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 hot 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 solutions 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.
1. Olive Oil Scalp 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; the idea is that this protects your strands from soap and hard water, ensuring hydrated shiny locks.
3. Coconut Oil Mask
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a moisturizing medium-chain fatty acid that penetrates hair and reduces protein loss, making it a great at-home hair treatment for added strength and 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 until all the oil is gone.
4. Egg Mask
This might be the messiest DIY in the list, but according to one Byrdie editor, it is a monthly must. Eggs are a great source of protein and fatty acids, and they're full of amino acids that can promote hair growth. Be sure to let your mask sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse and enjoy smooth, healthy tresses.
To avoid a runny hair mask, beat one or two eggs depending on your hair length, and combine them with your everyday conditioner.
5. Bottled-Water Rinse
While not as instantaneous as other shiny-hair DIYs, regularly rinsing your hair with bottled mineral water might deliver soft strands. Shampoo and condition as usual, rinse with bottled water, et voilà! Silky-smooth tresses.
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