Along regular shampoos that we use every other day, there are some shampoos that are specialized for a certain purpose. Redken offers a cleansing shampoo or rather hair cleansing cream as they call it, that claims to remove all product build up from your scalp that might pile up after weeks of using silicone filled products. Some ingredients like some silicones are not water soluble, and Redken claims that you need this cleansing shampoo to remove them along hard water minerals and copper or iron. The secret ingredients are fruit acids.
The 300 ml large bottle is available for about €16 on feelunique.com and many other beauty supply websites. Because it is recommended for weekly or even monthly use, the bottle should last you a long time. I’ve had this for way over a year and I’m just now half way through. I don’t remember to use it as often as it is recommended because I store products that I don’t frequently use in a cupboard out of sight. Redken labels this cleansing cream as safe for color-treated hair, an important trait to many.
The shampoo comes out as a very thick cream, a texture that I haven’t encountered before. A somewhat fake but not overpowering citrus smell is released when you begin to lather the shampoo, and boooy, does this lather up well! For this reason, I often don’t feel the need to shampoo a second time. I have recently stopped using shampoos containing sulfates as they seem to aggravate my scalp, so using this is a strong change compared to my usual hair care routine. While I do notice that using this shampoo every once in a while leaves my hair super duper shiny, I don’t feel like I couldn’t live with this product. Then again, I don’t dislike it enough to never use it again. One could say that I’m indifferent about it. My opinion on silicones isn’t really set in stone. The shampoos that contain silicones also contain sulfates, so ?logically? the sulfates wash out the silicones immediately, they must cancel each other out somehow. Right? Since I never resolved this confusion, I use this shampoo to use it up and won’t be repurchasing it afterwards. What are your feelings about deep cleansing shampoos? Do you own one and how often do you use it? Could you go without it?