Remember that hair care product commercial wherein the model unties her bun and her hair unwinds as a bunch in a smooth, straight curve, bouncing about a couple of times before becoming straight? And all of that is captured in slow motion so as to add to its impact. Well, we’re pretty sure you do since most of the hair care commercials out there are quite similar. The woman in the commercial applies some magic product to her hair and voila, she has silky smooth straight hair the next instant! Magic, however, is not something that happens on a regular basis in our daily lives (at least, not for most of us) and no matter how much product we apply, there is no quick-fix solution or one-time silky hair tip to make that dullness and frizz go away in an instant.

silky hair tips

The secret to smooth and silky hair lies elsewhere, not in some product claiming to give you immediate results. It requires diligent effort and a dedicated hair care routine in order to achieve smooth and silky hair like in those commercials. With each passing day, you’ll be able to witness your hair regaining its natural health, strength and lustre. However, there are certain things that you need to take care of and others that you need to simply avoid doing. Which shampoo to use for my hair? Will this conditioner go with my shampoo? What is a hair mask? It can all get a bit too confusing for the uninitiated. Fortunately, our BeBeautiful team of hair experts decided to get together and do something about it, enlisting all the tips and tricks necessary to get your hair to look gorgeously soft, smooth and silky. Here are 8 of the simplest silky hair tips that you ought to know!

The Don’ts:

 

1. Don’t overexpose your hair to heating tools

Don’t overexpose your hair to heating tools

Exposing your hair to high temperatures for a considerable period of time can lead to your hair burning out and becoming dry, dull, damaged and brittle. Colouring your hair using chemical products or blow drying it too often, especially after a bath, can lead to your hair losing its natural shine and strength.

However, using heat in the correct and limited manner creates a silky effect on your hair. If you wish to straighten your hair, make use of a flat iron to get the job done, but if you’re looking to curl your hair, curling iron or a wand is your best option. Here’s a quick, simple silky hair tip for you. If you want to curl your hair in a heat-free manner, you could even try opting for a curl-enhancing cream or a gel.

 

2. Don’t wash it every day

Don’t wash it every day

It is not necessary for you to wash your hair every day in order to keep it clean and healthy. In fact, washing it too often makes your scalp lose the natural sebum produced by it. This sebum acts as a conditioning oil for your hair, keeping it strong, nourished, smooth and silky. Our silky hair tip or suggestion for you would be to wash your hair two to three times a week, especially if you have dry hair.

 

3. Don’t stay out in the sun for long

Don’t stay out in the sun for long

Having discussed it above, we already know that long periods of exposure to heat can cause considerable damage to your hair. Not only does the scorching heat of the sun dry out your hair, but the UVA and the UVB rays of the sun can also even damage the cuticle (the outside covering of your hair strands). As for our silky hair tip, we’d suggest that you keep your hair covered when it’s extremely sunny outside, either using a scarf or a straw hat.

 

4. Don’t rub your hair vigorously with a towel

Don’t rub your hair vigorously with a towel

Wet hair is even more susceptible to damage than dry hair is. Be its exposure to heat or pulling at the hair strands, wet hair can be damaged far easier than normal or dry hair since the hydrogen bonds created by water are not as strong as the protein bonds that keep dry hair together. So the best  way to dry your hair or our silky hair tip for the day would be to air-dry your hair, wrapping it up in thin and soft cotton towel (or even your t-shirt would do if that’s convenient) so that it can soak up most of the moisture.

The Dos:

 

5.Treat hair to hot oil treatments and masks

Treat hair to hot oil treatments and masks

Moving on to what you ought to do, the best way to get your hair’s natural texture and shine back is to pamper it all you can. The silky hair tips for doing this would involve treating your scalp and hair to a hot oil massage using coconut oil or olive oil for about 15 minutes, before leaving it in there for another half hour at least. You could even treat your hair to home-made masks such as those made from curd, eggs or a paste made from fenugreek seeds soaked overnight. Just apply the mask onto your hair and let it stay on for about half an hour before rinsing it off using cold water and a sulfate-free shampoo.

 

6. Pick the right hair care products

Pick the right hair care products

Whether you’re buying a conditioner for your hair or a leave-in product like hair oil, it is advisable that you stick to products from the same range. A shampoo and a conditioner from the same brand and range are usually matched together to provide optimal results for your hair. Also, opt for sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners as much as possible since they are gentler on your hair and less drying. 

 

7. Use heat protectants

Use heat protectants

As much as we might try to avoid heat-styling tools, it is not possible to completely avoid using them, especially if you’re looking to have silky smooth hair. How do we use heat-styling tools without damaging our hair then? Well, our silky hair tip to get out of this dilemma would be to use a heat-protectant spray on your hair before subjecting it to all that heat. The spray keeps your hair from burning up and becoming dry, damaged and lacklustre.

 

8. Upgrade your pillowcase

Upgrade your pillowcase

Now, this silky hair tip certainly is ingenious. We often tend to overlook certain things such as the material of the pillowcase that we’re sleeping on. Cotton pillowcases tend to absorb all the moisture from our hair, leaving it dry and dull. While silk pillowcases do no such thing, they also minimize the friction caused between our hair strands overnight, leaving you with softer, silkier looking hair in the morning. Definitely a good way to start your day, we’d say!