The lifestyle we lead and the food we eat shows up on our body and hair. If I talk particularly about hair, every third person today has some kind of hair problem. One of the most prominent issues amongst all these would be the problem of rough hair. The rough texture of hair leads to a lot of other problems such as split ends and frizzy hair. Here, we are going to discuss the natural ingredients that can help you in getting smooth and silky hair, but before that, let’s have a look at the two different smoothening methods.
Hair smoothening methods
There are two common ways in which you can get smooth hair, namely, chemical smoothening and natural smoothening. We look at both these methods in detail.
As the name of this method suggests, chemicals like formaldehyde, alkaline, etc. are used to make your hair smooth. It is a nice method for smoothing hair, but you will have to keep redoing it every few months for the betterment of your hair. The maximum lasting period for this method is 12 to 13 weeks.
The very first benefit of this smoothening method is that you can do this all by yourself, without paying a single penny. This method is efficient, but won’t last long. However, the good thing is you are not either going to face any side effects too. With the appropriate care and management, you can get healthy and smooth hair.
The best part about natural hair smoothening is it can make your hair healthy in the longer run. Thus, you should always prefer this one over the chemical treatment. Here are some of the natural smoothening methods that you can do using ingredients present at your home.
I am sure that you must have heard or read about this pack. Banana is very beneficial when it comes to our hair, as it is a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamins, natural oils, and potassium. It should be your top priority if you want to end the entire frizz from your hair and want it to be all nourished.
To make a banana pack, all you need is a ripe banana and 2 teaspoons yogurt. For those who don’t know, yogurt also acts as an amazing moisturizer for hair. With the blend of these two ingredients, you can get nourished and shiny hair. You need to mash the banana and blend it properly with the yogurt. Now, apply this smooth paste on your hair, from tip to the crown, and rinse it off after 45 minutes. The difference could be seen after the first application only.
Choosing a shampoo according to your hair
You and I could not deny the fact that no matter what we use; shampoo has to be the first product to get the structure of hair in place. If you are having any problem specifically with the shampoo, then you might be using the wrong shampoo. Understand the fact that every shampoo is not good for every hair type. You can go to your doctor and can get your scalp treated and can get a suggestion for the shampoo too. If you know about your scalp and the ingredients that are good for your hair, then you can check a shampoo before buying it and can choose accordingly.
Break from heat
Let’s be practical, even if you are a little concerned about your looks and the latest trends, then you would have used hair styling equipment. Now, we all know that the heat that is produced during the styling process is really bad for our hair. So, if you want to get smooth hair, this is one step that you can take.
Take a break from the hairstyling equipment that produces heat and go for the natural styling. For example, if you want natural curls, you can braid your hair at night and can sleep with that. You will get nice curls in the morning. There are other options too to style your hair in a natural way.
The next step that you should take towards having smooth hair is trimming your hair at regular intervals. Before discussing out its benefit in getting smooth hair, I would like to tell you the reason behind dull and rough hair. Out of all the reasons, one of the major ones behind the frizzy hair that we develop with time is the dead ends. Now, these dead ends or two-faced hair need to be trimmed at regular intervals. This will help you out in maintaining the smoothness of your hair.
Rinsing your hair with cold water
It is a fact that if you wash your hair with cold water, it removes the entire frizz and makes it straight. This might look like a very tiny step, but believe me, if you are doing it during every hair wash of yours, you will see some really good and visible results.
To make it more effective, you can also use an anti-frizz conditioner before rinsing your hair. The cold water will just lock the moisture in your hair and will make the hair smooth. Also, instead of drying the hair vigorously or by using any heating element, try pat drying it.
Rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar
Another remedy that I am sharing with you is yet again related to the rinsing routine. Apple cider vinegar, as you must be aware is one very effective ingredient. Be it your weight loss journey or your hair smoothening treatment, it could work wonders. Before discussing the benefits of this amazing ingredient, let me first tell you about the nature of our hair and the scalp.
For those who don’t know, our hair has a pH of 5.5. Now, the main problem is the shampoos that we use, which imbalances the pH level. They are all strong alkaline. Many anecdotal pieces of evidence suggest that apple cider vinegar helps in balancing the pH level of your scalp. It cleans all the build-up that is formed by the chemicals that you use on your hair. If you rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar, you are closing all the cuticles of your hair and taking a step forward to make your hair smooth and shinier.
To use the apple cider vinegar for rinsing your hair, all you need to do is take ¼ cup of it and mix it with 1 cup of water. Once you are done with washing your hair, give a final rinse with this mixture. It takes you literally 2 minutes in diluting the vinegar with the water and you are one step ahead towards smooth and silky hair.
Conditioning in a proper way
I know you might be thinking that this is such a common thing to talk about, but believe me, we don’t pay attention to such small things and that is why we end up having frizzy hair. Instead of doing some of the very complicated things about the hair, you should just focus on these small steps and you will see a great difference.
You should try deep conditioning once in a week for that smooth hair. Appropriately applying conditioner does not harm your hair. Make sure that you have not applied the conditioner on your scalp. If you have curly hair, then you can try leave-in conditioners or serums.
Break from chemicals
My intension, when I am suggesting to you all of these, is not to tell you something that is not practically possible. Let us be true to ourselves. We could not just quit shampoos and other such products. I agree with the fact that they are not good for our hair in the longer run, but in day to day life it gives us that clean scalp. Considering the time crunch that we all face, it is not just possible to apply natural ingredients.
However, I do want to tell you that if we want to have real smooth hair, then we have to do things for the improvements on our own. I am not saying you to quit chemicals forever, but to take a break from it. You can apply natural hair masks time and again.
The fact is, even the shampoos that claim that they are organic by nature, come with one or two chemicals. However, you can avoid certain chemicals that are extremely harmful to your hair. For example, the chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is very harmful to your hair. It is mainly responsible for hair fall and hair thinning.
If you have ever eaten mayonnaise, you know how creamy it is. So, it acts as an amazing conditioner. It is a rich source of L-cysteine. L-cysteine is an amino acid and an anti-oxidant too. This particular element is found in eggs too and you know how beneficial eggs could be for your hair. A hair pack made using mayonnaise could help you in making your hair smooth in no time.
To make this amazing hair pack, all you need to do is to take one cup of mayonnaise and 2 two tablespoons of mashed avocado. You need to mix these two ingredients in such a way that it becomes fluffy. Once that is done, apply it on your hair from roots to the top of your hair.
Take all your hair to the crown area and cover it with a shower cap. Keep it like that for an hour and then rinse it off using your favorite shampoo.
Hot oil massages
I really could not emphasize how beneficial a hot oil massage could be for your hair. It not just helps in smoothing the hair, but also takes away all your stress. For hot oil treatment, you can use coconut, olive, jojoba, almond, castor, and other such oils. For the best results, you can even combine these oils and then could use it.
For this treatment, all you need to do is to take the required amount of oil depending on the length of your hair. Now, massage gently on your scalp and wrap a warm towel around your head, covering all your hair with it. This method creates an environment that allows the oil to penetrate to the maximum extent. Leave it there for 20 minutes and then wash it off with the shampoo that you use.
Combing the right way
Right from the beginning, I have mentioned that small and careful steps can work better than the complex hair masks. The very basic thing that you do for your hair daily is combing. Now, if you are combing your hair too much, it will cause friction, which ultimately makes it frizzy.
You should never comb your hair while it’s wet. If you want to follow a proper combing routine, then detangle your hour before you go for the shower. Use a wooden tooth with a wide-tooth to have the least hair falls.
Drying hair the right way
I will always suggest you drying your hair naturally, but if you are in a hurry, then you can go for a blow-dry. Now, try and buy a hairdryer that has a cool air system too in it. Use that while drying your hair, as it leads to less damage. Also, always move the dryer from one place to another, so that the blow is not there in one section for too long.
These were all the natural ways in which you could get smooth hair. In the beginning, only, I have mentioned about its alternative, which is chemical smoothening. You know already that the chemical processes are expensive and also have side effects. However, if you still want to know about it in detail, then I have mentioned some of the very common treatments that you could pursue your hair. Always make sure to consult a stylist before going for any treatment.
Hair tips for Chemical Smoothening
Brazilian keratin treatment
If you have been following the hair trends, you would probably know about this hair treatment. The reason for which this treatment became so popular is that it has keratin in it. Keratin is less harmful to the hair and makes it very smooth. However, it doesn’t break the bond permanently.
This treatment is known for controlling the frizz and is a must if you have colored hair. It is, however, suitable for all the hair types. You can go for this one if you want a chemical treatment, yet controlled damage of the hair.
Next up in the list of these smoothening tips is the chemical smoothening, which is named so, because it involves a lot of chemicals. The chemicals are used to break the natural bond of your hair. After that, your hair is washed with a smoothing solution. This is followed by straightening.
The entire process takes at least four hours to get finished. The after-effects of it remain there for 3-4 months. You will need regular touch-ups to maintain the softness and straight effect of your hair. Don’t go for this treatment, if you have colored hair.
This treatment is not meant for everyone. It softens the natural texture of the hair. So, if you have curly or wavy hair, it could help in straightening it. However, it doesn’t work for extremely curly hair. The relaxers are used to fix the frizzy texture of the hair, but once the effect of the chemical fades away after 4-6 months, it gets back to its original position.
Thermal reconditioning is commonly known as Japanese straightening. It is best suitable for medium curls. In this treatment, the hair is washed repeatedly with a chemical solution. It helps in breaking the bonds permanently. After that, each strand of your hair is reshaped and then the neutralizer is applied to get that perfect smooth finish.
The best thing about this treatment is that it changes the texture of your hair permanently. You need regular touch-ups every 4-5 months depending on the growth rate of your hair. You should not go for this one if you have colored hair.
These are the four most common chemical treatments that you can go for. As I told you that the chemical smoothing has some side effects too, I have mentioned a few of them here for you.
You should make a note of certain things while you are going for chemical-based smoothing. The first and the most important thing to do is to avoid the chemical called formaldehyde. This could burn your scalp and eyes. Even when the treatment says that it doesn’t have this formaldehyde, it could have it through other ingredients used.
When you are straightening your hair, use a keratin straightener. It causes less damage to your hair.