Shine On: Great Products for Glossier Hair
If we had it our way, our hair would be so glossy that when we stepped out into the sunlight, we would blind passersby with our brilliant tresses. These shine-enhancing products look like a good starting point.
Bumble and bumble’s Let It Shine Shampoo uses (sun)flower power to strip away dulling buildup and draw out the sheen your hair’s natural oils provide. Start with this product as your shine-enhancing foundation, and you’re well on your way to blinding ’em with science.
Most hair-care lines that recommend using their products in conjunction with one another are just working a marketing angle. Not so with Bumble and bumble’s Let It Shine Conditioner, which, when paired with the matching shampoo, is a marriage made in heaven. The conditioner works to promote maximum shimmer by detangling your tresses and “sorting strands to let them catch the light.”
Not only is Frédéric Fekkai’s Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist feather-light, but it also smells good enough to eat, with encapsulated olive oil as its primary ingredient. The self-renewing spray goes on evenly for all-over glimmer that lasts the whole day. ($25, sleekhair.com)
Leave it to Victoria’s Secret, purveyor of all things sexy, to come up with a shine-enhancing hair product guaranteed to turn heads (even when you’re not wearing lingerie). Apply it after conditioning for a high-gloss finish, courtesy of a Shine Intensifier Complex that controls frizz, protects against humidity, and conditions with sunflower extract. ($14, Victoria’s Secret)
Don’t settle for dull locks just because you’re on the road; Alterna’s Bamboo Shine On-the-Go Travel Set contains trial-size bottles of Luminous Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, Silk Sleek Brilliance Cream, and Luminous Shine Mist that you can conveniently carry on in your Ziploc bag of liquids.
Moroccanoil’s products are cropping up in salons more and more frequently, recognized for their gentle ingredients, including a proprietary argan oil blend containing vitamins A, E, and F, and UV and antioxidant protection. The line’s Glimmer Shine Spray enhances color and highlights and facilitates elasticity, thereby ensuring optimal light reflection and radiance. ($23.99, Amazon)
Apply a few drops of Oscar Blandi’s Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum to damp or dry hair. Then close your eyes, breathe deeply, and prepare to enjoy the experience of wearing a heavenly scented halo all day. This serum works hard, too: it creates instant shine, moisturizes hair and defends against environmental stresses, and fights frizz. Apply it to a ponytail or an updo for an extra-polished finish.