When shopping for your haircare, search the label for an ingredient called hydrolyzed keratin. This is the best ingredient for achieving shiny hair. Keratin is vital for restoring strength in damaged hair and hydrolyzed means it’s in a smaller liquid form so it can penetrate and work on the interior of the hair.
Water with heavy metals or minerals can dry out your hair and cause dullness. If the area you live in has hard water try adding a little bit of baking soda to your clarifying shampoo once a week. Baking soda increases the level of surfactants, giving you a little bit more scrub. It’ll also open the cuticle a little more, helping to remove more buildup. If you have colour-treated hair, this should happen once every other week; another solution is to purchase a filter for your shower head.
If you’re currently using a cotton pillowcase, that very well might be the cause of your frizzy or tangled hair. Cotton absorbs all the moisture from your hair, while a silk pillowcase maintains the oils necessary for nourished shiny hair.
Use a T-shirt
The number one key to having smooth hair is no friction. When someone’s hair gets super tangly, it’s usually because the cuticle is open. The tighter the cuticle, the more resistant it is to opening, and the smoother the hair is overall. So, switch out your towel for a smoother cotton T-shirt. And instead of rubbing your head, wrap the ends in the shirt and squeeze all the water out, working it down to the ends.
Know When To Comb & When To Brush
If you’re raking through wet hair with a paddle brush, that detangling noise that you’re used to hearing is actually the sound of your hair ripping. Instead of smoothing the cuticle, this action is causing damage to the outside layer. A gentler way to detangle hair is by using a comb when it’s wet, and only using a brush when your hair is dry. Work through the knots and tangles by starting at the ends before moving to the middle and roots, rather than working from roots to ends, which could worsen the problem.