I’m trying to do a cleanup of all my spring/summer products to make room for new stuff I’ll get for the winter months, and in doing so I’ve realized that not only am I product junkie, I’m a completist too! I have what I call a “hair product graveyard” – I have at least one of every type of shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, and treatment you can imagine. I think the reason I have so much stuff is because when I try something from a line of hair products, I like to get all the accompanying products in the same line too. The most irritating thing in the world is when I invest the money in an entire line, but one or more of the products just don’t do it for me. The Redken All Soft line is one such example of this, and particularly the leave-in Supple Touch spray.
When I was working at Ulta, Redken’s All Soft line was by far the most purchased group of products in the entire store (save for maybe Pureology’s Hydrate line, which is ironic because they’re both owned by the same parent company, L’oreal). People would buy the shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, and oil in bulk quantities, but I hardly ever saw people buying the Supple Touch spray. It is also very difficult to find reviews on this stuff, despite the popularity of the rest of the line and the thousands upon thousands of reviews that can be found on those products.
Now I understand why.
I should’ve taken other people’s hesitation towards buying it as a warning sign and left the ST alone, but I was buying the rest of the All Soft line and, me being me, I had to have the ST too. It costs about $16.50, which isn’t terrible for a 6oz bottle but I personally didn’t find it to be worth the money.
Now I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I couldn’t figure out when to use this in conjunction with the other products in the line, so I tried a variety of ways. I used the accompanying shampoo and conditioner (which I love so much that I bought them in liter sizes) and spritzed some of the ST on damp hair after towel drying. My hair felt sticky. The following day, I spritzed the ST on second-day hair to see if I would have better results. Yeah, no. This time my hair felt sticky AND weighed down. The day after that, I washed my hair again with shampoo and conditioner, waited for my hair to air dry, and spritzed the ST over my now completely dried hair. Ew. My brush literally got stuck where I sprayed the ST, and I’m pretty sure the product like, congeals once it’s in your hair because it made clumps of my hair stick together regardless of what method I used before spraying it. As a ditch effort I figured maybe the product was just really concentrated and tried spraying it on my hands and working it through my hair, and even THAT didn’t work. Yikes.
I tried everything I could think of, and never got good results, so I ultimately ended up throwing this stuff in my product graveyard and never used it again. It’s really a shame that the ST didn’t work, because the main products in the All Soft line are so worthwhile and do a fantastic job at softening even the most damaged hair.
I’m going to look at this little mishap as a life lesson: just because a line has multiple products, doesn’t mean all of them are actually good. Words for me, and every other product junkie, to live by.