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How to Get Shiny Hair


Straight, shiny hair
Straight Talk

That perfect TV-commercial hair isn't just something to envy—it's what you deserve. Treat straight tresses to TLC for your own enviable sleekness.

Cool Down
Finish your rinse in the shower with a quick spray of cold water. There's a reason salons do it: The chilly temp helps to close the cuticle, resulting in increased shine and softness.

Smooth Move
Get your strands almost dry by moving hair around the head and rotating your blow-dryer in all directions, says Syfu. Doing so adds volume, plus you'll spend less time later smoothing hair out with a round brush or flat iron.

Brush Up
To make hair really shine, you need the tension of a combo nylon-and-boar-bristle brush, says Syfu. Nylon bristles help the brush glide through strands, while boar bristles add polish by distributing hair's natural oils. A good test: Take your brush and twist it about halfway through a section of hair—it should stay put, not slip out.

Dry Spell
Blow-dryers can be damaging if not used the right way. For maximum gloss, the best possible way to dry is on a high-speed, high-heat setting. To keep hair healthy, reduce your blow-drying time and finish with either a flat iron to seal in silkiness, or a curling iron to add some movement, says Tom DeRosa, a hairstylist in NYC. Avoid frying strands by upgrading to a ceramic iron, like the Sedu Ionic Ceramic Pro Flat Iron (folica.com, $130), which eliminates frizz with less damage.