Experts tell you how to get beautiful, shiny hair.

By Real Simple
Updated April 08, 2009
Gentl & Hyers

Hairstylist Sally Hershberger, New York City

Add texture to shorter styles: “After showering, rub a bar of soap in your hands with a little water, then work your fingers through your damp hair before blow-drying. This also helps reduce static and flyaway strands,” she says. Her pick: (1) Ivory soap (from $2 for four bars at drugstores).

Hairstylist Mark Garrison, New York City

Smooth frizzy hair: “Condition before you shampoo. Hair gets clean without the drying impact of the wash,” says Garrison, who likes (2) L’Oréal Pro-fessionnel Intense Repair Nutrition Masque ($30, for salons). Garrison also says, “I think beauty and wellness go hand in hand, so I practice hot yoga four times a week. I notice a difference in my skin and even my hair.”

Colorist Giselle, New York City

Use the golden rule at home: “When dyeing your hair yourself, never go more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural color,” Giselle says. For the best results, she prefers (3) Clairol Natural Instincts ($9 at drugstores). She adds, “My mother always said that if your hair was set or blow-dried, you should sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase, because it will keep your hair smooth. It really makes a difference.” Another tip from Giselle: “I used to be on a swim team, and I learned that if you’re going to swim in a chlorinated pool, you should wet your hair with natural water before putting on a cap so your hair doesn’t absorb the chemicals. This is especially important if you have color in your hair.”

Colorist Rita Hazan, New York City

For healthy hair, give it a break: “The less you abuse your hair, the better it will look,” says Hazan. Instead of heat-styling daily, vary how you wear your hair, and use products to get results. For volume without a dryer, she likes (4) Shu Uemura Art of Hair Liquid Fabric ($30, 866-914-8750 for salons).

Hairstylist Edris, New York City

Look pulled-together in minutes: “If you don’t have time to wash and style, smooth the front sections with a flat iron, then pull it back with a headband or into a ponytail,” she says. Before ironing, she protects hair by spritzing it with (5) Dove Heat Defense Therapy Mist ($4 at drugstores).

Hairstylist Chris McMillan, Beverly Hills

“Once you get a great cut, keep hair strong and shiny by following up with a deep conditioner once a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s expensive or inexpensive, as long as you use it regularly.” Product favorite: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment, $60, for salon locations.