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4 No-Effort Ways To Make Your Hair So Much Softer

30 January 2019
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor

As winter blossoms into spring, there’s only one hair goal on our minds: softer, more beautiful locks. If you’re like us, the icy winter wind and dry air can mean crunchy-feeling strands just begging for rejuvenation.

Who has time to do a major hair overhaul when there’s spring cleaning to be tackling? Not us. Instead, we’re offering a handful of no-effort ways to tweak your hair routine and reap the benefits of softer, more touchable hair. Learning how to get soft hair will take just a few minutes of your time.

What causes dry or brittle hair?

To attain soft hair, you have to understand the obstacles holding you back. Rodney Cutler, Redken ambassador and celebrity stylist, has seen hundreds of women suffering from brittle strands over the years. He thinks that a lack of education is what keeps so many women feeling unhappy with their manes.

First, it’s crucial to identify the problems your hair is facing.

‘Dry’ hair refers specifically to a lack of moisture, while ‘damaged’ hair can include a range of issues, from split ends, fragility, and breakage to dryness...When you damage your hair, you compromise its integrity.

Rodney Cutler

According to Cutler, dry hair often happens as a result of external stressors like climate. Damage can happen as a result of color application, hot tools, or improper styling techniques.

In order for hair to look and feel soft, it must be properly moisturized and cared for. That brings us to our soft hair styling tips. You’ll want to jot these down.

Start with the right brush.

Have you ever tried to cut an apple with a butter knife? Whether it was an act of desperation because all your paring knives were dirty or due to sheer laziness, you may have attempted to slice the crisp fruit with a dull knife blade. We’re willing to bet you didn’t have much success because a butter knife simply isn’t designed to take on apples.

The same idea goes for hair brushes. Paddles brushes enable quick drying, while round brushes hold hair in place and provide tension for blowouts. Picks create volume, but combs detangle. Each tool has a specific purpose.

“[The wrong brush] angles and pulls at the hair while drying, causing it to stretch and break,” Cutler says.

If you’re in doubt about the brushes needed to maintain and style your cut, your stylist is an excellent source of knowledge. Make sure you know what’s needed before leaving the chair.

Use a hair care system that’s designed for maximum softness.

If softness is your chief concern, it’s worth investing in a hair care system designed to support that goal. From Redken, we love the All Soft and All Soft Mega collections.

“Often products aim at either a cosmetic goal—how your hair looks and feels—or a long-term goal for the integrity of the hair,” Cutler explains. “This product does both, so you will notice an immediate difference in the feel of your hair and will improve your hair health over time. You will see an immediate result in the improved feel and integrity of your hair.”

To help you meet your hair goals, the Redken All Soft system provides moisture and shine for normal to dry/brittle hair while All Soft Mega system intensely nourishes and revives even severely dry, coarse hair.

“Great hair starts with great hair care,” Cutler adds. “When you shampoo and condition, it’s a chance to restore moisture to the hair and provide it with important nutrients needed to keep hair soft and healthy-looking. Redken’s All Soft Mega Shampoo and Conditioner contain the specially-formulated Root Core Tip (RCT) Protein Complex.”

With your whole strand moisturized from root to tip, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

To retain softness, play it safe with styling.

Only rookies think that hair care ends once you’ve stepped out of the shower. Styling is where the real work of changing habits begins.

“Poor styling habits and techniques are the most damaging and distressing for hair,” Cutler explains. “Preventing damage and moisture loss is key!”

Start by applying a heat protectant, ensuring that it protects up to the temperature you’ll be blow drying at. Then, work with a paddle or round brush to dry your hair. Cutler advocates a technique called directional styling. Essentially, you’ll be using the concentrator nozzle on your hair dryer to blow the air down the shaft instead of directly at it. This ensures a closed hair cuticle, which means softer-feeling, shinier-looking hair.

Treat your hair to TLC.

Cutler is quick to note that not all brittle and dry hair is caused by mistakes you’re making. Some people have hair that’s naturally dry. If that’s the case, a regular deep conditioning treatment can make all the difference in the softness of your strands.

“Dryness is the result of a lack of moisture in the hair,” he says. “A deep conditioning treatment like Redken’s All Soft Mega Mask, is key to both treating and helping to improve the look of dry hair. I recommend using once a week.”

If you need more than just a mask, Cutler recommends All Soft Mega Hydramelt. The product is a a moisturizing lotion leaves hair moisturized but not weighted down. The lightweight formula provides increased softness, manageability, control and shine.

Armed with these tips, you’ll face the world with softer—and more beautiful—hair.

Stock up.


Got a trip to the salon in your future and an itch to load up your product arsenal at home? Keep reading for a few of our favorite formulas that can help you on your journey to soft hair.


Biolage SmoothProof Shampoo


Just say no to frizz with Biolage’s SmoothProof Shampoo. Like nature’s water-resistant camellia, SmoothProof provides humidity control and anti-frizz smoothness even in 97 percent humidity when used as a system of shampoo, conditioner, and serum. It’ll leave you with smoothly polished hair you can be proud of.


Biolage SmoothProof Shampoo, $18.00 MSRP


Biolage SmoothProof Conditioner


For the best results, always pair your shampoo with its complementary conditioner. If beating frizz is your ultimate goal, Biolage SmoothProof Conditioner is what you need.


Biolage SmoothProof Conditioner, $19.00 MSRP


Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Shampoo


If it’s damage that’s keeping your hair from feeling like a silky angel’s mane, let Shu Uemura Art of Hair come to your rescue. Its Ultimate Reset system is designed specifically for hair that’s been very damaged by bleach, color, perm, or straightening. This shampoo gently removes impurities while fortifying and beautifying hair when used with the line’s conditioner. After washing, your hair will be purified and feel strengthened. Couldn’t we all use extra-strong hair in our lives?


Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Shampoo, $48.00 MSRP


Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Conditioner


No shampoo is complete without its complementary conditioner. Infused with Japanese-sourced rice extract renowned for its protecting virtues, this conditioner deeply repairs the fiber from roots to tips, helping protect hair against breakage when used with the line’s shampoo.

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Conditioner, $58.00 MSRP

Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique


How are you supposed to attain soft, beautiful-looking hair if you can’t even get your mane under control? Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique can help. This smoothing taming milk provides blow-dry care for unruly hair.


Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique, $37.00 MSRP


Pureology Soft Finish Flexible Hold Hairspray

If your hair is prone to tangles, try a flexible hairspray to lock it in place. Pureology Soft Finish Flexible Hold Hairspray is perfect for your work purse or gym bag—no hair emergencies here!

Pureology Soft Finish Flexible Hold Hairspray, $37.00 MSRP


Mizani Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Hair Serum


Curly girls have earned the right to smooth, sleek hair that’s all about the glossy texture—even if you’re heat styling it. To ensure your hair stays soft whether it’s curly or straight, try Mizani’s Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Hair Serum.

Formulated for curl types six to eight (read: tighter, coarser curls), Mizani Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Smoothing Serum works overtime to leave you with beautiful, salon-quality style.

Mizani Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Hair Serum, $20.00 MSRP


For personalized advice about masking damage or achieving softer hair, use our salon locator to book a consultation with a stylist near you.


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