The Secret To Super-Soft Strands

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We all want hair that feels as soft as silk, but when it comes to conditioners, it’s essential to take your hair type into consideration.

Heavy conditioners contain thick, emollient-rich ingredients that can leave some hair types-especially fine, thin or oily hair-limp and weighed down, hindering its ability to be styled and making it too soft.

In most cases, thick conditioners are best for those with course, curly, damaged or chemically treated hair because they deposit just the right amount of moisture, so hair feels soft yet manageable. These hair types tend to be devoid of much-needed moisture since the hair cuticle becomes porous and weathered.

So what ingredients should you use in your quest for perfect softness? Look for natural oils like that of avocado, aloe vera, ceramides, proteins (combined with oil or lipids since protein alone can be too drying), dimethicone, fatty alcohols, amino acids, and vitamins E and B5 (panthenol). These all contribute to shiny, hydrated hair.

Meanwhile, shampoos and conditioners that promise to add body or volume can counteract softness.

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