It’s Time to Shine

Sleek, glossy strands turn heads, but they also re­flect your hair’s health. Here’s how to muster the lus­ter.

SHAPE (USA) - - Contents - By Re­becca Dancer

Get sleek strands that ra­di­ate health

Shine is as­so­ci­ated with en­vi­able hair the way glow­ing skin is as­so­ci­ated with youth,” says Nun­zio Sa­viano of Nun­zio Sa­viano Sa­lon in New York City. For one, it looks good, catch­ing and re­flect­ing light at every an­gle, but it ’s also one of the most vis­i­ble signs of hair health, says Jeni Thomas, a hair-care sci­en­tist at Proc­ter & Gam­ble. “Hair’s shine is a re­sult of two things: fiber align­ment and the strength of the outer cu­ti­cle layer,” Thomas says. “Both fac­tors af­fect how light re­flects off hair; the more reg­u­lar the re­flec­tion, the health­ier and shinier the hair.” Look­ing dull? Fol­low these steps to sparkle.

Strip down

“Hair that is coated with styling prod­uct, ex­cess oils, and dirt will not shine,” Sa­viano says. That’s be­cause it ends up be­com­ing a land­ing strip for at­mo­spheric de­bris, which

sticks to the grease and in­ter­feres with the smooth­ness of your cu­ti­cle and the proper re­flec­tion of light. To keep hair from be­com­ing weighed down, avoid ap­ply­ing prod­uct at or near the roots, and get to the un­coated strands by us­ing a clar­i­fy­ing prod­uct, like Pan­tene Pro-V Char­coal Pu­ri­fy­ing Root Wash ($6, drug­stores) or Oribe The Cleanse Clar­i­fy­ing Sham­poo ($44,, one to two times per month, in ad­di­tion to your reg­u­lar cleans­ing rou­tine.

Go for a gloss

“Clean­li­ness pro­motes sheen, but clean hair with a coarse cu­ti­cle won’t nec­es­sar­ily be shiny,” Sa­viano says. Those who color their hair or rely on other chem­i­cal treat­ments are espe­cially prone to break­age of the outer cu­ti­cle layer, which leads to lack­lus­ter locks. In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar con­di­tion­ing, use an at-home gloss­ing treat­ment, like John Frieda Lu­mi­nous Glaze Clear Shine ($10, drug­stores) or Clairol Nat­u­ral In­stincts Shine Happy ($9, drug­stores), to for­tify the cu­ti­cle layer and im­prove its re­flec­tion of light.

Trim, and do it of­ten

You know the drill here: Get a hair­cut, or at least have your ends trimmed, every four to six weeks. “Con­sis­tent hair­cuts are im­por­tant,” says Steven Pic­ciano, a na­tional artist for Gold­well. “Split ends travel up­ward, so if you don’t get rid of them, they will creep up the shaft of the hair, giv­ing it a dull, fuzzy ap­pear­ance.” Seal off clean-cut ends with a strength­en­ing cream, like Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Rem­edy ($30, ri­ta­ or Virtue Per­fect End­ing Split End Serum ($40, virtue­, so they ’re less prone to split.

Prac­tice safe styling

“For coarse, curly, and pro­cessed hair, I al­ways use a boar-bris­tle brush when it’s wet and a ce­ramic one for touch-ups once it’s dry,” says Rita Zito, a se­nior stylist at Ed­die Arthur Sa­lon in New York City. An­other good way to de­tan­gle wet hair, espe­cially if your strands are on the finer side, is with a wide-toothed comb. What­ever your hair type, dry strands will ben­e­fit from a few strokes of a boar-bris­tle brush, which helps dis­trib­ute the scalp’s nat­u­ral oils, leav­ing a shiny fin­ish. Be­fore you reach for your hot tools, spritz strands with a ther­mal pro­tec­tion prod­uct, like Gold­well StyleSign Smooth Con­trol Blow Dry Spray ($20, gold­, to pre­vent dam­age to the outer layer of the cu­ti­cle. And when heat styling, keep your tools below 395 de­grees and make sure hair is fully dry be­fore us­ing a curl­ing or smooth­ing iron, Pic­ciano says.

RE­FLECT YOUR­SELF For the shini­est strands, a proper main­te­nance plan is key.

1. John Frieda Lu­mi­nous Glaze Clear Shine ($10, drug­stores). 2. Gold­well StyleSign Smooth Con­trol Blow Dry Spray ($20, gold­ 3. Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Rem­edy ($30, ri­ta­ 2 3 1

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