Happy October! This month, I have a story in Self magazine on how to get shiny hair. Come fall, we all want to look a little more polished and put together, especially for work. I interviewed Eugene Souleiman, Wella’s Creative Director, who offered up his brilliant advice. Pick up the issue to scoop all of his awesome shiny hair tips, but here are a few quickies that they couldn’t squeeze in to the story:
Freeze Out Frizz: For shiniest results, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Look for ingredients like shea butter, silk, avocado oil, nut oils and panthenol. Try Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, $10 each. “Then rinse it all out with lots of cold water which closes the cuticle, preventing frizz and making hair smooth and shiny,” says Souleiman.
Blot Dry Before Blow-drying: After showering, take it easy when towel-drying your hair. Gently squeeze out excess water by blotting it with a towel. Vigorous rubbing encourages damage and breakage, which leads to less shiny hair. Check out my favorite towel in Best At-Home Blowout: 15 Minutes To A Great Hair Day.
Less Is More: To avoid that greasy look, don’t use a ton of styling products. “When you have a properly conditioned and healthy base, you don’t need a lot of stuff to create a natural style,” says Souleiman. Look for a good multi-purpose styler that protects against heat damage, smoothes frizz and provide soft hold. One of my new favorites: Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme, $7.
Iron Out The Kinks: The straighter your hair is, the more crazy shiny it’ll be, so take the few extra minutes to run a flat iron over it. Minimize heat damage by first spritzing hair with a heat protecting spray, then run the iron quickly from roots to tips. Hello shine!
Now go pick up the October 2013 of Self magazine to get more shiny hair tips and product must-haves!
P.S. There’s also a great recipe for healthy, yet still yummy, nachos. I’m all over it for the next football game gathering—which for me, is really all about the food spread.