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3 Essential Products for Healthy, Shiny Hair


Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston and her amazing, shiny hair

It always amazes me when people compliment my hair, considering all the processing it has been through. From perms to hair dye, on top of the typical heat styling, my hair has been through it all. Considering all the processing, you would expect fried, straw-like hair. However, I’ve found that with the right products, you can reduce and possibly prevent hair damage, while keeping your hair looking gorgeous, silky, and shiny (like Jennifer Aniston’s hair in the photo above).

Curious to know more? Here are three products that will help you achieve the look of gorgeous, shiny hair, while still staying within a college student budget.

1. Deep Conditioner

Neutrogena Hair Mask
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask – $6.99

Using a deep conditioner weekly is a great way to keep your hair healthy and repair styling damage.

I use the Neutrogena hair mask above about once a week to help give my hair that healthy shine. I love this product because it not only makes my hair feel like silk, but also makes it smell amazing! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a deep conditioner.

When applying a deep conditioner, your hair length will determine how much product you’re going to want to use. (Longer hair requires more product.) Also, make sure to comb it through your hair in the shower, focusing on the areas (like the dead ends) that need the most help – this will help distribute the product evenly. Then leave on for a few minutes and rinse for shiny, gorgeous hair. Repeat weekly for best results.

2. Leave-in Conditioner or Hair Serum

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum – $8.77

A leave-in conditioner or hair serum is a great way to make sure your hair stays frizz-free and moisturized long after you shower.

Personally, I recommend John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum. I typically use about a pump’s worth of product right after I get out of the shower and comb it through using my fingers. After using this product, my hair always feels light, soft, and incredibly smooth. If you have dried ends like I do, you will love this product.

Frizz-Ease is also a great product to use before you style your hair because it helps prevent fly-aways and frizz. My hair gets greasy easily but surprisingly, this blends in beautifully and doesn’t add extra grease (just make sure to use a small amount). For only around $10, I am amazed at how well this product works.

3. Heat Protectant Spray

got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protectant Spray
Got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protectant Spray – $4.99

If you use a blow dryer, curling iron, or hair straightener with any kind of regularity, you MUST invest in a good heat-protectant spray to minimize damage.

I’m definitely not the type of girl who blow dries and straightens her hair every morning- mainly because I’m too tired. But when I do heat-style my hair on occasion, I use Got2b Heat Protectant spray to prevent heat damage. I spray it all over my hair and always focus on the ends, which is the area that tends to get damaged the most. This keeps my hair looking and feeling gorgeous, and prevents the split ends and dryness that usually accompany heat styling.

Your thoughts?

What are your favorite hair products? Do you have any recommendations? How do you keep your hair looking beautiful? Leave a comment and let us know РI love hearing about your favorite products!

Posted on on March 24, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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25 Responses to “3 Essential Products for Healthy, Shiny Hair”

  1. 1
    March 24th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This is a very useful post, considering there are not many women who don’t process their hair in some way. I need to try that heat protectant spray, the kind I use makes my hair stiff and sticky :( I also use Chi and Biolage serum in my hair, and I get compliments all the time! Great post! :)

  2. 2
    March 24th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I love love love my deep conditioner, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. It’s only like 4 bucks, and really get’s the job done. I love the smell and feeling of my hair after I use it. I’ll have to buy that deep conditioner, and compare. The reccomendations are always very accurate on this website :)

  3. 3
    March 24th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Thanks so much for this post. I never know what brands to trust for hair care, especially since they can be so expensive. Shiny hair is always hard in Midwestern humidity, so I’m doubly grateful.

  4. 4
    March 24th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    This was a very helpful post, and I’m going to have to try some of these products sometime in the future. My main issue normally is that my fair is finicky and except in rare instances even the smallest amount of product can make my hair feel greasy or sticky – really inconvenient when hair serum is almost a requirement due to Houston humidity. Because of this, I literally have a bin of practically just-opened products which I tried and didn’t work. Ah well, maybe these will turn out to the be magic, actually-usable products for me?

  5. 5
    March 24th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I’ve been waiting for an article like this :) Exactly the product reccomendations I was looking for
    I have super thin and easily greasy hair so I’m a little concerned about the leave-in conditioner, but i think ill have to give it a whirl since you said your hair gets greasy easily too.
    Thank you for this!!

  6. 6
    March 24th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Oil. Any kind, (extra virgin oilve is popular but I can’t stand the smell) – my favourites are avocado and camelia. Nothing has ever worked like heavy oilings the night before I wash my hair (twice a week). I have waist length hair and refuse to use most drugstore brands because I don’t like silicones in my hair, or more like it doesn’t like them, so oils are my favourite products. After those I only use basic shampoo and conditioner, silicone free ones are often amongst the cheapest, most basic stuff which is nice; I live in Germany and like Schauma’s BIO products; I like Lush as well but they’re a bit more expensive. But Lush’s American Cream conditioner smells like a dream!! Oils you can get in regular food stores if you go for olive, or health food stores.

    Oil may sound scary to some, but it doesn’t make your hair oilier – as long as you don’t put it on the scalp, which you shouldn’t do with any sort of treatments (unless they actually are for the scalp, of course). I make my own deep treatments using oil and my regular conditioner, mesh together, put in hair and leave in for an hour (under a cap and towel, for heat). Very useful, and there are fifty billion “recipies” like that online :)

  7. 7
    March 24th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve been using Aussies 3 minute miracle since I begun bleaching + dying my hair unnatural colours and it’s helped my hair feel like silk, rather than coarse straw (also smells pretty). For serum, I usually use a tiny amount of Biosilk.

  8. 8
    March 24th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I love Garnier Fructis’s 3-minute mask, but I’ve used it for so long, I think my hair has become immune to it! The first product (Neutrogena hair mask) sounds like a perfect alternative. My hair is dry and I have a ton of split ends from daily heat styling, so I’m always on the look-out for new hair products. Thanks!

  9. 9
    March 24th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    MOROCCANOIL!!! it is the best product I have ever used. It is a bit pricey, but I think is worth it and can last for quite a while (you can use it everyday or every few days as a treatment, I think).
    It smells amazing, leaves my hair super shiny and soft, but not greasy.
    I think if you’re going to splurge on one product, this should be it :)

  10. 10
    March 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Deep conditioner is awesome! I have some from Pantene Pro-V that I like a lot. I can definitely tell a difference when I use it. My hair can get greasy, too, so the main trick is not to put this stuff on your scalp. I only put conditioner (and deep conditioner) on the hair that is past my ears. I comb it through so some of it gets a little higher up, too.

  11. 11
    March 24th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Agree Moroccan oil is soo amazing! My hair super dry but just a dime sized amount helps so much, especially before styling my hair. It smells like a musky vanilla, so intoxicatingly yummy!

  12. 12
    March 24th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I think that instead of buying three cheaper (and possibly not as good products) it is a good idea to invest in one really good, quality product that has conditioning, shine serum and heat protectant benefits.
    i’m a firm believer in quality vs quantity, and honestly, i think that you can buy as many cheap drugstore products you want, but just one really nice salon product can make much more of a difference! (not trying to bash on drugstore products though)

  13. 13
    March 24th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I use Got2Be heat protector spray and it works well for me :) I’ll consider the other products mentioned too. thanks!

  14. 14
    March 25th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    hi does anybody know is Kerestase hai products any good?..
    what does it do to your hair?.. or are these better than kerestase?..
    is there anything better than kerestase?..

    sorry, so many questions..its just that my hair is so dry and full of split ends, and i want it to become really long, nice, and shiny ..but i dont know how to..
    i also swim everyday in a chlorine pool so im desperatley looking for hair products thats good for my hair…please help hehe :) thanks

  15. 15
    March 25th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    HI! :)

    does anyone know how to get long shiny hair like reese witherspoon..?
    i mean like what hairproducts to use so that you hair will look as silky as hers? ..i love reese’s hair its just gorgeous!:)

  16. 16
    March 25th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    i just want my hair to GROW. i’ve tried everything. any pointers?

  17. 17
    March 25th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    A really good article. Apart from shampoo (I’m currently using H&S Silk & Shiny or something along those lines, but since it’s almost empty, I’m buying John Frieda’s Shampoo for Dark Brunettes), I usually condition it every time I wash it (3 times a week, and it holds really well =D) with the Oleo Repair Mask for Garnier. After that, I apply TRESemm√©’s Instant Heat Protecting Spray, and last, the anti-frizz Schwarzkopf Serum, and comb through my hair. I always get compliments on my shiny good smelling hair, because the serum and the heat protecting spray smell great, as well as the mask I use. Something I love about products, they have to be good, but if they don’t smell good as well, you don’t want to use it as much.

  18. 18
    March 25th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I just wanted to add that the Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner is absolutely amazing. Plus, its herbal and contains no silicones. My curly hair is always smooth and shiny after I use it!

  19. 19
    March 26th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    i used to use neutrogena but i stopped using it because it contains silicones (not good for your hair).same with john frieda,silicones.silicones are not good for ur hair it blocks moisture from getting into the hair shaft.sames with mineral oil..

  20. 20
    May 19th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    @ Tara.. I tried that Aussie thing an it is great.. thanks….

  21. 21
    November 1st, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Last summer I took a trip to St. Louis, MO. I was not looking forward to the humidity there. I took a trip to Sephora and asked one of the sales girls for a suggestion on shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair,
    Immediately she suggested Shielo Hydrate Conditioner. She assured me that this product would work! I took her advice and bought the shampoo and also the Shielo Antioxidant Leave in Protector she suggested. I have to say Shielo products worked so well I now use them everyday! My hair did not get frizzy at all and stayed styled and was super shinny! My hair is fine and has some curl to it. It takes the frizz out and gives body.

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