FACT OR FICTION?
We put your shiny-hair queries to experts Paul Edmonds and Charlotte Mensah
RINSING YOUR HAIR WITH COLD WATER ADDS GLOSSINESS FACT
“Cool-water rinses work by tightening the cuticle,” says Edmonds. Sealing cuticles means they lie flat, and this allows light to bounce off them. He also tells us that his clients report cold rinses help their style last longer.
DIY HAIR MASKS CAN DO THE JOB OF A HAIR SERUM – EASY FICTION
To quote Paul Edmonds, “Hundreds of thousands are spent on haircare research and development.” Going DIY can be fun, but if you’re looking for a shine home run, take advantage of the amazing serums, pomades and masks on the market. Plus, why give yourself the nightmare of plunging rotten avocado and egg yolk from your plughole afterwards?
BRUSHING YOUR HAIR OFTEN WILL MAKE IT STRONGER AND SHINIER IT’S COMPLICATED
Over-brushing is never a good idea, as it can cause frizz through static, and even breakage. That said, Edmonds thinks a good brush stimulates the scalp, which in turn should stimulate the blood supply to the hair follicle. The caveat? Use a good boar-bristle brush. According to hair stylist and textured hair specialist Charlotte Mensah, these brushes “effectively drag the oils from your scalp through to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair”.
SILK PILLOWCASES AND SLEEP TURBANS ARE A SHINE-SAVIOUR FACT
Along with the obvious pro of fewer face indentations from silk pillowslips, Edmonds says many of his clients swear silk bed gear helps reduce flyaways and splitting. According to Charlotte Mensah, “Sleeping on a silk pillowcase results in smooth, frizz-free hair every morning. It truly does pay off.” We also adore Slip’s silk turbans, £70.