How to Get Your Hair from Dry to Smooth

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Ever feel like your hair has way too many knots in it all the time? You’re not alone! Everyone gets into dry spells with their hair. There are various reasons for developing dry hair, but know you weren’t born into it. Dry hair can be prevented by following an extra set of precautions with your hair.


Using Coconut Oil

  1. Understand the benefits.Coconut oil is one of the miracle foods that has ever growing amount of uses. Asides from being a delicious substitute for butter, coconut oil can revitalize your hair. The oil adds a luster, shine, and smoothness to your hair.
  2. Melt coconut oil.Either melt the oil by placing the container in boiling water, or by microwaving it. At room temperature, coconut oil is a solid. The melting point is low, so it won’t take too long to get the liquids. Don’t make it too hot or else you’ll scald your scalp.
  3. Brush your hair.Untangle any knots or tension in your hair before lathering with coconut oil. The oil will be able to spread easier once you’ve brushed it.
  4. Lather hair with oil.Use anywhere from 1-4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. This mainly depends on how thorough you want to be, and how healthy your hair already is. Using too much will not damage anything. Massage the oil in and around your scalp. Cover everywhere on her head from the roots to tips.
  5. Keep in overnight.Use a shower cap to hold all your hair. Make sure the cap is secure, yet not cutting off any circulation. You could also leave the oils in for around two hours if you’d rather not sleep with it.
  6. Wash hair.Use a moisturizing shampoo in the morning to wash out the oil. The shampoo amount shouldn’t extend beyond a small dollop in your palm.

Washing Your Hair

  1. Understand your hair type.Everyone has different hair and shampoos specialize in different types. If you have greasier hair, look out for shampoo that specializes in grease.
  2. Use the right shampoo.Pick out a shampoo that is free from sulfates, alcohol, and other chemicals. Use an organic brand if you have the means to.
  3. Massage onto your scalp.Only use a small amount of shampoo. Shampoo can dry your hair out if used in excess. Fit a small dollop into your palm and massage thoroughly.
  4. Shampoo less frequently.Consider cutting back on how often you shampoo your hair. Using shampoo everyday is not necessary, and can damage your hair quicker. By using shampoo regularly, you kill the natural greases your hair creates. While too much can look gross; small amounts of your natural hair grease is healthy.
  5. Use conditioner.Be sure that your conditioner is free from silicon, alcohol, and chemicals. Only use a small amount. Use more conditioner if your hair is very thick and curly. This type of hair is usually dryer. Conditioner moistens your hair.
  6. Rinse hair.After applying shampoo and conditioner to your hair, thoroughly wash it with lukewarm water (don't use hot water because it will dry out your hair). If you are skipping shampoo, rinse your hair with warm water while running your hands through it.

Treating Hair After Showering

  1. Let your hair dry.Wring out your hair gently and make a towel turban on top of your head. Wet hair is very sensitive and breaks easily, so you shouldn’t brush or dry-rub it at any time! After you let your hair sit in the towel for about 10-20 mins it should be towel dry.
  2. Use hair oils.Once your hair has dried a little, you can apply hair oil, such as argan oil. Argan oil will give your hair a nice sheen, beat the frizz, and make it much smoother.
  3. Brush your hair.Be gentle when brushing out tangles after a shower. You can still damage parts of your hair. When styling, try to stay away from heat as much as possible. If you do need to blow-dry or iron it, use a heat protector to prevent split-ends and dry hair.
  4. Consider detangle sprays.If you're trying to brush your hair and it's very tousled, try using something like a detangling spray. Then start brushing out your ends first moving upwards after that.

Using Other Precautions

  1. Consider your diet.Be sure to eat plenty of fresh produce along with an ample amount of water.. Nourish your hair both from your insides and outsides.
  2. Use apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar is another miracle food. Buy the vinegar with the active culture for better results. Combine ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of warm water. Spritz it into your hair after you wash it, and allow it to sit for ten minutes. Then, rinse again, but without shampoo.
  3. Use aloe vera.Another thing you can add after your showers is aloe vera for extra moistness. Simply massage aloe vera onto your hair and let settle for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water afterwards.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I use white distilled vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar?
    Ayyat Khurram
    Community Answer
    Yes, that's a good substitute. But it should definitely be distilled, because pure vinegar is too strong for your hair.
  • Question
    Can I leave olive oil in my hair overnight instead of coconut?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. Most natural oils can be left in the hair overnight. Coconut oil is best suited for thicker hair types, but depending on your hair type other oils can be used.
  • Question
    How can I get my hair into a ponytail while avoiding flyaways, wisps, frizz and grease, to make it look like a celebrity ponytail?
    Community Answer
    Use to hairspray and your hands to sculpt a sleek ponytail. If you want to go the no-product route, use some water and a brush to slick it back - or if you are a good bobby pin hider, use those.
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