Smooth Hair Will Always be Happy Hair
Don’t you love that moment when you rub your fingers through your hair, and you feel instant happiness pouring through your hair and the rest of your body? The reason this could be is due to how smooth and soft your hair feels! We all love the way that feels, and we wish we could experience all the time. So, why can’t we?
It seems that having smooth hair only comes around every blue moon, whenever you accidentally do something new to your hair. What if I told you there are ways to keep your hair smooth for more than just a day and you can use these same methods on a straight lace frontal sew-in?
Here are some practical ways to get and maintain smooth hair on a regular basis!
Comb Your Hair While Damp, Don’t Brush
Brushing your hair while dripping with wet hair is the ultimate recipe for frizz and possible breakage. If you want smooth strands, use a wide-toothed comb on damp hair. This technique will keep your hair strands in line. Work in sections and start detangling at the ends and work your way up towards your scalp.
Rinse with cold water
I think we can all agree on the hatred that most of the population has for cold water, but this is an accurate way to get smooth hair. The cold doesn’t just make you want to shrink up — it does the same thing to your hair.
Warmth makes the outer hair cuticle open, while cold makes it close up. Rinsing with cold water encourages your strands to stay flat. Therefore, when it’s finally dried, you will experience extreme smoothness in your strands.
Squeeze and Blot, but don’t rub
Let’s get one thing straight first. Towels aren’t exactly ideal for your hair. The material can pull your strands and cause them to break. Invest in some microfiber towels. They are absorbent, and the material is softer on your hair.
Also, when you step out of the shower, it’s tempting to wrap your hair in a towel and give your head a good rub to remove excess water. Don’t do it! Rubbing roughs up your locks and can cause breakage. Use your towel (hopefully microfiber towel) to squeeze the excess water out of your hair and blot away on top of your head.
Invest in a Protective Serum
When using any heat on your hair, it’s essential to add an extra layer of protection to prevent heat damage, because let’s face it. When you want smooth hair, you probably blow dry it out and then finish it off with a hair straightener.
This technique may give you soft strands for a little bit, but this look won’t last long at all. Invest in a protective serum. It will protect your hair from the damage of heat, and it will also add another layer of shininess that will last longer than if you styled your hair without it.
Get regular trims
Everyone hates when it is time for trims, but unfortunately, they are necessary when taking care of your locks. They prevent the damage from moving up the rest of the hair strand. Even if you’re growing out your hair, keeping up with regular trims is critical for smooth strands. Also if your roots look amazing and polished, damaged and split, ends will ruin that illusion.
Make your hair a smoothie
There are so many recipes you can use for smooth hair. Most recipes are easy, simple and fantastic for your hair. They also use natural ingredients that you can find in your average kitchen or bathroom.
For a mask that is unbelievably softening, mash together one ripe banana with two teaspoons of plain yogurt until you have a smooth paste. This combo is crazy moisturizing and a treat for your scalp as well as your tresses. Rub it all through your hair, and put on a shower cap. After 45 minutes to an hour, rinse and shampoo.
Don’t Wash More than Needed
This tip depends on your hair type. Some curlier textures don’t need washing as often as straighter textures. Therefore, unless you have hair that’s crazy-oily, you probably don’t need to shampoo every day. Over-shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils, which help give it smooth hair and prevent future damage. Try going a few days, if you can, without washing your hair and see if you can tell the difference!
Point Your Dryer Down
It will all make sense in a minute! As you may or may not already know, air-drying is best for your hair. That is the for sure way to prevent heat damage during the drying process. Although, if you’re in a hurry or working on a style, be sure you’re blow drying the right way. Yes, there is a right way to blow dry your hair and most people who have been doing their hair for years may still not know this.
Use a diffuser, so you aren’t scorching your strands, and point the nozzle down. That way, you’re encouraging the cuticle to stay smooth and flat. An updraft of the blow dryer can make the strand open right up.
Finish by giving your whole head a once-over dry using the cold setting for the smoothest hair, because remember the cooler the temperature the better.
Sleep on Satin or Silk
The cotton material can strip your hair of all of its oils and cause it to break. If you want to avoid frizz and breakage, and make your smooth strands last longer rest your head on a satin or silk pillowcase instead of the usual cotton to keep your strands down. You can also invest in a silk or satin bonnet or head scarf!
The Journey to Smooth Hair
Smooth hair isn’t hard to obtain, it just takes a few trials. Once you find the technique that works for your hair, stick with it for as long as you can. Smooth hair is all yours if you put in the work it takes to find what works best for your hair!
If you have any questions on your specific hair type, ask your stylist or prepare for future articles, right here!
Which tip do you think is best for your hair? Have you already tried some of these? Let me know in the comments!
Written by Mikey Moran