Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reaching Extreme Lengths with Redken...

(PR Samples)
Woah! I hadn't realised that it was so long since my last blog post, Bad Beauty Blogger!!!
Anyhow... I was recently sent the Redken 'Extreme Length' Primer & 'Extreme Length' Sealer to test out and have been using them for about a month or so now. 

I have been using the primer religiously with almost every hair wash as I'm out of the Lee Stafford 'Hair Growth Treatment' and figured this would be a good alternative since it basically claims to do the same thing!... ie. make your hair grow supa-dupa long :) But I've only used the sealer a hand-full of times as it's aimed at people with split ends and since getting 3 inches chopped off my hair, it's not really something I'm dealing with right now.
The first thing I noticed about this duo is the snazzy packaging and in particular the striking shade of blue used on the bottle and tube. So so pretty ^_^
Now I know that pretty packaging does not maketh an amazing product, but it certainly does add to the overall package. I tend to be disappointed by dull packaging, and these two are far from dull looking!

I'll start off with the Primer as it's what I've been using the most and have just finished up the bottle.
It comes in a hard 150ml (5fl oz.) bottle with a pump action dispenser which is quite handy when in the shower.
As I mentioned above, I was using this as a replacement for my beloved Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment and while I did like it and how it made my hair feel, it didn't quite give me the same 'Wow' factor I get from my Beloved! Now saying that, it is a really nice hair treatment and easily a lot better than many others I have tried in the past.
This is marketed for 'distressed hair' and the wonder ingredient in this formula is biotin, which supposedly strengthens the hair follicle and encourages hair growth. Though applied topically won't be near as beneficial as taking oral supplements. Either way, Biotin supports and re-enforces keratin, which is the protein that makes up the hair. 
My hair felt healthy and sleek after using this but not quite as lush as it does after using Lee Stafford's offering. It says to leave it on for 2-5 minutes in-between shampooing and conditioning but as with every treatment, I try to leave it on as long as possible and would usually reach closer to 10 minutes! 
Not sure I'd run out to purchase this but I did enjoy it well enough while I was using it.

Next up is the Extreme Lengths Sealer which is a split end treatment for distressed hair. This is basically a leave-in serum that can be applied to either damp or dry hair. It is dispensed through a brush applicator and should be applied throughout the mid-lengths and the ends. I applied wayyyy too much on my first go and it totally weighed my fine hair down and made it sticky and heavy. I applied a lot less next time but I did find that I had to be very careful using the brush applicator as it was just too easy to apply too much product... and for any subsequent applications, I applied the product to my hands and ran through the ends of my hair using my fingers. So the moral of this little story is that I don't love the brush applicator. In regards to the formula itself, it is a thick translucent gel that is again biotin based and despite my complaining of my initial botched attempt, it is really nice when applied sparingly to the very ends of the hair.
I would be more likely to apply the product throughout the mid-lengths of thicker, more coarse hair, but in fine hair like my own, applying it to the ends is more than sufficient.
And on a small side note, I accidentally applied it as a hand cream when needing to find a home for some excess product I had squeezed out and couldn't believe how amazingly soft my skin felt after! Plus it has a really pleasant smell.  
So while we had a slightly rocky start, i have grown rather fond of the sealer, though I'm not applying it after every wash, maybe once a week or so.
It comes in a 50ml (1.7fl oz) squeezy tube with a brush applicator as mentioned above.

Both are available now!

Promising to be a better beauty blogger from now on...

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