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Posted at: May 16, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: May 16, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)VANITY BOX

In pursuit of lustrous locks...

…Well who isn’t? But that ever elusive sheen requires more than a combination of gloss serums and shine sprays, it needs expert advice and the right application

Manpriya Singh

As if the holding, finishing, setting sprays were any less in number to navigate; the beauty shelves (for decades now) come stocked with shine, gloss, treatments, serums and sprays. When a few spritz promise the instant, and what sounds almost impossible, journey from lackluster to lustrous; they are worth every risk, penny and emotion! 

But before we move onto products, here are the basics of hair shine. “Hair that has sealed cuticles will naturally reflect more shine than hair that has open rough cuticles. Always moisturize, even combination hair need moisture and always let the final rinse comprise of cold water, this causes the cuticles to close up and it is easier and more effective to work on the hair products,” Nisha Aggarwal, from Lakme Chain of Salons, recommends how the chase for glossy hair should rightfully start in the shower. 

Shopping for shine sprays?

Many ladies would agree to this one, the only time our hair truly behaves is when they have just left the stylist’s chair in the salon and before the next wash! City-based hair expert Imtiyaz Ali, from Ali’s Midaas, lists down a few rules of thumb for those on the lookout for the shine tools. “Always remember, serums are meant to be used on wet hair while sprays are meant to be used on dry hair. While serums work more towards controlling frizz, sprays work more towards giving hold. In addition to these two basic functions, those aimed at making your hair lustrous will always perform the secondary function of making your hair shiny, provided they are used in the right quantity.” He adds, “Also both can be used in tandem. Thick formulas are meant for hairs that are dry in texture while thinner formulas are meant for fine hair.” With any mention of hair sprays, come in the apprehensions. Would the regular use damage hair? He advises, “Think of them as silicon based oils. Their regular use doesn’t harm hair as long as you are otherwise taking good care, with regular conditioning and also regularly clarifying the hair of build-up of products.”

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