Get Softer, Silkier Strands…Stat!
Sometimes the simplest things reap the biggest rewards. Case in point: These quick (some literally take two seconds!), pro tips for scoring silkier, shinier tresses.
DIY: Egg yolks, olive oil, coconut oil, or a vinegar rinse (mix with water and a spoonful of olive oil) help to silken and soften strands by naturally balancing pH levels.
Run cool:“Rinse with cold water; it seals the cuticle and stops it from being raised, thus losing moisture and creating frizz,” says hairstylist and Redken Brand Ambassador Rodney Cutler.
Skip fast food: Consume a high percentage of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, like almonds, avocado and olive oil. Eat foods rich in Omega-3 (like salmon or trout), or take supplements that contain essential fatty acids. These beauty foods help to quell scalp inflammation, while nourishing hair follicles.
Comb over: ”Comb through your hair in the shower when your conditioner is in, starting from roots to ends with a large-tooth comb,” says Cutler. “This way you won’t create a knot or tangle build up and your hair will be much smoother afterward.”
Change your pillowcases: Satin or silk pillow covers are known to save hair from tangles and breakage. Plus, they absorb some of the excess oil in your hair, so you wake up with smoother, bouncier bed head.
Turn down the heat: “The less heat the better—try using a dry shampoo (like Redken’s Powder Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder/Dry Shampoo) in between blow-dry’s to make it last a few days longer,” says Cutler. “You’ll find it starts to actually look better on day two and day three, and you’ll give your hair a break from the heat of the blow-dryer.”
Nourish while you sleep: “Try leaving a serum or leave-in conditioner in your hair overnight. Redken’s All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care oil works great for this,” says Cutler. “Apply on wet or dry hair from mid-lengths to ends, concentrating on the ends, and pin loosely back.”