Your very first step is to deep condition your hair. Your hair will love you for this! Buy a really good intense conditioner that is specially made for really dry hair. Apply it to your hair, working it in from the very roots all the way to the tips. Then get out of the shower, and wrap your hair in a hot towel. Sit like this for a while. You can read a book, do your homework, call a friend, whatever. But while you’re doing your thing, your hair will be enjoying a spa treatment at home. After a while—ten to thirty minutes—rinse your hair out, and let it air dry.
One of the major problems with dull hair is that there is a ton of buildup on the hair itself. This buildup, which is from your gel, your hairspray, and even your shampoo and conditioner, makes your hair look dull because it can’t reflect the light. You should use a clarifying shampoo regularly. This will clean your hair and remove all of that nasty, dulling buildup. Let the shine begin!
After you have washed and deep conditioned your hair, it’s time to start using shine
enhancement products. There are a ton of different things out there that you can buy either from your salon or the local supermarket. Shine enhancers usually come as sprays. Look for one that doesn’t have any alcohol in it, because alcohol will dry your hair out and make it even more dull and even frizzy. Shine enhancers work by actually covering the outside of your hair so that it reflects the light better.
Another thing that you can do to make your dull hair shiny is to brush it. Gently. Emphasis on the gently! Gently brushing your hair with a softer brush will loosen any dead skin in your scalp and will also make your hair cuticles lie flatter. Flat cuticles equal good light reflection, which means shiny hair.
If you have curly or wavy hair, then it’s going to be even harder for you to get that shiny hair that your friends with straight hair have. That’s because straight hair reflects the light a lot better than curly hair does. But don’t despair! If you have curly or wavy hair, using shine enhancers can help you make your hair nice and shiny.
Also, air dry your hair instead of blow drying it. This will help keep your hair moisturized. When you get your hair cut, ask your stylist to point cut your layers instead of razoring them. Using a razor will make your hair more frizzy, and will make it harder for your hair to reflect the light.
Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, having bad ends will make your hair dull! So go get your hair trimmed regularly! Keeping your ends healthy will make your hair look healthy.
If the store remedies just aren’t working for you, or you like to go natural, there are a lot of different things that you can do at home to make your hair shiny! Try adding about 40 to 50 drops of honey to some water. Then apply to your hair, let it stay on for a while, and then rinse. You can also use a last rinse of lemon juice and water to give your dull hair some shine.