Want to know how to have Shiny Hair? Then watch this video as I share my tips and tricks to have shiny hair.
Hi my beautiful friends, how are you doing? It's Mimi here today, and today I'm not gonna be doing a hair tutorial, I'm actually gonna be talking to you about something really interesting and exciting, and a question that I get asked quite a lot and it is how do you have such shiny hair? And personally, I don't do anything super natural, or extravagant to my hair to have shiny hair, I just really take care it to the best of my abilities. And today I'm gonna be sharing with you some of my favorite tips and tricks that I use to have healthy and shiny hair, and also some of the products that I've tried and I know they work. So let's begin.
All right, so my most favorite trick for shiny hair is gonna be something super easy and you're gonna say Mimi, you've told this to me so many times and yes, I'm gonna repeat it one more time. Trick number one for healthy and shiny hair, is H2O. The funny thing is I talk about water quite a lot in my videos, but the reason I talk about it so much, is I'm actually talking to myself because I'm actually not drinking enough water even though theoretically and logically I understand that water's super important for healthy skin, and hair, and nails. Okay, so I've been slacking and whenever I slack and I don't drink enough water, I can see, right away, in the quality of my hair, and the quality of my skin if I've been drinking enough water or not.
I've been going to the same hair stylist for many years in Toronto, and every time I go to her, if I haven't been drinking enough water, I'd be sitting in her chair and she'd be cutting my hair or blow drying my hair, and she'd be like, "You haven't been drinking enough water." I'm like, "How do you know? Like how do you know that?" And she's like, "I can see it. Your hair is dull, it's not as shiny as it can be. Why aren't you drinking water. Just drink water." I would be like, "Okay, you're right."
I do drink a lot of liquids. I like coconut water and I like herbal teas, but I feel like sometimes that actually blocks me from drinking enough water, so what I've been trying to do lately is just when I'm working to have a bottle or a glass of water. Glass is not enough 'cause when you finish, you're like, yeah I'm done. If you have a large bottle and just have it beside your computer or work desk, and if you're gonna have it there, you're gonna constantly sip on it and that's how you're gonna get enough water in your system.
Water equals shine in your hair because it hydrates your hair from the inside and your skin of course too. If you're not drinking enough water, you're gonna have dull and non-shiny hair, and if you're drinking water, it's gonna reflect in the quality of your hair. So tip number one, drink enough water. How much is enough really depends on your body weight and your height. On average, you wanna drink about eight glasses of water, but again, you can Google and find out the exact amount for you based on your weight ratio and height ratio.
My second most favorite trick to shiny hair, and this is like one of the oldest tricks in the book. My mom used to do this on me Lelia when we were kids is to use apple cider vinegar as a rinse for your hair. Right now you might be thinking what? Vinegar? That's right. Well ask your mom, ask your maybe older sister and they will all, maybe even your grandmother, they will all tell you this is a proven trick to give you shiny hair. If you've never tried it, I urge you to go give it a try.
What you wanna use is not a regular vinegar, you wanna use an organic, unpasteurized, you know the best stuff that you can get, and organic and pasteurized apple cider vinegar, you can get it at health food stores or you can get it at Whole Foods, I get mine at Whole Foods. And then what you wanna do, so after you shampoo your hair, if your hair is dry and damaged like mine, I would suggest shampoo, condition, and then rinse it with apple cider and water vinegar. If your hair is fine, baby fine, and soft, then use just wanna shampoo your hair and then rinse it with apple cider vinegar and water, instead of a conditioner, which is incredible, it's gonna make your hair full and shiny.
In terms of proportions, again, you have to work it with yourself to figure out how much to add. For more dryer hair, you wanna add less apple cider vinegar. So I would say I add about half a cup of apple cider vinegar to about three/four full cups of water. I figured out that this is the best that works me, if your hair is more fine, I find that you'd be able to add more apple cider vinegar. After I shampoo my hair and condition, I'll do the mixture before I take a shower and I'll have it prepared. It's sort of a bowl, you can also put it in a spray bottle, but personally I find that it's not the most pleasant experience, so I just prefer to pass, just kind of put my head down and then just pour the whole mixture on my head. So I don't pour it all right away, I'll pour some on the top of my head, and I'll pour some of the bottom of my hair, because you wanna concentrate more on the middle and the end of the hair and then once I put it in my hair, I squeeze my hair. So I squeeze all the extra liquid out of my hair and I don't wash it out. I personally just leave it in my hair.
Why apple cider vinegar is good for you, first of all, it's because it neutralizes the pH levels of your hair. Your hair has, it's like the bark of a tree, so it has a lot of things that like come up. What apple cider vinegar does, is kinda smooths the bark and your hair looks shiny when it's dry. So it's pretty awesome, pretty epic, give it a try, you'll see the results. I don't use it every single time I wash your hair, quite frankly I'm too lazy for that. If you use it at least once or twice a month, I think that would be more than enough.
One more thing I forgot to add about the apple cider vinegar, 'cause I said I don't rinse it after I put it in my hair is that you might be thinking okay, my hair is gonna stink. It does smell at first, I don't mind the smell too much. After your hair is dry, the smell goes away. So once you dry your hair, the smell is gonna be gone, I can guarantee you. It does not. Just kidding.
Another tip that give me shiny hair is instead of a towel, use an old T-shirt. You can use your T-shirt, honestly I would suggest to use your dad's or your boyfriend's, or brother's T-shirt because they're bigger. The bigger the T-shirt, the easier it is to put the hair because most of us have longer hair. It just makes it more comfortable to have a bigger T-shirt. Personally what I do is I steal Alex's old T-shirts and then I use them as towels. Once you come out of the shower, just squeeze your hair before you come out because you want to take out all the excess moisture and then just dry your hair like you normally would with a towel, but use a T-shirt instead of a towel, because the T-shirt doesn't have those fuzzy things like the towel has. It smooths the hair cuticle and it doesn't create frizz and on the hair, which results in shining hair.
After I dry my hair with a T-shirt, I blow dry with a round brush and usually I'll blow dry it straight or wavy, and then after I'm done with that, what I use is argon oil. I find this gives a lot of shine as well, and you just wanna make sure that you use just a tiny, teeny tiny bit. I don't know how if I should put it on my hair, 'cause I already put, but I'll just show you. This is really good for your skin too. This is literally how much I put. I don't know if you guys can see, but it's like tiny drop because if you put anything more than that, your hair's gonna look greasy and all that work blow drying your hair is gonna go to nothing.
Also, when you buy an argon oil for hair, I think the most important thing is turn the bottle around and read the ingredients. Before I used to use Josie Maran argon oil, and I really liked it, the one that, she has different ones, but she has the one for hair, and then I ran out of it when I moved to London, and I went to a drug store and there was a few different brands, and I was going through different brands, some of them had argon oil as the last ingredient. So make sure when you're choosing your argon oil for hair that you look at the back and you read the ingredients. There should only be maybe two/three different ingredients and argon oil should be the first ingredient because that's what you're paying for. These products are super expensive, and you wanna make sure you don't get scammed when you buy this product.
Another product that I find gives me a lot of shine and moisture and just overall softness in my hair is this product by Rahua. It's called Omega-9 hair mask. I bought it recently, and I've only used it once so far and I couldn't believe the results. I think I put a little too much actually because my hair ended up looking a little too shiny, and a little too flat. Naturally my hair is very coarse and frizzy. So I was shocked at the results. I think it was a little too much shiny. I usually put very generous amounts of product into my hair because my hair is naturally dry, so I think the more the better, but I think with this product next time I'll just put a lot less. I truly believe I over did it, but I found my hair was very soft, very manageable, and super, super shiny. As you guys already know, all the products I use are natural and cruelty free, so this is also a very clean and natural organic product.
The secret of these products is that it has a special ungurahua oil from the Amazon. I can never pronounce it right. It's a very potent oil, and that's what makes the hair really shiny and soft. Now having talked about this product, if your hair is fine, I would not recommend it. I feel like it's just gonna make your hair really greasy, so I would only recommend this product if your hair is dull and frizzy and coarse, sort of like mine, or if you have naturally curly hair, then this might work for you.
Another clean and natural product that I found is really great, is this hair shine, by Intelligent Nutrients. Also a really great product. This one I bought in the store here in London, just a small boutique that carries natural products, but you can probably order online and get it, not Whole Foods, online. This one I got at Whole Foods actually, which is pretty awesome because now they have a whole range of Intelligent Nutrient products there. What I love about this one, is just I'm gonna spray it so you guys can see. So you can just literally spray this in your hair. You see? And it smells like, very citrusy, I love citrusy scents. I use this product personally when my hair is already sort of dry and dull. So maybe second day or third day hair. Or if I didn't get a chance to wash my hair, so I'll just actually spray this onto my palms first because I want to control the amount of the product I'm putting in my hair. If I put too much, then again it's gonna end up looking greasy.
So I spray this onto my palms, and then I'll just do like this, and then I'll just go on the ends of my hair. The reason I don't want to put on my hair right now, maybe I'll put a little so you guys can see. It's just because my hair is freshly washed. But you just put a little bit at the bottom of your hair.
All right guys. So these are all my favorite, tips, tricks, and products for shiny and smooth hair. Let me know what are your favorite products. I would absolutely love to hear from you, 'cause I know you guys know a lot of tricks as well. So make sure to leave me a comment down below. I love reading your comments. Make sure to like this video and also make sure to share it with your girlfriends because who doesn't want to have shiny and smooth hair? Thank you so much for tuning in. I love you guys so much, and I'll see you next week. Bye.