Tired of dealing with rough, dry, and unmanageable strands each time you attempt to do anything with your hair? Whether your hair has undergone damage from heat, chemicals, the sun, or anything else, there is so much out there that can make hair feel less-than-silky.
However, the good news is that, with a little dedication, you can turn things around for your mane. Read on as Evalectric shares some top tips and tricks for achieving silky smooth hair!
Use a Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’ve been struggling to get glossy, smooth hair, the first part of your hair care regimen to take a closer look at is your shampoo and conditioner. There are so many ingredients out there that, when used long-term, are known for causing the hair to turn dry and brittle. This means that your shampoo and conditioner could actually be causing more harm than good.
Ideally, you want to seek out gentle and hydrating formulas. Hydration is something that you likely desperately need more of if your hair hasn’t been looking its best. The more hydrated your locks are, the softer and silkier they’ll feel.
If you feel that you would benefit from upgrading your shampoo and conditioner, check out Evalectric’s offerings. Both our Moisturizing Shampoo and our Moisturizing Conditioner are infused with argan oil. This ingredient is revered for its conditioning properties, thanks to its high vitamin E and fatty acid content. They lubricate the hair shaft, giving it a smoother and shinier finish. Even better, research shows that the natural oils in argan oil leave the hair feeling better protected against both environmental and heat damage. At the same time, they also help to reduce the appearance of split ends, leaving the hair looking so much healthier.
Reassess Your Hair-Washing Schedule
Finding a good shampoo and conditioner combination is the first step to achieving silky smooth hair. However, it’s not enough to simply have the right products. You also need to ensure that you’re using them in the correct way.
One common mistake that so many people make is over-washing their hair. Each time you wash your strands, you remove the natural oils that your scalp has produced. Your scalp then needs enough time to not only release new oils but also to send these oils down your hair shaft. This is vital in order for your hair to be moisturized from root to tip.
If you have straight hair, then this process occurs relatively quickly. However, if you have wavy or curly hair, those oils take longer to reach the ends due to all of those kinks and bends that they have to navigate past. If you wash your hair again before the oils have had the chance to travel down the length of your hair, you’ll be leaving your locks feeling dry and unprotected.
So, how often should you be washing your hair?
If your hair is straight and oily, then go ahead and wash it every other day if you need to. However, with curls, save the shampoo for every three days. You may also want to consider co-washing every once in a while. This involves using a conditioner instead of a shampoo. It will allow your hair to retain more of its natural oils, giving you a silkier finish.
Use a Microfiber Towel When Drying Your Hair
Microfiber towels have been gaining in popularity for a few reasons. For starters, they’re much softer than regular cotton towels. This means that they’re gentler on the hair, reducing friction and, therefore, frizz.
The fibers in a microfiber towel are also very densely packed. As a result, they’re able to dry hair much faster than a regular towel. This is vital when it comes to preventing damage. The longer your hair remains damp, the more likely it is to swell from within, resulting in breakages. By using a microfiber towel to remove moisture, you’ll be able to dry your locks in no time.
With that said, even with a microfiber towel, you need to be gentle with wet strands. Don’t roughly rub your hair with your towel in an attempt to quickly dry it. Instead, use your towel to gently blot away excess moisture. This way, your microfiber towel will quickly absorb all of that water without your hair turning rough and frizzy.
Always Use a Heat Protectant Before Heat Styling
Whether you plan on blow drying your hair or whipping it into shape with a curler or straightener, it’s vital that you apply a heat protectant to your mane first before subjecting it to any sort of heat. You’re probably aware of how damaging heat can be to the look and feel of hair, but this is something that a heat protectant can help minimize.
How? Simply put, when you coat your strands with a heat protectant, then the full brunt of the heat that you apply will hit that product, rather than your hair itself. This way, it’ll be your heat protectant that’s burnt off, instead of the outer layer of your precious strands. You’ll still be able to style your hair to perfection but you won’t have to deal with the appearance of heat damage.
What sort of heat protectant should you use?
That’s completely up to you! Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to heat protectants. Some prefer the ease of a spray while those with super dry strands appreciate the extra moisture provided by a heat protectant cream.
With that said, our recommendation would be to use a hair serum. They’re fantastic multi-taskers. Not only will they keep your locks feeling protected when faced with high levels of heat but the right formula will also leave your hair looking smoother and shinier. The Evalectric Hair Serum does exactly that. Infused with vitamin E and argan oil, this product hydrates and moisturizes, giving you hair that feels silkier and healthier.
Make the Most of the Cool Shot Feature on Your Blow Dryer
When used correctly, a blow dryer is a great way to encourage silky smooth hair. However, if you’re like most people, you probably opt for the highest heat setting on your blow dryer in order to blast your hair dry as quickly as possible.
So long as you’ve applied a heat protectant and you’re not using an overly high temperature for your hair type, there’s nothing wrong with this. With that said, finishing off your blow-dry with a jet of cool air can make a huge difference to your end result.
This is why a good blowdryer will come with a cool shot feature. It’s a button that many people ignore yet it’s well worth paying attention to.
Why? Because that blast of cold air will help to set the style that you’ve just created with your blow dryer. Hair sets as it cools, so you’ll be able to lock your strands in place with the cool shot feature. Better still, the cold air will help to seal off your hair cuticles. This will give you smooth hair with minimal frizz.
If your blow dryer doesn’t have a cool shot feature, check out Evalectric’s Pro Beauty Dryer. It also comes with two concentrator nozzles, which are extremely useful when it comes to smoothing your hair down while it’s drying.
Use a Weekly Mask or Deep Treatment
If it feels as though you’re still a long way off from achieving silky smooth hair, it may be worth adding a hair mask or a deep treatment to your weekly hair care regimen. These will give your hair an extra boost of moisture, which is exactly what you need if you want your locks to feel as healthy as possible.
Again, these products come in many different shapes and forms. Ideally, pick one that’s suitable for your hair type. If your hair is fine, a lightweight hair mask may be all that you need. Meanwhile, if your hair is dry and extremely damaged, you’ll need a more intensive product, such as a leave-in conditioner or a hair oil.
Matching the right deep treatment to your hair’s needs could be just what you need to give your mane a boost of shine and softness.
Sleep on Silk
Remember how we talked about cotton towels being rough on the hair, which is why microfiber is a better alternative?
Well, the same applies to your cotton pillowcases. Each time your hair rubs over the material while you sleep, it causes friction. Your hair ends up being tugged and snagged, meaning that not only will you wake up with messy hair but your locks will then be so much harder to manage and style.
One way to prevent this and ensure that you wake up with smooth hair is to swap your cotton pillowcases for silk or satin versions. This may seem extravagant but going with a silky material means that little to no friction is created when your hair moves against your pillowcase at night. Instead, it will simply glide over the material, which saves roughing up your hair cuticles.
Add Plenty of Healthy Fats to Your Diet
You are what you eat, and this applies to your hair too. Even the very best hair care regimen won’t be able to give you silky smooth hair if your diet is filled with foods that are causing damage to your strands at the same time.
If you want your hair to take on a silky and glossy appearance as it grows from your scalp, your diet needs to contain plenty of healthy fats. Foods such as nuts, salmon, and avocados are packed with hair-loving omega fatty acids. They’ll help to ensure the correct lipid balance in your hair, therefore moisturizing your hair from within.
Of course, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are beneficial too, due to their vitamin and antioxidant content. At the same time, make sure that you’re drinking enough water each day. If your body is dehydrated, then your hair will follow the same route.
Achieve Silky Smooth Hair With Evalectric
Ready to achieve the silky smooth hair of your dreams? Incorporate all of the tips that we’ve shared above and it won’t be long before you’re rocking a thick and glossy mane that would look right at home in a shampoo commercial!