Let’s be real: A smooth, knot-free, and frizz-free mane is a hair goal we can all get behind. After all, an ultra-smooth mane has become synonymous with good hair days. Since unruly strands can get in the way of allowing your locks to shine, it’s essential to lock down the right hair-care products and tips to keep your strands in mint condition. If you’re not too sure where to start on your hair-smoothing journey, we’re here to help. Ahead, we’re giving you the full scoop on the nine best hair tips for smooth hair.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #1: START IN THE SHOWER
If you didn’t already know, smooth hair starts in the shower with the proper shampoo and conditioner. Below, find our best hair-smoothing shampoos and conditioners to get your mane on the right track.
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Shampoo + L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner: This hair-smoothing duo instantly moisturizes and helps soften and tame rough textures, leaving hair silky and smooth.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo + L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner: Frizzy hair is the enemy of smooth hair. This shampoo and conditioner work together to tame your locks and control humidity. In turn, they will leave frizz-prone strands with smooth luminosity.
L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo + L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner: This duo is formulated with apricot oil that replenishes dry, brittle hair with vital nourishment and deep moisture. After a single wash, you’ll have a silky-soft texture, and healthy shine without the weighed down feel.
L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo + L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner: Chemically-straightened hair requires extra love to look its best. This combo is formulated with sunflower oil to care for the essential protein and keratin that is found in hair. Together, the shampoo and conditioner repair, smooth, and improve hair’s texture.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #2: FORGO KNOTS AND TANGLES
Knots and tangles are a no-go if you want smooth strands. Avoid them by adding a hair detangler to your daily regimen. The L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types is a spray-on conditioning formula that detangles any type of hair in a flash. You can use it on wet or dry hair to tackle the craziest knots and tame bed head, leaving hair clean and shiny all day. Use it post-shower or before styling dry strands to smooth any bumps from your mane.
Editor’s note: Be sure to detangle your locks with a wide-toothed comb to reduce the risk of breakage.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #3: TURN DOWN THE DIAL
While washing your hair with the right products is a must, the temperature of your water is important, too. Super-hot H2O strips your hair of its natural oils, which can leave you with drier strands. And you know that dryness and smooth hair do not mix. Play it safe and wash with lukewarm water.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #4: GRAB A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Leave-in conditioners work wonders to provide your hair with extra TLC, and smoothing your strands is one of their best perks. These hair-care staples go the distance to provide hydration and detangle your strands for a seamless styling process. Since there is no way to score smooth strands with a dry mane, you can consider a leave-in another line of defense. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion, which is a lightweight offering that moisturizes, revives the look of shine, and provides added slip for easy manageability.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #5: USE A HAIR-SMOOTHING TREATMENT
The right hair treatment can help smooth your strands, too. Consider adding the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum into your daily regimen. This leave-in hair-smoothing treatment and hair protectant instantly polishes your hair’s surface. It also creates an invisible humidity barrier to help protect against frizz and lock in a sleek shine. To use it on damp hair, apply one to two pumps and distribute evenly. For dry hair, work a small amount through your strands to smooth flyaways and add shine—no rinsing required.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #6: REACH FOR A LAMELLAR WATER
Now that you have a hair treatment on the top of your mind, it’s only right that we put a lamellar offering on your radar. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment is a rinse-out treatment formulated with lamellar technology, which works its magic in eight seconds. This essential targets the damaged areas of your hair and smooths your strands for healthy-looking locks. You can look forward to a shiny and silky mane with every use.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #7: TURN UP THE HEAT
When it comes to achieving smooth hair, it may be time to turn to your hot tools. More specifically, your flat iron. It will help smooth and straighten your strands, getting rid of any frizz or flyaways. Before you reach for your flat iron, though, spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. This heat protectant offers 450-degree heat protection while calming frizz, sealing in shine, blocking humidity, and conditioning for a sleek, smooth mane.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #8: FIGHT OFF THE ELEMENTS
You’ve learned our best tips for getting smooth hair, but it can all go to waste if you don’t know how to maintain silky locks. It’s essential to play your cards right to keep your strands in tip-top shape. If you’re staying inside all day, you might be safe, but the weather can do a number on smooth hair if you venture out. Be sure you seal in your smooth strands with hairspray that’s fit to fight off the elements. The L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray delivers a lightweight mist that blocks while locking in your smooth style.
SMOOTH HAIR TIP #9: PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT
Tossing and turning while you sleep can cause friction, which can lead to knots and tangles in your mane—it’s a fact of life. However, you can keep your strands on the smooth side by sleeping on a silk pillowcase or covering your hair with a silk scarf. Unlike your traditional cotton linens, silk is much softer and gentler on your hair.
Next: Learn How to Get Shiny Hair—another hallmark of a good hair day.