You don't have to use toxic shampoos and conditioners to fight dull hair. Achieving shiny hair doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. All you really need to do is hydrate. Keep your hair happy and hydrated by conditioning and cleansing and be sure to use the right products for your individual hair texture will keep you ahead of the wrath of the dulling elements.
The Ultimate Question: How do I make my hair shiny?
We suggest using Reform Beauty Smooth or Repair Conditioner after every shampoo. Shiny hair is hair that reflects light. Conditioners immediately smooth your hair cuticle (the outermost layer) and allow light to easily bounce off of it giving it that desired shine.
- Conditioner gets rid of tangles, so you are less likely to pull, damage and break your hair adding to that “dull” look.
- Conditioner helps to close (or smooth) your hair cuticle, so that it’s better protected and less likely to lose excess moisture.
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Tip 1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Hydrate your hair with the intensive Reform Treatment Masque around once a week. Moisturized hair has an intact, smooth and shiny cuticle while dry, dull hair usually has a damaged, rough and dull cuticle.
Broken hairs can give you the appearance of dull and frizzy hair and hair that’s all different lengths tends to stick out in odd places. Hydrated hair is elastic and does not break as easily and will look sleeker.
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Tip 2: Use the right tool for the job.
Use the correct shampoos and conditioners for your hair texture. Your shampoo should always be based on your hair texture (curly, straight, fine or course), while your conditioner should take your hair length and level of processing into account. If your hair is long and processed, it will need a stronger conditioner that has been designed for that type of hair.
Styling products should also be based on texture. Oil-based, heavy serums can make fine hair appear dull and overly oily. In contrast, lighter styling products won’t be smoothing enough for coarse or damaged hair.
Also, don't use too much! Style your hair in sections and don't use more than a nickle-sized amount. You can always add more as you go along, but you can never remove product once it's in.
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Tip 3: Use products properly!
Rinse, rinse, rinse it!!! The most common cause of dull hair is insufficient rinsing of shampoo. If you think you’ve rinsed enough, rinse again. Rinse until the water runs clear and there are no bubbles forming at the bottom of your shower.
Apply conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends. Applying conditioner to your roots can make your hair look dull and flat.
Find products (like Reform) that don’t contain ingredients that build up. Do not overload your hair with sulfates and unneeded ingredients in your styling products. You only need enough to smooth and set your style. Too much makes your hair look greasy and drab and nobody wants that.
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Tip 4: Look after your ends.
Hair that has broken strands or split ends can look dull even when cleansed and conditioned. When you blow dry, do so gently and avoid high heat and stop when “ just dry”. Use a light conditioning styling aid and a UV protective (all re-form products are UV protective!) spray or serum to help keep your ends smooth and protected.
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