As women age, their body's keratin and natural oil production diminishes. This can affect the appearance of the hair; strands may seem dryer, and the hair may have lost its sheen and luster. Additionally, environmental factors, heat styling and the wrong hair products can contribute to the way the hair looks. To get shiny hair back requires adjusting the hair care routine and using the correct products.
Use a shampoo and conditioner that contains moisture-enhancing ingredients. Read the ingredients on the bottle and look for dimethicone, which helps make your hair shiny, and cetyl alcohol, which moisturizes your hair.
Give your hair a deep-conditioning treatment once a week. A deep conditioner helps repair hair damage and combats dryness, which can dull your hair.
Pat and squeeze your hair dry after washing it. Avoid roughly rubbing it with a towel, because this frays the hair cuticles and dulls your hair.
Limit heat styling because it damages your hair. Spray a leave-in heat protectant on your hair before using heat styling tools on your hair.
Dye your hair using a warm color, or have highlights put in it. If your hair is gray or ashy, it doesn't reflect light well and may appear dull. Adding color or highlights adds brilliance and has a brightening effect. Use a color that is two shades darker or two shades lighter than your natural hair color. In addition, have a glossing treatment done after having your hair colored, to add a shiny glaze to your strands.
Nourish your hair from the inside out. Consume protein, such as skinless chicken, eggs, beans, fish and turkey, to make up for the diminishing production of keratin in your body. Include salmon, walnuts and flaxseed oil for their omega-3 fatty acids, which combat dry strands and promote moisture.
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