Have you ever wished to flaunt super smooth hair and be a head turner? Do you envy the celebrities because of their lustrous, silky and smooth hair or even their hair volume?

You don’t have to anymore. You would be surprised and happy to know that, it is very simple to transform your hair into your dream tresses.

Smooth hair can be achieved by a process called hair smoothing that utilizes broadly two methods- natural and chemical. Natural methods are simple and have no side effects, but they are not permanent. The chemical methods provide a permanent solution (4-8 months) but have side effects and need proper care and maintenance.

In this article, I will discuss about both the natural and chemical methods for hair smoothing and you can choose the one, which is ideal for you.

How To Get Smooth Hair:

Let’s have a look at effective tips on how to get smooth hair naturally:

1. Use the Shampoo Suitable for Hair Type:

A shampoo cleanses your scalp and also makes your hair soft and smooth. However you should always use the shampoo which is suitable for your hair. For better results, wash your hair twice with the shampoo.

The best shampoos for smooth hair that are available in the Indian market are:

  • Sunsilk keratinology shampoo

The advanced keratinology range by Sunsilk is made for women who want to achieve the salon smooth look at home. I have been personally using this shampoo and this is a great boon. It manages even the driest part of my hair and also repairs the ends. It does not weigh your hair down but makes it smooth and bouncy.

sunsilk keratinology shampoo

  • Sunsilk perfect straight shampoo

This new range of Sunsilk shampoo has the Straight-Lock technology which controls and holds every strand perfectly aligned as it dries. It penetrates deep within the hair fibre, reducing frizz and giving you the super smooth hair.

  • Tresseme smooth and shine shampoo

One of my favourite shampoos, this contains vitamin H and silk protein which intensely moisturizes dry, rough hair making it smooth and soft. It is used by professionals and now you can achieve salon soft hair at home.

tresemme smooth and shine shampoo

However, you should always try to use to natural ingredients to cleanse your hair.

  • Make your own natural shampoo by boiling dried Indian gooseberry (amla), shikakai and reetha.
  • Rub them well to get a soapy solution.
  • Use this to wash your hair at least twice a week to get shiny and smooth hair.

2. Rinse With Cold Water:

This would be a very difficult task in winters, but never use hot water to rinse your hair, as it will make it frizzy and rough. Cool water rinse causes the hair cuticle to close and lie flat making the hair smooth. It also de-fizzes your hair, giving it the right volume.

3. Careful Combing:

  • Never comb your hair when it is wet, as it will damage the top layer of your strands making it look fizzy and rough. Always allow your hair to dry down a bit and then comb through them using a wide toothed comb.
  • Always start combing from the bottom of your strands, and move upwards toward the crown. If you start combing form the top of your head, it can cause breakage and damage which will lead to fizzy hair.

4. Proper Conditioning:

  • A deep and right conditioning treatment can work wonders to your hair making them smooth and silky. Here is a secret tip for you – do not rinse off all the conditioner from your hair. Keep a little amount of conditioner behind. This will smoothen the outer surface of your strands.
  • You can also use leave-in conditioners and serums, which are very useful to achieve that smooth and frizz free look. Leave-in conditioners are especially beneficial for people with curly hair.

5. Take a Break From Heat:

  • Straightener, curling iron, perming rod etc may be the best solution for instant styling but on regular use, these are very harmful for your hair. The heat from these tools damages your hair making them coarse and frizzy, by stripping off the natural sheen from your hair. So start loving your natural tresses.
  • However if you want to use these tools, always remember to use the heat protecting spray or serum as it helps to reduce the damage from the excess heat by forming an envelope over your hair.

6. Blow Drying Techniques:

Always try to dry your hair naturally but if are in a hurry, you can blow dry your hair. However use a good quality big toothed round brush with a ceramic base. Use the cool settings of your blow dryer always as this leads to less damage, by smoothing down the cuticle of your hair.

7. Say No To Chemicals:

Do not use products which contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Ammonium Laureth Sulphate as both of them are industrial cleansers and are very harsh on your hair. Most of the shampoos contain these chemicals, so avoid using them. Research has shown that these chemicals cause heavy hair fall and thinning of hair.

Instead use shampoos with natural and organic ingredients, which are not harsh on your hair and also lock in the moisture thus giving you smooth and soft hair.

8. Trimming is Important:

As you all are aware that trimming the ends of hair is very necessary as it helps to remove the split ends of your hair. The split ends give an appearance of dull, dry and damaged hair. So trim your hair in every 4-6 weeks to get smooth and silky hair.

Now I will discuss about the home remedies and hot oil treatments to get smooth hair. These home tips for smooth hair are simple, easy to use, effective and have no side effects!!!

[ Read: How To Grow Hair Faster ]

9. Mayonnaise Mask:

Treat your hair by giving then this deep conditioning treatment once a week. Mayonnaise is a rich source of L-cysteine which is an amino acid and a powerful antioxidant, also found in eggs. Using this hair pack regularly stimulates healthy hair growth.

  • Take a cupful of mayonnaise and add 2 teaspoon of avocado paste into it.
  • Mix well until it becomes fluffy.
  • Apply to the hair starting from the roots, where the hair is most damaged.
  • Work up till the crown of your hair and cover your head with a shower cap.
  • Keep for an hour and rinse off with shampoo.
This is one of the best answers to how to get smooth hair at home naturally!!

10. Aloe Vera Gel:

You would be surprised to know that aloe vera is a powerhouse of 75 known nutrients. It contains enzymes that lead to healthy hair growth and makes it smooth and soft. The aloe vera gel has the same chemical composition of the keratin- a protein which builds up our hair. Thus  the gel easily penetrates into the hair strands and provides the required moisturization.

  • Cut out the a few pieces of aloe Vera stem to get the fresh gel out of it.
  • Dilute it with water and apply on the strands of the hair.
  • Keep for 30 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo.

11. Egg Pack:

You must be familiar with the wonders of the egg pack. Whether you have dry or damaged hair or oily hair, want smooth and shiny hair, the egg hair pack is the instant solution to all. It contains a high concentration of proteins and nutrients, which help to make your hair shiny, bouncy and provide the texture and body.

  • Beat an egg into a small bowl and then add 1 teaspoon of honey, cream and olive oil.
  • Mix well to smooth paste and apply all over the hair.
  • Keep until it gets dried and wash off with cool water and shampoo afterwards.

benefits of egg pack for hair

[ Read: Homemade Protein Rich Hair Packs ]

12. Banana Pack:

Bananas are rich in fruit acids such as glucose, fructose and sucrose. It keeps your hair well moisturised, reduces the fizz and soothes dry, flaky and itchy scalp with the regular use. The benefits of banana can be enhanced by adding yogurt into it, as it is also a great hair moisturiser and smoothes the hair.

  • Mash 1 ripe banana and add 2 teaspoon of yogurt into it.
  • Blend it in a blender to get a smooth paste so that no chunks of the banana remain.
  • Apply this all over the hair starting from the tips and work up till the crown.
  • Rinse off after 45 minutes with a shampoo.

13. Vinegar Rinse:

Apple cider vinegar has been used since ages as a natural rinse for hair. Our hair has a pH of 5.5, but the shampoos and conditioners are strongly alkaline. The apple cider vinegar helps to maintain the pH balance of the hair and remove the build up from the hair accumulated from the excessive use of styling products. Rinsing your hair with the vinegar, will close the cuticles of your hair making it smoother, softer and shiner.

  • Dilute ¼ cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water.
  • Use this as a final rinse after washing your hair. Leave this rinse on your hair.

vinegar rinse hair benefits

14. Hot Oil Treatments:

A hot oil massage once a week not only gives you healthy and smooth hair, but also helps to de-stress yourself. Use oils such as coconut, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, lavender, rosemary and thyme to massage your hair. You can also use the combination of these essential oils for better results. After massaging your scalp, wrap your head with a warm towel, as it helps for proper penetration into the pores and keep for 20 minutes. Wash off with shampoo.

You also use various chemical alternatives to achieve smooth and straight hair. However these are expensive but provide you a permanent solution (4-6 months). You should be very careful before undergoing any of these treatments. Make sure that your hair is not over processed and is healthy enough to handle these treatments. You should consult your stylist and get it done from a professional salon always. The pre and post care of treated hair is very important to get smooth and soft hair.

Chemical Smooth Hair Tips:

15. Traditional Relaxers:

This method of hair smoothing softens and relaxes the natural texture of the hair. It is suitable for people having wavy or slightly curly hair as it does not work well with curly hair people. Relaxers provide a sort of temporary solution to texture and smooth the hair strands. The effect loses out once the chemicals fade out.

16. Chemical Smoothing:

This technique uses a lot of chemicals to break the natural bonds of your hair. Then the hair is washed with a smoothing solution and then the hair is straightened. This procedure lasts for 4-5 hours and the effects last for 3 months. Regular touch-ups are required to keep the smooth and straight look of your hair. It is not meant for coloured hair.

[ Read: Want Lustrous And Shiny Locks Hair Tips ]

17. Thermal Reconditioning:

thermal reconditioning

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Also known as Japanese straightening, this technique is suitable for bulky, loose to medium curls, but not for very tight curls. The hair is repeatedly washed with the chemical solution which helps to break bonds and then each strand is shaped. Finally the neutraliser is applied to achieve the smooth, silky and straight hair. This technique permanently changes the structure of your hair and regular touch ups are required every 5-6 months depending upon the growth of your hair. It is not suitable for coloured or processed hair. Here is a detailed post on Japanese straightening.

18. Brazilian Keratin Treatment:

This technique has widely gained popularity due to the use of keratin, which is less harsh on the hair. It smoothes the surface of the hair but do not permanently beak away the bonds of the hair. This treatment controls fizz by maintaining the volume and texture of the hair. It is safe for coloured hair and is suitable for all hair type from waves to tight curls. Here is a detailed post on Brazilian Keratin treatment.

Follow these natural methods or choose any chemical treatments, to get smoother and shiner hair!!! Post in comments and suggestions.

Till then take care and keep it stylish!!!!!

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  • Sahiti

    I never thought that hair care could be so simple and so logical! I have been having trouble finding the right way or the right combination that will help retain my hair health. So far it has been trial and error, well mostly error but this article has come in the right time! Thanks

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you sahiti!!!
      Btw i loved your name!!!!!!! 😉

  • Nysha

    Hi Ankita nice, elaborate and informative article. All your tips and points are well explained. However, i have a query!? pls help me out!!!
    I have slight combination wavy hair, meaning its oily from the scalp and dry otherwise and my hair is wavy!! so do u thnk even i can take up hair smoothing? The 3 to 4 months one im talkin about.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Yes, you can surely try smoothing.. well you would be happy to know that even I have the same kind of hair as you.. 😀 😀
      however, start loving your waves.. :) :)

  • Prameela Khanna

    Hey good work.. very informative write up!!! but pls tell me one thing? how can we apply mayonnaise on the hair? i never heard that? im surprised as to how one can use mayonnaise on hair? Wont it smell bad and make the hair oily?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Make mayonnaise your best friend if you have dry hair. It will moisturise your hair making it soft and smooth. It wont smell bad once you wash off with shampoo.. :)

  • Krisha

    wow, thats a really long long article. but keep it up.. its well written!!! Do you really think these chemical hair treatments are worth? im quite apprehensive about the whole chemical system. Wouldnt there be any hair loss?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      my personal advice would be that you should try natural methods as they are free of any side effects..
      but if want to try chemical smoothing, go for keratin treatment.. :)

  • Archana

    Nice article Ankita..Btw i totally agree with Sahiti!! really dint know so so much about Hair Smoothing. Glad that i came across this article on StyleCraze.com.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      happy that you liked it archana!!!!!!!!! :) :)

  • Rachita

    Well written hair smoothing article. I have done temporary hair smoothing!!! nothing great happened, instead i lost a lot of hair and ended up with dandruff.. I must say.. natural treatments are only better. Our Indian hair is great.. natural methods will work better!!!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      natural methods rock!!!!!! :) :)

  • Manza

    Very apt article for hair smoothing. good information. it is really helpful to me because lately i wanted to get permanent hair smoothing. But now after reading natural methods, il prefer doing at home.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      I believe that natural methods are always the best… :) :)

  • Farheen

    hi, im farheen, 28 years old. i have really dry curls. but my hair is virgin. i have never applied any color of chemical on my hair. do you think even i should do hair smoothing to get straight hair for some days? im bored of these curls.. pls help me

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Firstly, you should work upon to reduce the dryness of your hair. Do read my article on homemade tips for dry hair. After that, go in for smoothing.. :)

  • kishori

    Very logical and practical solutions your article reflects. good going on this informative piece. I really will try applying these natural packs on my hair!!! crossing my fingers for best results!!!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Do try them and let me know kishori!!!!!1 :)

  • praneeta

    Hi, i have straight hair, but still do you think i can go for hair smoothing, the chemical ones? coz i want jet straight hair? your article is very good. but me confused.. please help me

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      If you have straight hair, I recommend do not go for smoothing.. you should try the natural ways instead… :)

  • Snehlata

    Well, nice article. Do you thnk that oily hair can also get smoothing? will it not double the oiliness?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you snehlata.. I dont think oily hair has any problem with smoothing… try it.. :)

  • Ira

    Dats a real lengthy but informative article…Good to read and put to use.. crossin my fingers on trying hair smoothing now… :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      :) :) :)

  • Yashi

    Hey good information. :) super cool.. :) will stick to natural methods… The conversations with others also has now made me aware of a lot of things.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      happy that you liked it…… :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Edna_Wilson/ Edna

    this was such a well written post with really interseting and informative inputs, a few of the things i am already doing like aloe vera gel, vinegar, egg packs, but found so many new things too

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you edna.. happy that you liked it..:) :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Gurneet_Bhatia/ Gurneet

    hey nice post! :)
    i am a sikh girl and thats why i cnt go for trimmimg.. i have very thin hair and dry and fizzy.. my hair are wavy+curly.. what should i do? should i go for keratin treatment (i mean that one lasting 3 to 6 months) ??

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Hey gurneet…
      You can try the brazilian blowout treatment as it contains keratin..
      however in my opinion, you should first try using the natural methods, as they have no side effects!!!!
      try then and let me know!!!! :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Swetha_Chowdary/ Swetha

    hey ankitha
    it is a very good post and worth able for all hair lovers i am one in that as in my regular busy schedule i was not able to go for long proceses, so i use aloe vera gel and hybiscus hair oil from Dr.jains , these both are eco herbal not chemical mixed, my hair become smooth and straight with in a month before that i have gone for a firmming curls, , now i m loving my hair.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Happy to know that swetha!!!!!!! :) :)

    • Vinita Rajput

      frm whr do i get dr jains oils,,, plzz msg me on my id vinitaanand24@gmail.com

  • aana sayed

    really nice post…

    i had curl hair so i hv permanently straightened my hair…nw its gone to rough …i mean really rough…wat should i do..none of the shampoo is working…plz..help me ..really in need..:(..

    • http://www.facebook.com/ankita.biswas.50 Ankita Biswas

      try the natural methods of conditioning your hair.. your hair needs utmost care!!!:)

  • Miki

    i have straightened and smoothened my hair almost 8 times.. they were too curly…still by gods grace my hair still alive. though had 50% hair loss. bt now i m in a stage of regrowth… dont wish to go for smoothening again, bt its also difficult to carry frizzy dry curly hair.. frontside is too curly because of regrowth… what would u suggest?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ankita.biswas.50 Ankita Biswas

      Please start loving your curls, otherwise you will suffer from excessive hair fall if you undergo any chemical treatment.
      try the banana and egg hair pack for extra nourishment…:)

  • Oviya

    hey i like this post !…
    my hair is dry,rough and little bit curly what can i do to get silky and smoothy hair? plz help me? im just 18?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ankita.biswas.50 Ankita Biswas

      try the banana pack, egg pack and hot oil treatment!!!!!

  • Tas

    I’m confused about the egg pack! 😐
    Should I use the white part of the egg or the yolk or both into the pack? And what cream have they used?

  • rashmi

    hey dr m confused mene abhi abhi smoothnig kiya h to me kya balome oil laga sakti hu ya nai?plz rply me

    • Nids

      No you cannot put oil on hair. Smoothing refers to a chemically treated process, so at least for sometime you cannot put oil on your hair.

  • arelana aqua

    my hair are medium short and bit of curly tell me something that what i can use for hair growth?.and it becomes soft,shiny and silky plz!!!!! i eat lots of protein foods for hair growth but nothing is happend.

  • illllllgha

    kute ke bacho kuch nahi hota wasay hi lika hai egg pack or kanjar pack stupidssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss bitchhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaebi

    hi.. my hair upper part is really dry and frizzy.. till now i didnt use a proper shampoo bcoz i was using herbal shampoo, jus a month ago i am trying Amway drandruff conditioning shampoo.. some are advising to buy loreal shampoo and conditioning…

  • ritika

    hey ..my hairs are very dry and i have a problem of hair fall plz tell me some solution i m very tense regarding this

  • athira biju

    hi my hair is curly near the front n absolutely straight n silky towards the back………..
    this page ‘s helped me 2 maintain ma hair vel…….
    thnx a lot………..

  • Zim

    I went for permanent smoothening of my long hair as the hair on the front of my head and till mid length is soft and silky but frizzy and wavy from mid length onwards. I know it requires maintenance and TLC from now on but at least no more unmanageable tangles, knots and

  • Zim

    I went for permanent smoothening of my long hair as the hair on the front of my head and till mid length is soft and silky but frizzy and wavy from mid length onwards. I know it requires maintenance and TLC from now on but at least no more unmanageable tangles, knots and hair that looks like I haven’t combed in years!