Hair trends are fickle things, but whether the look is long or cropped, blonde or brunette, curly or straight, one thing never goes out of fashion: shiny hair.

‘Glossy hair reflects light and looks healthy and vibrant,’ says stylist Stephen Low, from Neville Hair & Beauty in London, who has tended the tresses of stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Yasmin Le Bon.
‘When your hair shines, your colour looks brighter and your style has more body. Nobody wants to run their fingers through dull locks.’

Here, we reveal what’s stopping your hair looking its best – and how to boost its natural shine.

Whether long or cropped, blonde or brunette, curly or straight, one thing never goes out of fashion: shiny hair

Whether long or cropped, blonde or brunette, curly or straight, one thing never goes out of fashion: shiny hair

Your shower

Mineral deposits such as iron, calcium and magnesium from hard water leave a fine scale on your hair.

Shine solution: Use a chelating shampoo, which contains ingredients that help dissolve minerals.
Look for shampoos designed for swimmers, which include chelating agents, and alternate them with your regular shampoo.

Try Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo (£10.99, or Redken Hair Cleansing Cream (£10.35,

Your conditioner isn’t working

Conditioner is essential for strengthening hair and making cuticles lie flat – the key to  glossy hair. But you need the  right technique.

Shine solution: ‘Work a generous, 50p-sized blob of conditioner right through your hair,’ says Stephen. ‘If you put the product on the surface, you’re only conditioning the outer layer.

 ‘Comb it through with your fingers so you reach the coarse hairs underneath. Leave it on for a minute and rinse thoroughly, or it leaves a dull residue.’

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Conditioner (£1.99, Superdrug) is a good nourishing option for those who like to wash their hair every day.

K-Pak Clarify shampoo

K-Pak Clarify shampoo

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light

Enrich Hair Oil

Enrich Hair Oil



Steamy blow-dries

You use a hairdryer to make your hair shine, but styling damp hair can boil each strand from within as the hot air causes water inside the shaft to heat and expand.

Shine solution: ‘Towel-dry your hair thoroughly before plugging in your hairdryer to take as much moisture out as possible, and never rest your dryer on your brush – it’s too close and will overheat the hair,’ says Stephen.

‘Instead, keep your dryer at least six inches from the hair – and use aheat-protecting oil on rough-dried hair to protect it from damage when damp.


Argan Oil Hair Treatment

Argan Oil Hair Treatment


‘Look for ingredients like coconut, argan or almond oils.’

Also, avoid using irons or tongs on oiled hair as this can essentially fry it.

Invest in Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Enrich Hair Oil (£25.50, with coconut oil for a luxurious finish, or Argan Oil Hair Treatment (£12.99, Boots). You need only one or two drops to run through your hair.

Your straighteners aren’t hot enough

Using a low setting seems the kind option for your hair, but it often means you have to iron your tresses over and over to get them straight, causing more damage.

Shine solution: ‘Fine hair will straighten with a low heat, but if you have to run the irons through your hair more than twice then hair will become dry and dull,’ warns Stephen.

‘Finding the right heat setting is trial and error, but it is better to use a high heat and straighten the hair in one or two sweeps.’

You use too much shine spray

Overloading your hair with a product doesn’t create glossy hair – the shine spray simply sits on top and doesn’t penetrate.

Shine solution: Spray sparingly. ‘If your hair is fine, mist the product on to a powder brush for  more control,’ says Stephen.

‘If you have thick or curly  hair, spray it in a halo over your head and let it fall down. It  means you cover a larger area in one application.’

Try L’Oreal Professionnel Techni-Art Crystal Gloss (£9.50, for a shine boost with a lightweight finish.