April 15, 2013

How to Achieve Shiny Natural Hair


by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shiiiine! I just had to do that, don’t know why! LOL!
So, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is how do I get my hair so shiny.
The natural shine my hair has happened over time. In the beginning of my journey, my hair was very dull and dry. I decided to create a routine that would help me to maintain moisture, soften the hair to make detangling easier, and over time it improved the health of my hair and the appearance. My deep conditioning/hot oil treatments. I wish I could say I’ve discovered some amazing concoction, and it is going to change the “natural hair” world, but it is just simple and affordable ingredients you more than likely already have sitting in your cabinets.


  • Oil
  • Conditioner
Step 1: I do a light finger detangling, and then shampoo my hair.

-I like to clean my hair first with a sulfate shampoo. I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. Some do it afterwards, but in my mind I would just be taking out all of the oils I just added from my deep conditioning/hot oil treatment.

Step 2: I add a generous amount of regular rinse out conditioner to my hair.

-I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Step 3: I add a generous amount of oil to my hair.

-I use extra virgin olive oil

Step 4: I cover my hair with a plastic cap or bag.

Step 5: I sit under a hooded dryer for about 15-30 minutes.

-This heats the oil and conditioner. The heat also helps to open the cuticles of the hair so that the oil and conditioner can be absorbed into the strands. I have low porosity hair so this is very important.
If you like, you can heat the oil in a microwave. Once you have added the conditioner and oil to your hair, put on the plastic cap or bag. You can wrap a warm towel around it and let it stay on for a few hours or overnight.

Step 6: Rinse the conditioner and oil out of the hair. I usually have to add a little rinse out conditioner to rinse the oil out. I don’t mind leaving a small amount of conditioner and oil in my hair.

Step 7: I add my leave in and style as normal.

-I have used this method for over 2 years! This has made my hair soft and manageable. My hair also has a beautiful shine that developed over time. This is a must for my hair regimen

Quick Info:

I’ve done my deep conditioning/hot oil treatment on both wet and dry hair. I don’t really have a preference, but normally do my treatment on wet hair, because I like to shampoo first.
I do this each time I shampoo. I normally shampoo every two weeks.

Deep Conditioning/Hot Oil Treatment Demo:

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