by ZOE FOSTER
“Gosh, your hair is so… dark,” I said to my 20-year-old niece trying to pretend I didn’t see her new three-line wrist tattoo. Her hair was jet black. Very few can get away with that. Even the very young and beautiful.
“My real colour is shit. It’s like yours but not as shiny. Just brown and shit.”
I quickly rebuffed her “compliment.” My hair isn’t shiny, especially since half of it is still bleached and covered in brunette semi-permanent while the roots grow out.
“I can only get shine from very dark hair, that’s why I dye it so much,” she insisted.
Oh, you gorgeous fool. This is simply not true. I concede darker hair will tend to look shinier because when the light shines on it, there is more contrast between the hair and the shine, but blonde hair can shine if it’s looked after, and styled right. (And brown hair can be dull if it’s not.) Allow your wise Aunty to teach you a thing or two, and try not to notice that she has spilled dressing all over her lap while she does so…
1. Healthy hair shines.
Your hair finds it very difficult to shine when it’s damaged, chemically processed, or you slam it with heat styling every day. So, get trims and use treatments. Use them at least weekly. The easier they are to use (ie, fast and in-shower) the more likely you’ll do it. Find a simple mask you can substitute for conditioner so that you don’t even really notice it’s happening, and go for one with some lovely conditioning oils within like O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque or Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Rinse-Off Treatment. And always, ALWAYS rinse your hair off with cold water, which closes the cuticle and gives the appearance of a shinier hair strand. It does! It really does.
2. Colour it right.
If permanently dying your hair at home, choose a product with a highly reflective, luminous finish, such as L’Oreal Feria. If you just want to boost shine without the commitment, a high shine semi like Garnier Herbashine or a clear gloss like John Frieda Luminous Glaze which is suitable for any hair colour or condition, natural or not, and is tops for a quick in-shower shine kapow.