy serum formulated only for very thick hair.
Don’t apply a ton of product before using a straightening iron. A sticky gel not designed to protect the hair can actually “cook” it.
Don’t use a plastic vent brush to de-tangle wet hair. It stretches and eventually snaps the hair. Use it to brush as you blow-dry, to give your hair a sleeker look.

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