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How to Have Healthy, Shiny Silky Hair

Three Methods:Caring for Your HairUsing Natural Treatments to Restore Shine and SilkinessMaking Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Having healthy, beautiful hair is within reach if you develop the right hair care habits and protect your hair from damage. When you handle your hair gently, nourish it with natural conditioners and avoid using heat styling tools, you give your hair the chance to look and feel healthier than ever. Being healthy from the inside out by eating vitamin-rich foods will also have an effect on the appearance of your hair.

Method 1
Caring for Your Hair

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    Handle your hair gently when you wash and dry it. The way you handle your hair makes a big difference in its texture and appearance. When you're rough with your hair, it can frizz up and start looking dull. Hair is a fragile material that should be handled with care, just like a delicate piece of fabric. Here's what to keep in mind:
    • When you shampoo your hair don't roughly scrub it. Massage the shampoo into your hair and distribute it with your fingers.
    • Rinse your hair in the coldest water you can stand. The cold temperature helps your hair look shiny, while hot water will cause it to frizz up and look dull.
    • Gently squeeze the water from your hair and pat it dry with a towel instead of twisting and wringing it out.
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    Shampoo just a few times a week. Shampooing your hair every single day causes it to dry out and become brittle. The natural oil your scalp produces to nourish your hair gets rinsed away before it can do its job. If you want your hair to stay healthy and shiny, you only really need to wash it once or twice a week.[1]
    • When you first cut back on how often you wash your hair, you may notice it looking oilier than normal. Your scalp is producing oil on overdrive since it's used to everyday washings. After a week or two things will balance out and your hair will look cleaner, longer.
    • On days in between washings, when you need to perk up your hair, try dry shampoo. It's a powder you sprinkle on your hair to absorb the oil, and it works like a charm.
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    Let your hair air dry instead of using heat. The best way to keep your hair healthy is to let it dry naturally instead of using a hair dryer. The heat from the hair dryer damages the hair shaft, and if you do it every day you'll definitely see damage over time. Put that hair dryer away and let your hair dry the natural way.
    • The same goes for other heat styling tools, like curling irons, straightening irons and hot rollers.
    • On days when you do want to use a hair dryer or other styling tools, apply a heat protectant serum to your hair so it doesn't get quite as damaged.
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    Comb your hair instead of brushing it. Running a plastic-bristled brush through your hair, especially when it's wet, is almost guaranteed to cause some damage. Brushing tends to rip your hair, while combing removes the tangles without pulling it out. Use a wide-tooth comb and work out the tangles starting close to the tips and moving up to the roots.
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    Don't use damaging treatments. Dyeing, bleaching, chemically straightening and chemically curling your hair all damage the shaft. For the healthiest possible hair, it's best to stop these treatments and let your hair take on its natural color and texture. Your hair might not be the exact color you want, but it will be healthy, shiny and silky.
    • If you do want to dye your hair, look into henna, honey or tea dyeing. These natural dyes actually restore shine to your hair, rather than damaging it. You won't be able to achieve a dramatic color change, but you can go a few shades lighter or darker.
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    Avoid restrictive hairstyles that pull out hair. Waves, wefts, dreads and other styles that require permanently pulling your hair into a tight position can cause damage and hair loss. While some types of weaves are less damaging than others (sewn weaves are usually better than glue-ins, for example) your hair will be healthier if you forego them altogether.

Method 2
Using Natural Treatments to Restore Shine and Silkiness

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    Condition your hair each time you shampoo. Use just enough conditioner to coat the strands of your hair without completely weighing it down. Apply the conditioner an inch or so from your roots and use a wide-toothed comb to comb it down to the tips. Rinse the conditioner with warm or cool water for a shiny finish.
    • If your hair tends to get very dry, try using a leave-in conditioner as well. Apply the conditioner after you get out of the shower, while your hair is still damp. It will keep your hair soft and supple until your next shampoo.
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    Do deep conditioning treatments every few weeks. Deep conditioning treatments are a great way to make your hair look silkier and shinier. Since the treatments are so effective, you only need to do them once a week or two. Use a store-bought deep conditioner or a household oil like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil. Complete the treatment as follows:
    • Dampen your hair and apply about a tablespoon of the deep conditioner. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it throughout your hair.
    • Put your hair in a high bun or ponytail at the top of your head. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap.
    • Leave the conditioner in for at least an hour and up to eight.
    • Shampoo your hair as normal to remove excess conditioner.
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    Try a homemade hair mask. On days when you don't have time for a deep conditioning treatment but you want to give your hair an extra lift, try using a household product to enhance your hair's texture and appearance. After you wet your hair in the shower, apply a hair mask. Shampoo it out at the end of your shower. Here are homemade masks that make hair shiny and silky:
    • One tablespoon of honey or one egg white
    • One blended banana or avocado
    • One tablespoon of milk or yogurt
    • A combination of any of the above ingredients
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    Use finishing oil or serum to add shine. If your hair tends to get frizzy and dull, hair oil or serum will smooth it down and protect it from the elements during the day. Use pour a few drops on your fingertips and run the serum through your hair, focusing on the tips. Look for hair serum or oil that contains one of the following nourishing ingredients:[2]
    • Argan oil
    • Moroccan oil
    • Jojoba oil
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    Try a boar bristle brush. Most brushes are unhealthy for hair, but boar bristle brushes are specially designed to make your hair shiny and smooth. The bristles are the same texture as human hair, and they pull your hair's natural oil from the roots to the tips for a nourishing conditioning treatment. The night or morning before you plan to shampoo your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles. Then brush your hair with a boar bristle brush for about 10 minutes to distribute the oils. Wait at least an hour before shampooing.

Method 3
Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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    Be healthy from the inside out. Your diet and other health habits have a big effect on the texture of your hair. When you eat plenty of protein, nutrients and healthy fats, your hair looks shiny and healthy. When you don't, your hair is the first place it shows. Watch and see how your hair improves when you do the following:
    • Eat food that contains protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron. Salmon, sardines, avocados, nuts, and flaxseeds are all excellent for promoting healthy hair growth.
    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. When you're dehydrated, your hair can end up getting dry and brittle.
    • Avoid smoking cigarettes. Smoke damage can make hair look dull and dried out.
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    Use natural hair products. Ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner may be making your hair look dry and dull instead of silky and shiny. Switch to all-natural shampoos and conditioners that nourish your hair instead of stripping its gleam and weighing it down. Here's what to use:[3]
    • Choose sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates are harsh cleansers used in everything from dish soap to laundry detergent, and people are starting to realize they're not very good for hair. Look for shampoos that say "sulfate-free" and are made with natural cleansers.
    • Choose a silicone-free conditioner. Silicons are added to conditioner because they make hair look shiny and smooth after the first few applications. Unfortunately, over time they build up in your hair and cause it to look weighed-down and dull. You're better off with silicone-free options.
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    Massage your scalp to promote hair growth. Besides feeling great, massage promotes good circulation in the scalp, which helps your hair grow faster and stronger. Do a scalp massage every time you take a shower. Just place your fingers on your scalp and rub it using a gentle circular motion.
    • To enhance your massage, try using coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil. This is especially beneficial if you're worried about thinning hair.
    • Tea tree oil, lavender oil or cedar wood oil are also healthy for hair.
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    Get regular trims. Trim off your split ends regularly to keep your hair in the best of health. Getting regular trims will also make your hair look shinier in appearance, since you're removing the dull, damaged parts. Choose a cut that brings out the best in your hair.


  • Drink plenty of water every single day.
  • Always rinse hair after swimming in the showers,as chlorine is bad for your locks.
  • Wrap hair up in towel when damp to get dry super quickly and to avoid using hair dryers.
  • Deep conditioning treatments are good for dry hair.
  • As your final rinse after shampooing and conditioning, wash hair with cold water, as this can give you shiny hair.
  • Sleep on silk or satin pillows. This cover can help your hair avoid tangles and knots. It may also reduce breakage when sleeping. Plus such pillows are super comfortable and soft!
  • Use hair masks. If you are trying to grow your hair, use these once a week to once a month. Take one mashed banana and put it into a bowl. Add one raw egg to it, then add 3 tablespoons of milk. Finally, add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well. Apply this to your scalp and hair, leave it for 30 minutes, rinse and wash hair like normal. You can also try adding two raw eggs to a bowl, adding 5 teaspoons of olive oil, mixing it well, and applying it on your scalp. Wear a shower cap, leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse, and wash your hair like normal.
  • Put your hair in a bun/braid/ponytail on windy days.
  • If you want a quick shine and lustre in your hair. Try adding a lemon into your bath cup and wash your hair with it. And simply dry. It really works!!


  • Don't use products that are too harsh for your hair type.
  • Never use heated tools on your hair daily,as heat is very damaging for hair. Curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, crimpers, basically any heat tool you use on your hair is damaging to your hair in the long run. Avoid using them often and opt for heat-free styles and air drying your hair. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair after soaking, and gently pat drier with a clean towel.
  • Avoid coloring your hair. Coloring your hair is not good for it. Harmful dyes and chemicals can lead to dry, breaking hair. Try to use a box dye or temporary dye if you must color it. These can provide you with fun color while not damaging your hair. Bleaching is especially harmful. You can dye your hair once in a while though, just not often.

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