6 at-home hair smoothing treatments
These at-home smoothing treatments will leave your hair frizz-free, shiny and healthy.
How many times have you used a bad hair day to get out of a social obligation? We all have them, we live with them, and we deal with them in different ways – some good, some questionable.
These smoothing treatments are especially for the ladies who are blessed with frizz and knots, a lot of knots. Quick and expensive chemical treatments tend to do more damage than good in the long run. If you’re looking to smoothen your mane without burning a hole in your pocket or worse, exposing hair to harmful chemicals, this article is just for you.
6 smoothing treatments your hair will love
1. The tropical punch: coconut + lemon
Coconuts, packed with those lovely vitamins and natural fats, helps tame frizz within a few weeks. When combined with lemon juice, it leaves us with strengthened hair follicles. All you have to do is mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a cup of coconut milk and apply it all liberally over your hair – least on your scalp and most on the ends. Leave it for 30 – 45 minutes, and then rinse off with a mild SLS-free shampoo. Repeat it for a few weeks to meet happy hair.
2. The all-natural protein treatment: egg whites + olive oil + honey
Whisk an egg white, a tablespoon of olive oil and a dash of honey into a smooth paste and apply it to your hair. Repeating the process each week will ensure you see the results after a few sessions of hard work. You can include the egg yolk to add some fat content to this mix, but be prepared to tackle the stench. If you are willing to work harder, toss a banana in there and put it in the blender, it will also help mask the smell and strengthen your mane.
3. The good ol’ avocado
Avocados found their way into the top food trends a few years ago, and they are not going away anytime soon. Soon enough, some unknown, adventurous person decided to put it in their hair, leading to this organic superstar beauty treatment. As with the other treatments, you have to blend the fleshy part into a smooth paste, apply it to damp hair, and wash it after 30-40 minutes. Additionally, you can add some spoons of yogurt for easy application.
4. Mayonnaise: Just don’t use the flavoured kind
We had to put it up there in the title because that’s literally the only instruction here. You can squeeze it right onto your hair if you feel too lazy to wash a bowl, don’t worry, we won’t tell. Nobody knows who came up with the idea of using mayo for hair smoothening, but it is common sense if you think about it. Mayonnaise is essentially oil, eggs and air, so its hair benefits should be pretty clear by now. If you are willing to put in the work, add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar to balance the pH of your hair.
5. The popular kid: Aloe vera
Aloe vera has taken over our beauty shelves, and for all the right reasons. It adds moisture and all the essential nutrients to your hair in an odorless, no-side effect fashion. The only tiresome part is turning it into a non-lumpy paste, which will require you to blend it carefully. On a side note, you might hate this ingredient if you are impatient. You see, aloe vera is mild, and you will need to incorporate this in your routine for a while before you start seeing any significant changes. Apply it once or twice a week, depending on your preference.
6. Back to our roots: Oil
This bit is tricky because you will have to figure out the oil best suited for your scalp. The process gets easier given that there are multiple options – fenugreek, hibiscus, almonds, plenty of other herbs. So take any oil, mix a carrier oil, like castor in it, bring it to a lukewarm temperature, and massage your scalp with it. Ensure that you also apply it to your ends and leave it overnight, or an hour if you’re feeling rather impatient. Rinse off with a mild shampoo, repeat twice a week, and you’ll see the change within a couple of months.