Making Your Hair Shine Ideas
Some ideas for bringing shine and luster to hair.
Any of the following can be used as shine-enhancing finishing rinses–apply after shampooing and rinse with warm water followed by cool water–
- Apple cider vinegar — (primarily recommended for darker hair…don’t worry, the smell will dissipate as your hair dries)
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice — (primarily recommended for blonde or light hair)
- Rosemary tea (cooled, of course…primarily recommended for dark hair)
- Green tea (cooled, of course)
- Chamomile tea (cooled, of course…primarily recommended for lighter hair)
- Jojoba oil
- Aloe vera — (may want to try combining with jojoba)
- Honey — (soften in warm water…leave in hair if desired)
- Egg whites — (whipped…can also act as mousse if left in hair)
- Beer (but who hasn’t heard this…)
According to How To Create Cashmere Soft Hair:
“Did you know that a cup of vodka poured over your hair, allowed to soak in for three minutes and then rinsed out, will add great shine. According to stylist, Kevin Murphy, it works wonders.”
Some hair products contain ingredients such as jojoba oil or aloe vera which will bring some gloss to your hair. One such product, which I LOVE, is Kiss My Face Whenever Conditioner.
Use one or a combination of the essential oils for four drops total in 2 T of jojoba oil (the bonus in using essential oils is not only will your hair be shiny, but it will smell great!):
- Patchouli essential oil (primarily recommended for dark hair)
- Rosemary essential oil (primarily recommended for darker hair)
- Lavender essential oil
- Sandalwood essential oil
Can leave on your hair for 30 minutes for “deep” conditioning. Rinse with warm water, then do final rinse with cool water.
* Many of these items do double duty…to help with dandruff, oily scalps, and other conditions. As a general guide, I wouldn’t use every day. Once or twice a week should suffice. Also, note, some of these items can have a lightening / highlighting / staining effect. Use dark or old towels, just in case.
The use of essential oils is not recommended for the very young or aged, or pregnant/nursing women. It is the belief of this site that essential oils should not be used internally, only externally and topically. A skin test should always be done before using an essential oil, especially important for those more sensitive or vulnerable. Consult a reputable and experienced aromatherapist for guidance. If you are under the care of a physician, it is recommended that you contact them before using essential oils.