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For Super Shiny Hair: One Tip, One Tool, One Treatment

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Darcy Brown

Originally published on | March 19

While we'll admit that some things are better left to the professionals (botched box dye, we’re talking to you), that elusive shine need not be confined to the salon chair.

After all, unless you have a glam squad on speed dial, it’s highly likely you apply your own makeup – so when it comes to styling, why not take your hair into your own hands, too?

Enter Adam Reed, a British hairstylist and ARKIVE Founder who knows a thing or two about attaining salon-worthy results at home. His recipe for everyday shine? This one tip, one tool, and one treatment.

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The Tip: Finish Your Wash With a Cold Rinse

According to Reed, one simple yet effective tip can make all the difference to the look and feel of your hair: a cold rinse.

He explains: “A cold rinse is great for your hair and scalp. Cold water flattens and seals the hair cuticles, locking in moisture, which in turn will give you beautifully shiny, glossy hair with less frizz.”

“If you can stand to keep your body under the cold water too, it can help to wake you up and increase your energy for the rest of the day – making it a real ‘head care’ moment!” he adds.

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The Tool: Opt for a Styler That Minimises Damage

When it comes to a salon-level shine, Reed always styles with the Dyson Corrale Cordless Straightener.

Why? “The Corrale works with flexible plates that help to gather the hair. [Because of this] less heat is needed, which helps to preserve healthy-looking hair.”

Whether you're opting for a sleek, straight look or adding waves, curls or texture, Reed says the tool can be used like any other heat styler with less chance of damage, so your hair “will stay thick, luscious and shiny.”

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The Treatment: Add a Hair Oil for Extra TLC

“I believe everyone should use an oil to help preserve and encourage shinier, healthier-looking hair,” Reed reveals.

His number-one choice? The ARKIVE Good Habit Hybrid Oil. An essential in his portfolio (and his personal life), he explains that it “feels more like a serum-oil hybrid, ensuring that there’s no heaviness.”

Even better, he describes how it acts as “a multifunctional superstar”. Use before washing (either for an hour or overnight) for a deeper, more nourishing treatment. Pull a few pumps through washed hair to help protect it during styling and infuse it with shine. Or, for the sleekest of sleek buns, work the product into your style and enjoy its benefits throughout the day.

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