Shiny, glowing hair will never go out of style. This healthy-looking, non-greasy hairstyle transcends all decades, which is why so many people spend a lot of money just to achieve this look.

But the question is, do you really have to spend thousands of dollars to make your hair glow? 

The quick answer is no! 

There are a variety of home remedies that you can use without breaking the bank. In fact, once you find the right methods for you, you won’t even have to think about spending another dime on expensive salon treatments that won’t last you long. 

Check out our top 8 D-I-Y tips for glowing hair:

Treat It with Rice Water

It may sound absurd to treat your hair using what people usually throw out, but there’s so much more to rice water than being a waste. According to studies, rice water has an ingredient called inositol that penetrates and repairs damaged hair from the inside out. 

To make rice water, first you have to wash and strain 1 cup of rice to remove any debris and impurities. Then, take a cup of water and mix it with the strained rice until you see cloudy water. 

Strain the rice and save this water to use. Set aside at room temperature for at least 12 hours (but not longer than 24 hours). If you don’t plan to use it immediately, put it in the fridge.

It can be used once or twice a week, after you shampoo and condition your hair.   

Use Shampoo Infrequently

Contrary to popular belief, shampooing less frequently will not make your hair look and feel greasy. If you do feel any grease, that’s just simply the natural oils that your scalp produces and will actually make your hair shine. 

Shampooing on a daily basis dehydrates your scalp, forcing it to overcompensate—making it the real culprit of the greasy look you might have. The key is to find the right shampoo for your hair type and using it about two to three times a week. 

Brush Gently Once a Day

You might think brushing your hair is overrated but experts argue otherwise. For the record, this doesn’t mean you have to brush it 100 times. It only means that you brush your hair so that the natural oils get distributed. And make sure to do it gently to avoid damaging your hair. 

The brush hair experts and professionals recommend finding brushes with boar bristles. The bristles work their magic on distributing all the natural oils from root to tip every time you brush your hair. This might be an expensive purchase initially, but you’ll soon maximize your savings once you start to see results. 

Try a Weekly Apple Cider Rinse

Before you ditch this idea, hear us out first. 

Similar to the rice water treatment mentioned previously, another tip a lot of people swear by is the apple cider vinegar rinse. It may smell a bit too strong but you only need two tablespoons mixed with a cup of water for your hair. 

You apply this apple cider rinse after you shampoo, leaving it on for a minute or two. Afterward, just rinse thoroughly and only condition the ends of your hair. This rinse will remove all the build-up on your scalp and anything that dulls your hair. 

Switch to Satin or Silk Pillowcases

Satin or silk pillowcases have already been getting traction because of its benefits for frizzy hair. But it’s not just the frizzies that benefit from the luxurious feel of satin or silk, other hair types, including curly hair, also love these!

Satin and silk have a soft and smooth texture that doesn’t encourage frizz no matter how much you toss and turn at night. If you suffer from frizzy hair, chances are it’s looking dull and not shiny at all. 

Once you minimize the frizz, it’ll be easier for you to have glowing hair that’s more manageable!

Minimize Using Heat

As much as possible, minimize using heat on your hair—this includes using blow-dryers, curling irons, and straighteners. Subjecting your hair to heat frequently will dry it out, damage it, and cause it to become frizzy—leading to dull-looking strands. 

If you can’t help it, try using the coldest option on your blow-dryer. Using heat protectant sprays will also be beneficial if you have no other choice than to reach for your straighteners or heat-styling tools.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is probably the best element that nature has to offer. It solves a lot of problems, including your hair problems. 

You’ve heard “drink plenty of water” a million times—about 8 glasses per day. Water hydrates you, including your hair, restoring its luster and making it less limp. You can also opt for water-heavy foods like watermelons, apples, lettuce, and cabbage to complement this tip. 

Eat the Right Food

You are what you eat. And so is your hair. Choosing to eat the right kinds of food, such as leafy greens, beets, beans, and fish will give you that shine you’ve always dreamed of.

But fair warning, this isn’t an overnight process. You have to consistently include them in your diet to see long-term results. Think of it as investing not just for your hair, but also for your entire body.