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All Is Bright: The Pro's Guide To Keeping Your Hair Shiny During The Holidays

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The holidays are officially upon us and if there’s one thing we want more than anything else on our wish list, it’s reflective, glossy hair that makes every one of our holiday party hairstyles the center of attention.

Unfortunately, shiny hair can’t be wrapped in a box and topped with a big red bow. If you’re dreaming of achieving hair that shines as bright as your Christmas tree, however, you’ve come to the right place! We’re breaking down the tips, tricks, and products you need to know about to keep your hair shiny throughout the holiday season.

Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.

If you’re not aware of this common shower mistake, it may be the one thing standing between you and super shiny hair. Not only can rinsing your mane in scorching hot water cause frizz, but it can also leave it looking dull and lackluster.

When possible, rinse your strands with lukewarm water instead of hot. This can help seal the cuticle and create that mirror-like shine you crave.

Protect your strands while you sleep.

Want to wake up on Christmas morning with shiny hair? The eight hours a night you spend sleeping can be doing more damage than you realize. Standard cotton pillowcases can cause tugging and breakage while you toss and turn. We recommend opting for a silk pillowcase that is designed to be gentle on your mane and help minimize friction while you sleep.

Swap your regular shampoo for a clarifying formula.

If you’re trying a new hairstyle every weekend this month, your strands can easily get gunked up between layers of hairspray and dry shampoo. That’s why we recommend adding a clarifying shampoo like Mizani Moisture Fusion Clarifying Shampoo to your routine. This formula resets hair so you can get rid of product build-up and impurities, without feeling overly dry or stripped.

While adding a clarifying shampoo to the mix is important, don’t overdo it! Clarifying formulas can be stripping—particularly for color or chemically-treated hair— try swapping it with your regular shampoo once every few weeks.

Switch to hair oils.

Forget shine sprays—if there’s one product you need in your routine to achieve intense shine while keeping your strands nourished, it’s hair oil. Searching for one to add to your routine? We recommend Kérastase L’Huile Original Hair Oil. Infused with marula oil, this beautifying oil for all hair types creates super shiny hair, revives hair’s strength, and gives strands optimal nourishment. Check out why our editor loves this product loves this product.

Head to the salon for a gloss.

We get it—the holidays are a busy time, and you might not have a lot of calendar space to dedicate to your mane. If you want gorgeously glossy locks heading into the holidays, however, schedule a hair gloss appointment with your stylist.

This semi-permanent treatment coats and seals the hair cuticle to create a reflective shine that lasts from four to six weeks. Not to mention: This salon service doesn’t require a lengthy appointment, so it should be easy to squeeze it into your pre-holiday schedule.

Don’t skip heat protectant.

Hot tools zap the moisture from your strands which can cause them to look frizzy and dull. If you’re committed to your daily blowout or straightening session, however, be sure to use a heat protectant like Redken’s Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray every time you reach for your hot tools. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine, and reduce frizz.

Interested in more expert hair tips? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.