Since the beginning of time, shiny hair has been the symbol of healthy, luxurious hair.
Having shiny, healthy hair makes your skin glow, making your face appear more radiant from the reflection of light.
What makes hair shine is the hair cuticle laying flat.
Instead of spending a lot of money on glazing treatments in the salon or shine treatments bought from the store, you can make the best shampoos and tonics that will smooth your hair and make it radiant.
In this chapter, we’re going to learn the basics of hair care that will help you get the most luster, as well as learn about some infallible shampoo and tonic recipes.
These recipes are affordable and work even better than expensive products on the market or treatments at the salon.
First, let’s review basic hair care habits that will help you on your way to incredible shiny hair.
1.Make sure you are getting your vitamins every day. The condition of our hair and skin tell us whether or not we are getting the nutrients we need.
Make sure your diet consists of plenty of protein, carbs and fat. Take a multivitamin every day and talk to your doctor about any types of supplements that would be beneficial for you.
2.Protect your hair from the sun. Overexposure to the sun and dry out hair making it dull and dry. When spending extended time in the sun, cover up your hair with a cute hat or bandana.
3.When washing hair, rinse with cold water. This will help close the hair shaft and help the hair cuticle lay flat.
4.If you can avoid it, don’t use heated tools to style your hair. Or at least minimize it as much as you can. If you flatten your hair, allow your hair to air dry first, rather than use your hairdryer and then flat iron. Always use a heat protect when using heated tools.
If you do use your hairdryer, at the end of drying, go over your entire head with the cool air setting on your hairdryer to close the hair cuticle.
Now on to some great homemade shampoos and tonics that will boost your
Eggstreme Shine Tonic
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of Honey
Wet hair and allow to air dry for 20 minutes. Mix ingredients until it forms a paste. Smooth onto hair, working into scalp and hair well. Cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Let it set for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Use once a week for best results.
2 cups Warm Water
3 tablespoons Honey
Mix water and honey together and pour into a small spray bottle. Spritz liberally onto freshly washed towel-dried hair. Massage onto scalp and hair. Let tonic set on hair for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Beer Shine Tonic
12 ounces Flat Beer
Shampoo hair as normal and rinse thoroughly. Apply beer to hair from roots to ends of hair, massaging into your scalp and hair follicles. Leave in hair for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Green Tea Shine Shampoo
½ cup Cool Brewed Green Tea
½ cup Liquid Castile Soap
4 teaspoons Fresh Aloe Vera
25 drops Essential Oil (Lemon, Rosemary, Lavender or Bergamot)
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a dark glass airtight container. Shake well before use. Use a quarter size portion of shampoo and lather well. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.