My Hair Has Never Looked So Shiny, and It's Thanks to These Specific Products

When it comes to my skincare routine, I'll always favour the route that leads me to dewy, glowy, healthy skin. A serum that promises 'glazed donut' skin? Excellent. A hyaluronic acid-infused face mist? I'll take two. An SPF with light-reflecting particles? Sign me up. The thing about radiant skin is that it looks healthy, and the same applies to hair—which is why, now that I've found my glowy skin essentials, I'm on a mission to achieve the shiniest, glossiest hair of my life.

It helps that shiny hair is majorly on trend right now, so there are tonnes of products out there that promise to boost shine and give hair a 'glass-like' finish. "The current interest in shiny hair is really a phenomenon coming from social media that reflects the quiet luxury trend," says celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkai. "From sleek ponytails accessorised with ribbons to a reflective bob or long hair with a mirror-like shine, it’s a versatile trend." It's true, no matter what your hair type or length, it's always possible to achieve a glossy finish, and because a shiny finish creates the illusion of healthy hair, it looks good on everyone.


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However, as I've learned over the past few months of testing, not all shiny hair products live up to their lofty claims. There's a fine line between hair looking glossy and greasy, and you may notice that some hair products add shine but weigh hair down in the process. With the right products and styling tips, you can achieve a glass-like finish without taking the volume out of your hair or needing to commit to a daily hair wash. 

Below, I've shared the best products for shiny hair, tried and tested by me.

My Shiny-Hair Routine:


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More Products I Love for Shiny Hair:

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines. While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.