Lack of shine is a symptom of poor hair condition. In order to solve out the problem, you must learn the cause first. Why hair is dull and how to bring back shine? Which professional and home treatments let you hold lackluster-hair problem at bay?
Why is my hair dull?
Hair lacks shine mostly because of wrong hair care, chemical processing overuse and diet poor in minerals and vitamins. Poor hair condition is intensified by various factors e.g. air pollution, air conditioning and hard tap water.
How to add shine to hair?
1. Professional salon treatments for dull hair
If you go for shine-boosting home treatments, you must be patient because you’re going to wait long for the effects. Women who are after quick spectacular makeover should try professional salon procedures. A good hairdresser will surely advise you on the proper therapy. The right choice may give you an immediate effect after just one treatment.
2. Home remedies for dull hair
- Boiled or filtered water for dull hair
Tap water containing lots of scale may leave your hair dull-looking. Too hard water worsens the condition of hair which consequently loses gloss and gets coarse and lifeless. As a result, despite intensive and proper hair care, the nutrients can’t get through the wall of scale building up on hair for long years and thus can’t work the way they should. That’s why the last rinsing should be done with boiled or filtered water instead of tap water. When it comes to removing the scale from hair, you should use a clarifying shampoo and an acidifying hair rinse once a week. On a daily basis, use mild shampoos which additionally keep moisture in hair.
- An acidic rinse for dull hair
It should be used for the final rinsing as the last stage of a hair wash. This DIY product is meant for closing cuticle scales for smooth hair surface. The hair is shiny and silk-like. The most popular hair rinses are based on vinegar and lemon.
- Vinegar hair rinse
is based on apple cider vinegar which has the most natural ingredients. You pour the vinegar to room temperature (preferably, boiled) water, 1 cup of water for 1 tablespoon of vinegar. The vinegar changes the properties of water making it softer and acidic.
How to use apple cider vinegar? After washing hair using a gentle shampoo, rinse the strands using tap water. For the final rinse, use your DIY apple cider vinegar mixture. After washing and rinsing, let your hair dry naturally, without the blow-dryer’s assistance.
- Lemon juice hair rinse balances the scalp pH and, at the same time, protects your hair from dry air, hard strongly-chlorinated water and impurities. In order to make it, add 3 spoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice to 2 liters of water. Soak your hair in the mixture for a few seconds and don’t rinse the hair. At first, the hair might seem coarse but the effect disappears once hair dries.