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Hair Shine . . . Everything you always wanted to know

It’s the ultimate hair shine stopper. Golden Globe nominee Rinko Kikuchi colored her naturally jet-black hair and the bleach caused a bit of damage. Rough hair isn’t a sought-after look on the red carpet, so Aussie hairdresser Sarah Potempa had to help Rinko Kikuchi’s hair look healthy and shiny in time for the Awards show. The night of the event, Rinko Kikuchi was ready for her close-up in a sleek, soft hair style. “When you’re working with celebrities, you want hair shine. It’s about using a minimum amount of product but using the right one,” Potempa says. It’s also about minimizing the damage that stops hair shine.

Heat Alert

High heat from flat irons or blow-drying can ruin a hair’s ability to reflect hair shine. “The high heat will sometimes pull the hair shine and luster oft the hair,” says Ernie McCraw, trends director for Sally Beauty. Intense heat from blow-drying raises the hair cuticle, which needs to be flat to reflect light, McCraw says. Going easy on the heat and adding a hair shine serum to flatten the cuticle will help, but you do need to be careful when applying serum. Avoid adding it to hair around your face, McCraw warns, as it will sink to the scalp and make hair seem oily.

In The Swim

Regularly hop into salt water or a chlorinated pool and you can say so-long to hair shine. Anything that raises the alkalinity of the hair allows the cuticle to open and damage to occur,” McCraw says. Plus, the ends of colored blonde hair are at risk for turning green after pool play. To help repel harmful chemicals, McCraw suggests applying a product with a silicone base that will stick to hair and act as a chemical repellent before you make a splash. Lines like John Frieda Frizz Ease are all silicone-based and can do the job, says McCraw.

Exercise Care

Go for a run in the sun and hair can be damaged in two ways. First, McCraw says the sun’s ultraviolet rays “pull color” off natural and hair colored strands. Also, constant bouncing during a workout can be damaging. To help prevent damage and the dullness that goes with it, use a shine spray to keep the cuticle smooth and reflect light. If you have fine hair, you need to select a product that won’t weigh hair down; McGraw recommends Beyond the Zone Flasher Techno Spray or Venetian Blends Crystal D’Oro Weightless Shine Serum.

The Hair Color Equation

Professional hair color should improve your hair’s health and hair shine. However, McGraw says hair coloring  at home can cause problems. At a hair salon, a hair colorist will only apply hair color to the new growth. At the end of processing, he or she may pull the hair colorant through to freshen ends. At-home hair colorists often apply hair color to the full head. The hair that’s already been colored does not need to be recolored,” McGraw says. This follicle flaw can be fixed by not over-coloring your hair. Also, consider adding a semi-permanent or temporary gloss; the latter can be applied at a hair salon and lasts about eight washes. For semi-permanent glosses, McGraw recommends Clairol, Ion and Beyond the Zone, which make color clearer. ‘You’re not really adding hair color, you’re just adding hair shine.”

Keep It Clean

It may seem shocking at first, but don’t wash your hair every day because, says Potempa, your scalp produces natural oils that help add a glossy finish. Adding conditioner to the scalp can also diminish hair shine. “Conditioner is meant to condition the hair, not your scalp—it should go on your ends,” Potempa says. Try to shampoo your hair every three days. In time, Potempa says your natural oils will adjust and boost hair shine.

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