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When it comes to timeless hairstyles, there’s one quality that won’t ever go out of style: Sleek strands. The sleek hair look is reflective of hair that’s hydrated, frizz-free, and above all, healthy. And who doesn’t want that? The only problem, as we all know too well, is that attaining sleek hair can be much easier said than done. Sometimes, even those of us with the most extensive hair care routines still find ourselves wrangling flyaways, frizz, and downright unmanageable strands. But it doesn’t have to be that way—and we’re here to show you how! Keep reading to learn how to get sleek hair, including the best hair care products to use along the way.
The goal of healthy hair—just like skin—is to keep moisture locked in. When hair lacks proper hydration, it becomes frizzy and dry, which can lead to damage down the road. In the same way that applying moisturizer immediately after stepping out of the shower can help seal in moisture, you should also be doing the same with your hair. After your next wash, let your hair dry just slightly, until it feels damp to the touch. Then, apply a nourishing hair serum onto your strands—doing so when they’re still slightly wet will help ensure sleekness by the time they dry. Try the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum, which is a leave-in smoothing serum that helps block out frizz and lock in sleek shine. To use, place one to two pumps of serum in your palm, then work through damp strands, distributing it evenly through your lengths and ends.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but achieving sleek hair is difficult if you’re using the wrong shampoo and conditioner! To help ensure the smoothest, sleekest strands possible, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Shampoo and the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner. When used in tandem, this system helps moisturize, soften, and tame rough textures for a final look that’s smooth, soft, and—you guessed it—sleek as can be. Swap this system into your routine in place of your regular shampoo and conditioner and use as needed.
Listen, we all know that too much heat styling can contribute to damaged hair—but that doesn’t mean you need to put away your blow-dryer and curling iron forever. Instead, when you do want to heat style your hair, make sure to apply a heat protectant spray before you start styling. Doing so can help protect your strands against high temperatures, allowing you to achieve sleek styles with heat tools without risking heat damaged hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, which is a high-performance lightweight spray that offers heat protection up to 450 degrees. To use, simply spray onto damp or dry hair in sections, working to make sure that the product is evenly distributed throughout your hair. Then, go about your heat styling as usual.
It may sound ultra-luxurious, but sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase (rather than a cotton one) can help keep your strands silkier and shinier. While your standard cotton pillowcase can cause hair breakage after a night of tossing and turning, a silk or satin one is much softer on your strands (and your skin). Invest in a softer pillowcase and prepare to enjoy some serious beauty sleep.
Sometimes, if your strands are feeling extra dried out, you’ll want to double up on the leave-in products and introduce a hair cream to your routine. Doing so will help that much more to smooth your hair’s cuticle layer and keep frizz at bay. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, which provides frizz control for days. Apply a few pumps onto damp or dry strands, then leave in and style your hair however you like. (Need a little inspo? Here are 50 Cute Hairstyles to Up Your Hairstyling Game.)
Of course, even after making some adjustments to your hair care routine, you may still find yourself in need of a product that delivers sleek results ASAP. When this occurs, reach for an oil-infused hair spray that delivers an instant boost of shine. We love the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, which is formulated with argan oil and delivers a luxurious touch of shine. The ultra-fine mist will help to soften and smooth whatever hairstyle you’re rocking, ensuring that your strands look as sleek as possible. To use, first shake the can well then spray onto hair holding the can 12 inches away from your head.
Since we’re already on the topic of shiny, healthy strands, there’s another hair care product that should be on your radar: Lamellar water. Never heard of it? Here’s Why Lamellar Water Is About to Be Your New Hair Care Must-Have.