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How to Add Shine to Natural Hair

How to Add Shine to Natural Hair

Sometimes natural hair can seem dull (even after conditioner, creams, and butters). From the start, tightly coiled hair has a harder time reflecting light. But if you want your curls to shine like Solange Knowles's, there are a few tricks to try for glistening (not greasy) curls.

Vinegar: One culprit for dull hair can be product buildup. If you primarily stick to conditioner washing and sulfate-free shampoo, styling remnants can still be weighing your hair down. Try a clarifying shampoo at least once a month. You can also add an apple cider vinegar rinse after every cleanse to get rid of the buildup and seal the cuticle.

Cool Water: Giving your head a shot of cold water after a deep conditioning treatment seals in moisture, which creates a smooth, glossy finish. When you cut down on frizz, you can increase the amount of shine.

Heat: Stretching hair with a blow dryer before styling helps add shine by creating more surface area for the light to hit. Remember to use a heat-protectant serum and finish it off with a blast of cool air (which has the same effect as cold water).

Oil: When it's time to unravel twists, keep a light oil nearby (like argan or avocado oil). Put the product on your fingers to cut down on frizz and add a final shot of shine.

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