How to Get Super Soft, Silky Hair

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It’s always super satisfying to run our fingers through soft hair, but because of factors like hair damage, hair type, or environmental factors such as wind and cold weather, our strands aren't always as silky as we’d like them to be. Whether your hair suddenly feels brittle and dry or it's lifeless because of a long, harsh winter, Redken has you covered with tips and tricks to give your hair the moisture boost it's craving. Read on to discover how to get the soft, silky hair of your dreams .

Finding the Right Haircare Regimen

Soft hair starts in the shower, but it certainly doesn't end there. From using the right haircare products to protecting your strands from environmental factors, we've rounded up the all our best tips for achieving softer hair. 

Choose Products for Dry & Damaged Hair

Redken 2022 All Soft Comparison Table

The right product makes all the difference. To address dry, brittle hair and promote healthy, moisturized hair, Redken created the All Soft line. Made with powerful, nurturing ingredients, the collection covers all your haircare needs, from shampoo and conditioner to restorative masks, leave-in treatments, and hair oils. When used together you'll experience soft, shiny hair from root to tip.

As always, Redken's products are powered by science. This collection is formulated with a range of restorative and intentional ingredients, from softening Argan Oil and hydrating Aloe Vera to moisture-sealing Hyaluronic Acid. For softer, silkier hair that looks and feels healthier, shop the All Soft collection.

Pay Attention to Key Ingredients


For severely dry hair, it's important to avoid drying ingredients and prioritize hydration. While every All Soft product is formulated with moisturizing ingredients, each individual product features different benefits for your hair. For instance, let's take the latest addition to the All Soft family: The Moisture Restore Leave-In Treatment. This hair primer is powered by hyaluronic acid, making it one of our strongest formulas yet.

So, what does hyaluronic acid do for your hair? Glad you asked! We spoke with dermatologist Dr. Mian to help explain this important ingredient. 

"Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, a substance found naturally in our bodies that retains and preserves moisture. When applied to skin, it works by retaining water and drawing moisture to skin’s surface. When applied to hair, hyaluronic acid helps hair follicles lock in and retain moisture, revitalizing dry and damaged hair."


Not only does this ingredient help hair follicles retain moisture, it also hydrates the scalp. As she explains, "the humectant molecules in the formula attract and bind moisture to the scalp, preventing dry scalp and allowing collagen to thrive on skin."

A moisturized scalp not only prevents dandruff, it also promotes a healthy environment for hair growth. The All Soft Moisture Restore formula will help your strands retain moisture without oversaturating, which in turn can help reduce hair loss. 

This ingredient helps make our new leave-in one of the most restorative treatments for dry, brittle hair. Paired with Argan Oil, this formula traps moisture molecules and seals the hair cuticle barrier, retaining moisture and balancing your hair pH. By sealing the hair cuticle, this treatment also prevents excess moisture and humidity from causing unwanted frizz or curl shrinkage.

Don't shampoo every day

Overwashing your hair can strip your scalp of natural oils, which create a moisturizing barrier on your scalp. Instead, determine how often you should wash your hair depending on how quickly your roots turn greasy.  If your hair is only moderately dry, reach for All Soft Softening Shampoo. If you experience extreme dryness, use All Soft Mega Moisturizing Shampoo

Condition your hair daily


By introducing moisture, conditioner makes hair silky and smooth. In the shower, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends, avoiding the roots, where hair is the newest. (If you frequently color your hair or have damage, feel free to bring the conditioner all the way up to the root—just be sure to rinse thoroughly). For normal to dry hair, use All Soft Softening Conditioner. If you have severely dry or coarse hair, use All Soft Mega Moisturizing Conditioner. Once you rinse, you’ll have soft hair that is more manageable and easier to comb through. 

Use A Weekly Treatment for Dry Hair


For an extra boost of softness and shine, hair treatments, oils, masks and creams can be used in addition to your shampoo and conditioner. Adding a hair treatment for dry hair to your weekly regimen will help lock in and retain moisture, improving the overall health of your hair.

If All Soft Moisture Restore isn't for you, the All Soft Heavy Cream Mask offers deep conditioning for dry, brittle hair while controlling frizz. For supreme dryness, try the All Soft Mega Hydramelt, a lightweight, leave-in lotion that conditions and hydrates coarse hair, improving manageability, control and shine.  

"Hydramelt is a must-have to use after the shower." says Pinneo, "It helps seal in moisture while adding softness and shine."

PRO TIP:  If your hair is feeling especially dry after winter and needs an extra boost of moisture, rub a small dab of Hydramelt in your palms and run it through the ends on dry styled hair. This will help your hair stay hydrated in between shampoos.

According to Redken Artist Veronica Ridge, your stylist can also moisturize your hair during your appointment to help make your styling routine easier. “A system like All Soft Mega can help make the hair feel more pliable and manageable. If your stylist uses All Soft Mega on your severely dry hair during your appointment, it can be easier style it at home. This will allow you to use less heat on your hair and avoid over-styling which may help you achieve longer-lasting color results and healthier hair. It all comes full circle,” she explains.

Using a hair treatment for dry hair once a week will help lock in and retain moisture, improving the overall health of your hair.

Give Your Heat Styling Products A Break

Heat styling tools like hair dryers, curling irons or flat irons can do a number on your strands, resulting in dull, dry, brittle hair. Air-dry whenever you can, but if you must heat style, use a heat protectant to prevent further damage and add shine. The new All Soft Moisture Restore Leave-In is the ideal heat protecting hair primer for heat styling, especially if you have dry hair. 

So, What's the Difference Between All Soft and All Soft Mega?


To address the needs of all hair types, we expanded the All Soft collection to include All Soft Mega. Not sure which product is right for you?

Redken’s All Soft collection is best for people looking to add moisture and shine to normal or dry, brittle hair and who have a normal to medium hair type. The line, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatments, features Argan Omega-3 Complex, a hair moisturizer.

Redken’s All Soft Mega collection, an extension of the All Soft line, is ideal for those with severely dry, coarse hair, or hair that’s been damaged due to chemical services or heat styling. This range provides more intense nourishment. The line, which also has a shampoo, conditioner and treatments, contains cactus extract, aloe vera and saca inchi oil—all ingredients that promote hair hydration and growth. Because of the powerful formula, All Soft Mega is also great for those with curly hair looking to keep their curls moisturized.

"Think of All Soft Mega as that giant glass of water you need when you are feeling dehydrated." says Redken Artist Kyle Pinneo, "All Soft Mega is Redken's most hydrating line and will not only help replenish your hair's moisture, but the key ingredients will also help the hair retain that moisture."

In short, it all comes down to your hair type and needs. While All Soft addresses normal to dry hair in need of softness, All Soft Mega is a more moisturizing collection meant for those with severely dry, coarse hair. This powerful formula is made especially for those with medium to coarse hair types. For those with normal to medium hair types, All Soft will work wonders.

Not sure which hair products to use for your hair type? Check out our Hair Diagnostic Tool for some guidance. 

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