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I like my tresses long, blonde and straight. Bearing in mind that my hair is naturally light brown and wavy, in order to achieve my desired look, I subject it to unthinkable tortures (highlights, tints, heat styling...). I invest a great deal of time, effort and money to keep it long and thick. Having tried various upmarket brands, I always come back to Redken.
I chose the Extreme range as it was specifically created for damaged hair. The products in this range come in bottles and tubs of various shapes and sizes coloured a dark, vibrant blue. I wouldn't say my bottle looks particularly premium, but it certainly looks chic and simple, which is often the case with more expensive brands.
The shampoo itself is white and quite thick. It has a pleasant fruity smell with a hint of vanilla. I noticed the smell does linger in my hair for hours, but I also use the leave-in treatment from the same range. I enjoy washing my hair with this shampoo as it lathers up nicely and I don't use a lot to get my hair lovely and clean. Often it seems like there is no need for a conditioner as my hair feels soft and smooth after shampooing.
I know it is recommended to use a shampoo and conditioner or hair masque by the same brand to get the full benefits, but I have a huge collection of conditioning treatments and like to change them weekly. So you really don't have to purchase a Redken Anti-snap conditioner to use after the shampoo as any good hair masque will do. After washing, conditioning and towel drying my hair, I apply some Redken Anti-snap Leave in Treatment (which is amazing, by the way!) and let my tresses dry naturally. I then attack them with GHDs and that's how I get super soft, shiny, healthy looking hair!
Please remember that it will take a few washes before you notice good results. As with any hair product, you have to allow it to work its magic. I can honestly say that the condition of my hair has never been better (except, of course, when I had untouched natural hair). I know that this shampoo may seem expensive at around £14, but it is worth it, especially if you are trying to go against nature and alter the colour and texture of your hair. Also, using the anti-snap range is a great way to promote healthy hair growth. Fewer split ends and less breakage will guarantee maximum length achieved in minimum time.
I have had a lot of problems lately with my hair in terms of colouring it and with using straightners it has caused a lot of breaking. My hair doesn't look unhealthy in person but from a hairdresser's point of view, it wasn't in the best condition and needed repaired. I am not really someone who buys into hairdresser products but for this problem I think I was going to have to pay more if I ever wanted to colour it again. They always offer to do treatments in the salon but these are pricey and I never really know if they work. There are so many proper hairdressing brands but I settled for Redken as they are used in my salon and have a great reputation.
Redken was founded in 1960 by an American actress called Paula Kent. They became big as a company by introducing the concept of protein reconditioning. They soon started to develop patented technologies which they now have up to 60 of worldwide. So on, they built up a brand which today is worldwide known and salon trusted with many salon's choosing to use Redken as their key line of products.
The packaging of the shampoo is quite nice as all the different sub ranges of Redken are colour packaged so that you know where you are buying them from. The range I have been using is the 'Extreme' range which is in the blue bottles. They are in a royal blue plastic bottle which is easy to see the levels of. The front of the bottle just has the Redken logo on it, it comes in a 300ml bottle which is actually not a bad size compared to other brands. The Extreme range is particularly aimed at distressed hair.
On the back it states that Redken Extreme Shampoo gently cleanses and helps restore distressed hair. Its exclusive Interbond Conditioning System gives a unique 3D Repair Complex of proteins, ceramides and liquids to help give strength, cuticle reinforcement and protective resurfacing. It aims to make the hair look healthy again, shiny and manageable. This is a lot of promises which I did hope that my shampoo would aim to do but it was a matter of putting it to the test. Before using the shampoo I had been using the Redken fuel treatments in the Extreme range which are small tubes you break open and leave in your hair for up to 10 minutes to let it take effect and they did leave my hair more manageable.
The shampoo is quite a thick one which is different from most I have used it has a thicker consistency and smells just like a salon with that lightly fruity scent to it which I love as it reminds me of being at the hairdresser. If you lift up the lid and pour about a 2p coin sized amount into your palm and then run it quickly under the water then apply to the hair on your first shampoo it should lather up very quickly. I found this unusual because normally on first shampoo it tends not to lather up so much whereas this one did and it really covered all of my hair as I really intensely rubbed it in and gave my hair a good wash as the fruity aroma engulfed the shower.
I then did a second shampoo which again I massaged right into the hair the second time it seemed to be an even better clean. Now, I am basing my results on using this for about 3-4 weeks as on one wash you can't really give an honest opinion as no shampoo gives instant results after one wash, well that's what I personally feel. As said before, my hair was slightly full of split ends and was quite dry looking and had lost it shine somewhat with colouring it. After using this for about a month I have definitely noticed my hair has less split ends and is also a lot smoother to touch, it does not feel as dry at all and really does look healthier with the shine having been restored. My hair also has a lot more movement and body which has really made me a lot happier and just the general fact that the split ends are no longer as obvious makes this product worth the money.
Now, you can buy Redken Extreme Shampoo in all Redken salons but salon prices do tend to vary depending on what they charge. I buy mine from Regis hairdressing stores which are located all over the UK and my shampoo cost me a steep £10.73 but I have nearly used it for a month and still have a very full bottle so in that case it hasn't been too much of a loss as far as I'm concerned. I have seen online deals for this if you Google around getting it for about £8 odd with free delivery but I just needed mine urgently and wasn't too bothered.
Not only does Redken do the Extreme range but also they do:
LIGHT BLUE BOTTLES: Clear moisture range for normal to dry hair with weightless moisture.
DEEP RED BOTTLES: Colour extend to seal in vibrancy and keep coloured hair healthy.
GREY BOTTLES: Body full to give volume to fine hair and long lasting fullness and shine.
YELLOW BOTTLES: Blonde glam to reinforce colour and shine and strength.
BROWN BOTTLES: Smooth down to enrich tame and dry hair with intense smoothness.
TURQUOISE BOTTLES: Fresh curls to control frizz and moisturise curly hair.
WHITE BOTTLES: Scalp relief to target scalp solutions, to soothe and protect.
GOLD BOTTLES: All soft to provide softness, manageability and moisturise dry brittle hair
PURPLE BOTTLES: Real control for nourishing and replenishing dry hair to give it shine.
ORANGE BOTTLES: Color Extend Sun to protect hair from UV light and replenish colour and stressed hair in sun.
For more information on Redken and their salons and products and treatments go to http://www.redken.co.uk
Gently cleanse and repair your excessively dry, brittle and damaged hair / This fantastic shampoo will leave it supple and manageable /