Fullness Fake-It: How to Fake Fuller Hair
Mousse is unbeatable for building body — but tough to apply. Plopping it on deposits too much in one section; rubbing it in your palms first deflates its airiness. So we loved this trick from celebrity stylist Nathaniel Hawkins: Squirt a dollop onto a vent brush and stroke it through your hair. The product will slowly leak through the brush’s openings, distributing it from root to end. Our pick: Tresemmé Tres Mousse Extra Hold ($4, drugstores).
7 Shine Boosters: Tricks for Shinier Hair
Get in Condition
"Use conditioner every time you wash," says New York City stylist David Evangelista. Worried that it’ll leave your hair looking lifeless? Preserve volume by applying it only from midway up the hair to the ends and avoiding the healthier roots. (Extra benefit: Conditioner cuts down on friction — and, in turn, breakage — as you brush.) In addition, do an at-home deep treatment once a week. Try Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Instant Repair Treatment ($7, drugstores) or Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Masque with Seasilk ($40, 888-425-8376).
"Do a cold rinse at the end of your shower, or blast your hair with cool air once you’re through blow-drying," says Evangelista. "Both help seal the cuticle so it lies flat and stays shiny."
Whenever you use a blow-dryer, curling iron, or straightener, be sure to apply leave-in heat protection, says Gretchen Monahan. These lotions or sprays go on before styling to form a barrier between your hair and the hot appliance, cutting down on damage. Try VO5 Extreme Style Heat Defense ($3.49, drugstores) or GHD Thermal Protector ($25, Sephora).
"Choose a brush with lots of tightly packed bristles to really smooth hair," says Monahan. "Boar bristles are great for fine strands; a boar-plastic mix is best for medium to thick."
Give heavy serums a time-out, and switch to a lightweight shine spray instead. "It’ll give you sparkle and reflection without weighing hair down," says colorist Louis Viél of the Miano Viél Salon in New York City. Our picks: Umberto Beverly Hills Shimmer ($9, Target) and Privé Flash Brilliance ($19.50, priveproducts.com).
Hit the Salon
Consider a gloss treatment, which coats hair in a shine-amplifying glaze for a few weeks. Viél suggests having one right after a color service, when hair is extra porous: "You’ll get the most benefit, and your color will last longer."
Ashy, mousy, or gray shades don’t reflect light well, says Viél. "Brighten and add brilliance with warm tones, either with allover color or highlights." Bonus: Because dye swells the hair shaft, your hair will look thicker, too.
Originally published on February 20, 2008