Gently running your hands through your hair strands without zero signs of tangle, pull or roughness is a feeling of victory – and we all dream of it. If you’re like us, you have hit the search button on google a few too many times to know how to make your hair silky and manageable without spending a bomb on salon treatments. We’ve been there, too. What we need to understand first, though, is that silky hair is not an overnight transformation.

While some are blessed with naturally silky, smooth hair, some of us have to bring a few changes in our lifestyle and haircare routine to be able to enjoy those dreamy, silky locks. The fun part is that the ever-present problem of dull and rough hair has a solution and it’s easy to act upon. Below, we decode the best tips to make your hair silky and give you some easy DIY hair mask recipes for that extra hair TLC. Read on…


01. Don’t Wash Hair With Hot Water

Don’t Wash Hair With Hot Water

This is probably the most debated question in the hair care community. A majority of us love the idea of hot showers, but that is not how you should treat your hair. Using hot water strips off natural oils from your hair and makes it frizzy and brittle. Plus, it makes the hair roots weaker, increasing hair fall. The ideal water temperature to wash hair is not hot or cold, but lukewarm – it properly removes dirt and grime, stimulates blood flow and gives a better texture to the tresses.


02. Always Condition After Shampoo

Always Condition After Shampoo

One of the most important steps to getting silky hair is always using a conditioner after shampooing your hair. And for those who think it only detangles hair, think again, because it does a lot more. A conditioner binds your hair cuticles together, temporarily treats the split ends, making your hair softer to touch and so much more manageable. It also strengthens your hair follicles and prevents frequent breakage. Unlike shampoos, conditioners should be rinsed off with cold water to seal the cuticles and lock the moisture in for a lasting shine and bounce.


03. Say No To Towel Drying

Say No To Towel Drying

Bookmark this while you read…never dry your hair with your regular bath towel because its coarse fabric can mess with your hair texture. Even a gentle rub with the towel can easily create friction, causing your hair to become rough, frizzy and prone to breakage overtime. Instead, you can invest in a microfiber head wrap (towel) or use any oversized t-shirt as it has smoother and gentler fibers that will effectively soak up water from the hair without damaging it one bit.


04. Use Hair Masks Regularly

Use Hair Masks Regularly

If you’re into haircare, you’d know how indispensable a hair mask is. But, being the lazy Janes that most of us are, we end up not using a hair mask on our tresses, decreasing its chances of becoming silky and soft. Hair masks are multiple times stronger than a regular conditioner, as they contain a blend of rich nutrients that deeply condition your hair, hydrate and restore the health and lustre back to your mane. You can use keratin-infused hair masks from the market or even whip up your own DIY mask at home. It is recommended to apply a hair mask once or twice a week for 20-30 minutes.


05. Less Use of Heat Styling Tools

Less Use of Heat Styling Tools

Everybody knows how damaging heat styling tools can be for the hair. Yet, we keep using it regularly. While completely boycotting your straightener may not be possible, we suggest reducing the number of times you use heat on your hair. Also, use the lowest heat setting possible because you don’t want to fry your hair shafts! Heat can also weaken the hair elasticity and cuticles, zapping away its moisture. So, layer up some heat protectant before using heat and use a serum or argan oil to restore the shine and softness back to the hair as a finishing touch.


06. At-Home Hair Spa

At-Home Hair Spa

Like we said, deep conditioning is key to getting silky hair. But to maintain the silkiness, you need to indulge in an at-home spa or maybe visit the salon once in a while to treat your tresses with some TLC and extend the health of your hair. A typical hair spa is perfect for weekends, and it usually begins with a hot oil treatment, cleansing hair with shampoo, masking up, 5-minute steam, hair rinse, conditioning and finally using a serum to lock in shine and softness in your hair. This routine is an excellent way to replenish your locks with oil, hydration and rich vitamins and proteins.


07. Get Regular Trims

Get Regular Trims

Chopping your hair short every time you visit the salon is definitely not a smart idea. But, how do you deal with the pesky split ends and damaged cuticles that are ruining the chances of you maintaining perfectly silky hair? Hitting the salon every 4-5 months and getting your hair trimmed is the best way to get rid of the frayed dead ends and let your hair live its soft and lustrous life to the fullest.

DIY hair masks for silky hair


#1 Aloe Vera + Coconut Oil

#1 Aloe Vera + Coconut Oil

The secret to having silky hair that lasts a long time is recharging your mane with a deeply hydrating mask. A simple and quick recipe is to combine 2-3 tbsp. of fresh aloe vera gel and 2 tbsp. of coconut oil and mix it well. Apply it with your fingertips from root to tip of your hair, massage it in and rinse it off with a mild shampoo after 20-30 minutes. While aloe vera infuses some much-needed moisture levels in your locks, coconut oil nourishes, strengthens and promotes hair growth.


#2 Yogurt + Honey + Essential Oil

#2 Yogurt + Honey + Essential Oil

To bring back life and silkiness to your dull hair, this hair mask will work just the right magic without any fuss. All you need to do is mix 3 tablespoons of yogurt, 2-3 teaspoons of honey and 3-4 drops of an essential oil (like lavender, rosemary or tea tree) in a bowl. Apply the hair mask on your hair lengths and massage a little on your scalp for 5 minutes. Rinse it off after 20 minutes with room temperature water. While yogurt treats dandruff and acts as a natural conditioner to smooth out frizz, honey’s humectant property retains moisture and the oil gives shine and bounce to the hair.


#3 Avocado + Olive Oil

#3 Avocado + Olive Oil

Get one avocado and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil from your pantry. Mash and mix it all in a bowl and apply it thoroughly on your hair. Give your head a gentle massage for better blood circulation and wait for 20-25 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo. Avocado is known to be a great ingredient that repairs cuticles, strengthens hair and boosts softness, while olive oil lends shine, a detangled texture and vibrancy to hair.

Following these tips regularly and dedicatedly will get you the desired silky, soft quality to your hair, making dull mane a thing of the past!