Shiny Happy Hair: the How-to Guide

In the ongoing saga that is my hair (I’m truly happy with it at the moment), I have reached another major breakthrough. For as long as I can remember, I blow-dried my hair every day. Then I discovered that weaning it off of sulfates and only washing every few days meant I didn’t have to blow dry as often. And, now, I think I’ve weaned myself off of the blow dryer (save for the occasional Blowtique blowouts, of course!)

I get my hair trimmed very infrequently — to the horror of hair stylists everywhere. But, I find that with the right products and treatments, my hair does not damage easily. I tested my theory during my visit to Blowtique. I asked Rhona, “How long do you think it has been since my last trim?” It’s been about five months, so I was actually nervous to hear her opinion but to my surprise she said in her adorable Irish accent, “I’d say about four weeks.” She pretended not to hear me when I revealed the truth.

But it’s more than just split ends I try to stay on top of — I want shiny hair. And *cross my fingers* I think I’ve found the perfect one-two punch for serious shine. My new routine, at least this summer, is to wash my hair at night 2-3 times a week. I have to allow enough time for it to air dry before going to sleep or my cowlicks get too funky. I either sleep with it in a bun or fanned out over the pillow so I’m not crushing it.

I credit the shine to Peter Lamas Bamboo Nectar Shine Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner (new this summer!), and Kérastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide. As an added bonus, these are two of the best-smelling hair products I’ve ever encountered. I find Peter Lamas’ vegan line of hair care to be so underrated — this is a line that you should know about! The Bamboo Nectar formula is fortified with Bamboo extracts and vitamin B5 to strengthen lifeless locks and infuse them with shine and silkiness. Every time I use it I feel like I just got a professional gloss treatment – it’s that good. The shampoo also helps strengthen hair, creating a protective barrier to prevent hair from shine-killers like air pollutants and UV damage. It’s also very nourishing and moisturizing, but not overly so that it weighs down thin hair. It’s truly perfect.

I love me some oil serums, but in-between washes, they can get heavy and I often don’t like to use them on dry hair. That’s where Kérastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide saves the day. It’s actually a leave-in treatment designed for long hair. It seals in shine (like NOBODY’s biz!) and helps seal the cuticle to minimize split ends. It’s high in natural amino acids, vitamins and aloe vera to nourish dry ends and can be used on dry hair (love!) I think it is actually more effective on dry hair — major bonus.

It has been a full two weeks since I’ve used a blow dryer. I feel so liberated! Shine on.

2 thoughts on “Shiny Happy Hair: the How-to Guide”

  1. I’ve been obsessing over hair recently (not that I’ve been terribly successful :P). The Bamboo Nectar Shine sounds nice (even the name!) , while the Kerastase bottles are so cute; who doesn’t love pink? And if they work, all the better 🙂

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