The quest for super shiny hair is real. Even when we’ve got style and color covered, that element of shine somehow eludes us. It’s the je ne sais quoi of haircare; even when we do everything right, shampoo commercial levels of luminescence are somehow still out of reach. Don’t worry though, the revamping power of great shine can be yours if you just follow some easier-than-you-might-think steps. We tapped Colorist Matt Rez at MÈCHE Beverly Hills–who keeps Chiara Ferragni and Tash Oakley’s hair looking fab–for his tips on getting strands to diamond-level brightness.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Basically, hydration is key to getting the shiniest locks of your life. “Use a hydrating mask once a week,” advises Rez. “Think of your hair like you do your skin. Glowing skin is hydrated; if you want hair to shine, it needs the same type of care,” he explains. You want to make sure you’re using a product that will really penetrate the cuticle, giving you reflective locks. “I love shu uemura’s urban moisture line for this,” says Rez.
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Dude, Where's My Humectants
Hair doesn’t appear shiny because it’s missing humectants, which bring moisture to hair.
The More You Brush
According to Rez, it’s not your imagination—some people just have shinier hair than others. However, that could just be because they’re brushing more often. Does our quest stop at our combs, omg? “Hair that is brushed consistently, preferably two times a day, will have oils delivered from the scalp, to give the shaft the nutrients needed to not be as dry,” says Rez.
Curls That Shine
Unfortunately, curly hair will always be drier. “The reason for this, is that the spiral pattern makes it harder for the essential oils of the scalp to run down the hair shaft, so curly hair needs more attention and care,” Rez explains. Also, curly-haired chicas don't brush as much, in general, so as not disturb their wave pattern. “They really have to be on their A-game with hydration masks!” he adds.
Steps to Shiny
The steps to remedy dry hair seem simple enough. “Brush more often and use the right products to deliver moisture,” advises Rez. To get shinnin' hair, hydrate and brush at least twice a day—and don’t neglect your color, which could be damaging and thus dulling you out. “Don't over-process with chemicals!” Rez warns. Instead, if you’re covering up greys, use Demi-permanent color. “It's a myth that you need ammoniated color to cover grey hair,” he says.
Gloss It On
As far as gloss goes, yes, it can help keep up appearances. “Glosses add shine as they adhere the outer layer of hair,” explains Rez, who is in love with Redken SHADES EQ and PM SHINES by PAUL MITCHELL. However, don’t forget your deep conditioning treatment, which will change hair from the inside out. “Deep conditioning treatments enter the cuticle and work on the health of the hair—and healthy hair is shiny!” he tells us.
No Need to DIY
Unfortunately, this is not the case for DIY remedies. “I don't think they work long term or change the hair for the most part... they don't penetrate the cuticle,” says Rez. “Most girls I see need something specifically designed for hair to give it more boost than at home DIY remedies can deliver,” he adds.
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