Dealing with dull hair is an obvious drag – we all want gorgeous, shiny locks that look like they jumped right out of a movie screen. Thanks to a few great beauty products, you can now get that screen-siren worthy sheen, in a much easier fashion than that old DIY recipe of cracking a few egg yolks on your head. We caught up with experts over at Dop Dop Salon in New York City and found out exactly what you need to add to your cart.
Jo Blackwell-Preston, Owner and Master Stylist at Dop Dop Salon says the first step in fixing dull hair is figuring out why it got that way. The main cause? Product build-up. If that’s the case, start off with a cleansing cream that removes chemicals, as well as impurities from the water. That gives you a blank canvas to start boosting sheen. The term “cleansing cream” basically means clarifying shampoo, so if you’re having trouble finding one, keep that in mind.
Our Pick: Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo ($19). This color-safe product removes both product and mineral deposits, which is exactly what you’ll need, and is a product Blackwell-Preston suggests herself, too.
Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
When you wash your hair too much, you’re actually stripping it of its natural oils that keep it shiny and healthy-looking. So when looking for products, opt for gentle formulas that are sulfate-free. “Sulfate-free shampoo is best to fight dull hair because it’s the least stripping of all shampoos that allow the hair to keep its natural bounce and shine,” notes Amit Abraham, Master Stylist at Dop Dop Salon. When it comes to conditioner, look for a sulfate-free formula that’s also hydrating.
Our Pick: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo ($28) and Conditioner ($30). Not only is this duo sulfate-free, but its color-safe and holds an anti-fade complex, so you don’t have to worry about adding yet another hair woe to your plate.
Once again, hair oils will come to your rescue. “Oils are very reflective and allow the hair to lay more flat, reflecting more light,” explains Abraham of this product. “Nourishing oil will actually help mend the cuticle at the outer layer of the hair that when closed and healthy give you that healthy shine.” Opt for something that calls out moisturizing plant oils like coconut, argan, or olive for healthier and shinier hair.
Our Pick: Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine ($40). This plant oil-infused product works to hydrate your locks and also seals and repairs the hair cuticle to boost sheen.
Heat Protectant and Heat Tools
There’s a reason we keep pushing heat protectants. They are essential for maintaining the health of your hair, and yes, they can play a part in how shiny your hair is, too. To really boost shine after you apply oil, Abraham recommends working in a thermal product before you blow-dry. After that, Abraham says you can use another heat tool, like a flatiron, to lock in the sheen. If you like working with cream, Abraham suggests L’Oreal Professionnel Dual Styler Sleek and Swing.
Our Pick: L’Oreal Boost It Blow Out Heat Spray ($5) is the easiest option when you’re on-the-go. We like this pick from L’Oreal, as it protects against damaging heat tools but also pumps up hair volume.
Shine isn’t just for the girls tossing their hair back and forth in those Herbal Essences commercials. In addition to keeping your diet in check, you can win the fight against dullness by applying the right products. Sure beats picking egg shells out of your hair, doesn’t it?