What do you do when you first set eyes on a gray hair? Usually, the first urge is to pluck it and the next is to ignore it! And still when the grays start coming in fast then the next option is to color the hair.
Since a number of women and men face the problem of gray hairs quite early in life, the easy solution is to live with the grays but while doing so add an extra shine that will make them look terrific.
Homemade Remedies for Shiny Hair
Gray hair is often thought to be coarse and dry; but remember that is not because the color is different but it is so because you have failed to take care of it properly. Here are a few homemade remedies that will help you in converting your lackluster gray locks to shiny and lustrous strands of hair that will be envied by others.
One of the most basic ingredients in commercial hair products, shea butter is known for moisturizing dry hair from the tips to the roots.
It also reduces brittleness as the hair cuticles are provided additional moisture that instills a bright shine onto the hair.
Regular use of lemon juice before shampooing hair removes the product build-up and allows the shampoo to clean the hair properly. The lemon also tightens the hair cuticle, making the strands look smooth and shiny. For best results, mix the lemon juice with water and pour it over your head before washing it off with cold water.
If you want your gray hair to shine, you need to increase the elasticity and also hydrate the hair as much as possible. This is made possible, if you apply olive oil on a daily basis. You can always apply the oil on an overnight basis and shampoo it the following morning but if you do not want to sleep with oil on your head then oil it approximately 30 minutes before shampooing.
Like olive oil, coconut oil is also known for its moisturizing property. In addition to it, the fats from the coconut also smoothens the cuticles.
But unlike olive oil, it is recommended to let it sit for more than an hour for the best results.
Shampooing and conditioning is sometimes not enough. For that extra zing, add a quarter cup of unflavored vodka to any regular shampoo. Once mixed, apply it on your hair and rinse it using warm water. After the hair is clean, wash it again with water to lock in the shine of the vodka.
Tips to Maintain Shiny Gray Hairs
While the home remedies help you make your gray hair shine, this section will help you understand how you can maintain shiny gray hair.
Using a deep conditioner is very important as it moisturizes the hair. Choose conditioners that are specifically made for gray hair.
You styling routine with gray hairs must feature gloss finishing serum. This is very important if you want the grays to look glossy but do not overdo with the serum as it might impart a very greasy look otherwise. You can also use hair gels or mousse for the shiny affect.