How to Keep Your Hair Shiny Once You Go Natural

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When I relaxed my hair it was really shiny. Now that I’ve gone natural, is there a way to get that shine again?

Thanks for the question! I reached out to Nancy Jiminian, a gorgeous Afro-Latina stylist for Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in NYC, who explains that the reason your hair was so shiny was because of your relaxer. “It made the hair very porous, so that it would easily absorb the deep conditioning treatment that went in the hair afterward,” she explained. Now that your hair is stronger, it doesn’t absorb conditioner as well and therefore isn’t as shiny.

Her advice: From now on, use a deep conditioner at least once a week, and leave it on for a minimum of thirty minutes. Try Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment, $48, missjessies.com, or Fekkai Essential Shea Ultra-Rich Mask, $30, fekkai.com.

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