Five Tips for Thick, Luxurious Hair

Thick, luxurious hair is a beauty asset every woman craves, but some have a harder time achieving that look than others. If your hair is fine or limp, you may find yourself struggling each morning with a flat head of hair that just won’t behave. Even if you weren’t blessed with naturally thick tresses, you can still attain that sexy, bouncy look you see in fashion magazines. Here are some tips to help achieve thicker, fuller hair.

Try Highlights

Highlights bless you with a sunny, natural look. They also give limp strands a body boost from the inside out. Lightening agents can actually expand the hair shaft up to three times its normal volume, making hair appear fuller and more lustrous.

Layer Your Look

Ask one of our stylists for a layered cut that flatters your face and lifts you at the crown. Even stick-straight hair, when layered just right, can go from flat to fantastic. If your hair is naturally thin or limp, opt for a style no longer than chin length. The shorter your strands, the more control you have over your shape and height.

Blow Dry With Purpose

The technique you use to blow your hair dry can make a big difference in how thick or thin your mane appears. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible; this minimizes stress and heat damage, which can cause breakage and thin out your look. Part semi-damp hair on the opposite side of your natural part and dry it in this position to create lift at the roots.

Choose lightweight products

Thinner hair can get dragged down by heavy gels and creams. Use a light styling product with natural ingredients for maximum body without harsh chemicals. Avoid products with PVP or plastice polymers, use products that do not build up on the scalp clogging follicles, leaving a healthy foundation for hair to grow in and will not clogs follicles.

Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Hair

Your hair is a reflection of your physical health. Bodies deficient in vitamin B6 and iron are more likely to produce dull, flat hair that breaks easily. If your hair is deficient, it’s much harder to achieve a full and healthy look. Nourish yourself with vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables and take a daily supplement with plenty of water. When you’ve got a healthy head of hair to work with, it’s much easier to tease your tresses into a fantastic style that flatters.

Some studies have shown that not taking care of your scalp can leave your hair flat, dry, and limp. This is because your scalp is an extension of your skin and should get the same care and attention as the skin on the rest of your body receives. The hair products we use on a daily basis build up on our scalp creating a unhealthy foundation for your hair to grow in. By exfoliating your scalp you can energize the skin where your hair takes root to create a healthier environment that will grow healthier hair. It is recommended once a week to remove that buildup of products and dead skin cells so that their scalp will be healthier for healthier hair.

How to Achieve Shiny and Voluminous Hair

A woman’s crowning glory is an important part of her overall appearance. All of us strive to have beautiful, shiny hair with a healthy dose of volume. Hair that looks healthy enhances a woman’s beauty. However, few people understand that different hair textures have different needs to achieve a healthy, shiny and voluminous look. These are various hair techniques and products available.

To Create Volume:-

When blow-drying hair, apply some hair volumizer, flip your head upside down and then blow-dry while leaning forward so that your hair falls forward (this should only be done when hair is damp, not wet). Then, take a vented brush and lift your hair up and in the opposite direction to how your hair normally sits to create lift.

To achieve maximum volume, try separating hair into sections when blow-drying. Lift sections of the hair upwards while blow-drying so that the roots are lifted to create a uniform, voluminous look. Clever colouring is also a volume creating tool as adding artful highlights and carefully placed lowlights can give the illusion of volume to your locks.

To Achieve A Head Of Shiny Mane:-

There are various ways to achieve shiny hair. For one, you can opt to use a heat-activated shampoo, deep condition your hair at least once weekly, refrain from using too many different types of styling products as they can dull the hair. Another way to increase the shine factor in your hair is by giving your crowning glory a cool blast of air to seal the cuticles after its completely dried – because if the cuticles are ragged, the hair would not shine.

For people with fine and limp hair, our advice is to steer clear of mousse and wax as the density of the product weighs the hair down. In addition, dust would stick to the surface of the hair easily. We would, however, recommend the use of hair serum to add shine. Some products which work well include:

– L’Oreal – Lumi Oil

– La Biosthetique – Shine On Crazy

– Redken – Glass Smoothing Serum

These serums help the hair stay shiny and also smoothens out the frizz. For people with coarse and thick hair, apply 2-3 drops into the palm and smooth the product through dry or wet hair. For those with fine, thin hair, just apply one drop and follow the same steps. Mousse and wax are more suitable for people with thick and coarse hair. These products help to add shine and reduce frizziness. However, make sure the product has a water-soluble base to avoid product-residual build up.

Use of Natural Ingredients to Add Shine:-

Before the evolution of hair-care products, people used ingredients found at home to care for their hair. Such ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, lemon, bananas, vinegar, avocado and egg yolk.

Application of oils after a hair wash can not only add shine, but also smoothens the overall look. Basically, just smooth a bit of oil through dry hair to tame frizz and flyaways – this works especially well in humid climates and winter days. For those with fair or blonde hair, using a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the hair before rinsing it off would help to add shine. For people with brown and red hair, adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before rinsing off with water would help to give added shine.

Other natural ingredients such as avocados, banana and egg yolk work well as home-made hair masks. These are some examples of how they can be used:

Avocado Hair Mask (suitable for normal to dry hair):-

Mash a whole avocado until it becomes creamy in texture. Apply to damp hair and let sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse hair well with shampoo and condition if necessary. Results are softer, shinier and bouncier hair.

Avocado Wrap:-

Take one ripe (peeled) avocado, add three to four teaspoons of honey and eight to ten drops of almond oil. Blend well and then apply to wet hair, especially the hair ends. Wrap hair in a towel and leave on for 20 to 30 mins. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. This is ideal as a rich, moisturizing hair treat to nourish dry hair ends

Banana Hair Mask (suitable for very dry and damaged hair):-

Put a banana in a blender until it is completely smooth. Add some mayonnaise, oil and blend until it becomes a smooth and creamy emulsion. Apply to hair, comb through and let the mask sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo as usual.

This banana hair mask will make hair moist and smooth.

Egg (Hair) Mask (for all hair types):

Using only the yolk, beat it up slightly before applying to hair, leave for 10-20 minutes before rinsing it off completely with cold water.

The Lemon “Aid” (for dry and damaged hair):-

Use one large lemon with the usual amount of conditioner, mix well, apply it to freshly shampooed hair, let it sit for three to five minutes and then rinse hair thoroughly as usual. This adds shine to hair and removes residual buildup from hair chemicals.

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