This is how Kim Kardashian gets that mega-watt hair shine
Because you've been wondering...
Despite the wear and tear that comes from being an immaculately-coiffed celebrity, Kim Kardashian’s strands literally shine like the top of the Chrysler Building. It’s freakish—and because it’s got us all we’ll-have-what-she’s-having, we’re looking to two of her go-to hairstylists, Jen Atkin and Justine Marjan, to learn how she reaches peak lustre.
Kim Kardashian’s hair secrets
Healthy hair = shiny hair, and the former is much easier to achieve when you’re conditioning your tresses on the regular. “While most stars [like Kardashian] need to be made up in hair and makeup most days, they spend their off days allowing their hair to soak up a hair mask,” explains Atkin. It can be laborious, but the beauty of today’s market is that there are all kinds of masks: Ones you can sleep in, apply pre-shampoo, or use in the shower in place of conditioner. One of Kardashian’s go to’s is Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Mask, which is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that fortify damaged, chemically-treated hair.
Controlled heat styling
If your tool is too hot, it can singe and subsequently dull the hair. “When styling, I always use tools that won’t damage the hair,” says Marjan. “GHD’s irons are optimized at 365 degrees, the ideal temperature that won’t blow open the cuticle layer or cause colour fading.”
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase
Many fabrics, like cotton or polyester, absorb moisture and can cause friction and be abrasive to the hair. Silk will help retain your strands’ natural shine. Plus, your hair won’t get frizzy overnight, says Marjan.
Protecting and finishing the hair with oils
Certain oils—like the OUAI’s signature blend of African galangal, ama, and borage oils—can double as heat protectants when you’re using hot tools. Additionally, Marjan cocktails oils (meaning mixes them together), such as the OUAI’s and Tresemme’s Keratin Smooth Oil, to enhance shine.
Using a T-shirt to dry hair
“Post shower, instead of drying your hair with a traditional towel, gently squeeze out moisture with an old cotton t-shirt so as not to disturb the cuticle layer of the hair,” advises Marjan.
Taking hair supplements
You can stock up on daily supplements packed with ingredients like B-complex vitamins (such as biotin, cobalamin, and niacin) to help restore shine from the inside-out. Try Atkin’s OUAI Dry Hair Supplements or Marjan’s go-to OLLY Undeniable Beauty Grapefruit Glam Gummies as each contribute to stronger and shinier hair.
If you dye your hair, your colorist should be using Olaplex with your lifting agent as it repairs the hair structure on a molecular level while it processes. You can also make like Kardashian and put it in your hair before you go to sleep as an overnight treatment.
I love seeing the results of two hair pieces (one hair weft cut in half) tested with #olaplex! Mix up 2 scoops of flashlift bleach with 40 volume mix up apply to the first weft of hair THEN add @olaplex 1/4 oz ( remember less is more) to the bowl then apply to the other weft of hair (Make sure you use the same hair piece just cut it in half) leave on for 1 hour and 15 mins ( that’s about how long it takes to do a full head hilight by yourself) and check you can keep it on for a little longer but I would leave #bleach on the hair too long! I would rather rinse and re-hilight if it was a client! This was done by @olaplexuk #goTEAM
Glossy hair hacks
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.