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We Tell You How To Get Healthy, Shiny Hair On The Daily Just Like The Royals

Nothing looks more expensive than perfectly coiffed, lustrous locks.

More than being fashion icons, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are also establishing themselves as beauty icons, thanks to their gorgeous locks. While not everyone gets access to a glam squad like the royals, there are some little tweaks in your everyday routine that you can do for healthier, shinier hair. And if all else fails, you can always rely on shine sprays.

For example, avoid rubbing your hair in rapid motions when towel-drying your tresses in the shower as vigorous rubbing can lift hair cuticles and cause tangles. Instead, squeeze out excess water in a pressing motion. This keeps hair cuticles flat and smooth along the lengths of the hair so it becomes less prone to tangling and looks shinier. You can also rinse your locks with a jet of cold water. The low temperature helps hair cuticles to lie flat so hair feels smoother and looks shinier.

In addition, you should also use UV protection on your hair and scalp. Just like your skin, which can become dull when free radicals wreak havoc on skin cells, UV exposure can also affect the vibrancy of your locks from free radical damage. Over time, lustrous locks can become dull and lifeless if free radical damage is left to accumulate. Here are the best shine-infusing products to use for healthy, glossy strands:

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Repairing Mask: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask, $53 for 226ml
The key to looking like you’ve just gotten a luxurious blowout? Silky smooth hair. So if your hair needs a little resuscitation, try this aptly named hair mask. Perfect for giving damaged, brittle and over-processed locks some TLC, it delivers powerful nutrients to help rebuild, strengthen and smooth hair. Thanks to its NOVA Complex, distressed locks are treated to a cocktail of argan oil, rosehip, collagen extract, B-vitamins and algae extract which replenishes frazzled ends with moisture, improve hair elasticity and reinforces hair structure to reduce breakage by up to 75% after just three uses. Treatment Oil: Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil, $56 for 100ml
The name of the product quite simply, says it all. Formulated with an optimal blend of nourishing oils that is compatible with the hair’s natural oil composition, this oil penetrates hair shaft quickly to nourish even the thickest, more unmanageable of hair types, without leaving behind any trace of stickiness or greasiness. And as with all Living Proof products, it is powered by the brand’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA), which blocks out humidity for frizz-free hair that holds style for hours on end. Hair Primer: Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, $40 for 75ml
Just like how a face primer smooths skin surface and keeps makeup looking fresh and radiant all day long, this hair balm functions like a hair primer to smooth hair and help hair styles last longer despite of humid conditions. Suitable for use on damp or dry hair, this leave-in balm hydrates parched ends, seals off cuticles to repel humidity and imparts hair with a healthy, lustrous shine. Volume Booster: Sisley Hair Rituel Volumising Spray, $118 for 150ml
Needless to say, perfect hair always has volume and bounce. To give limp and lifeless locks an instant pick-me-up, spritz this onto the lengths of damp hair liberally before styling. This weightless formula contains Boswellia gum, volumizing resin and rice bran proteins to lightly coat hair for a densifying effect while giving your locks a root-lift. Pro-vitamin B5 also smooths hair cuticles and adds shine. Smoothing Cream: Original & Mineral Project Sukuroi Golden Smoothing Balm, $47 for 100g
If its an ultra-sleek finish that you desire, this is your best bet. Made with macadamia oil and Camelina plant extract, this thick, rich balm nourishes dry and rough hair instantly, locking in moisture and adding shine without weighing it down. Plus, it is also fortified with keratin which strengthens damaged locks for a silky-smooth finish. Apply a grape-sized onto damp hair before blow-drying to tame out-of-control hair, or flat iron onto dry hair for a dramatic effect. Christophe Robin Regenerating Plant Oil with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil, $86 for 124ml
Made with 100 percent natural oils, this nourishing oil harnesses the antioxidant power of prickly pear seed oil to counter free radical damage on hair and scalp. Apply directly onto scalp and the lengths of the hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, or use it anytime to tame coarse and unmanageable hair. It also doubles up as a body hydrator due to its intensely hydrating properties. VERB Ghost Oil, $12 for 17ml
Just like its name suggests, this lightweight hair oil goes on without a trace. Suitable even for those with fine hair, it replenishes parched tresses with moisture and nutrients. It also seals the cuticles for an instantly smooth and shiny finish with zero residue. IGK Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat, $43 for 120ml
Just like a BB cushion that enhances your skin tone while shielding it from UV rays, this intensive hair conditioner enhances coloured hair while sea kelp extract protects it from environmental assaults. Enriched with amla oil (derived from gooseberry), sunflower seed oil and glycerin, this also improves hair elasticity for a lustrous, prism-like shine. Kate Middleton
Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic Shine Serum, $58 for 100ml
A heaven sent for frazzled locks, this blend of organic argan oil and macadamia oil seals hair cuticles to block out humidity while infusing it with a blow out-worthy shine. Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss, $38 for 150ml
Formulated to help maintain the intensity and vibrancy of coloured locks, this post-shower foam infuses your hair with silk amino acids and pro-vitamin B5 to revive hair colour and lock in shine.