How To Make Rough Hair Soft

by Somreeta Mukherjee on May 3, 2012 · 60 comments

How To Make Rough Hair Soft

How To Make Rough Hair Soft

Possessing soft and beautiful hair is every woman’s dream. But frizzy, unmanageable, lifeless rough hair often plays the villain and the worst part is when we have the least idea on how to tame it! Looking for some of the easiest ways to make your rough hair soft? Read on to know more about ways to treat your rough hair!

Rough hair:  Causes

Before we go on to discuss the remedies, it is important to know the potential causes behind having rough hair; here are the top ones:

  • Poor nutrition.
  • Loss of moisture on account of environmental factors.
  • Thermal damages to hair due to excessive use of styling products and heating appliances.
  • Lack of proper hair-care routine.
  • Hair damages due to chlorine, sun and chemical treatments.

Naturally, rough hair tends to be dry and lifeless. However, prevention is always better that cure and hence, try to make amends in your day-to-day life if you think the root-cause of having rough hair lies in any of the above-mentioned points.

How To Make Rough Hair Soft:  DIY Remedies

    • Mustard oil and honey: Take some mustard oil and warm it. Massage your scalp with it. Then apply honey through your hair strands and after that, cover your head with a moist and warm towel for about fifteen minutes. This can be done once every month.

Banana

    • Oil massage and Egg and curd mask: This is an age-old remedy for rough hair. Mix egg yolk with two spoons of curd and apply evenly through the hair strands. This is going to be more effective if you precede this treatment with an oil massage by mixing castor oil and almond oil together. Oil massage would help to soften your hair and the egg-curd mask would provide proteins and condition your hair to make it smooth and shiny. Leave on for about one hour and wash off with a hair-softening shampoo. Do it once every week.
    • Banana and yoghurt pack: Mash a banana and mix it with half-a-cup of beaten yoghurt. Apply on your hair and leave on for at least 15 minutes.  Wash off with a good quality shampoo. This too can be done once every week.

Eggs

  • Egg and milk pack: Mix egg white with milk and massage your scalp with it. Apply it on the hair strands as well. Leave it on for twenty minutes and wash off.
  • Virgin olive oil massage: An oil massage can do wonders if you have dry and rough hair. Take some virgin olive oil and apply it on your hair and scalp with the help of cotton. Give yourself a massage and wrap your head with a damp and warm towel. This will ensure that the oil penetrates the hair roots. Try doing it at least two hours before you shampoo your hair.

How To Treat Rough Hair:  Lifestyle Changes and Everyday Tips

Here are a few lifestyle changes that can help you in combating the problem of rough hair in a more effective manner.

  • It is important to keep your hair and scalp clean; but it is equally important not to wash your hair too frequently as this would rob your hair of the essential oils and make it dry.  Shampoo two to three times every week and use a shampoo formulated to smoothen rough hair. Use a moisturizing conditioner and concentrate on applying it along the length of your hair and not the roots.
  • Pay attention to what you eat. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Drink lots of water.
  • Avoid exposure of your hair in sun and pollution. Consider using a sunscreen or you may like to wear a scarf stylishly or tie up your hair in a bun! This will help you to avoid making your hair rough and dull.
  • Avoid chlorinated water, styling products and heat on your hair (for styling, of course!) as much as you can.
  • You may consider going for a hair spa or a deep-conditioning treatment at your favourite salon.

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If you religiously stick to a healthy hair care programme in your day-to-day life, you can gradually combat rough hair problem and make it softer and smoother. Healthy habits do manifest itself through a healthy body, mind, skin and hair.

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{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Archana May 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

All said above tips ud definitely work, but for a curly long hair it is very difficult to make it soft at the ends, esp the day after head bath :(

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Aruna May 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

try moroccan oil or almond oil

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Madeeha May 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

can u find Moroccan oil here in india ?

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

i can understand Archana.. :( it needs a lot more care!!

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Archana May 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Yay me first to comment :) :) I love this blog and all IMBBians are so cool and friendly.

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ife May 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

nice post…….great tips.. me planning to do the oil and egg plus curd one today.. :)
Archana.. try using a hair serum… :)

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Archana May 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thanks ife, I use it but i builds up in hair, can you suggest some good ones

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Archana May 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Mmm I use Loreal smooth intense

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ife May 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

i use Aussie serum.. but i dont use it regularly… at home instead of serum in semi-wet hair i apply cold-pressed virgin coconut oil..two three drops in my hair.. keeps them soft and moisturized..as long as u dont go overboard its awesome..and use only the virgin one.. not ordinary parachute wala and all that…u dont want the coconuty odor or the oiliness…

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inderjeet May 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

nice tips :)

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inderjeet May 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

i was actually thinking for a good spa :) but now m first going to try Banana and yoghurt pack :))

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

oh..cool!! first try the ‘spa’ at home then :D

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dimpal May 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

gr8 tips … specially the banana and yoghurt pack :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

thanx dimpal!

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Payal May 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

great writeup somreeta!! thnx a lot for the tips….. :))

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

thank you dearie… :) :)

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Madeeha May 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I use egg and oil it helps a lot !

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

dats great :)

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Gauri May 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Yes!! I ♥ this.

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

thank you !! ;)

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Mayuri May 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Hey nice post and cool tips. :) thanks for this Somreeta.. :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

thanx Mayuri :)

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Rashmita May 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Somreeta! I suddenly feel lyk applying a hair pack NOW! :(

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

hehe!! go ahead :)

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Lakshmi May 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Dear somreeta
Thanks for a very good tips… It’s really very useful actually I would like to try Oil massage and Egg and curd mask… Could you Pls tell me do we need to mask first and the oil on same day pls explain me … I didn’t get it….

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

the oil first and then the pack :)

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Vish May 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

it will b a helpful article for my rough hair thanks Somreetha

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

ur welcom Vish :) :)

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Bee May 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thanks somreeta :) I really needed this :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

hope they work for u dear :) how hav u been??

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Nisha Khan May 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

i was looking for some hair tips…thnx

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

ur welcome dear :D

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Ritika May 3, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I have tried banana and honey and it made my hairs absolutely amazing ! But the big problem is taking out the leftover banana tit bits from hairs . I had to wash my hairs thrice :|

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

aw….yeah!! dats a prob…even with the egg-yoghurt pack :(

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Nandini May 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

My hair gets very dry and rough and frizzy at times so this is realllly helpful, thanks so much!! :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

thanx for liking it Nandini :)

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shanaiia May 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Great post ..i’m gonna try some of the home remedies… :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

hope u like them shanaiia!! :D

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Laxmi May 4, 2012 at 2:54 am

great tips somreeta.. :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

thank u Laxmi :)

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riddhima May 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

Olive oil really does make the hair shiny without making it greasy.. I have a very oily scalp, but dry and frizzy hair :( Olive oil to the rescue :D
Will definitely try banana and yoghurt mask! Thanks Somreeta :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

me toooo same to same prob :( :( u dont know which shampoo to use!!!

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Preetha May 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

I always love reading ur articles Somreeta..very informative..:)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

thanx soooooooooo much dear :D

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Arja May 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Yogurt and banana works wonders for my hair. even mayo and avocado..and any hot oil massage ofcourse

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

i hav used the egg and yoghurt pack…works wow :)

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Soujanya May 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Very informative article…I had a doubt, for the oil massage followed by egg+curd pack. I should not wash off the oil? I mean apply egg+cud on already oiled hair? How to wash it off then? :P

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

first the oil massge and then the pack….wash off with the help of normal water and shampoo :)

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Soujanya May 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thank you :) I will try this weekend! :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

hope u like them meow…! btw, love the name ‘meow’ :P :P

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Arja May 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

any tips on how to get rid of the eggy smell? :P I love the protein treatment egg provides to the hair shaft but afterwards ppl do tend to sit a million miles away from me and my hair XD a wash of scented shampoo and tea water ? :P do suggest something :P and what`s the deal with beer being good for gloss in the hair ?

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

an issue it is indeed! me too sick of it! :( heard dat adding lemon juice tends to lessen the smell but i havnt tried out personally….
beer is grt for hair, can be used as a rinse or used in shampoo while washing hair :)

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shajeela May 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

yaar i’m yet to find the cantharidine oil in chennai. Any chennaites found this :(

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Nithi May 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

S.. You can get it from Super Market in Anna nagar.
Near Grand Siam restuarant..

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indrani May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Informative POST Somreeta somehow i cant tolerate the smell of eggs on my hair so instead of applying i take eggs internally

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Sukanya May 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Love your posts Somreeta ! they are such a help :puchi: :)

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Anushka May 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I cannot stress this enough.
Everyone should go to their local medicine store and buy fish oil supplements.
I used to always get pimples during that time of the month , and after starting with the tablets ive gotten 2 in 4 months.
it worked for me. And also made my hair and nails stronger :)

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Maharani September 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Add castor oil in the list. Its very nourishing.

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mayuri October 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

For me half a cup of beer in 1 litre of water as an after rinse after washing my hair with shampoo works wonders on my hair

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Somreeta Mukherjee May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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