No matter the length, color or texture your hair is, there are some golden rules that, if followed, will make it look healthy and shiny. Follow these four simple steps and soon, your hair will be one of the most precious gems in your overall look.

 

Four simple steps to a shiny healthy hairWash it with appropriate shampoo. Every type of hair has its specific characteristics, which require a certain type of shampoo. For dry hair, use a highly hydrating shampoo, such as Living Proof’s Full Shampoo, $24.00. For bouncy, shiny and healthy curls, try the DevaCurl No-Poo shampoo, $18.95. You can also look for an age-appropriate shampoo. Brittle and lifeless hair needs a care product that will protect it from the aggressive factors in the environment, as well as from the effects of constant hair coloring. Alterna’s Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo, $32, is such an option.

Always use conditioner. One of the worst things you can do when washing your hair is overlook the importance of the conditioner. If the shampoo is high quality, it will remove all the dirt from your hair, but it will also clean the fats in it pretty good, thus leaving it dry and in some cases, impossible to comb. The role of the conditioner is basically to restore the PH balance, hydrating the scalp and giving the hair its healthy bounce. Use conditioners that won’t weigh your hair down. Try Living Proof’s No Frizz Conditioner, $24, that will not only leave your hair shiny and light, but it will also protect your hair color. For a very good hydration at a lower price, try L’Oreal’s Power Moisture Conditioner, $4.99, which “instantly provides a rush of moisture, leaving hair soft, shiny, and quenched over time”, as described on the company’s US website.

Pick your blow drier wisely. A blow drier should be powerful but easy to maneuver, have adjustable heat and minimize frizz. Infiniti Pro by Conair 1875 Watt, $40, is an affordable option that uses ionic technology, minimizing frizz and keeping the hair in good condition. If you’re looking for an avant-garde blow dryer model, with a glamorous design, plenty heat control options and a matching price, T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer, $200 is your pick.

Avoid superstrong hair styling products. Styling products that leave your hair stiff, lead to its breakage when combing. What you want is a product that leaves your hair flexible while giving it the shape you intend to. Try the Elastic Shape paste by Paul Mitchell, $15.73, that creates bendable texture with flexible hold. For a plus of volume, pick a formula that lifts the roots and resists humidity, like Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse by John Freida, $ 5.99. The product also contain panthenol, a protein which strengthens the hair.