Shannon Ray was the winner of the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter. Find out the winner of the 2013 Beauty Blogger Awards here!
If this were last year, I totally would have called this post “Hair That Shines Bright Like a Diamond,” but as per ush, my ass is a day late and a dollar short. Either way, I’ve got some supersimpleton tips to get locks so shiny and glossy that they will inspire a new fairy tale entitled “Glossy Locks.” Duh.
Get Rid of the Josie Grossies
The clarifiers: apple cider vinegar and clarifying shampoo.
One of the biggest culprits of dull head hairs is excess buildup of gross shit, like products and residue. Think of it this way: Your hair can hang onto stuff like your favorite pair of black leggings. After the day is done, you’ve got errrythang from Cheetos fingerprints to blanket lint all up on that mess. You need something to get a clean slate.
That’s where clarifying treatments come in. There are a couple of roads you can take to Shine Town, and one of my favorites routes is apple cider vinegar. I’ve used ACV for all sorts of shit, including facial toner (and as a daily drink), but we can get into all that hootenanny later. The ACV hair rinse is crazy easy; just mix equal parts ACV with water, then apply it to your hair by dumping it over your head or spritzing it on with a spray bottle after you finish shampooing. Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse, and your ass is done.
If that seems too granola for your beauty routine, don’t worry. Neutrogena makes a great, cheap clarifying shampoo (Neutogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula) that works quite nicely. I recommend clarifying in whatever way works for your life once a week for normal heads, or twice a week for oily messes (i.e., me). But one word of warning: If you have very delicate hair, or fire engine red dyed hair, consult a pro before doing any of this. I don’t want to get any hate Hallmark cards because I ruined your hair game.
Use a Gloss-Inducing Conditioner
Molton Brown London Plum-Kadu Glossing Conditioner, $30
As you can tell from this well-loved bottle of glossing conditioner that the Molton Brown peeps sent me (Molton Brown London Plum-Kadu Glossing Conditioner), I’m way into glossy-ass conditioners. Whenever I use this stuff people are all, “Why’s your hair so damn shiny?” And I’m all, “Why are you up in my business?” (Just kidding, I thank them like a normal human.) This shit is the truth.
Here’s the deal with conditioners: You don’t necessarily need a really heavy, moisturizing conditioner when looking for shiny hair. Sometimes heavier conditioners end up leaving hair looking dull and weighed down. So instead, look for something that screams SHINE, SHINY, GLOSSY, FLOSSY BITCH all over it. That’s the ticket.
Bonus tip: Right before you get out of the shower, blast your mop with really cold water. It seals in that really shiny shine.
Get Yo’ Oil On
My b’s: Kitoko Oil Treatment and Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum.
I’ve talked about these little beauts before, but I’m still Beyoncé-style crazy in love with hair oils. Nothing else makes my hair feel as glossy and luxurious as these badass boys. Hair oils do great ish like keep your cuticle smooth while protecting your hair from the medieval torture devices of flatirons and curling wands, without weighing hair down and getting it all filmy. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting on, but it’s time, yo.
Bonus tip: If you STILL need more shine, try a clear hair glaze to get ridiculous amounts of gloss in this b.
Your hair’s going to be so shiny, the world best be wearing shades.
Lemon Cucumber Salad Ingredients: 6 mini cucumbers, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 bay leaf
dressing: 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup 10% Ättiksprit (Swedish white vinegar) 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed 1 1/2 tablespoons dill seed 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar
Directions: Toss together the salad ingredients in a small nonreactive bowl or jar. Set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until the salt and sugar dissolve. Pour over the salad and allow to sit at least 3 hours prior to serving.
Note: If you keep this too long in the fridge, you’ll find it has turned into pickles! Which are also tasty, of course!