How to get Shiny, Healthy Hair

 

Regardless of whether prefer your locks short or long, or you have hair that is thick or thin, curly or straight, having hair that is healthy and shiny never goes out of style. Since we spend so much of our time, money and energy on our hair, it only makes sense that we get it looking its best. We love to curl, straighten, pull up, let down and color our hair in every way our imagination will let us. The are no limits when it comes to our hair, and it really is an extension of who we are. So it only makes sense that keeping our hair looking and feeling its best is something we all try to achieve. Below are the tips and tricks I have learned since on my journey to weightloss. Hopefully, these will help you attain the kind of hair that every woman will covet.

Take Vitamin E and Biotin

In my journey to lose weight, I’ve become an avid taker of vitamins. Vitamin E, Salmon Oil supplements, and my multi vitamin have been my staples in trying to maintain good health (and hair). Vitamin E helps increase the uptake of oxygen into the cells of the body–thereby increasing the circulation to the scalp, while biotin promotes healthy hair growth.

Drink Plenty of Water

 

Water is the number one thing your body needs to function- your hair included!  Drinking plenty of water not only flushes out toxins, but it keeps your hair moisturized.  I know its hard to put down the Pepsi, but try switching out just one drink a day for a bottle of water- it really makes a difference in the health of your hair and skin.

Avoid Bleaching or Over-styling your Hair

Bleaching, styling, and using any heat products on your hair can dry it out and cause damage.  Whenever I wash my hair, I make sure it is at least 70% dry before I use a hair dryer- the less heat you use on your hair, the healthier it stays.  (I usually just do my makeup while my hair naturally dries, then will go blow dry and style…)

Eat lots of protein

A diet high in lean protein is amazing for the body (it’s been my key to losing weight-  sad to say this Italian girl had to cut back on her pasta :(  ) Since hair is protein, it makes sense that in order for it to grow that you need to eat protein.  Some favorites of mine:  roasted chicken, beans, and nuts.

Protect your Hair

To keep that lovely mane shiny, you need to protect it! Never use heat tools on your hair unless you put a protectant on it first- my favorite is the “It’s a 10″ miracle spray.  It makes my hair SO shiny, soft, and smells oh so good…

Here’s Paige’s review on it:  http://www.makeupgeek.com/reviews/hair-products/review-its-a-10-leave-in-conditioner/

Use a Hair Mask

Once a week I apply a hair mask and wear it overnight.  I look oh so sexy with my hair in a bun with plastic wrap over it- haha!  My favorite mask is the Moroccan Oil Hair Mask- it smells like vanilla and coconut and makes my hair super soft.

Wash your hair 3-4 times a week

I admit, this one was hard for me as I used to be a wash-my-hair-every-day girl… But once I started washing my hair every other day I have noticed it hasn’t been quite as dry (plus it saves me time- oh yeah!)  The ends of your hair need to get that natural oil, so use a boar bristle brush and gentle brush your hair before bed to spread that oil to the ends.

Eat dark green veggies

Dark green veggies are amazing for your hair and body- they provide essential nutrients in keeping you healthy.  There’s a reason your momma told you to eat your spinach…

 

I hope these little tips help you all achieve the shiny healthy hair that you want!  I know it sounds so cliche, but what you eat really does affect your outer appearance.  Just a few changes in diet can help your skin and hair, plus it makes you healthier and happier!

XOXO,
Marlena

 

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I would look into a dry shampoo if you have issues w/ oily hair. Tigi (Bed Head) has one in their Rockaholic line, called Dirty Secret, that is one of my favorites. Redken also has a dry shampoo, called Powder Refresh 01, that works well. If you are looking for a dry shampoo that adds volume and doesn’t give you “ashy” looking roots then I would use the Sexy Hair Concepts one, theirs is clay based rather that powder based. Also if you need something to “restyle” your hair w/o washing they have a product called Spoil Me that is a defrizzer/restyler that works amazing too.
I hope this helps!

You were washing your hear every day? Where did you find time and the will to do that? It was always strange to me that US women are washing their hair every day. :) I’m washing my hair 1-2 times a week and I my they are very healthy. :)

You were washing your hair every day? Where did you find time and the will to do that? It was always strange to me that US women are washing their hair every day. I’m washing my hair 1-2 times a week and they are very healthy.

Fantastic info thanks Marlena… Can I please check the mask you use, is it the brand Moroccan Oil or Hollywood Beauty? The link didn’t take me to either so I wanted to check as I am very interested. Also do you still recommend and use the Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioners? Love your opinion on them as you used to recommend them… Thank you in advance, this is fantastic info.

Hi Marlena, exelent advice for getting strong healthy hair. Just FYI we don’t bleach the hair we decolorize it or colorstrip it. And also look in to going to the salon and seeing about a monthly treatment for hair. they r used to put proten back in to the hair and lost moisture plus they r just great. so try it they r great . :)

Hi, I’m a new geek; love the site, videos, articles and store! A really good trick for super shiny hair is an apple cider vinegar rinse. It gently removes build up from hair products. It’s 1/3 cup vinegar for 1 quart water. After shampooing and conditioning, add rinse, leave in for a few seconds and rinse with cool water. Don’t worry, you’re hair won’t smell of vinegar once it’s dry. It’s worth doing once in a while, not more than once a week.

Tammie

I love the tips, but I (also Italian and would have trouble with the pasta thing) have excess oil, and must wash my hair everyday. If i don’t it becomes greasy and smelly. Because of this, I don’t think it ever has time to become dry.