How to turn nappy hair into silky hair

Updated February 21, 2017

In order to turn nappy hair into silky hair, the key ingredient is moisture. Nappy hair is very dry because the naturally tight coils prevent the hair cuticles from lying flat. There are a few tips and tricks that allow the hair to absorb much more moisture than usual, creating soft, silky hair.

Wash your hair in the shower and not a bathtub or sink for best results. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of shampoo on your hand and gently massage your scalp in circular motions. Use your finger pads to scrub rather than your nails, and make sure you are applying the shampoo to your scalp only and not focusing on the hair.

Get out of the shower but do not towel dry your hair, leave it soaked instead. Apply detangler throughout the wet hair in sections using your fingers, until all the hair has been covered. If you use any styling products, apply them while your hair is still wet and not after it has dried.

Spray your hair with a water bottle any time it starts to feel dry. Your hair should never feel bone dry to the touch and should always be at least damp with moisture. The detangler combined with the constant moisture will leave your hair feeling silky and smooth.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Shampoo that contains no sulphates
  • Detangler that contains no mineral oil or petroleum
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Amy Lukavics is an Arizona resident who has been a professional writer since 2009. She contributes to the blog Hello, Moon and her writing interests include cooking, crafts, pregnancy, health and beauty.