“ Brand: Redken / in hair treatment / Type: Hair Treatment „
I've had this hair treatment for a while, after being talked into buying it by a hairdresser I visited who'd used it during my haircut causing me to fall in love with the smell of it. I must have been feeling flush at the time, well actually I think I hadn't realised how expensive it would be and I can remember flinching when she told me how much it all came to. Live and learn......
As it turns out, it was actually a very good investment because that was over a year ago and I still have loads of this left. The treatment is a leave-in thermal softening hair treatment, which is designed to improve the condition of your hair by restoring softness, improving texture, and minimising heat damage.
The treatment comes in a beige/brown coloured bottle, with a black lid which works on a pump mechanism. The pump is lockable so if you want to take it with you on holiday it shouldn't leak in the suitcase. The pump dispenses the product easily, and is useful when you have wet hands because you don't have to mess about with fiddly lids. This product is very classy looking, and it looks expensive if that's possible?!
The hairdresser gave me some advice regarding the use of this treatment. She said I would only need a tiny amount (one pump, two for long hair) so that it didn't make my hair look greasy, and it was to be applied to damp hair and then I could style my hair as usual. She also said not to use it too often because it lasts three to four days. Whether this was a sales technique or not I couldn't say because it doesn't mention this on the packaging.
I use this product probably once a week, sometimes less. I love the feel of my hair after using this, it feels and looks noticeably smoother and those frizzy flyaway hairs are nowhere to be seen. The smell is divine, it smells like a floral perfume, and the smell does stay on your hair for a day or so. When I apply this product, it doesn't feel like it's going to do much, only because I apply so little of it, but sometimes less is more, and this is one product that does really work. It leaves your hair soft, sleek and smooth. I notice the effects wearing off after a couple of days, but I don't like to use it too often, mainly because of the price, so I use cheaper alternatives alongside this product.
The other thing I like about this product is that it doesn't feel heavy on your hair, in fact you barely notice it's there apart from the smell. I sometimes find that leave-in treatments make my hair greasy and feeling weighed down, but this one is very natural feeling and you only notice it because of the condition of your hair and the lovely smell.
As mentioned before, I still have half a bottle of this left which makes the pricetag a little easier to justify. I can't remember exactly how much I spent on this product, but I'm sure it was in the region of £15. After doing some research online it can be found on various websites, the cheapest I have seen it is £12.
As my hair is quite thick, usually my hairdresser will apply some styling products before and after blow drying it, to tame it a little. I had noticed that the product range which my hairdresser seemed to use, was the All Soft range by Redken, as all the Redken range happens to be sold in my hairdressers too. After towel drying, the product applied was the Redken All Soft Velvet Whip treatment, which it says on the bottle is to soften the hair.
I recently purchased this product for myself after it had been used on my hair, as I was always impressed with how it left my hair feeling (and smelling) after my hairdresser had applied it to my hair. I purchased this for £15 for a 150ml bottle, however if you look online you can get it slightly cheaper than that. I tend to use this on my hair for special occasions, or when I just want to make my hair look and smell that extra bit nice.
It is very easy to work through the hair as it has a thin consistency, and I do so by following the methods of my hairdresser. The bottle contains a pump-style applicator, and about 2/3 pumps are sufficient per use. It says on the back to "apply to towel dried hair, leave in and style as usual" which is how my hairdresser does this, only I find it's best to apply more to the mid-lengths and ends rather that applying to much at the roots otherwise it may end up looking greasy. Having said that, it certainly does melt into the hair quite easily, and you can't see any trace of it after blow drying, although you certainly can smell it! I would describe the smell as being like a sweet shampoo mixed with the smell of a nice hand cream. It's not a fruity smell, but it is still very light and pleasant on the senses.
The packaging is certainly salon worth, as not only does it look swish in my local salon, but it also looks great amongst my products on my shelf. As it is not a cheaper high street brand, it is a little more exquisite with it's design. This particular range is in gold/black, however all the ranges are colour coded. This means if you do happen to buy more than one product from the same range, it will look co-ordinated and professional.
Although £15 is a little pricey for a styling treatment, it certainly is money well spent as far as keeping my hair smooth and smelling nice is concerned. As it is a thermal treatment, it is also ideal for straightening, curling and using rollers which of course require alot of heat to make the style set. It doesn't necessarily offer protection from heat damage, however it is designed to be heat activated so it will make your hair extra soft and luscious when it comes into contact with heat, especially the hairdryer.
As my hairdresser also uses the hair mask as a deep treatment from the same range whenever I have a colour done, the All Soft range by Redken is a brand that I trust will give my hair extra glam. It also helps me to achieve "salon results" when I am at home. As a treat for yourself, I would definitely recommend this!
A while ago when having my hair done, as usual the hairdresser tried to sell me the products she was using. She said she was using Redken's All Soft Velvet Whip on my hair because it was quite dried out and this would add moisture as well as acting as a heat protective barrier when she straightened it. I politely declined to buy it, but after leaving the salon I couldn't stop touching my hair as it was so soft and vowed to buy myself some after all!
The product is described on the bottle as a thermal softening treatment for dry/brittle hair. Given the length of my hair and the fact that it is regularly straightened it is fairly dry and the ends are becoming quite brittle because it needs to be cut again, so my hair should be an ideal candidate for this product!
I must mention that I love the name too: 'Velvet Whip'. It just conjures up images of softness and luxury. Very clever Redken!!
The product comes in a gold bottle with a black pump dispenser. The black pump twists to lock into place, so hopefully there will be no pressing it accidentally. I think the bottle looks quite stylish, and the majority of Redken products are packaged in bottles of a similar shape to this one, so it's easily recognisable as being the Redken brand.
To use, you simply apply the product to towel dried hair and style as usual. It's a leave in product, so there's no need to rinse.
The velvet whip is a white cream and I was pleased to find that it was not too thick, as I've used lots of styling products that are thick and have left my hair feeling weighed down and gunky. Once it's in my hair I simply comb it through and then leave it. It seems to dry (if that's the right word) quite quickly and doesn't leave the hair with a wet look as some others do. You can pretty much put this in and go. You don't need to use much either. The hairdresser recommended just one pump, but as my hair is now longer I tend to use two or three, which still is not a huge amount.
I must admit that when I first started using this, despite my initial good experience with it at the hairdressers, I wasn't impressed. I felt that it didn't really seem to be doing anything for my hair, so I stopped using it for a while.
Over the last few weeks, however, I have began to use it again quite regularly, and my opinion has changed for the better once more. I'm not sure what was different before, but now I've started to notice that super soft silky feeling that I got the first time it was applied by the stylist and whenever I've used this product I can't stop touching my hair because it feels so good!
The velvet whip seems to add a bit of moisture to my dried out hair without making it greasy and gets rid of the coarse feeling my hair tends to have. To me, it makes my hair feel like hair should feel, if that makes any sense!!
It has a lovely smell as well, it's very light and fresh and to me smells quite expensive and luxurious. It actually reminds me a little bit of a Body Shop product I used to use in the 90's but the name of it escapes me - I think it might have been in a purple bottle - moon berry or mulberry or something?? Whatever it is, it's lovely and not too strong or sickly.
Other than making the hair feel soft, this is also a thermal treatment designed to help protect hair from heat damage. To be totally honest, like all products of this nature I find it incredibly difficult to tell if this is protecting my hair or not and I think it would take seriously long term use to be able to say one way or another.
Applying this at night after drying my hair, I find the effects of the product will last between 24 and 48 hours.
I bought this from feelunique.com for £13.10, but the RRP is £15.35 which is what the salons tend to charge. Is that price justifiable for soft hair? Well probably not to be honest, although due to the fact that you don't need to use very much at a time and that the effects are long lasting, this means that even on long hair one bottle should last a very long time, making the price a bit easier to stomach.
If like me, you sometimes find your hair can feel coarse, then this is a lovely product to combat that. It's lightweight, easy to apply, not sticky and really does make hair touchably soft! The main downside is the price, but bear in mind this will last you a long time, and I think it's probably worth it.