10 Tricks for Shiny Hair
Written by: Brianna Peters
Published on: January 20, 2022
Updated on: June 12, 2023
As we burst into summer—with its weekend lake swims and sun-soaked ocean days and as many pools as possible—we like to have a strategy in place for our hair. The key: The right shampoo and conditioner help keep hair healthy-looking and protected from the chlorine, salt, and sun—and, of course, heat styling. From there, work more support into your hair routine with nourishing leave-in treatments, serums, masks, mists, and luscious creams to optimize hair health in every way.
At home or at the salon, any repair beyond a cut involves moisture—and, ideally, a little gentle heat. If you’re relaxing in the tub, take that steamy 20 minutes as the perfect opportunity for a softening, shine-boosting hair mask. Likewise, if you’re about to do yoga or Tracy Anderson or simply sweat in an infrared sauna, take advantage of the heat you’ll generate (it helps oils and nutrients really sink into your hair) and run a serum or mask through your hair before you start. You can also achieve a similar effect with a hair-dryer, using heat to supercharge the treatment. Below, our top 10 essentials, plus tips for smoother, shinier, silkier, healthier-looking hair.
Miracle Shine Shampoo
For noticeably glossier, silkier, bouncier hair, this shampoo—dreamily scented with frankincense and sandalwood—delivers shine-boosting amino acids, conditioning hydrolyzed pea protein, and scalp-boosting extracts as it gently cleanses and strengthens. Pure hair magic.
Whether your hair is dry and dull from beach gallivanting or you’re simply in the market for more shine and softer texture, this moisture-bomb conditioner combines gloss-inducing coconut and castor oils with fortifying amino acids for radiant, smooth, elastic results.
For more shine and less frizz and breakage overall, plus a sped-up drying routine, this light, easy towel will change the way you dry your hair. It’s super absorbent, soft to the touch, and ultragentle on hair—which means not only a quicker dry but also more-manageable hair when you take it off. When you’re out of the shower, wrap it at your hairline, tuck the ends in, and let it soak up the extra moisture for shinier, softer, frizz-free results.
Quite possibly the most beautiful brush on earth—it’s from one of the oldest brush makers in France—and made with a mix of boar and nylon bristles, this smooths, detangles, and gently massages the scalp as it eases through your hair (no matter your texture).
This high-tech dryer uses infrared light to dry the surface of the hair shaft, helping protect the inner cuticle from moisture loss. It’s lighter than light, and it’s the ultimate for supercharging your results.
To fight frizz, detangle, and boost shine, use this preshampoo glow-and-texture treatment. It’s made with plumeria monoi oil for radiance, cuticle-sealing vitamin C, and omega-rich sea buckthorn oil, and the results—shinier, softer, healthier-looking hair with truly amazing texture—are really impressive.
Once a week, massage in this deeply moisturizing hair mask. It’s made with powerful ingredients that are popular in skin-care formulas (and turn out to be just as good for your hair) like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, squalane, algae, and provitamin B5. The result: bouncy, silky-glossy hair that looks and feels amazing.
Stealth Color Treatment and Styler
Part hair oil, part shine-boosting mist, this treatment delivers seriously glossy, hair-brightening magic in one spritz. It’s chock-full of nourishing hair ingredients like rahua, morete, and sacha inchi oils (sustainably sourced from the Amazon), plus blue tansy to smooth, brighten, and protect. Brush through for a just-left-the-salon effect.
The ultimate secret weapon for smoother, frizz-free hair, this is made with argan, castor seed, baobab, and sunflower seed oils and squalane, plus the brand’s signature TFC8—a groundbreaking ingredient that’s great for both hair and scalp. It moisturizes, tames flyaways, and adds shine, leaving hair soft and more manageable.
Next-to-Nothing Dry Shampoo
You’ll never use an aerosol dry shampoo again after trying this best-ever super fine volumizing powder. It’s made with tapioca starch to absorb excess oil and Japanese persimmon powder to revitalize hair, and it smells subtly of bergamot, yuzu, and lemongrass. It comes with a fluffy mini brush—use the powder all over or just a dab where you need it. Our tip: Apply it at night before you go to bed and wake up with refreshed, gorgeously textured hair.