How These Glam Queens Get Their Manes Shiny


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Along with skincare, a nutritional diet, and physical and mental fitness, hair care is also an important aspect of self-maintenance. Particularly, as we head into the throes of summer — rife with heat and humidity — it’s important to take care of your hair. Whether you see it as an extension of your self-expression or view it as just another part of your body, hair care shouldn’t be overlooked. For the best hair care tips, we’re looking at four glamorous queens who are knowledgeable and outspoken about all the best ways they take care of their locks.

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Photo credit: Nia Pettitt. 

Nia the Light

Nia Pettitt, also known as Nia the Light, is an internationally renowned model and influencer who opened the Curl Bar London as part of her advocacy for natural Black hair empowerment. To take care of her curls, as demonstrated in a tutorial video on her YouTube channel, Nia uses a combination of moisturizing and styling products. She uses Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Shampoo, HIO Conditioner, and Overnight Mask when steam washing. Then she uses As I Am Long and Luxe Leave-In Conditioner, Oribe Curl Gloss, and Mo Knows Hair x Sally Beauty Gel with a Dyson Diffuser to style.

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Photo credit: Sarah Angius.

Sarah Angius

Stylist, influencer, and columnist for Glamour UK Sarah Angius keeps her shiny hair intact and approaches hair care from a holistic perspective. She’s a winner of the Hair Icon Award 2018 and advocates a balanced diet and proper hydration as the foundation for healthy and shiny hair. Her other tips include investing in a good silk pillowcase to protect hair while you sleep and indulging in a weekly hot coconut oil treatment. Some of her favourite products, which she outlines in a video on her YouTube channel, are Olaplex N6 Bond Smoother — which protects her hair throughout her busy day — and AVEDA Brilliant Damage Control, especially when working with heating tools.

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Photo credit: Shalini Samuel.

Shalini Samuel

Shalini Samuel from Knot Me Pretty is a hairstyle influencer and blogger whose hair care tips work for those on the go. Her routines promise an easy, low-effort approach to healthy hair. In a quick hair care routine video tutorial on her YouTube channel, Shalini showcases TRESemmé Botanique Detox and Restore shampoo and conditioner, particularly highlighting the inclusion of ginseng and neem, ingredients that strengthen the follicles and roots of your hair and encourage hair growth.

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Photo credit: Emma Chen.

Emma Chen

Emma Chen of Emma Chen Artistry is a leading hair and make-up artist and influencer in Australia. She has worked with some of the world’s top models like Bella Lucia, Sophie Applegarth, and Kristina Mendonca. Whether it’s for weddings or the runway, Emma is known for her waves and up-dos. Some of the key styling products she uses are White Sands Liquid Texture for dry hair styling and for leaving hair soft and silky; NAK hair spray for the ultimate hold; and H2D Hair Care curling wands for creating loose waves for any hair type.

Jericho Tadeo | Contributing Writer

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