Photo: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images
Soft, silky hair is the ultimate fashion accessory. It goes with literally everything in your closet. Unfortunately, many women find themselves feuding with frizz and have a full-time battle simply trying to keep their hair under control, let alone looking shiny and feeling soft. Others go for the sleek look using a heated flat iron, leaving them with hair that looks shiny but is dry to the touch. If you want your hair to actually be as soft and healthy as it looks, you can use a few simple tricks to take a more natural approach to hair care.
Survey Your Shower
The simple act of waking up and hopping the shower could be enough to set you up for a bad hair day. This is because the more often your hair gets wet, the more likely it is to frizz instead of softly flow. Hair that is washed every day is stripped of the natural oil it needs to be soft and shiny, so you should wash your hair as infrequently as you can. Choose a mild shampoo and a light conditioner to avoid build-up. Use a deep conditioner once a week. When stepping out of the shower, blot your hair dry rather than rubbing a towel against your head, since this can cause breakage and frizz.
Style With Care
Open a bathroom drawer and you are likely to find a hair torture chamber of cruel devices like blow dryers, curling irons, hair dye and perm solution. The chemicals in hair dyes, relaxers, perms and other solutions damage hair, making it dull and lifeless. Heat has the same effect. If you just can’t live without your hair dryer, use it on the lowest setting possible to protect your hair’s shine and softness. Use heat protection sprays or cream if you must use heat styling to get the look you want. Even your hairbrush can cause frizz-inducing damage to your hair, so never brush your hair when it is wet and ignore the old wives’ tale that hair should be brushed 100 strokes daily.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is a source for natural ingredients for making your own hair softeners. For soft and shiny hair, mix three eggs and a splash of milk. Apply the mixture to your hair, leave it on for an hour and then wash your hair as you normally would. The juice of one lemon mixed with a coffee mug full of water is another softener and shine booster. Shampoo your hair as normal, then use the lemon juice and water mixture as a final rinse. This trick also helps to eliminate dandruff. Use 3 tablespoons of vinegar instead of lemon juice if you prefer. If you have dry hair, add silkiness with a few drops of olive oil rubbed through your locks.
Ever wish your boyfriend would give up on fixing the plumbing when he is in over his head and call a professional? Well, the same applies to you and your hair. Sometimes the best way to get soft, silky hair is to call in a professional. Visit the salon and talk to your stylist about what you want and what you have tried so far. Sometimes it is simply a bad haircut that is to blame for weeks of bad hair days, especially if you have curly hair. Hair that has been cut in the wrong direction will look frizzy rather than silky. Your stylist should be able to recommend an individualized plan that can help you get your hair looking its silky best.