Extreme weather, excessive heat styling and chemical damage can all wreak havoc on hair. Usually, damage reflects in your hair’s cuticle first, causing it to ‘roughen’ up on a microscopic level. When this happens, because it’s not lying flat, it won’t reflect light, so it ends up losing its natural shine. Also, if your hair’s very dehydrated, its also likely to take on a dull appearance.
Repair the damage
To help restore your hair’s vitality, look out for products that contain protein or keratin and promise ‘deep repair’ to help repair the actual structure of your hair from the inside out. If your hair’s merely very dehydrated, opt for products containing moisturising ingredients like butters or oils. I like Marc Anthony’s Damage Repair Intensive Healing Treatment, available from Clicks for R89,99. It contains one of my favourite ingredients, Shea butter, and you can use it as a masque that you can leave on for 30 minutes.
Care from the inside too
Make sure that you take a good daily essential fatty acid supplement, as this too can significantly prevent hair breakage and boost shine. Try flax seed, primrose or fish oils.
Prevention’s better than cure
To prevent your hair from being damaged further, try and avoid chemical treatments like straightening or highlights and go easy on the heat styling tools. If you do use them, opt for a lower setting and make use of a heat protection spray like ghd Style Heat Protect spray, R180, available from selected salons.
When all else fails, fake it!
If you’re desperate to fake a healthy-looking shine, look out for serums or finishing products that contain silicone, something like ghd Style Smooth and Finish serum, R180. You could also try my all time favourite beauty find for this season, Kerastase Elixir Ultime, R400, a powerful cocktail of beautifying oils that deliver incredible shine while smoothing the hair fibre.
You can use it before blow drying to protect your hair from the heat or smooth it on afterwards to gloss up your locks. Follow these simply rules for shine and you’ll have glossy locks in no time flat.