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5 steps to get the shiniest hair of your life

The no fuss, no muss guide to celebrity-perfect locks

By Latha Sunadh  February 23rd, 2017

Maintaining a glossy mane requires commitment, which includes wrangling a hair spa appointment every month. Recreate the experience at home to tackle any frizz attacks between appointments. The quick fix? Tie your hair in a loose knot for a few minutes while it’s still warm from a blow dry. Once you’ve opened it, curl the ends with medium heat and a round brush; set it with a blast of cold air.

In it for the longer run? Dermatologist Dr. Sirisha Singh recommends, “Homemade masks and conditioners improve texture and quality of hair, while growth depends on what you eat.” We’ve put together time-tested tips and a few genius cheats to get you there. Light a candle and relax — you’re home.

DIY glossy hair hacks that actually work

The secret to a phenomenal head massage lies in the hot towel wrap (keep it on for 15 minutes) that allows the oil to penetrate follicles.

After steaming, always use lukewarm water to rinse off the oil. Since you’re keeping it natural, shampoo with a sulphate-free cleanser.

Restore your hair's acid-alkaline balance with a tea and lemon rinse. For the rinse, boil tea leaves and add lemon juice once the water has cooled. If you need a double-shot of moisture, apply a blend of egg and yoghurt like you would a regular conditioner and wash it off after 15 minutes.

Treat yourself to a hot oil massage for deep conditioning. Heat a small bowl of coconut, olive or almond oil in a double boiler (to protect the essential oils from direct heat). Add a drop of your favourite herb oil to the mix; rosemary will take the edge off a stressful week.

Rub the warm oil on your fingertips and work it from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Massage your head with fingertips in slow concentric circles, concentrating on the back of your neck and hairline.