By Jc of The Natural Haven
Do you equate shiny hair with healthy hair? I have seen many people emphasise that natural hair can or should have a ‘healthy’ sheen but is this really true?
The research ( J. Cosmet. Sci, pp 49–63, 2004) I found gave there are three main factors which affect natural shine for clean hair (i.e when oil is not added artificially to create shine and the hair has been freshly washed).
The three factors are
1. Colour of your hair
2. The shape and thickness of your hair strands
3. Twists or kinks in your hair
1. The darker your hair, the shinier it appears
Very light hair (grey or blonde) can easily allow light to go through the hair instead of reflecting it back. As hair gets darker, less light is scattered in this way and more of it is reflected back, therefore darker hairappears shinier.