How to get soft, shiny hair with vegan products
Molly Waring-Moore • October 29, 2018
There's more to shiny hair than just a 'shine spray.' Here's how to get the most out of your hair.
How to get shiny hair
Your hair needs to be in great condition to increase shine. A lot of this will come down to the hair cuticle. Each strand of hair has a cuticle, which runs all the way down. Just like your nail cuticles, this can be neat and close to the nail, or rough and lifted. When it's rough and 'open' your hair becomes dull and frizzy.
How can you close the cuticle? Reduce damage from heat and treat the hair.
Treating the hair
The John Masters Organics ‘Shine On’ is a leave-in conditioning treatment. It comes in a gel consistency, which you scoop up and then it turns into more of a watery consistency.
Consistency is key! One of the biggest mistakes in trying to revitalise your hair is using too many products that leave residue in your hair. If a treatment is too thick for your hair type or you’ve used too many products, you’re left with a product build-up, which actually dulls the hair.
The John Masters treatment doesn’t leave a residue in your hair and uses natural ingredients to replace silicone. It contains organic kelp instead of a synthetic silicone.
If you're using heat to style your hair, you'll notice the benefits the most when you're blow-drying as it helps to keep your hair feeling soft and hydrated.
If you have fine hair then this will be a great product to try out instead of thick creams and butters.
How to get soft hair
Soft hair does come with the increased shine. But to get your hair to feel super silky soft you need to combine a few techniques.
Towel drying hair
Firstly, the best way to towel dry. A lot of people rub a towel through their hair after they’ve washed it, but this can be damaging. You want to squeeze out the moistures and only rub it in the direction of the hair. Your hair is soft and shiny when the hair cuticle is closed but rubbing it ‘brushes up the cuticle’ (definitely not a technical term).
The best way to get soft hair when styling it is to use heat. Excessive heat DOES damage the hair and so in the long term, you want to limit the amount of heat you're using, but it will give an immediate softness to the hair when you're styling.
Protecting the hair
The first step is to protect. The John Masters leave-in conditioning mist is a conditioner and heat protectant in one. You want to make sure the products you use aren’t too heavy and this can be misted through the hair without weighing it down.
If your hair is looking dull because it’s dry, this will help to revitalise. It contains natural oils which are the key to keeping your hair soft. Just like rubbing oils into the skin, oils help to moisturise the hair too. When you use them while heat styling, you’ll notice your hair becomes a lot softer.
Because it is a light mist you can add it to dry hair before styling, or even just to add a bit of moisture. This would be a great product to take on holiday if you’re going to be in the sun a lot. The light mist is also perfect for people with fine hair as it won’t weigh it down.
When drying your hair with heat, make sure you’re only blowing heat in the direction of the hair. Try not to get too close to the hair to avoid it getting frizzy.
You can mist a bit of the spray on after your hair has dried to help tame any frizz or to just add a bit of moisture - especially towards the ends.
Keeping up this routine will soon leave your hair feeling silky smooth, without all of the toxic products that'll cause damage in the long run.