You know those biatches whose shiny hair is so damn shiny you can see your own frizzed-out follicles—and resulting shame—in its reflection?
They're officially our frenemies. Olivia Palermo? Shiny-haired biatch. And don’t even get me started on he-of-the-beautiful-mane Jared Leto; he’s the biggest biatch of all.
Sure, sure. Maybe they were born with it (insert scoff and eye-roll here), or maybe they actually made a trade with the tress devil, so must spend Saturday nights burning strands of hair inside a pentagram—made from expensive hair products, of course—to secure the gloss for the week to come. It’s the only plausible explanation, right? And yes, we’re green-eyed to the max.
It’s a nice (jealousy-motivated) picture but Wendy, owner of Brisbane hairdressing salon Ink for Hair, assures us that the dark arts aren’t involved at all, and actually, you are in control of your own hair destiny so stop making up crazy stories and read on.
Here are the 8 things gals (and guys) with shiny hair always do.
1. They always brush their scalp before shampooing.
As a curly-haired individual, the brush is certainly not my friend when it comes to keeping down frizz. The one time that I can brush my little heart out though? During my pre-shower and hair wash that’s my jam. “Your scalp is skin, so exfoliating once a week will help to detoxify and purify your scalp, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth,” says Wendy. Makes sense!
2. They use shampoo and conditioner (crazy).
‘No ‘poo’ is a recent movement that saw women shunning the lather in favour of, well, nothing. Or apple cider vinegar. Or apple cider vinegar and bi-carb soda. Or [insert crazy Pinterest-derived concoction here]. At the end of the day, Wendy says that it’s a myth and not shampooing your hair doesn’t promote healthy hair —you’re better off using a good shampoo with good ingredients. “It would be like not washing your body [gross]! If the products are good, they’ll only be enhancing the health of the hair, not damaging it. Don’t forget the scalp is skin too!”
3. They always shampoo their hair, twice.
In the words of eminent philosopher, Billy Madison: ‘Shampoo is better! I go on first and clean the hair! Conditioner is better! I make the hair silky and smooth!’ Wendy says one shouldn’t be used without the other but shampooing twice is really important because “the first wash is to clean the hair, and the second is to treat”.
4. They use a weekly repairing masque.
The Ink for Hair crew are huge fans of the whole Kerastase Chronologiste range but when it comes to the La Crème De Régénération masque, it’s true love. “It’s been developed in a similar way to how skincare products are created, and is great for nourishment and renewal,” says Wendy.
5. They use products that are water-soluble (i.e. not going to build up in your hair).
How do you know if they are? Wendy advises spritzing your hair spray into a glass of water. If it’s still cloudy after 5 minutes, it is not the product you’re looking for.
6. They get regular haircuts.
Even if it’s just a trim. There aren’t many good reasons to go six months without a haircut—get your life together!
7. They go easy on the heating tools.
Particularly for curly hair, which is naturally drier, but giving your hair a break from the blow dry applies to all hair types.
“Letting your hair dry naturally reduces damage caused by heating tools, and if you are curly haired, using products specifically designed for curly hair help to define the curl, keeping if shiny and healthy.”
8. They listen to their hairdresser.
Your hairdresser doesn’t talk just because she likes the sound of her own voice, they know their sh*t so heed what they are saying. “Your home hair-care regime recommended by your stylist is very important for keeping your hair healthy, and shiny between salon visits,” says Wendy.
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