How to get shiny hair

I think I am a 3b or 3c. I have never had shiny hair. I don't have trouble with frizzy. My hair always looks dull...soft but dull. Can anyone help me with a product that might help?
KCCC!
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Pacific Northwest girl, color-treated fine 3B, med-low porosity

Products: Suave Coconut condish, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, FSG or KCCC, AfroVeda Shea-Amla Cream
I LOVE HENNA!
Of all the (possibly hundreds) products I've used, L'Oreal Out of Bed texturizer followed by Suave #8 gel give me the shiniest and clumpiest curls...which is great because they're also two of the cheapest products I own.
2b
conditioner - AOHR
shampoo - Beauty Without Cruelty Rosemary Mint Tea Tree
styling products - KCCC, BRHG, Boots Curl Creme, Re:coil
This may be too basic, but it's made a huge difference in my hair - I rinse out my conditioner in cold water. Not a lot of fun, but my hair has had amazing shine ever since I've started doing it.

Stacy
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Darcy Botanicals pumpkin, LVPNG, Deva OneC
Leave-in: KCKT, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots, Komaza coconut, FSG, CJ CCCC
Gels: BRHG, AO B5, LALSG
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CG since 2/07 and loving it!
I second the cold water technique, and I also find that flax seed gel gives fabulous shine! Also, if you think you could have build up, that can cause dullness
3b/3a - CG since 04-30-2009
fine texture, med porosity


Co-wash:
GTTT, Live Clean, EO Sweet Orange
Condish: Calia, AO Rosa Mosqueta/White Camellia/Honeysuckle Rose/Island Naturals/GPB, ABBA Pure Gentle, Desert Essence Shea Butter
DT: Usually just use one of my richer conditioners, sometimes add oils or honey
Gels: Homemade FSG!!!, Druide, BRHG, Alba Soft Hold Style Cream,
AOMM

experimenting with: honey, agave, oils, butters, ACV, Curls Milkshake, more conditioners





Apple cider vinegar rinses have really made my hair shine.
Teenage curly with 3a-3b course curls
Shampoo: DCLP
Rinse Out: GVP conditioning balm in winter. Devacurl One Condition in Summer
Co Wash: Suave
Styler: LA Looks Curl Gel
Leave in: Devacurl One Condition




I third rinsing with cold water (as cold as you can stand). I have also found that my hair is silly shiny now that I'm toying with KCCC and KCKT as products (it may not be so much them making my hair shiny, though, as my other products were making my hair dull).
3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.

Favourites:
CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS

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Keep in mind that what you eat has everything to do with the health of your hair. If you don't have a good diet rich with good fats your hair will be dull. So if you try everything else and it doesn't work, increase your omega 3 fatty acids and add some evoo to your diet a couple tablespoons a day will do it. I use it in my salad dressing at lunch and dinner with organic apple cider vinegar.
If you have hair that is flat, which you can see under the microscope (my sister has flat hair) it can only reflect light from one side at a time, versus round or oval hair strands that reflect more light, and you will just have to use a product that increases shine. Good Luck,
Cynthia
I think the cold water rinses have upped the shine in my hair, which is really phenomenal considering my hair doesn't shine, no matter how healthy and soft.

Today I have some remarkably shiny hair (again, relative to no shine) with some Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Jelly on top of a leave in. I don't need much in the way of hold on a typical day, so the AOMM is enough for me (it's not enough for a lot of people though, hold-wise).

Drinking lots of water will help too, not to mention clear up/brighten your skin (if that's a problem) and flush your body from the inside (gross, but good for you).
3b/c, CG 9/18/08
Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
What is the Sauve #8 gel?
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I appreciate everyone taking the time to answer my question. Your advise worked. I have one other question. How do you maintain shiny hair if you flat iron?
What is the Sauve #8 gel?
Originally Posted by susancnw
This is the Suave 8 gel.
3b. Normal porosity. Medium texture. Low elasticity.

CONDITIONERS: GVP The Detangler, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing, CJ Curl Rehab, CJ Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta, Suave Pomegranate Splash, KC Knot Today

LEAVE-IN: Shea Moisture Shea Butter (LOVE!)

STYLERS: CJ Curl Queen (LOVE!), Biotera Gel, LA Looks Sports Gel, AOMM
I second rinsing in cold water, eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of good fats, and treating your hair well with good, natural products like FSG, KCCC, AOMM, etc.

Another thing to try is henna and/or cassia treatments to strengthen your hair and get it good and shiny and less porous. If you want no color at all, just the conditioning benefits, go with just plain cassia. If you want color, try henna alone or in combo with cassia, indigo, buxus, amla to come up with a color that works for you - see www.hennaforhair.com and its link to the mehandi store for examples, recipes, photos.

I started with a henna/indigo/amla mix with dye released and applied full-strength for 3-4 hours. Now I'm just doing weak henna/indigo glosses that don't offer the same conditioning/strengthening benefits, so I have just done my first plain cassia treatment myself to maintain the benefits I used to get.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Add tiny dabs of honey into your leave-ins/stylers. TINY AMOUNTS! Does the job, IMO.
3b/c, CG 9/18/08
Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
I second the cold water technique, and I also find that flax seed gel gives fabulous shine! Also, if you think you could have build up, that can cause dullness
Originally Posted by likethegum
+1
Apple cider vinegar rinses have really made my hair shine.
Originally Posted by Lil'curls
+1
I appreciate everyone taking the time to answer my question. Your advise worked. I have one other question. How do you maintain shiny hair if you flat iron?
Originally Posted by skinch
You stop!!
Add tiny dabs of honey into your leave-ins/stylers. TINY AMOUNTS! Does the job, IMO.
Originally Posted by onethousandcurls
+1
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Amen about flat ironing!
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett
Add my vote for henna. My hair even when gloriously healthy is not shiny, by its nature, but after henna I actually had someone comment on how shiny it was!


I second rinsing in cold water, eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of good fats, and treating your hair well with good, natural products like FSG, KCCC, AOMM, etc.

Another thing to try is henna and/or cassia treatments to strengthen your hair and get it good and shiny and less porous. If you want no color at all, just the conditioning benefits, go with just plain cassia. If you want color, try henna alone or in combo with cassia, indigo, buxus, amla to come up with a color that works for you - see www.hennaforhair.com and its link to the mehandi store for examples, recipes, photos.

I started with a henna/indigo/amla mix with dye released and applied full-strength for 3-4 hours. Now I'm just doing weak henna/indigo glosses that don't offer the same conditioning/strengthening benefits, so I have just done my first plain cassia treatment myself to maintain the benefits I used to get.
Originally Posted by auntnett
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
Nobody is more surprised than I to discover than Joico JoiWhip not only gives me great curls but also noticeable shine. I am bewildered, believe me, but also happy!
3a and strictly CG since August 2007. Porous and on the fine side. No to magnesium sulfate and glycerin. Yes to protein! Favorites:
CO-WASHES: Suave Coconut
CONDITIONERS and LEAVE-INS: Mop Top Daily Conditioner, KBB Nectar, Aubrey GPB or Island Naturals, Robert Craig, Any Jessicurl
CURL ENHANCERS/CREMES/MOUSSES: KCCC, JoiWhip
GELS: Fuzzy Duck, B5 Design, MGA Scultping, BRHG


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My hair is 3a/3b and it's been looking a lot shinier since I started using a natural conditioner I got at the grocery store called Jason Natural Apricot & Keratin Super Shine Conditioner. Or something like that-I don't remember the name exactly but this is it:
http://www.cozycot.com/files/jason_n...onditioner.jpg

Also, rinse out with the coldest water you can handle. Another thing that made my hair shinier than usual was Neutrogena Triple Moisture serum. It could get greasy if you use too much. I loved it, but it spilled all over a shelf in a cabinet in my washroom
3B, dense, and dry
I'm trying to grow my hair to bra strap length!
Word of warning to those avoiding 'cones, the Neutrogena Triple Moisture serum is definitely not CG, nor is the mask:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Hexamethyldisiloxane, Dimethiconol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyltrimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Olive Fruit Oil (olea europaea), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (limnanthes alba), Sweet Almond Oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), BHT, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Fragrance
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - med./fine, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

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