Golden Rules To Follow For A Glowing Mane

IF you’ve tried everything (including brushing your hair 100 times before bed) to get golden hair and you just seem to fall short, then this is for you. ‘The physics of hair shine really is the reflection of light not just off the cuticle but through your cuticle,’ explains Dianna Kenneally, a principal scientist at P&G Beauty (a division of Procter & Gamble). ‘The light actually goes through the cuticle, absorbs the colour of your hair and comes back.’ Read on to find the answer to shiny hair.

 LIGHTENING washes, such as purple shampoos, subtly lightens hair by neutralising the colour pigments as well as decreasing brassy and yellow tones to keep hair looking bright. We know what you’re thinking: isn’t purple shampoo just for blondes? But brunettes can totally use it too! If ashy hair’s what you’re after, you needed to start yesterday.

WHILE monotonous brunette and black shades might be lower maintenance than their lighter counterparts, we suggest adding lighter colour to hair to create a contrast. Hair that has both light and dark strands looks shinier than the all-round flat look of one shade. If your base is dark, add thin ribbons of a lighter hue. If you’re a blonde, consider low-lights.

CALLING all naturalistas! As you might know, highly textured locks are not naturally shiny, there are however ways to add a healthy sheen, minus the greasy look. Oils (like coconut, olive or jojoba) boost hair’s natural radiance. These oils furthermore seal in moisture and help to finish a style off. Apply them throughout the week to ends for hydration and protection from breakage. When it’s time to unravel twists, keep a lightweight oil nearby too to cut down on frizz and add a final shot of shine.

TIP: TURN down the heat and brace yourself for a chilly final rinse

after a deep conditioning treatment to seal the cuticle for shinier, smoother results.

EVER notice how straight hair looks almost glowing when it catches light? This is because a flat cuticle has more surface area to reflect light. Flat-ironing can help unruly hair be more light-reflective by sealing the cuticle. Similarly, when blow-drying hair, you can also seal the cuticle. Point the nozzle of the hair dryer down toward the end of the hair and switch to a cool air setting as the last step to encourage sealing of the cuticle. Remember to employ a heat protector to protect against excessive heat.

TIP: IF you’ve been OD-ing on styling products, build-up could be making hair dull. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week.

Blond Sublime Shampoo: R159.95, By Franck Provost Paris, Clicks, Shine Spray: R230, ghd, Oil Reflection Shampoo: R239, Wella, Kardashian Beauty Pure Glitz Hair Spray: R455, Foschini, Glamour Moisturising Shine Spray: R119.99, By Toni & Guy, Clicks And Initialiste: R757, Kerastase



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover