Hair Secrets 3 ways to get shiny hair

Use heat-activated shampoos, conditioners and styling products for shiny hair

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Everyone wants hair that shine with light. No matter what your hair texture is, you can have healthy-looking hair by following these shiny hair secrets.

Below are three professional beauty advice for your type of hair.

  • If your hair is damaged

Improving its condition is the only way to make it look shinier. When hair is damp, apply leave-in conditioner to damaged areas.

Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use once a week.

Although blow-dryers and straightening irons may add to the damage, they're the only things that will make your hair look sleeker temporarily. "Your hair needs heat to smooth the cuticle  these are the tools that can do it," says Labrecque. Put the blow-dryer on a high setting and use an iron on hair ends. Apply drops of frizz-taming serum to dry hair.

  • If your hair is straight

Lucky you. "Straight hair has great natural shine, because its flat cuticle is highly light-reflective," says New York City salon owner Paul Labrecque.

To get maximum shine, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds. "This helps seal in conditioner, making hair easier to style and adds a ton of shine," says Labrecque.

Blow-dry while brushing with a natural boar-bristle paddle brush. Apply a bit of light finishing serum to frizzy areas (like ends). Finish with shine-enhancing hairspray.

  • If your hair is curly

Curly hair tends to have more shine-reducing short pieces and split ends. This becomes really noticeable when it's blown straight.

Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and a straightening gel. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb. As you blow-dry, wrap sections around a round brush to straighten.

Apply a finishing cream from  below the roots to the ends. To get super-glossy curls: After conditioning hair, don't rinse completely leave a little in. Apply a gel to damp hair and twist sections around your fingers. Let hair dry naturally, according to marieclaire.com.

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