Hair Styles: Shine On

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By Dianne E. Adams Special to The Pineapple It’s February and things are dull, the holidays are over and summer seems like an eternity away. There is a way to break up the doldrums of winter and that is to be sure you have the shiniest hair in town. We all know that shiny hair looks more beautiful and when our hair looks beautiful we feel better and as far as I am concerned, that’s the name of the game. There are lots of ways to get and keep hair shiny, some are very inexpensive and you can do yourself, some cost a bit more and have to be done in the salon. It doesn’t matter what you do, what does matter is that you do it! Some home remedy tips that are inexpensive and easy…. 1. Mayonnaise, dampen hair with warm water, but not dripping, apply as much mayo as you need to completely coat your hair and saturate your strands, wrap your head in plastic wrap or use a shower cap. (the plastic will seal in the warmth from your body to help open the cuticle of your hair so the mayonnaise can penetrate better) leave on 20 to 30 minutes. Shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo, probably more than once, style as usual, you will see an immediate boost! 2. Apple Cider Vinegar, shampoo your hair with your favorite high quality shampoo, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, put in a spray bottle and douse your clean hair with the mixture, leave on for 5 minutes rinse well. You will not even need conditioner, dry and style as usual, and you will see a glow you didn’t have 10 minutes before! 3. Yogurt, brush dry hair well to remove any knots, take a container of plain yogurt and spread it all over your tresses, tie it up and wrap in plastic or use a shower cap, leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes then shampoo, condition and style as usual and you will see shine, bounce and resilience that was not there before! Here are some things that we can do for you at the salon… 1. Gloss, it can be applied with a single process (roots) or on its own, gloss can be clear or it can have color in it, a gloss usually lasts about 4 weeks and will add shine and also helps close down the cuticle which will make your hair look shiny and healthy. It is my opinion that a single process (roots) that does not include a gloss is an incomplete color service. I feel that if your base has been colored you must gloss the entire head to make everything even, shiny and beautiful. 2. Keratin, this is a more costly option but a Keratin will boost elasticity, reduce frizz, close down the cuticle and add a layer of Keratin (your hair is made of Keratin) in turn your hair will be healthier, and less frizzy which in turn will make it shinier. 3. Shine products, hair oil & shine spray are all great options, they are temporary but they work wonders, many of these products also keep humidity out and keep moisture in so invest in a product that your stylist recommends and add it to your beauty regimen. 4. Flat iron, it’s just a fact that straighter hair will reflect light better than curly hair, so invest in a good flat iron, get thermal protector and go for it, once you have done it a few times it will get easier (I promise) after you have achieve the desired effect use your hair oil or shine spray to add the glossy finishing touch. Remember shiny hair is beautiful so try a few of these tips and shine on! Dianne E. Adams is owner-stylist of Studio Seven Hair in Pineapple Grove. Visit www.StudioSevenHairDelray.com