Start At The Scalp
Soft hair is synonymous with healthy hair and maintaining it starts at the scalp. “Never neglect your scalp,” says Frank Friscioni, co-color director at NYC’s Oon Arvelo Salon. “For your hair, a scalp exfoliator is kind of like what a gentle peel is to your skin — it keeps your hair clean and ready to take in the moisturizing products that come after.”
Use A Strengthening Conditioner
Soft, strong hair might sound like an oxymoron, but it’s the best way to describe healthy hair. At a micro-level, healthy hair fibers should be strong, meaning they’re flexible and don’t break or split. Many colorists recommend Olaplex Bond Maintenance formula to people with color-treated hair, but the strengthening formula can really be effective for anyone looking to soften brittle strands, too.
… Followed By A Leave-In
Heat and color damage can be temporarily softened with a good leave-in mask. We recommend Nook Magic ArganOil Absolute One Leave-In Mask Spray which is a hyper-concentrated multi-action restructuring mask spray. Leave-in. With UV Filter. Formulated with precious active ingredients such as Keratin, Argan Oil Bio-certificate, Macadamia Oil and Oil of Nyamplung. It’s the ideal answer to every need of the hair. All Nook products are cruelty free. Spray over damp hair, comb and style as usual.
Sleep On Silk
Think about rubbing a cotton pillowcase all over your hair. You probably wouldn’t do it willingly because it would give you knots galore, which is exactly what happens when you sleep on a tradition pillowcase. That’s why a silk or satin alternative is a good investment for the softness of your hair. “Silk pillowcases work wonders for all kinds of hair types and textures as they keep the cuticle layer of the hair intact, and don’t cause the friction traditional pillowcases do,” said celebrity hairstylist and Slip spokesperson Jen Atkin.
Handle With Care
Traditional hair elastics — and the yanking and pulling they require — have been found to damage the hair shaft over time. If you’re looking to facilitate overall softness and hair growth, it’s worth grabbing some softer options. These silk scrunchies will tie up your high pony for the gym, or secure your low bun for the beach, without creating breakage or dents. Win-win!