While trends come and go, a shiny, healthy, bouncy head of hair will never go out of style. Whenever people ask how I keep my hair growing long and shiny, my main piece of hair advice is that you have to treat your hair like a new born baby! No matter how many products you use or treatments you do, achieving healthy and shiny locks is only possible if you avoid breakage, damage, and over-heating.


In order to get the shiny locks you’ve always wanted:

-Be extremely careful whenever brushing your hair – especially after the shower. I only use the wet brush and start from the ends of my hair and work my way to the top. You cannot achieve long hair if you’re ripping half of it out by brushing it too aggressively.

-Always tell your stylist to be gentle on your hair whenever you go in for a cut or color. I’m sure most of them know this, but I’ve gone to stylists in the past who have man handled my head to the point where I left with a headache and 3/4 the amount of hair that I arrived there with. Foils, dryers, and blow-outs can all cause damage – so always be sure to let your stylist know you have a “sensitive head”!

-Avoid teasing. I know teasing helps create body and makes up-dos look great, but it’s one of the worst things for your hair. Try using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner or a root-pump spray instead.

-Avoid ponytails. Instead of using hair ties, whenever I want my hair out of my face I either use a jaw-clip or these awesome springy-looking hair ties that don’t leave a crease and are super gentle on your hair.

-Your blow-drying technique really matters.  Blow dry hair with a nozzle on and always point down the hair to smooth down the cuticle which helps reflect the light. Look for ceramic, ionic, or infrared tools, which shorten the time that you’re heating your hair (this one’s a splurge, but worth the investment).

-Avoid using heat tools every day. Try to get your curls to last a couple days and if you already have semi-straight hair, stop using a straightener – if I blow dry it and don’t want to curl it, I either put it in a braid for a while to give it a little somethin-somethin or I just throw in some dry shampoo powder for extra body to add texture (I use Aveda’s dry shampoo powder and I love it).

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THEN products come in the play..

-Invest in a good hair mask and leave it on hair for 15 minutes twice a week. I use Luster Lock by Joico. the way it feels on my hair in the shower is incredible, but the way it looks and shines after I blow dry and style it is AWESOME. It makes my hair stronger, healthier, and shinier with each use, repairs to damaged hair, and makes it 9x more resistant to breakage – I HIGHLY recommend trying it out.

-Every time you get out of the shower, use a couple pumps of Morroccanoil – I will forever promote this product because it has done wonders for my hair and smells like heaven. (Nordstrom has a trial kit of their basic products on sale right now here).

-Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup from sprays, gels, and pomades. It’s like exfoliating your skin – you have to remove the dull layers in order to get the shine you want (shop the whole Joico K-PAK Line Here).

-Mist a lightweight shine spray over the hair, make sure you hold it away from your hair while applying though, you don’t want to overload the hair and have shine turn into grease. I use an ultra-light mist that strengthens hair making it 4x more resistant to breakage: Joico Shine Spray.

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ALSO, a couple tips:

-Rinse hair with ice-cold water before getting out of the shower. Cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner — which helps your hair look shiny and healthy.

-Lighter hair (blonde) is porous and more susceptible to buildup, so it’s shiniest when it’s cleanest. Brunettes are at their glossiest with well-conditioned second-day hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi Olivia! Is the Morroccanoil the same as Argan oil ? Or is it different? I use Argan oil currently so I’m just wanting to know if it’s the same. Thanks! Great blog entry by the way!

      Olivia Rink

      Morroccanoil (at the link I provided) is the brand I use – I’ve used off brand organ oil’s before and they’ve made my hair greasy and don’t work near as well!

  • Girl Gone North

    Hi Olivia, I’ve been a fan of yours for a while. For one thing, my goodness you are gorgeous! And I really love your style.

    Also, I’ve always been fascinated by your hair. It is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing what you do to nourish your beautiful hair. I’m definitely going to be adding some of this to my life.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Olivia!! I wanted to know do you recommend using a thermal protectant of any kind (cream or spray) ? I’ve heard some people say they’re good and others not so much. What’s your take on it ? And do you have one you use or would recommend? Thank you!

      Olivia Rink

      Hi! I like using It’s a Ten leave in for a thermal protectant. I haven’t found one that I totally love yet but when I do I’ll be sure to post about it on here 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Megan Morrison

    Hi! I live in an apartment with hard water and my hair color is really struggling. I’m a bright/cool blonde just like you. Any tips for hard water damage. I’ve heard there may be shower heads that are better for it to filter through some of the residue…? Any tips??

    • Nina

      Try redken pillow proof

  • Tiffany

    Awesome tip on avoiding ponytails! I always tie my hair, in summer especially. Now that it got colder I leave it loose but I will make sure to keep in mind the jaw-clip tip if I ever feel like tying it up.

  • Victoria

    Hi Olivia! I think your hair is beautiful! Perfect color and cut! My hair is very long (almost to my butt now!) and also blonde but I don’t have much volume because my layers are grown out and my hair is heavy. I have been reluctant to get it cut as I don’t know how to detail to the hair stylist what I reallyyyy want. After seeing your hair I have figured it out! Can you post about your hair cuts? Explain how you instruct your hair dresser to cut your hair the way he/she does? I love the body you have and I style mine very similarly (side part curled bottom). Would love any advice on this or pics I can show my hairdresser in NY.


      Olivia Rink

      Hi Victoria – I’m so sorry for the late response! I’m going to be honest I don’t really have her do much but trim the ends every now and then! No layers – just pretty much all one length. My hair breaks at the ends which might be what sort of makes it look like I have layers. I will work on a post for how to get more volume though, good idea!! Thanks for the comment 🙂

      • Victoria

        No Worries! Actually just got it cut Saturday! Didn’t do layers just a few angles in the front, ended up showing him pics of your hair 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • April Vernon

    You have the best hair on the planet! Thank you for the tips. Since I have followed your hair curling tutorial, I’ve been getting compliments on my hair from total strangers! I sent an email about a product a couple weeks ago. Did you get it?

  • McKayla

    Once again your hair is gorgeous!!! Great tips!!
    One thing that I have heard about Moroccan Oil is that if it is not 100% moroccan oil then you could be putting a lot of additional silicones on your hair and creating more of a build up. Is the one attached 100% oil?

  • Lauren DiNino

    Hi Olivia! I am OBSESSED with your hair. I was wondering how often you wash your hair a week? Or do you just do the one day a week with the Joico clarifying shampoo? What conditioner do you use? I have naturally thick wavy brunette hair, but am in love with your thickness and volume! I recently found out I have hypothyroidism which is leaving my hair to become thinned out more and DO NOT WANT that, what girl does?! I would just love to know your hair routine in general, thank you so much!

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