I’m not sure why, but I’ve never really bothered with hair care brand Redken. I bought their Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment many years ago, but didn’t see any improvement, so haven’t bought anything else from their line since.
Way back in November, (I wish I could rewind, and enjoy Christmas all over again), there was a sample of Redken’s All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner given away as a magazine insert. I always try to make use of these freebies, because you never know when you might stumble upon a little gem.
REDKEN ALL SOFT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Formulated with Redken’s Silk-Luxe Complex, All Soft Shampoo contains a unique combination of ingredients.
Gold camelina adds luminosity and lustre, avocado oil restores moisture and provides replenishment, olive oil intensely conditions your hair and silk amino acids counterbalance any loss of protein.
Redken’s unique Interbond Conditioning System combined with Silk-Luxe Complex will give your dry or brittle hair a renewed texture and strength to leave your locks beautifully sleek and with a brilliant shine.
As usual, the measly amount of product in the sachets was barely enough for a decent wash and condition.
My hair didn’t feel particularly smooth when I was washing it and I couldn’t detect any ‘coating’ from the conditioner, or a particular scent. However, when my hair was dry it was silky, shiny and yes, definitely softer and this is after a mere spoonful of product.
I thought perhaps it was the after effects of my beloved Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner, but no, I had the same result using All Soft without any styling products.
I was impatient to try the shampoo and conditioner properly and instead of buying online, I went to a hair salon and paid way over the odds for the full-sized versions – never buy hair products this way, you’ll be royally fleeced.
These two All Soft products have genuinely transformed my hair. I know I should probably use a cleansing shampoo to get rid of build up after using the same products for this length of time, but I can’t stand the thought of of a bad hair day; I’m too used to my hair being silky and shiny.
They are other All Soft hair care products in the line, but I’ve resisted because at last count, I have over 40 hair masks, creams, serums and treatments (which means my hair either looks absolutely amazing, or horrible because it’s too bogged down with product). Plus, I’ve made a promise to myself not to buy any new hair products this year.*
Redken is horribly expensive. I’m ashamed to admit how much I paid for my first two full-sized bottles, but you can get them for about £10.00 each (which is still steep of course), if you do a little research i.e. AllBeauty, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic etc.
Obviously, the oils in the formulations contribute to the softness, but if used sparingly, you’ll achieve softness without greasiness – plus you’ll get more for your money.
You don’t need to use any styling products, in fact I would recommend that you don’t. I applied Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Overnight Ultimate Hair Healer the night before and admittedly, although my hair was the silkiest and shiniest it’s ever been, my hair was floppy and the tiniest bit greasy at the end of the night.
I should also point out that hair won’t really hold a style, it will have a bit of body, but mostly, it’ll be all swishy and swingy.
MY LAST HAIR CARE BUY IN 2016*
OK, because I was so impressed with Redken, I bought another product, although not from the All Soft line. What a huge mistake and waste of money that was! I was seduced by a gimmick. Details and a disappointed review coming your way soon.
I highly recommend All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner especially for older, drier hair that’s been subject to years of dyeing and styling.