Shiny hair is beautiful. It’s youthful, it’s eye-catching, and it’s memorable—basically, everything you want from wedding hair! So how can you make sure that your hair is ultrashiny before your big day? Hairstylist Dyana Nematalla gives us the 411 with some easy tips to get the shiny hair you’ve always wanted.
Eating foods that are rich in essential fatty acids makes your hair shinier, so increase your intake of salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseed, and avocado.
Shampooing every day makes hair dry, so start to skip days in between washings. Also, Nematalla suggests brushing your hair from the roots to the ends before you shower to distribute the natural oils throughout your hair for natural conditioning and therefore shine.
Healthy hair is shiny hair, so Nematalla suggests several different types of conditioning treatments. “Put coconut oil on the ends of your hair, brush it through, and let it sit for 30 minutes,” she begins. “Then give it a good shampoo. You can mix in a capful of vinegar with the shampoo to enhance the shine even more. Finish the process off with a deep-conditioning mask. My favorite right now is Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. Comb the mask through in the shower for the best final result.”
Frizzy hair is not shiny hair, so Nematalla says to fight frizz by using a microfiber towel after you wash your hair and sleeping on a silk pillowcase versus cotton. If you pull your hair back while you sleep, use a soft scrunchie, not an elastic band.
“At the end of your shower, rinse your hair with cold water, which closes the cuticle and gives your hair some extra shine,” says Nematalla. “Rinsing your hair with vinegar can also add tons of additional shine.” Another change in the shower that goes a long way? Using a water filter. “I swear by the T3 Source In-Line filter,” says Nematalla. The filter eliminates chlorine and other pollutants in your water and makes your hair shinier, less frizzy, and easier to comb. “You will notice a difference instantly,” says Nematalla.
“I always tell my clients to go to their salon and get a gloss the week of their wedding,” says Nematalla. “It not only gives your hair tremendous shine, it also gives you a boost in body and volume.” Even if you don’t color your hair, you can get a clear gloss for an instant shine boost.