18 Super Effective Ways To Get Smooth Hair April 27, 2017

While you battle tangles and try to tame the frizz, regular brushing and using a billion different leave-in serums don’t always seem to do the trick. Having smooth hair may start to seem likely only in dreams. However, smooth hair without tangles or frizz is not unattainable.

There are two ways in which you can attain smooth hair – the natural way, using certain ingredients, tips, and tricks that promote smoothness, and the chemical way. While natural smoothing is temporary, the effect it has on your hair is more on the positive side. Chemical smoothing is permanent, and lasts for about four to eight months. But, it tends to have a damaging effect on your hair if it’s not cared for properly.

Read on to know more about these two smoothing methods, and decide which one would be the ideal choice for you.

How To Get Smooth Hair Naturally

While these methods are temporary, natural smoothing is likely to improve the health of your hair in the long run, making it smooth and shiny.

1. Rinse With Cold Water

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Use cold water to rinse your hair as it will seal the upper layer of your hair shaft, making it smooth and shiny. While developing an aversion towards cold water during winters is completely normal, using warm or hot water will lift your cuticles and cause your to hair frizz. If you cannot stand the thought of using cold water to shower, wash your hair using the bend-and-wash method. Keep a bucket of cold water next to you and using a jug, bend forward and start pouring the water through your hair. Shampoo, condition, and rinse your hair in this manner.

2. Aloe Vera Gel

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You would be surprised to know that aloe vera is a powerhouse of 75 known nutrients (1). It contains enzymes that lead to healthy hair growth and make it smooth and soft. Aloe vera gel has the same chemical composition as that of keratin – the protein that makes up a large majority of our hair’s build-up. Thus, the gel easily penetrates the hair shafts and provides the required moisturization.

You Will Need

Aloe vera stem

  1. Cut a few pieces of the aloe vera stem to extract fresh gel.
  2. Dilute it with water and apply it on your hair.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

3. Egg Pack

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You must be familiar with the wonders of the egg pack. Whether your hair is dry and damaged, or oily and limp, the egg hair pack is the instant solution for it all. It contains a high concentration of proteins and nutrients, which help to make your hair shiny and bouncy. Here’s how you can use eggs to make your hair smooth:

You Will Need
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cream
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  1. Beat an egg in a small bowl and then add a teaspoon each of honey, cream, and olive oil.
  2. Mix well to form a smooth paste and apply it all over the hair.
  3. Leave it on until it dries. Wash it off with cool water and shampoo as usual.

4. Banana Pack

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Banana is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, natural oils, and potassium. It is a well known antioxidant that helps fight free radicals (2). Using banana in a hair pack will make your hair feel nourished and moisturized. It reduces frizz and soothes an irritated scalp with the regular use. The benefits of banana can be enhanced by adding yogurt to it, which is also a great hair moisturizer.

You Will Need
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt
  1. Mash a ripe banana and add two teaspoons of yogurt to it.
  2. Blend it to get a smooth paste so that no chunks of the banana remain.
  3. Apply this all over the hair, starting from the tips and work up till the crown.
  4. Rinse off after 45 minutes with a shampoo.

5. Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar has been in use as a natural hair rinse for a long time now. Our hair has a pH of 5.5, but the shampoos and conditioners we use are strongly alkaline. Apple cider vinegar helps maintain the pH balance of our scalp while cleaning the build-up that might have formed from the excessive use of products. Rinsing your hair with the vinegar will close the cuticles of your hair and make it smoother, softer, and shinier.

You Will Need
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  1. Dilute ¼ cup of vinegar with a cup of water.
  2. Use this as the final rinse after washing your hair and leave it on.

6. Hot Oil Treatment

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A hot oil massage once a week will not only give you healthy and smooth hair, but it will also help you de-stress. Use oils such as coconut, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, castor, lavender, rosemary, and thyme to massage your hair. You can also use the combination of these oils for better results.

You Will Need

2-3 tablespoons of oil, depending on the length of your hair

  1. Massage your scalp with the oil and apply it to all of your hair.
  2. After massaging your scalp, wrap your head with a warm towel. This creates an environment that allows for maximum penetration of the oil.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off the oil with shampoo.

7. Use A Shampoo For Your Hair Type

A shampoo cleanses your scalp and also makes your hair smooth and soft. However, you should always use a shampoo that is suited to your hair.

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

  • Sunsilk Perfect Straight Shampoo

This shampoo from Sunsilk incorporates a straight-lock technology which controls and holds every strand perfectly aligned as it dries. It penetrates through the hair fiber, reducing frizz and giving you super smooth hair.

  • Tresseme Smooth And Shine Shampoo

This shampoo contains vitamin H and silk protein, both of which intensely moisturize dry, rough hair and make it smooth and soft. It is used by professionals and is great for making your hair smooth and frizz-free.

Another safe idea to cleanse your hair is to use natural ingredients.

  1. Make your own natural shampoo by boiling dried Indian gooseberry (amla), shikakai and reetha.
  2. Let it boil until you get a soapy solution.
  3. Use this to wash your hair at least twice a week to get shiny and smooth hair.

8. Careful Combing

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Go easy on the brushing. Combing or brushing your hair too much will cause friction, which will make your hair frizzy. Restrict combing your hair to a bare minimum, and never do it when your hair is wet. Wet hair is more prone to breakage. A good combing schedule involves detangling your hair before a shower with a wide toothed wooden comb, and then combing it once or twice a day to style and get rid of tangles.

9. Proper Conditioning

The right conditioning treatment can work wonders for your hair and make it smooth and silky. Make it a point to deep condition your hair at least once a week. Leaving a little conditioner behind on your hair can make it appear smooth. This is completely harmless as long as the conditioner is not in contact with your scalp.

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.

10. Take A Break From Heat

Straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers may be the best solution for instant styling to make your hair appear smooth. But, the regular use of these hot styling tools is extremely harmful to your hair. The heat from these tools damages your hair, making it coarse and frizzy and stripping off the natural sheen from your hair (3).

However, if there are days when you cannot do without styling, remember to use a heat protecting spray or serum. It will help reduce the damage from the heat by forming a protective shield around your hair.

11. Blow Drying Techniques

Always try to dry your hair naturally. But, if you are in a hurry, you can blow dry your hair. However, make it a point to use a good quality big-toothed round brush with a ceramic base. Use the cool settings of your blow dryer as this leads to less damage. Hold the blow dryer 15 centimeters away from your hair and move it constantly so that it doesn’t blow at one section of hair for too long (3).

12. Say No To Chemicals

Do not use products which contain sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate as both of them are industrial cleansers and very harsh on your hair. These are ingredients that most shampoos contain. Research has shown that these chemicals cause heavy hair fall and thinning of hair.

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

13. Trimming Is Important

Trimming is the most important thing to do if you want to maintain hair that is healthy and smooth. It helps remove split ends and damage that would otherwise spread up the hair shaft, causing frizz and dryness. Trim your hair in every four to six weeks.

14. Mayonnaise Mask

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

You Will Need
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons mashed avocado
  1. Mix the mayonnaise and avocado until the mixture becomes fluffy.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair from the roots through the length of your hair.
  3. Once you’ve applied the mixture, pull your hair to the crown and cover your head with a shower cap.
  4. Keep it on for an hour and rinse off with shampoo.

Chemical Smoothing Hair Tips

You can also smoothen your hair with chemicals. However, this method is expensive and can have damaging side effects on your hair. If you want to smoothen your hair chemically, ensure that your hair is healthy and not over processed. It is always a good idea to consult a stylist before you get a treatment done. Pre and post care is crucial for healthy smoothened hair.

15. Traditional Relaxers

Relaxers are used to soften and calm the natural texture of the hair. They are suitable for people with wavy or slightly curly hair. However, they do not work well with extremely curly hair. Relaxers fix frizzy textures and smoothen the hair shafts. The effect loses out once the chemicals fade out in four to six months.

16. Chemical Smoothing

This technique uses a lot of chemicals to break the natural bonds of your hair. The hair is then washed with a smoothing solution and straightened. This procedure takes four to five hours and the effects last for about three months. Regular touch-ups are required to maintain the smooth and straight look of your hair. It is not meant for colored hair.

17. Thermal Reconditioning

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 a chemical solution, which helps break the inner bonds. Then, each strand is reshaped. Finally, the neutralizer is applied to achieve a smooth, silky, and straight look. This technique permanently changes the structure of your hair, and regular touch-ups are required every five to six months, depending on the growth rate of your hair. It is not suitable for colored 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 hair. It smoothes the surface of the hair, but does not permanently break the bonds. This treatment controls frizz by maintaining the volume and texture of the hair. It is safe for colored hair and is suitable for all hair types 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 shinier hair. Have you had experience with any of these treatments? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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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.. :D :D
      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!