There are more ways to tackle an unruly mane than just running to the salon and ironing it into pin-straight submission! A simple session of hair smoothening at home will help smooth out frizzy hair and straighten wavy tresses to last a couple of months and improve the texture of a shaggy-looking mane. Hair smoothening is also the more popular salon treatment, favoured over hair straightening due to its promise of lesser damage.
Even though hair smoothening is usually done at the salon, with a little bit of precaution and care, it can be done at home as well. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it and what precautions to take after, in order to make it last longer!
- What is hair smoothening?
- Benefits of hair smoothening at home
- Step-by-step guide for hair smoothening at home
- Mistakes to avoid while hair smoothening at home
- Precautions to take after hair smoothening at home
- Did you know?
- FAQs about hair smoothening at home
What is hair smoothening?
Hair smoothening is defined as a chemical process where the hair is saturated in a formaldehyde solution, dried out and then straightened with a flat iron. It introduces lost protein back into your strands to make it stronger and appear shinier. It is comparatively gentler and less permanent than hair straightening. The most popular types of hair smoothening you might come across are Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments. For the purpose of hair smoothening at home, we will focus on the easier and safer method to work with, the keratin treatment.
Benefits of hair smoothening at home
If your mane is looking extra moody lately, a quick hair smoothening session can help you out. Here are some ways it can benefit your hair:
- It can make your hair look naturally soft and manageable.
- The keratin treatment can infuse new life into dull and limp hair.
- It significantly cuts your need to heat style your hair daily.
- It adds shine to your hair and with regular care, gives a glossy finish that looks chic.
- It tangles less, leading to reduced breakage and split ends.
Step-by-step guide for hair smoothening at home
Here are the essentials you need for how to do hair smoothening at home:
Step 01: Prep your hair by washing it with a mild formula, a gentle shampoo that is devoid of a lot of chemicals. Infused with oat milk and honey, the shampoo repairs damage and strengthens your hair to prevent any breakage that might be caused by the smoothening procedure. Do not condition afterwards.
Step 02: Instead of air drying, blow dry your hair to remove all traces of moisture. For best results, part your hair in four sections and dry them individually.
Step 03: With a masking brush, apply the keratin solution to each section of your hair generously. Once done, use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the keratin solution evenly to every hair strand. Leave it on for 25-30 minutes. You can comb through every 10 minutes in order to keep the formula from congealing in certain spots.
Step 04: Rinse off the keratin solution with cold water and blow dry your hair again. Follow this up with a rejuvenating mask, leave it on for 20 minutes with a shower cap on and rinse once done.
Step 05: To lock in all the keratin goodness, blow-dry first and then and flat iron your hair (at least 8-10 times) and voilà, your at-home smoothening session is done!
Mistakes to avoid while hair smoothening at home
It is often recommended to get a hair smoothening procedure done at the salon in order to avoid any unwanted damage to your mane. But, it can be done at home, granted you avoid these mistakes at all costs:
- Do not flat iron on wet hair! Make sure you are blow-drying it properly every single time, leaving no trace of moisture anywhere on your head.
- Keep an eye on the heat setting and use a flat iron with adjustable temperatures. Going too hot will burn your hair, sometimes even beyond repair!
- Detangle your hair completely before applying the keratin solution. Any knots or tangled tresses will hamper even the application of the formula.
- Use heat protectant agents in order to minimise heat damage on your hair.
Precautions to take after hair smoothening at home
Here are some precautions you need to take after the procedure in order to make sure it lasts longer:
- Wear your hair down for the next three days, do not tie, pin or tuck it in any way.
- Wait up to three days to wash your hair after the procedure. Try to bring down your hair washing frequency as well, alternating between a dry shampoo and a gentle shampoo formulated to repair chemically treated hair.
- Do not oil your smoothened hair for at least 15 days and when you do oil it, just apply it to the ends. Do not apply hair oil on the scalp for at least a month.
- Condition well after every wash and regularly use hair masks to nourish your tresses to maintain the goodness from the smoothening session.
Did you know?
There are keratin solutions available in the market that do not contain formaldehyde and can be used for sensitive scalps. But, if your choice of keratin product contains formaldehyde, make sure you are doing a patch test before using it. These formulas have been linked with headaches, teary eyes and skin rashes. So it helps to stay safe and limit exposure to the product as much as possible.
FAQs about hair smoothening at home
1) Does a hair smoothening at-home procedure last longer than straightening?
A. No, hair smoothening for wavy or frizzy hair lasts from 2 to 5 months, depending on the kind of daily hair care it receives. While hair straightening lasts until new roots come in, smoothening is much gentler on your tresses and causes less harm.
2) Does hair smoothening cause hair loss?
A. While hair smoothening has obvious side effects like heat damage, it can sometimes lead to hair loss. This is due to the thinning of the hair caused by intense flat ironing, which, if not taken care of, can cause breakage.
3) Can you apply hair oil after hair smoothening?
A. Yes, you can use your normal shampoo after smoothening. Just make sure that it is a sulphate free formula that won’t cause further damage to your tresses and help control hair fall - which can happen as a smoothening procedure.