How to Have Smooth Hair
Some of us struggle with hair types that are too difficult to tame or keep smooth and silky. You may have tangled and knotted strands of hair here and there that your brush alone cannot deal with. Regardless of the difficulties you face when caring for your hair, it is possible to have a smooth hair free of knots and tangles.
There are a couple of techniques that many people use to make hair smooth. These methods can be largely split into two categories: the chemical methods and the natural methods. Treating your hair with chemicals will give you the desired result but with some risks of damage. If you opt for the natural way, you will be using natural ingredients and techniques to temporarily achieve smooth hair with no adverse effects on your hair. For most of us, the chemical way is a quicker method — but is it worth damaging your hair over time?
We will be looking at the various methods you can use on your hair to make it smoother; you can consider one or two of such methods and pick that which is ideal for you.
18 Ways to Make your Hair Smoother
The following are some of the ways you can make your hair smooth naturally. They are safe and most likely going to improve the quality of your hair.
Aloe Vera Gel
The aloe vera plant is useful in helping you to maintain healthy hair. It is used by many people because of its well-known hair care properties. Aloe vera contains about 75 nutrients and enzymes which can do wonders for your hair. Applying aloe vera gel to your hair will give you a smoother and softer hair. The chemical composition of the aloe vera gel include the protein, keratin, which is a basic element of your hair. This makes your hair stronger, moistened and smoother. Here`s how to use aloe vera gel to smoothen your hair.
- Get some freshly cut aloe vera stems and squeeze the gel out.
- Mix the gel with little water and rub it into your hair and scalp, leaving it for about half an hour.
- After allowing the aloe vera gel to act on your hair for about 30 minutes, wash it off with a hair shampoo.
Bananas are regarded as an effective multipurpose natural agent for improving all-round health. You can also use bananas to improve your hair. They contain natural oils, antioxidants, vitamins, potassium and carbohydrates which can combine to nourish your hair and combat free radicals. These components of banana can also provide relief from irritation and maintain the moisture in your hair.
So, the use of the banana pack is another natural technique beneficial to your hair. Here`s how to go about it.
- Pound a piece of ripe banana and mix the mashed banana with two teaspoons of yogurt. You can blend the mix to make sure that it comes out as a smooth mixture.
- Apply this banana and yogurt blend to your hair by rubbing it into your hair from the tips to the crown of your scalp.
- Let the banana pack dry up for 45 minutes, then rinse your hair.
Surprised? Don’t be. Rinsing your hair with cold water will do a lot of good to it, and allow it to be smoother and softer. Using cold water on your hair will help you seal off the uppermost part of your hair shaft and leave it smoother than it was. It’s perfectly understandable if you dislike touching cold water under cold weather conditions like winter, however, you must stay away from hot or warm water still — they allow your hair to frizz and affect your cuticles. You don’t need to bathe in the water, you can simply bend your hair forward and rinse it with the cold water using a cup or jug.
You need to give your hair a break from all the heat you expose it to. You probably make use of curling irons, straighteners and blow dryers to style or straighten your hair, but they will cause harm to your hair in time. The natural glow and sheen of your hair will get burnt out by these styling tools. Protect your hair from the heat produced by these straighteners and dryers by avoiding them as much as you can. You can also use a heat protecting spray to protect your hair from most of the damage caused by the heat.
The mayonnaise mask treatment will give your hair deep conditioning. Mayonnaise contains amino acids and antioxidants, one of which is L-cysteine. L-cysteine is a potent antioxidant and amino acid which can boost your hair growth. Here`s how to to use a mayonnaise mask.
- Get a cup of mayonnaise and two teaspoons of mashed avocados and mix both into a fluffy mixture.
- Rub this fluffy mayonnaise mask into your hair then pull your hair together before covering it in a shower cap.
- Leave this mask on your hair for about an hour before washing it off your hair with a mild shampoo.
Eggs contain a couple of hair-enriching nutrients too. There are some protein nutrients that encourage your hair to grow and become smooth. The amino acid, L-cysteine, is also found in eggs. Using the egg pack will help you to achieve a softer and smoother hair. To make an egg pack, you need an egg, a teaspoon of olive oil, honey, and cream. Crack the egg open and whisk it in a bowl. Add a teaspoon each of olive oil, cream, and honey and mix them all until they become a paste. Rub this egg pack into your hair and allow it to dry up. Rinse your hair with shampoo and cold water.
We have highlighted how important it is to keep your hair away from heat; try to use natural means to dry up your hair. If you must, use a round brush with a ceramic base and big teeth while using a blow dryer on your hair. The blow dryer should be at a distance of 15 centimeters from your hair and moved around regularly.
Apple cider vinegar is another effective hair smoothing agent. You can use it, as many people have, as a hair rinsing liquid. This vinegar rinse will balance the pH level of your hair better than most shampoos which are more alkaline in nature. It will clean up your hair and close cuticles in order to make your hair smoother and shiny.
Use a cup of cool water to dilute a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar and rinse your hair with this after every shampooing.
Brazilian Keratin Treatment
The Brazilian Keratin hair treatment is a safe and effective approach toward curbing frizz and making your hair have a smoother surface. This treatment is useful in smoothening any hair type. It is not harsh, and it also protects the color of your hair.
Trimming is also highly important. Set some time aside to trim your hair occasionally to get rid of split ends and tangled tips. It is advised to trim your hair at least once every six weeks.
You can also make your hair smoother using chemical solutions. This method makes use of some chemicals to treat your hair, straighten it and make it smoother. It is a procedure with long-lasting effects. It will keep your hair smooth for about three months but can be harsh on your hair. If your hair is colored, this process isn’t meant for you.
Hot Oil Treatment
If you are looking to make your hair smoother and silky, you could use a hot oil massage. Get a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil, jojoba oil or any other type. Use one or a mixture of two of these oils to give your hair a massage once every week. Rub a few teaspoons of any oil of your choice on your hair and massage your scalp with it. Then cover your hair and scalp in a wrapped warm towel for about 20 minutes to enable the oil penetrate your scalp before rinsing your hair with a mild shampoo.
The Right Shampoo
Shampoos wash your hair in a way that other soaps can’t. They cleanse your hair and protect your scalp. You must, however, use the type of shampoo that suits your hair type. Check the most trusted types of shampoo on the market and compare them to know which is beneficial to your hair.
More like a tip than a hair smoothening technique, comb and brush your hair gently. If you are careless with combing your hair, the friction created by too much combing will lead to frizzy hair in a matter of time. Try not to comb your hair too frequently. Comb your hair twice or thrice daily at decisive moments.
Relaxers also smoothen your hair shafts and serve as a remedy for frizzy hair surfaces. They help to make the texture of your natural hair softer and smoother, but is usually great if your hair is curly or wavy.
Thermal reconditioning is a method of hair straightening also called Japanese straightening. It will give you a better result if your hair is in bulky loose curls. The inner bonds of your hair are broken after washing your hair in a chemical solution a few times. Then a neutralizing agent is used to straighten and smoothen your hair after the strands have been shaped. Again, if your hair is processed or colored, thermal reconditioning isn’t for you.
You can make your hair smooth if you give it a proper conditioning treatment. Try to deep condition every week, and make sure that if little conditioner stays on your hair, the conditioner isn’t left on your scalp. Leave-in conditioners are great too, especially if your hair is curly.
Less or No Chemicals
When you are seriously looking for a means to keep your hair smooth and retain its natural sheen, you must avoid chemicals that are harsh to your hair. Cleansers such as ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate are used to make many shampoos; they are actually harmful to the growth of your hair. These chemicals cause your hair to fall out and thin, so avoid them completely. Instead, shop for shampoos that are based on organic and natural ingredients.
Now that you Know…
These 18 ways of treating your hair will provide ideally smooth hair; you can choose one or combine more to get your desired result. Just make sure that your hair can handle the treatment you choose and protect it with the tips we have discussed here.