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How to fight the dry season for that shimmery high-gloss look

How to fight the dry season for that shimmery high-gloss look

All I want this holiday season is shiny and silky hair. If this is your deepest holiday wish, then we’re happy to help you get that look for the holidays and beyond.

Think about what healthy hair looks like. Dull, frizzy, and dry will never be adjectives associated with vibrant hair. Instead, you’re going to hear words like shimmery, silky, soft, and shiny. 

The problem is that the holidays come during the driest time of the year, and dry weather makes hair dull, frizzy, and low on moisture.

What goes into fighting what the season does to your hair and then reversing it, so you get the phenomenal shine that perfectly reflects those twinkle lights? You want the glass hair trend, and here’s how you get it.

How to get shiny hair

Shiny hair is a reflection of good health, so part of it comes from sticking with good choices, and the other part of it takes some work.

From the inside

Uber glossy locks start with internal moisture. Healthy hair is full of internal moisture, but even then, dry air can do some damage. This is why it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re fueling yourself from the inside in a healthy way.

This means drinking lots and lots of water, eating healthy meals, and taking some vitamins to replace the nutrients you don’t get from your food.

From the outside

The next step is to add moisture from the outside. This is done by conditioning with Hair La Vie Conditioner, or your current conditioner, every time you wet your hair, whether you’re washing it or not. 

Then, depending on your hair, you may need extra steps. Consider adding a leave-in moisturizer to your repertoire, trying a weekly hair mask, or using hair oils. Oils are a hot trend and make your hair super soft and shiny.

A hairdresser blow drying her client's hair

Smoothing shampoo 

Find a good smoothing shampoo, and on the days when you’re styling your hair, be sure to use this shampoo. You typically hear about smoothing shampoos when it’s very humid, but they’re also useful in dry weather, and they’re also fantastic for creating straight, shiny hair.

These shampoos contain higher levels of silicones, polymers, and conditioning agents that weigh your hair down and fight its natural tendency to bounce or frizz. They also provide a little protection against styling tools, but not enough.

Protect your locks

Before blow-drying and ironing your hair, use a good heat protectant. Not only will this help your hair stay healthy and not look frizzy, but many of them have ingredients that boost the luster of your hair to give it that silky look.

Blow out

Hair looks shinier if it’s straight, and that’s part of the glass hair trend. To get this, use your blow dryer to do your own blowout. You want to aim the air downward and use a wide-toothed comb to help straighten the hair as you go.

Flat iron

Today’s glass hair is actually a resurrection of a process called a silk press. The silk press was a big trend in the 90s and even before that. So, it’s nothing new, but modern products make it easier to do without damaging your hair.

A thermal or glossing product should be applied to your hair before using your flat iron to straighten. This product will help set your straightened and shined hair while protecting it from the heat.

A woman straightening her hair.

Here’s a tip. Different hair requires a different flat iron. If your hair is fine and easy to straighten, use a ceramic flat iron at a lower heat. 

If your hair is coarse and hard to straighten, you’ll want to use a titanium straightener and higher heat. Try at a lower setting first and then bring the heat up if you must.

Give it a rest

While your glass hair is a cool hit, you still want to take a break every now and then. The products you use to create the look will coat your hair with build-up and, after a while, that build-up looks grungy and dull. 

A thorough wash with Hair La Vie’s shampoo and conditioner will encourage your hair to shine again. Be sure to let your hair air dry after washing. 

Final thoughts

Glass hair, or the shiniest hair around, typically comes paired with straight locks. Consider this the anti-beach hair movement. It’s a hot trend, and it’s sure to be with us over the holidays when everyone’s hair needs to be extra.

To achieve the look with success, you need to focus on healthy hair from the inside and out. Once you’ve mastered that, you want to add moisture and protectants whenever you can. 

Working your blow dryer and flat iron through your hair in sections will help you solidify your slick hair skills, but it’ll take some practice before you become a pro. After that, head to the party–you’re ready to shine!

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