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How to Make Hair Shiny

Updated on August 3, 2008

How to Get Hair Shiny

Everyone wants to know how to make hair shiny. Shiny hair symbolizes beauty, health, youth, and vitality. Some people are luckier than others when it comes to shiny hair. Smooth hair is shiny and curly hair will not be very shiny at all because the light doesn't bounce off of it. Asians have the shiniest hair, and their hair is usually very straight and fine. If you weren't born with straight, silky hair, there are a few tricks for shiny hair.

Proper Care Is Necessary to Get Smooth and Shiny Hair

If you want to know how to make hair shiny, start with taking care of your hair properly. That old wives' tale about brushing your hair 100 strokes every night definitely should not be obeyed. This will damage your hair for sure.

One of the best tricks for shiny hair is a natural boar bristle brush. It is very gentle on hair and will help distribute natural oils throughout your hair to get smooth and shiny hair. And never brush your hair while it's wet! This will not make hair shiny, but cause your hair to break. Hair breakage causes damage and frizzy hair.

The correct way to comb hair to avoid breakage is to start at the bottom and work your way up, getting any tangles as you go. Never start brushing your hair at the top and go down. This will cause tangles to be brought together at the bottom of your hair. You will end up with knots and end up tearing out your hair literally. You should use a conditioner, especially if you have problems with tangles.

Try to give your hair a break once in a while from heat appliances. Let hair air dry, put it up, or use old-fashioned curlers for a different voluminous or curly look every so often. Heat appliances can do great damage to your hair, preventing that shiny hair you so desire.

How to Make Hair Shiny with a Proper Diet

Some other tricks for shiny hair include a healthy diet and lifestyle. Diet is very important if you want to learn how to make hair shiny. Hair is basically dead protein. Some people argue that because of this, it doesn't matter what you eat to keep your hair healthy. This is untrue. Even though hair is dead, it still is derived from nutrients that growing hair needs, the same as fingernails.

The most important elements of your diet to get smooth and shiny hair should include protein, of course. Dark green vegetables and fresh fruits are also needed to make hair shiny. Dark green vegetables help contribute iron and vitamin E needed for healthy, shiny hair.

Fish is very beneficial to help make hair shiny. Fish has lots of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Very few foods contain these, and fish is one of the best sources. These essential fatty acids help get smooth and shiny hair. If you don't eat much fish, you should consider taking fish oil capsules to make hair shiny. This is one of the best tricks for shiny hair, but is also excellent for your overall health.

One of the Best and Easiest Tricks for Shiny Hair

One of the simplest and cheapest tricks for shiny hair is good old-fashioned water. Drink lots of water to get smooth and shiny hair. If you don't drink enough water, you will become dehydrated. Your body is going to deplete hair of moisture first, as it is not vital to your health. This will cause dry, coarse, brittle, easily damaged hair- the exact opposite of how to make hair shiny.

Avoid These If You Want to Get Smooth and Shiny Hair

Smoking is the death not only of you, but of your hair as well. If you want to get smooth and shiny hair, you need to quit smoking if you do. Too much caffeine can also prevent shiny hair.

Smooth and Shiny Hair

More Tricks for Shiny Hair

Sometimes dull hair is caused by buildup of hair products. At least once a month, use a clarifying shampoo to remove these hair products and help make hair shiny.

A simple trick for shiny hair is to always rinse your hair in cold water last to get hair smooth and shiny. This will cause the outside hair covering, called the cuticle, to lie flat and smooth. This in turn will reflect light and help make hair shiny and healthy looking.

Shiny Hair and Curls Do Not Mix

If your hair is curly, you will probably need a little extra help when learning how to make hair shiny. This is because curly hair doesn't have smooth cuticles. And curly hair is by nature usually dry.

Try hair shine products and anti-frizz hair products until you find one that will make hair shiny. They are truly great tricks for shiny hair. There are some fantastic ones on the market, but it really is trial and error, depending on your hair and your own preferences.

And remember, less is more. You don't want the products to build up and cause dullness.

Shiny Hair Using Natural Products

If you want shiny hair using natural products, henna is one of the best tricks for shiny hair ever. Henna actually improves hair's health as well as make hair shiny. Because it coats the hair shaft instead of penetrating it like commercial haircoloring products, your hair will feel thicker as well. And henna will gradually wash away. It doesn't leave that tacky look that a person gets when their colored hair starts growing out.

Be warned, though. Henna is messy and smells terrible. It will stain anything it touches, not just your hair. It also will only color hair a reddish shade, if it is authentic henna. Henna can't be used over commercial hair coloring products. But if you want a natural product that doesn't damage hair and that will make hair shiny, henna is the ticket.

Learning How to Make Hair Shiny Is Easy, but Takes Time

Shiny hair doesn't appear naturally overnight. Only hair products can do that. If you want truly healthy hair that is shiny, you must eat properly. A healthy lifestyle will also contribute to healthy, shiny hair. Just like the rest of your body, healthy hair depends on healthy habits. Give it awhile to see results- at least a couple of months.

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      Mehak 6 years ago

      Thanks these tips rock..

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      Stacey 6 years ago

      It works!

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      lovemahair 6 years ago

      just put almond oil and a few drops of lemon and also some amount of olive oill.. apply it on your hairs before 3 hours when you are going to wash your hair.. and then see the magic.

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      hassan 6 years ago

      i need my har is long

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      abi 6 years ago

      my hair is medium straight and aftr a wash wen its completely dry my hair flies a lot and tips to control my flying hair and make it smooth and silky and thick too???

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      Kate 6 years ago

      This was really helpful! I have thick curly hair, so I need a lot of help. Thanks for the tips! :)

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      robertaF 6 years ago

      We recently moved and discovered that the water in our new home hated my hair. It was flat, lifeless, and dull. All the shampoos that used to work no longer did a thing for my hair. In fact, some of my shampoo made my hair worse! I was trying every shampoo under the sun, all the salon brands, too. NOTHING worked. Until. . . Shielo! I used the Hydrate Shampoo with the Hydrate Conditioner - After the first washing, I knew my hair was different. The shine started to come back, my set lasted longer, and it started to appear that I had doubled the amount of hair on my head!! After 4 months of agony, I can relax knowing that Shielo will take care of me. Nothing is worse than having a bad hair day everyday.

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      Jamie 6 years ago

      I think its totally silly how people assume Asians have the greatest hair in the world.

      Have you even ever looked at Asian hair products? They have a lot of oils in it. Hairspray has oils, hair water has oils, jellys and milky solutions all made to smooth hair to get it straight and perfect as possible. It's the oil in the hair that makes it nice. Their hair can hold it too because it's totally different than our caucasian hair.

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      sabby 6 years ago

      my hair is wavy and shiny , thanks to aussie 3 min miracle

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      Enas 7 years ago

      I Know Curls And Shine Don't Mix but I Have A Smooth hair shaft But Curly And My Hair Is shiny And Actually those tips work very good I have tried them and if u mix lemon juice to water and rinse your hair with it , it will give you great results

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      Matilda 7 years ago

      There are 5 things you need to do (THAT IS ALL):

      1. Maintain a good diet this means no fast foods, caffeine, and make sure to drink at least 12 glasses of water a day.

      2. Don't over handle your hair if not necessary if you do it will cause breakage and Make your hair very oily.

      3. Do not use products very often or at all (this excludes shampoo and conditioner)

      4. Do not over wash your hair, but if it gets oily very quickly switch to Hair Type: Oily shampoo and conditioner but all ways find and organic one.

      5. Keep a health Lifestyle this means no smoking, alcohol abuse, exercise and eating right.

      All these tips will help your hair as well as you skin.

      This article was very good, although I knew most of it.


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      carolyn 7 years ago

      the olive oil conditioner can be bought in the black hair care section at Walmart, it works and easier to rinse out than straight cooking oil.The cool water rinse is the best shine msker.

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      jenny 7 years ago

      I would also recommend yogurt i usually do that it help keep my naturally curly hair very smooth and frizz free in winters it gets hard to put yogurt on the hair as its cold. However, what could then be used is heated coconut oil with a drop of olive oil massaged well in your hair the night before you shampoo your hair especially oil the tips and the bottom of your hair and the scalp with hot oil. This would first of all naturally heal the damaged hair and also give it a shine and make them grow longer if wished.

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      rox 7 years ago

      its a silly remedy really. made hair sticky and the smell was very unpleasant. wouldn't recommend it to anyone

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      Dash 7 years ago

      This article is incorrect and uninformed. You can use henna over commercial hair dye if you use 100% pure henna. If your looking for a natural dye you shouldn't be using the henna with additives anyways. Some henna has added metallic salts that can turn bleached hair green or dissolve is completely. If you want henna that's good for your hair you shouldn't be using this stuff.

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      Lorraine 7 years ago

      My hair is my very long and yes curly iam 50yrs old i had thyriod issues my hair is very shiney like when i was a teen i don't color it no more or cut no blow dryer what really help is 3 minute miracle by aussie it is a miracle worker and cheap to i drink tons of coffee and smoke not good but everyone loves my hair

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      prabha 7 years ago

      hi very nice tips...thanks

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      rupali 7 years ago

      not too good tips

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      Alix 7 years ago

      I hav naturally really dead straight soft,shiny hair but it is thin any tips?



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      gabriela 7 years ago

      thanks u ...

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      jessica 7 years ago

      thanks this is what i need but not every ones hair that is curly is dry.

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      Kc[: 7 years ago

      I TOTALLY agree with curlylocks!! My hair is very curly also & shiny...!

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      aliciai 7 years ago

      This natural combination works in increible in your hair, Olive oil and yolk eggs.

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      renee 7 years ago

      lol in regards to the comments by "curly whoever who doesn't care what anyone thinks" if you didn't care then why post a comment? I think this hub has awesome ideas and i myself have curly hair!There always gotta be one negative comment from someone who has nothin better to do!!WINGER!

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      CurlyShineySmooth 7 years ago

      I have curly hair, and it is shiny and not dry. It's actually really soft and healthy.

      it mostly depends on the person and a Lot on how you take care of it.

      I use regular shampoo and conditioner nothing fancy or really expensive, eat a realtively healthy diet, i don't use heat on my hair, but the occasional spray gel on days where it doesn't want to cooperate.

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      jyoti 7 years ago

      wow it gives us an excellent idea

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      Swati(india) 7 years ago

      I agree with John Foster... coconut oil IS very nutritious for hair... but it also makes it easy for hair to fall off.. cz oil soaks up the scalp, loosens the pores and lets the hair roots out. Experience is talking!

      An alternative- Instead of soaking your hair with coconut oil before wash, you can simple apply 3-5 drops of oil AFTER WASH. Then, after removing the tangles gently, comb your hair from top to bottom 6-8 times to spread the oil evenly all over ur hair.

      RESULT- 1)reduces hair fall

      2)keeps hair silky and soft

      3)nourishes hair

      Experience is talking!

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      manpreet  7 years ago

      boring tips should write more that can be made from home made things

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      the pink umbrella 7 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      i have to admit im one of the lucky ones. no matter what ive done to my hair its always bounced back. im not so sure its shiny, but its soft and thick and always looks so healthy. oh, and danielle, not everyone knows that not drinking anough water will dry your hair out, and not to brush when wet, and all that. You sem like you want an instant mericle fix. you wont find it. if your dissapointed, move on to another hub or look online, don't litter a hub with your negativity. This was actually a very informative hub. maybe your dissapointed because your impossible to please. or is that a stupid thing that you already know??

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      Danielle 8 years ago

      This didn't help me at all it didn't actually tell wat 2 use and except stupid things that evryone knows already. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!

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      Betty Bolden 8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      what about the hair stays frizzy no matter what..

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      RI!^^!jhI!^^!...... :)  8 years ago

      my hair were naturally dead staight,silky n shiny but it turned into thick,frizzy n a bit curly too after i had a haircut now i m 13 year old n i have wavy hair

      the tips r superb

      love ya !!!!!!!! keep it up!

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      richard_john 8 years ago from UK

      Smoking and caffeine both things I would like to give up for good, well the list of reasons to give up has been increased!

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      Curlylocks 8 years ago

      I actually don't like this advice. It leaves me feeling like, so what? Who cares what you think? No offense, but I have curly hair, and it is very smooth. You say curly hair can't be shiny, you should see my hair in the sun. Listen, you need to get some facts straight if your going to give people advice. And, don't comment on anything I say. Honestly I don't care what anyone thinks about my opinions, or whether you like them or not.

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      Wallace Pepperfield 8 years ago

      what are we talking about again?

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      poopieking 8 years ago

      wow these are the tips that i have been looking for. thanks

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      anthony valencia 9 years ago

      txnssssssssssssssssssssssss for all i make my hair shiny over the sun

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      i want to make my hair dark brown and shiny what should i to

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      livelovecoffee 9 years ago from Georgia

      This is something that all women strive for. I know my girl friend tries just about everything in the store. Thanks for all the tips. I will have to fill her in on them. Great Hub

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      livelovecoffee 9 years ago from Georgia

      This is something that all women strive for. I know my girl friend tries just about everything in the store. Thanks for all the tips. I will have to fill her in on them. Great Hub

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      Amber90 9 years ago

      It is hard to maintain healthy hair and not over shower (if only showers didn't feel so good : ) I do agree that natural products are the way to go. A lot of the expensive stuff has so many additives it depletes the natural oils so you body over produces them and you are stuck with a greasey look...ew. very nice read. sweet and to the point.

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      mary 9 years ago

      i don't know how it's possible,. but if i goa day without washing my ahir, it will end of being greasy AND staticy! the worst times 2!!! my hair was allt he same length then i cut it short and i grew back all wavy and i got layers so its completely horrible..i just want it all the same length and shiny and smooth, i hop its not just a dream

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      BizzyMuse 9 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub! A trick my grandmother taught me is to rub a drop of olive oil in the palm of my hands and smooth it on my hair. It works great every time.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I was always told that washing your hair in vinegar or beer also help make your hair shiny.

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      Richard 9 years ago

      I think it would be appropriate to mention that dietary effects on hair only affect new growth. So it may take a couple of years to see significant effects of diet on the quality of your hair. Oh yes, and you would have to maintain your diet for the whole time.

      Personally, I would love to have more shiny hair, but it seems impossible to reverse the dietary habits of a lifetime - just impossible.

      Yes indeed to not combing or brushing wet hair - yes to extended periods of conditioner application - yes to high quality washing and conditioning products - yes to washing at least three times a week - NO to warm blowing until my hair has become nearly dry . That all helps to make my hair as shiny and healthy as possible.

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      fatima 9 years ago

      use a coconutoil before shower its make hair soft and shiny

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      John foster 9 years ago from South Africa

      One of the reasons indians have such great hair can be attributed to the coconut oil in their diets. Coconut oil is a great hair treatment and very healthy in many other ways. try search google under "Coconut Oil Benefits". Do be wary though for Gout Sufferers. An increase in Coconut oil can trigger Gout.

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      margiemaesa 9 years ago

      yes i really agree with that solution how to make shiny hair.because my hair so natural.because i always eat a good and healthy food to prevvent my hair healthy and shiny?

      ehm ....i proud that you have a products that can help us?to beame hair shiny and im in saloon to treat a damage hair,like a curly hair,how to become shiny.....

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      irenehelenzundel 9 years ago

      To thicken and moisturize your hair, and give it a healthy shine:Puree in your blender:1 egg yolk1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup whole milk4 tbsp. aloe vera gel and4 fresh strawberriesApply the mixture to damp, towel-dried hair. For best results, start at the roots and comb through to the end of the hair.Place a shower cap or warm towel over your hair for 15 to 30 minutes.Shampoo and rinse until the water runs clear.

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      Rhym O'Reison 9 years ago from Crowley, Tx

      These really are good tips. I have one for all those girls out there that do have curly hair, since it really is harder to get our shine on. If you blow-dry/diffuse your hair, don't use it until your hair is completely dry. The curl will be less frizzy and more defined if you stop while your hair is just slightly damp. (you'll get the hang of it) It will also be shinier for longer that way.

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      market solution 9 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I dream of shiny hair and I suppose I do have it - sort of. My hair is very healthy but my hairs are so thick, curly and course that they nearly make noise as they hit the ground. Guess I'll keep dreaming. Good hub!

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      betherickson 9 years ago from Minnesota

      I like the use of natural products. I don't have to worry of side effects but the negative side for that is the smell like the hena. I agree of what you said, it smells terrible. lol!.. Nice hub! Love your tips. Keep up the good work.

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      fourseasons 9 years ago from Pink City

      thanks for nice tips,

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Huh! I used to have a boar bristle brush but I thought it just did a good job of getting out knots, not that it also made my hair shiny!

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      koncling 9 years ago from Nice Winding Room

      Today Hair is a Crown for almost people......especially for woman.

      I'm using traditional methode to care my hair...and it's work

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      Om Paramapoonya 9 years ago

      Nice hub. I have to admit that I hate buying hair products and hardly brush my hair! That's why I keep my hair short. But I will try to follow some of your easy tips.

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      I just wish I had more hair! LOL!!!

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      cvaughn570 9 years ago

      I agree luvnlyf! Who would have thought that all the caffeine would make my hair dull?

      Thanks Angela,

      Carol :-)

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      luvnlyf 9 years ago

      Too much caffeine??? No way! Well at least I know why my hair isn't as shiny as I'd like it:) Very informative! Thanks!