7 Simple Ways To Make Hair Silky, Long, And Soft August 18, 2017

It’s hard not to feel envious when you see someone with long and luscious locks. More so, when you find out that they were born with hair that gorgeous while you are stuck with hair that is dull and rough. Frizzy, unmanageable hair that lacks shine is not uncommon among Indian women. However, a lot of women don’t realize that this is an issue with a fix. With the right hair care routine in place, your hair, too, can make heads turn. Following, I’ve put together, a list of 7 simple treatments that will help boost your hair’s health, making it long, silky, and soft.

How To Make Your Hair Silky, Long, And Soft

1. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need
  • Aloe Vera Leaf
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Spray Bottle
Prep Time

5 minutes

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Method
  1. Slice an aloe vera leaf and extract two tablespoons of gel using a spoon. Ensure that you’re only extracting the clear gel and not the yellow.
  2. Blend this gel until it gets to a smooth consistency.
  3. Add two tablespoons of water to the gel and mix well.
  4. Pour this liquid into a spray bottle and shake well.
  5. Spray your hair with the aloe vera solution after it has been washed and dried.
  6. Leave it on like you would hair spray.
How Often?

3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is an abundant source of proteolytic enzymes which repair the damaged cells present in your scalp. This allows it to improve follicle health and boost hair growth. The moisture content of this ingredient helps hydrate your hair and keep it conditioned throughout the day. This will ensure a smooth texture with minimized frizz.

2. Hot Oil Massage With Coconut Oil/Olive Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
  • Hot Towel
Prep Time

5 minutes

Treatment Time

45 minutes

Method
  1. Take 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair) of your chosen oil and heat it for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm.
  2. Massage the warm oil into your scalp and work it through the length of your hair.
  3. Massage your scalp for about 15 minutes and then leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Cover your hair with a hot towel while you wait.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Twice a week.

Why This Works

A hot oil massage can help stimulate your hair follicles, boosting hair growth. It is an efficient deep conditioning treatment for your hair which also fights issues such as dandruff and itching. Coconut oil helps nourish your strands with its rich triglyceride content. It also has the ability to penetrate deep into your hair shafts, allowing for optimum nourishment. Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamin E, which help condition your hair while preventing and repairing hair damage.

3. Curd

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 2 tbsp Amla Powder
Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method
  1. Combine the two ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply these ingredients onto your scalp and hair.
  3. Once your hair is completely covered, leave the mask on for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  5. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Curd contains vitamins B5 and D which are essential for hair health. It helps strengthen your hair shafts from within while also fighting off issues such as dandruff. The amla in this mask helps give your scalp a vitamin C boost, aiding hair growth.

4. Eggs

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You Will Need
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Shower Cap
Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method
  1. Whisk the ingredients together to get a well-combined mixture.
  2. Apply this mask onto your scalp and your hair.
  3. Once your scalp and hair are completely covered, wait for 30 minutes.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap while you wait to avoid a mess.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Eggs are one of the most abundant protein sources. It helps provide your hair with nourishment and shine while also improving its texture. It helps repair hair damage and adds life to dull hair. Regularly using this hair mask will help strengthen and condition your hair while making it more manageable.

[ Read: How Eggs Prevent Hair Loss And Aid Hair Growth ]

5. Fenugreek Seeds

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You Will Need
  • ¼ cup Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 cup Water
Prep Time

12 hours

Treatment Time

30 minutes

Method
  1. Soak the fenugreek seeds in water and leave it overnight.
  2. In the morning, blend the seeds adding a little bit of the water that it was soaked in to get a smooth and consistent texture.
  3. Apply this paste onto your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave the fenugreek paste in your hair for about 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein, iron, vitamin C, potassium, and lecithin. These essential hair nutrients work together to prevent hair loss, dandruff, damage, and graying while promoting hair thickening and strength.

6. Onion Juice

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You Will Need
  • Juice from a Large Onion
  • 3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

10-15 minutes

Method
  1. Mix the ingredients until you get a well-combined solution.
  2. Apply this solution onto your scalp while massaging it gently with your fingertips.
  3. Leave the onion juice on for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  5. Finish with conditioner.
How Often?

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Onion juice helps curb hair fall, boost hair growth, and also re-grow hair. This is probably owed to its high sulfur content which helps boost blood circulation, allowing for better nutrition. It is also a rich source of nutrients such as biotin, manganese, flavonoids, vitamin C, phosphorus, folic acid, and copper, all of which help restore health and shine to your hair.

[ Read: How To Use Onion Juice For Hair Growth ]

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Method
  1. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and set it aside in a jug.
  2. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  3. Proceed to condition your hair.
  4. After you’ve conditioned your hair, pour the diluted apple cider vinegar through it.
  5. Do not rinse your hair any further.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

This treatment helps get rid of dirt, oil, grime, and buildup from your hair. It clarifies your hair without the use of harsh chemicals, leaving it feeling soft and looking silky.

Additional Tips

1. Maintain A Balanced Diet

Ensuring that you are providing your hair with enough nutrition is key to having healthy hair. What you put on your hair does not matter if your hair is not nourished from the inside. Make sure that you are getting your daily dose of healthy fats, proteins, and nutrients. Also, make an effort to keep yourself hydrated.

2. Choose The Right Products

Using natural or herbal shampoos that don’t contain harsh chemicals like SLS and sulfates can go a long way when it comes to your hair’s health. This is because sulfates are harsh on your hair and strip away all of your natural oils. It would also be a good idea to invest in a good hair conditioner that is free of silicones. While silicones help add shine to your hair, they also create build up which ends up weighing your hair down.

3. Oil Massage

Give yourself (or get someone to give you) a nice and relaxing oil massage at least once a week. Oil massages not only help relieve tension, but they promote blood circulation ensuring that your follicles are well-nourished.

4. Invest In A Wide-Tooth Wooden Comb And A Boar Bristle Brush

A wide tooth wooden comb will prevent static and hair breakage. This is the ideal comb to use while detangling your hair. Once your hair is detangled, a boar bristle brush will help pull down the oils from your roots, ensuring that your hair is well nourished and protected. It is also important to avoid combing your hair while it is wet as this is when your hair is more vulnerable to breaking.

5. Never Skip Conditioning

Conditioning is extremely important when it comes to maintaining the health of your hair. Never skip using conditioner after you shampoo. It would also be a good idea to deep condition your hair at least once a week with an extremely hydrating homemade hair mask. If you have extremely dry hair, it would be a good idea to invest in a good leave-in conditioner.

6. Always Wash With Cool Water

Cool water helps seal your hair’s cuticles, ensuring that your hair is smooth and silky. This also helps prevent the loss of moisture from your hair.

7. Trim Regularly

Trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks is vital. This will help get rid of any split ends, preventing the damage from moving further up your hair shaft.

8. Stop Using Hot Styling Tools

Heat styling can cause some serious damage to your hair with regular use. If you are addicted to your straightener, it would be a good idea to look up some no-heat styles and take a hiatus from using heat.

9. Do Not Over-Wash Your Hair

Washing your hair more than thrice a week can make it dull, dry, and lifeless. Stick to washing your hair 2-3 times a week.

10. Let Your Hair Air-Dry

Instead of using a blow-dryer, let your hair air-dry. Do this by gently squeezing out the excess water from your hair with a towel and leaving it open until it dries. Do not rub your hair vigorously with the towel as this will cause damage.

Now that you know how to make your hair silky, long, and soft, what are you waiting for? It’s time you give these remedies a try. Gorgeous hair is not as unattainable as you think, with the right routine you, too, can be sporting the hair of your dreams. Did you like our tips? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/ujjwal/ Ujjwal

    nice article…

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Nice work! :)

  • Priyanka Handa

    Nice Suggestions . I lyk it. Thanks for the same.

  • Marc R. Hodge

    Suggestions is really great and the tips is good on how to be carrying your hair. Thanks your tips to make my hair great :)

  • Sania

    Tips really works… Thanks.. Also I wish to recommend Yani for good hair dressing.. She is good makeup artist too..

    • https://plus.google.com/107562785117573078650 Muthu Mj

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  • anu

    honey with water use karne ke bat normal water se wash karna hai ya nai

    • diya

      my hair is somewht wawy
      it looks like broomstick from the downside i wnt to make my hair soft and i wnt it to look silky and attractive plz give some good and homemade suggestions

  • Princess Hira

    Cool ! I will enjoy doing that =)

  • Anonymous

    Hey pls help me for hair fall my hair has became so rough dry snd thin.pls tell me some home treatments