How do I get shiny hair?

OK, thanks everyone who gave me feedback on my other thread. I have to part my thick hair in sections, which is a pain, but i never really wear it down anyway because of sports. my question now is....

how do i get my hair to shine?

sometimes i see other girls with curly hair slicked back and wavy and it shines! mine does not shine. i know i can use a LITTLE blue magic coconut to get my hair to shine when its down. but what about updos (ponytails, etc)??
OK... i know somebody knows. 5 people read it but no one has replied. anyone? :P
Tighter textured hair doesn't really have "shine' per say. But sheen, yes.

The only way to make you hair appear to shine is to use silicone or oil based products(or gels, depending on how you use it).

If you CG, silicone products are a no-no(unless you use water soluble cones), but if your hair likes natural butters/oils, I recommend Kemi-oyl shea butter pomade. This stuff is excellent for slicking the hair back and actually deepens my curl pattern when used.

I have a pic in my fotki album that shows my hair in a ponytail where I used the pomade over some lighter styling products. My curls look chunkier in that pic.
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Tighter textured hair doesn't really have "shine' per say. But sheen, yes.

The only way to make you hair appear to shine is to use silicone or oil based products(or gels, depending on how you use it).

If you CG, silicone products are a no-no(unless you use water soluble cones), but if your hair likes natural butters/oils, I recommend Kemi-oyl shea butter pomade. This stuff is excellent for slicking the hair back and actually deepens my curl pattern when used.

I have a pic in my fotki album that shows my hair in a ponytail where I used the pomade over some lighter styling products. My curls look chunkier in that pic.
Originally Posted by shyygirl723
oh i meant sheen then so silicone or oil based products, hmmm. is this shea butter pomade hard to find?? i used to use elasta qp mango butter for this, but that jar is wayyy too small to last long for my hair.
Tighter textured hair doesn't really have "shine' per say. But sheen, yes.

The only way to make you hair appear to shine is to use silicone or oil based products(or gels, depending on how you use it).

If you CG, silicone products are a no-no(unless you use water soluble cones), but if your hair likes natural butters/oils, I recommend Kemi-oyl shea butter pomade. This stuff is excellent for slicking the hair back and actually deepens my curl pattern when used.

I have a pic in my fotki album that shows my hair in a ponytail where I used the pomade over some lighter styling products. My curls look chunkier in that pic.
Originally Posted by shyygirl723
oh i meant sheen then so silicone or oil based products, hmmm. is this shea butter pomade hard to find?? i used to use elasta qp mango butter for this, but that jar is wayyy too small to last long for my hair.
Originally Posted by babyphat21
You can find Kemi-Oyl products(particularly the shea butter pomade) at most ethnic beauty supply stores, especially on the east coast. The jar is kinda small(4 oz), but I've been on the same jar for over a year, and alittle goes along way. It's very thick.

Or you can buy your own shea butter and maybe some coconut oil(or whatever oil your hair likes), and make yourself a batch. You can do this by heating up the oil(in a double boiler or in the microwave), and then add the shea butter(i guess a ratio of 3-4 parts shea to 1 part oil)). Whip in a blender, or use a hand blender/mixer, and mix in either a glass or stainless steel bowl. Mix until you get the desired consistency, and while still warm, put into a container and let cool.

HTH
A wonderful mix of coils, curls, corkscrews, and kinks.

http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb133/shyygirl_2007/
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my sheen tip is to use veggie glycerine.
I use Carol's Daughter's Margarite's Magic (it has shea butter in it). I've used the Kemi Oyl products in the past (they are thick in texture to me but they work).

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In agreement with subbrock. Today I used a spritz of water, conditioner, rosemary oil, and only a teaspoon of glycerin. My hair is very shiny, slightly greasy, I think I'll use a little less of the veggie glycerin. Very shiny, looks to enhance the waves, and looks very nice pulled back in my two buns.

Don't mean to guano, but I don't get it. When I mix my own products with glycerin, I get nothing but good results, but if I use something with glycerin in it, I get frizz. What's up with that? Most of the products I use with glycerin are oil based, so I would think that would cause less frizz.
In agreement with subbrock. Today I used a spritz of water, conditioner, rosemary oil, and only a teaspoon of glycerin. My hair is very shiny, slightly greasy, I think I'll use a little less of the veggie glycerin. Very shiny, looks to enhance the waves, and looks very nice pulled back in my two buns.

Don't mean to guano, but I don't get it. When I mix my own products with glycerin, I get nothing but good results, but if I use something with glycerin in it, I get frizz. What's up with that? Most of the products I use with glycerin are oil based, so I would think that would cause less frizz.
Originally Posted by bubbles76
you would think... that happens to me too! maybe i should try the veggie glycerin. braid spray gives me the fuzzies

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