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How to get dry wiry hair smooth

Updated April 17, 2017

The texture of your hair is determined by genetics and the way you wash, style, cut and treat it. Some people are born with naturally dry, wiry hair while others may cause their hair to become this way through chemical damage, heat styling and overuse of hair products. When hair is dry and wiry, it may become brittle, dull and frizzy. The key to getting wiry hair smooth is rehydration through deep conditioners and smoothing products.

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Wash and condition your hair using products designed for dry, damaged hair. Allow the conditioner to remain on your hair for at least five minutes.

Apply a deep conditioning hair treatment to your wet hair. These masks contain vitamins, protein and oils which help nourish your damaged hair and lock in moisture. Follow the manufacturer's directions of use.

Rinse the conditioner from your hair after the designated waiting time.

Wring your hair out to remove excess water. Spray your hair with leave-in conditioner, then comb through to distribute evenly. The conditioner will smooth out any tangles and keep your hair moisturised as it dries.

Apply two to three drops of smoothing serum to your palms, rub together to emulsify, then massage into your hair. Start at the tips, where hair tends to be most frizzy, then work your way up the hair shaft. Serums are usually made of silicone. They coat the hair shaft which smooths away frizz, adds shine and makes dry hair softer.

Allow your hair to air-dry. Dry, wiry hair is fragile and prone to breakage so avoid stressing it further through heat styling. You'll find your hair is softer, smoother and easier to manage if you avoid blow drying, curling or straightening.

Tip

Deep condition your hair up to three times a week.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deep conditioning hair treatment
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Smoothing serum

About the Author

Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.

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