How to Make Your Hair Shine for a Big Night Out

The evening promises to be anything but dull, so make sure your hair isn't either! Turning lackluster locks into a lustrous mane is easy – if you know a few tricks.


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Have the hair you've always wanted with the hair care and conditioning tips in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • A high-quality shampoo
  • A silicone-rich conditioner
  • A clean towel
  • Eye glitter
  • A hair dryer
  • A natural or combination bristle brush
  • A metallic accessory
  • A shine hairspray
  • Mousse (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Start with a high-quality shampoo

    Wash your hair with a high-quality shampoo designed to help maximize shine. Removing product build-up allows your hair to reflect more light.

  2. Step 2

    Condition it

    Follow with a conditioner that contains silicone. It helps align hair fibers with each other, which is essential for a smooth, glossy surface.

  3. Try using products made by the same brand. They are formulated in the lab to complement one another.

  4. Step 3

    Rinse and pat dry

    Rinse your hair thoroughly. Then gently blot excess water with a clean bath towel; aggressive towel-drying can damage cuticles.

  5. Step 4

    Get glowing

    Don't let your hair be the only thing gleaming tonight: After applying your makeup, dust a tiny amount of glitter across your lids in a color that matches or complements your shadow, for some eye-catching sparkle.

  6. Step 5

    Get a cool style

    Let your hair air dry at least halfway, then use the cool setting on your dryer as you blow dry one section at a time, using a natural or combination bristle brush.

  7. Work some shine-enhancing mousse into wet hair before blow-drying to give it a body boost.

  8. Step 6

    Join the glitterati

    Pick one metallic accessory, like shoes or a purse -- just don't overdo it with both! Add a piece or two of sparkly jewelry to complete the look.

  9. Step 7

    Seal the deal

    Mist your entire head of hair with a hair spray specially formulated to help maintain shine. It will help seal your look, resulting in an ice-like reflective surface that will keep you dazzling all night long!

  10. Men are attracted to women with shiny hair because it's an indication of youth and health, traits they seek out for evolutionary reasons.