Chewing gum. That's how the lovely hair stylist described my hair. Like stringy, sticky chewing gum. OH THE SHAME.
I'm not great when it comes to visiting a salon anyway. The whole experience is slightly like torture to me. Small talk, decision making, bright lights, tiny glasses of water and cups of tea that you don't quite manage to drink. Just the thought of booking in for a chop makes me anxious. I put it off and off and off, meaning that when I eventually do go I repeat the same line over and over again 'I know it's in a state and I should have come in months ago… I'm very sorry'. I mean, I actually sit and APOLOGISE to the hairdresser. I'm a pretty confident individual when it comes to most areas in life, I'll take charge I'll ask for what I want and usually I'll get it. However when it comes to the hairdressers I feel completely out of my depth. I've got a similar issue when it comes to the Doctor's Surgery. I'm not sure if it's due to the universal rule that seems to mean that only Satan's mistresses can work at the reception (in my experience anyway), but I tend to feel like I don't have the right to be sick, like I'm just a big nuisance. Anyone else get that?
ANYWAY… Setting aside my 'issues' let's get back to the business of my 'hubba bubba' barnet.
If you've been with me for a while you'll know I'm no stranger to dyes and bleach. My poor hair has been somewhat mistreated over the years and so really its not surprising that what with the various chemicals it's been made to endure and the lack of a regular trim, my ends came to resemble a masticated stick of Wrigley's. Urgh.
I knew I needed to take action. Serious action. First things first, I had a couple of inches *EEK* lopped off the bottom. Not an easy decision for any girl to make I'm sure you'll agree? But needs must my little chums! The next step was trawling the interweb for info on the best leave-in conditioners out there targeted at fine dry hair and the one that came out on top comparing ratings/price was Redken's All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream Spray.
At nearly £17 this stuff is pretty pricey, however in the past I've tried various less expensive 'high street' brands but not found anything that I really felt made a difference to the lusciousness of my locks. Guess what… you get what you pay for.
This stuff is the absolute bomb. Hand on heart, cross fingers, hope to die, on my Father's non-existent eyebrows (seriously the dude has a hairless forehead region), I do not know what I'd do without it now. It's the sort of product that you repurchase before you've finished your current bottle, just to ensure that you don't have to go a day without it.
I spritz this into towel dried hair (before a heat protectant midst, should I be doing some hot styling), comb through and the result is incredible. Soft, shiny, manageable hair that doesn't feel or look weighted down (I'm forever endeavouring to create volume and body). It's bloody marvellous.
As and added bonus my day two hair is far more workable now, it looks less greasy at the roots and the ends less resemble a tumbleweed.
If you're looking for a leave-in conditioner and you can afford to splash the cash then I'd highly recommend this stuff. Two thumbs-up Redken!
Whilst hitting 'add to basket' on the All Soft Supple Touch I figured I'd take a look into what Redken had to offer by way of hair masks. I mean what good is a first class foundation without a top notch moisturiser?
After a quick pursue of what was on offer I went for the Extreme Strength Builder. Again not cheap at around £20. But not ghastly expensive. Worth it? Well the jury is out. Frankly my dears I'm just not sure. Yes… I feel like my hair does seem to feel / look in better condition when I use this (which I do about once a week), its certainly easier to get a comb through when wet. When it comes to generally improving the state of my hair however I'm on the fence. It's good. But it's not great. That's my experience anyway. It has fantastic reviews online, women are gushing over this thing. Maybe it's just not for me? I'm a big believer that what works for one person might not necessarily work for another. My continuing battle with my skin and countless purchases of other's 'Holy Grail' status acne battling products that ended up half-used in the bin taught me that little lesson. If you got the dolla to splurge then yeah, give it a go, maybe it'll be your wonder product, maybe my hair is just beyond help. Ha!
So there you have it my loves. A big yes and a sort of maybe wavering on the positive. If you've skipped to the end of this post (I don't blame you, I do waffle on at times), then here's your run down…
ALL SOFT = BIG FAT YES WITH BELLS ON.
EXTREME STRENGTH BUILDER = MEH.
Got that? xxx