While I love the look of second-day hair, there is something so satisfying about running your fingers through super-silky locks. Be it the tangle-free feel or the way it glistens mid-flip, I just can’t get enough of shiny hair. Unfortunately, due to my frequent use of heating tools, my hair tends to read more lackluster than glossy, or at least it did before I found these shiny-hair DIYs.
On my quest for shiny tresses, I’ll admit I fell prey to a hair myth or two (a cold-water rinse will only make you cold), but that didn’t deter me from my goal: glossy locks à la Gwyneth Paltrow. While I have yet to reach Goop status, I did find a slew of hacks that turned my dehydrated strands into glistening tresses. From olive oil scalp treatments to shine serums made with products you likely have in your kitchen, I’ve compiled the best do-it-yourself shine treatments that rival the salon.
If you are a fan of glossy tresses like I am, then keep reading for my favorite DIY treatments for shiny hair.
Being that olive oil is an emollient, it penetrates the hair shaft better than most oils, thus creating shiny-looking locks after just one treatment. To perform an olive oil scalp treatment, pour one to two tablespoons of olive oil on damp hair, massage thoroughly, let sit for one to two hours (depending on your level of damage), and rinse out to reveal super-soft strands.
Mayonnaise may not sound like the most appealing hair mask, but when I heard Blake Lively used it as a means to preserve her shiny tresses, I had to give it a try. Before shampooing your hair, apply a healthy dose of mayonnaise to your ends; this protects your strands from soap and hard water, ensuring hydrated shiny locks.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that moisturizes both the scalp and hair, making it a great at-home hair treatment for added shine. Simply apply coconut oil from your roots to ends, combing through the hair so the oil is equally dispersed. After the coconut oil has rested for your desired time (one hour or overnight, if you want major shine), rinse and repeat till all the oil is gone.
This might be the messiest DIY in the list, but according to one Byrdie editor, it is a monthly must. Being that they are a great source of protein and fatty acids, eggs repair dry, damaged hair and create strong, shiny locks. Since they can also be a bit runny, it is important to combine them with a creamy base. Our editor recommends beating one or two eggs (depending on hair length) and combining them with your everyday conditioner. Apply, let sit for 30 minutes, rinse, and enjoy smooth, healthy tresses.
While not as instantaneous as other shiny-hair DIYs, regularly rinsing your hair with bottled mineral water can deliver soft strands. Shampoo and condition as usual, rinse with bottled water, and voilà! Silky-smooth tresses.
Want more shiny-hair tips? Check out our guide to celebrity-shiny hair.