How To Keep Your Curls Shiny And Glossy

by Ramona Sinha

When we think of glossy hair, our brain automatically conjures up images of women with straight hair with a smooth and shiny surface. But did you know that curly, wavy, and kinky hair can be equally glossy and shiny?

Curly hair tends to be dry and loses moisture fast. However, it is possible to make your curls glossy, shiny, and smooth with proper care and styling hacks. This article discusses simple and easy ways to give your ringlets a healthy and happy boost. Keep reading for more information.

How To Keep Curly Hair Shiny, Glossy, And Glamorous

1. The Squish To Condish Method

This method endorses partial hair rinsing to boost your curl’s inherent shine. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Apply a curl conditioner to soaking wet hair and leave it on for two minutes.
  2. Flip your hair forward, cup your palms, and collect water in them.
  3. Scrunch and squish your hair with the water from the hair ends to the scalp.
  4. Repeat twice for each hair section.
  5. Pat your hair dry and apply your favorite hair oil to the damp hair ends.
  6. Finish off with a curl cream and a curl-defining gel.
  7. Let your hair dry.

2. Hydrating Treatments

Hydrating treatments provide tons of moisture to your hair, which is crucial for that natural shine. Use lightweight daily conditioners or hair masks that have an avocado or olive oil base. This will help smoothen the hair cuticles and eliminate frizz.

3. Use A Shine Boosting Spray

Shine-boosting hairsprays are perfect for no-wash days. Go for silicone-free hairsprays that are infused with argan oil to give your hair that extra layer of shine and tame fly aways.

4. Avoid Products With Silicones

Silicones can leave an oily film on your hair and weigh it down. Hence, avoid products containing silicones. Also, use a clarifying shampoo once in two weeks to clean product buildup and residue. This will help keep your hair smooth and soft. However, excessive use of clarifying shampoos may strip your hair dry.

In addition to following these hair care tips, you may also use DIY remedies to boost shine and gloss. Check out the recipes below.

6 DIY Recipes For Shiny Curly Hair

1. Aloe Vera And Curd Hair Mask

Aloe vera is an excellent natural conditioner for your hair and helps maintain hair and scalp health (1). Curd is used in traditional recipes for its emollient properties (2).

You Will Need

  • 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons of curd or yogurt

Method

  1. Mix the two ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture evenly to your hair strands.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash off.
  4. Follow the routine twice a week before shampooing.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar rinse is known to boost shine and balance the scalp pH. Using it weekly may help keep your hair healthy and glossy.

You Will Need

  • ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of water

Method

  1. Dilute the ACV with water.
  2. Use the mixture as a post-wash hair rinse.
  3. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, and then wash it off with water.

3. Avocado And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Avocado is an excellent base for DIY masks. It helps to condition and moisturize the strands. Coconut oil is easily absorbed by the hair and prevents protein loss to keep it strong (3). This shine-boosting mask is nourishing and hydrating for the hair.

You Will Need

  • 1 ripe medium-sized avocado (mashed)
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • Shower cap 

Method

  1. Blend the ingredients until you get a creamy, lump-free mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Wear the shower cap and leave the mixture on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water, followed by shampooing and conditioning.
  5. Squeeze out excess water with a microfiber towel and let your hair air dry.
  6. Repeat the process once a week.

4. Egg yolk, Yogurt, And Olive Oil Hair Mask

Both olive oil and egg yolk can help stimulate hair growth (4),(5). This mask can promote hair growth and keep the strands soft and shiny.

You Will Need

  • The yolk of an egg
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt

Method

  1. Beat the yolk and mix all the ingredients.
  2. Gently apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and massage in a circular motion.
  3. Leave it on for 90 minutes.
  4. Wash thoroughly with cool water and shampoo your hair.
  5. Use the recipe once a week.

5. Flaxseed Hair Gel

Flaxseeds boost hair health and help strengthen the strands (6). They also help add shine to your hair.

You Will Need

  • ½ cup of flaxseeds
  • 1 cup of water

Method

  1. Boil the flax seeds until they turn slimy and thick. Stir continuously.
  2. Allow the gel to cool down a bit and strain through a cheesecloth.
  3. Store the gel in a bottle and use it to style your hair.

6. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil contains wax esters (7).These may help keep the hair moisturized and shiny. Jojoba oil is lightweight and will not weigh the hair down. You may use the oil on dry hair before styling.

You Will Need

  • A few drops of unrefined jojoba oil

Method

  1. Massage the oil from the mid-length to the hair ends.
  2. Blowout and style your hair.

Final Thoughts

Curly hair can be as shiny and smooth as straight hair if you follow the right hair care routine and use the right products. The tips mentioned in the article will help strengthen the fragile strands and add shine to them. Try them today and keep your curls healthy, bouncy, and shiny.

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Ramona Sinha

Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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