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Review: Redken Extreme

[Jen]

Today, I'll be going through some Redken products that I have been using lately. As you would have seen on our Instagram, last November, I decided to dye my long, natural (very healthy) hair - PINK. I have no regrets as my hair colourist was the one-and-only, Kristina Russell from Edwards & Co in Sydney. She really understands hair and colour and really turns my hair into a piece of art. Unfortunately, because of the love I have for colouring my hair, and because I did it so often, my hair had turned very brittle. During one of my visits to Kris (going from pink to silver/purple hair), she recommended I try Redken's Extreme range. This range contains the exclusive IPN (Interlock Protein Network), which brings protein to the core of the hair fiber - and the powerful Fortifying Complex restores internal strength, rebuilds surface protection and helps prevent breakage.

Here, I'll tell you how I personally went with this range.

IMG_9565Shampoo & Conditioner

 For this hair ritual, start off with the shampoo as you would usually do. Massage it through your hair and work it into a lather. Yes, this shampoo does contain Sodium Sulfate so be mindful with coloured hair - don't use it right after you've dyed it.

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CAT & Primer

The CAT is a spray on, rinse-off treatment. Spray it on damp hair starting from the hairline and go all the way down the ends, focusing on the especially damaged areas. Leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse off.

Follow this up with the Redken Extreme Length Primer. This is another rinse-off treatment. Their Extreme Length range has just been released and it is to facilitate, yes, you guessed it, hair growth. I love this product. It is quite concentrated and leaves your hair feeling super soft. Pump about 5-6 pumps of this for medium length hair onto your hand and massage it through all your hair, focusing on the ends. Leave this in for about 5 minutes and then rinse out.

Finish your in-shower regime with the conditioner. You don't have this one in for too long, just massage in and rinse out.

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Anti-Snap & Sealer

Come out of the shower and towel dry your hair. For those of you who are wondering how dry 'towel dry' is, just squeeze the water out of your hair with a towel until it is no longer dripping. Grab the Anti-Snap and put around 6 pumps onto your hands and distribute it evenly through your hair, focusing on the more damaged areas. This product is very light and doesn't weigh down your hair whatsoever. Don't rinse, this is a leave-in treatment.

The sealer is also part of the Extreme Length range. This leave-in product is in the form of a brush, you turn the nozzle and squeeze a little until you can see a little bit of the liquid come out and then evenly brush it through the ends of your hair. Be gentle so that you don't get big clumps of it in only one area (if that does happen, just get a tissue and wipe it off). Again, I love this one as it leaves your hair even more soft and smooth.

IMG_9562All these work so well together. I've been using it for about a month or so now and I can really feel the difference in the quality and strength of my hair. It has gone from being extremely brittle (giant bunches of hair falling out with each wash) to really quite healthy considering how much bleach I have gone through. Kris, thanks for pointing me to this range - it has worked miracles!

See Kristina's work on her Instagram @colorkristina and visit her YouTube channel to see hair video tutorials (I'll be modelling in some videos to come - *excited*).