View Full Version : What are your shine secrets?

September 29th, 2012, 04:44 PM
My hair always looks so dull to me, and I wish it'd have more shine. I'm trying to avoid potentially harmful shine sprays, though, so I wondered if LHC would have any great advice. Thanks! :p

September 29th, 2012, 04:47 PM
I believe an ACV rinse increases shine as it closes the hair cuticles. However I have not tried this.

September 29th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Henna and gentle care made my hair shiny, but Toadstool (etsy) shampoo and conditioner made my hair BLINDINGLY shiny!!!!

September 29th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Senna gives me amazing shine! There's a picture in my album - it's the one where my hair looks really red. The color is off but the shine is dead on. :)

September 29th, 2012, 05:10 PM
My shine secrets are ACV rinses and CO.

If I need a quick extra shine boost, I use this conditioner: http://images-its.chemistdirect.co.uk/LOreal-Elvive-Nutri-Gloss-Crystal-Conditioner-179876.jpg?o=zgf@c215WunrE0hgUAjMLnzPH$Aj&V=1p$s

This also looks interesting: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=128

September 29th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Daily brushing with a pure boar bristle brush.

Blond On Blond
September 29th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Henna. Amla. Coney serums.

September 29th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Surprised to see no one's mentioned oil. I've never needed anything else.

September 29th, 2012, 06:48 PM
I use 2 products that make my hair ridiculously shiny:
-Original Moxie's Hair Bling----this pomade is approprietly named. Shine is beyond crazy
-Pura Body's Cupuacu Butter----smells delish andhair is sooo shiny.

September 29th, 2012, 11:35 PM
Jojoba Oil. Very light and makes my hair very shiny :)

September 29th, 2012, 11:56 PM
Jojoba made a difference for me. My homemade shine serum is 1 part almond oil, 1 part jojoba, 1 part coconut, 1/2 part glycerin, 1/2 part castor oil.

September 29th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Vinegar and cold water rinses! Also I find if it dries in a way where it's not getting touched it look shinier, it alway looks great if I mist it with water and do rag curls. I use mineral oil in place of serum and that makes it more sleek as well.

September 30th, 2012, 01:41 AM
My shine secret is flash photography.

It looks about 20x better when my dad (or brother, they're my Designated Hair Photographic Documenters) uses the flash on our camera.

It doesn't do anything when I'm walking around reality, but it still helps raise my confidence. :shrug:

September 30th, 2012, 06:55 AM
I wish I had a secret, but the only time my hair is shiny is when it's greasy and needs a wash. :(

Miss Maisie
September 30th, 2012, 08:50 AM
Another vote for jojoba oil!

September 30th, 2012, 09:03 AM
For me it's Snowymoon's Moisture Treatment.

September 30th, 2012, 09:04 AM
Ever since I've been washing my hair with a shampoo/conditioner/honey mixture, it's been incredibly shiny =D

September 30th, 2012, 09:21 AM
I wish I had a secret, but the only time my hair is shiny is when it's greasy and needs a wash. :(

Story of my life! lol :p

September 30th, 2012, 10:08 AM
[quote=piffyanne;2319346]My shine secret is flash photography. /quote]

I love this answer! :joy:

September 30th, 2012, 10:28 AM
Henna + a sunny day!

September 30th, 2012, 04:41 PM
My oil mix and bbb. I use vinegar rinses too at times.

September 30th, 2012, 06:21 PM
ACV and cold water rinses. :)

Wiggy Stardust
September 30th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Dye, henna over dye, CO, light oiling.

September 30th, 2012, 08:43 PM
Cold rinses make my hair shinier :)

September 30th, 2012, 09:03 PM
[quote=piffyanne;2319346]My shine secret is flash photography. /quote]

I love this answer! :joy:
:bow: :cheese:

September 30th, 2012, 09:31 PM
To second everyone else..acid rinse, co-ing, oiling. With oils everone is different grapeseed or cocoa butter give me super shine but i dont like them as regulars so i do monoi as my hair likes it better. Shea makes me dull and my hair is finicky about olive. A little aloe over oiled hair in an updo does fantastic.

September 30th, 2012, 09:50 PM
Mine is co washing and amla powder mixed together. I tried an acv rinse but my hair seems shiny frizzy now. But I also tried yogurt in the mix and I normally don't. But I do have a nice shine so acv is my suggestion

Wildcat Diva
September 30th, 2012, 09:51 PM
Uh... BBB!

December 1st, 2012, 04:13 PM
ACV rinses and finishing my showers with cold water help increase shine for me :)

December 1st, 2012, 04:45 PM
I had my first nights sleep on a silk pillowcase last night and boy did my hair love it! It's definitely retained it's shininess from wash day yesterday.

December 1st, 2012, 05:06 PM
may be you need a clarify? citric acid/ vinegar rinses + my coconut and EVOO mix leave in

December 1st, 2012, 05:23 PM
Straight hair!

But to enhance my shine, I use camellia oil, not too much, not too little.

December 1st, 2012, 05:29 PM
I find wet bunning for several hours [I wash daily in the morning] and regular nightly oilings helps dramatically improve my shine. :) And using lots of conditioner. :disco:

December 1st, 2012, 05:29 PM
ACV rinses for sure and also serums or sprays with cones.

December 19th, 2012, 02:12 PM
Apple cider vinegar and air drying outside during the summer. It's winter right, now so I sit next to the fireplace and drink tea or hot chocolate as it dries.

December 19th, 2012, 02:31 PM
I also highly recommend cold water rinses, I saturate my hair with cold water before I leave the shower, leave-in conditioner if your hair can stand it works for me too and air drying

December 19th, 2012, 04:29 PM
CO washing works for me. I'd like shinier hair, but I already get lots of comments on it, so I'm not going to go crazy with serums and such. It seems that any oil in a mister bottle with water could help, though. :)

December 19th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Coney conditioner :shrug:

December 19th, 2012, 05:38 PM
I eat a high protein diet and have always received compliments on how shiny my hair is, also, I love my horn comb. It tames the little hairs that want to go wonky on me. keeping it all silky smooth. My hair hates cold water and ACV, unfortunately.

December 19th, 2012, 05:46 PM
I deep oil my hair once a week and condition a lot.

December 19th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Garnier Fructis 4 in 1 shine serum spray. My favorite!! Cone free too! Coconut oil too.

December 19th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Cold water rinses and sweet almond oil.

December 19th, 2012, 10:31 PM
My hair has gotten shinier since I've stopped using cones, actually!

December 20th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Straight hair! :lol: Quoted for truth.

December 20th, 2012, 06:29 AM
Mine goal is Sebum Only and it seem to be the best for human hair.

December 20th, 2012, 06:47 AM
My hair is naturally quite shiny; but sweet almond oil, argania oil for fine hair or simply my normal jojoba conditioner as a leave in all boost shine. Adding a few drops of sweet orange EO to conditioner or oil also adds shine, but it can cause sun damage so only use it as a pre-wash treatment or in a wash-out product (i.e. conditioner in the shower).
Coconut seems to make my hair either dull looking or greasy, ive never found the magic amount, and mineral oil makes my hair look lank and stringy even with the tiniest amount.

December 20th, 2012, 09:04 AM
1 part aloŽ vera gel
1 part sheabutter
1 part biosilk silk therapy serum

Just incredible! Works every time!

December 20th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Subbing to this thread because it's interesting.

In my case, my hair shine is just how my hair is, and in part helped by its health, but I'm always open to more suggestions on acquiring more shine. I like shine :D

December 20th, 2012, 12:57 PM
henna. it improves the overall quality of hair.

but over the night dramatic difference is made by... chelating shampoo. it really makes my hear shiny. does anybody know why?
somehow my hair needs chelating once per week or once per two weeks. i don't know why but I discovered that and it makes my hair happy :)

December 20th, 2012, 01:07 PM
Spray on some with water diluted hair oil, works for me:)

December 20th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Henna glosses , boar bristle brush & coconut oil

Raging Wolf
January 3rd, 2013, 01:35 PM
My hair has always been naturally shiny. It seems to really shine more now that I have been condition and washing it with Nature's Gate- Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense Shampoo and Conditioner. I just love the way it makes my hair feel soft, bouncy and shiny.

January 3rd, 2013, 02:36 PM
i have a shine spray from regis ( got it from a hair salon) that works fantastic and it has never harmed my hair, but mainly my hair is shiny due to its natural oily nature, so i have rare uses for it