Every time I go to Cutler Salon, it rains. And when it’s not raining, there is a snow storm. But a few weeks ago, on a particularly hot and steamy day, my hair looked like it had been stuck in a light socket. I told my colorist, David Stanko, that I was trying to go easy on the heat styling because my hair seemed a bit fragile. And he said: “Well, have you tried Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer and have you used their Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo?”
At that moment, I realized that Redken had sent me these two products for review, and I just hadn’t gotten around to using them. I got home and tried them.
I was very glad I did!
These products were showcased at an event that Redken invited editors to way back in December 2013 to showcase their re-branding/packaging of the Redken styling products, and to introduce their new “face’ of the styling collection, Sky Ferreira. I remember being excited at the thought that Redken was developing products that would help cut blowydrying time and protect from breakage while actually making hair stronger. And I also remember thinking that their new dry shampoo two day extender sounded great.
Both of these products are quite unique.
I have a lot of thick hair and it takes a lot of heat, and a lot of time, to dry it. This product definitely did make blow drying faster. More than that, since I’m concerned about how heat is sabotaging my hair, I like that it will protect hair from heat up to 450 degrees. While the product claims to cut drying time by 50%, that is highly dependant upon how long and thick and porus your hair is to begin with, but you will definitely cut your drying time down. That, plus the protective and strengthening properties, make me sold on this. The only downside is the scent, it’s not unpleasant, but it’s a bit sweet and do I smell anise or something odd or herbal in it? Maybe. The good news is that the fragrance doesn’t last for long. Is $22.00 too much to pay for a 4.7 oz. pump bottle of product that saves you time as well as protects your hair? For most of us, it is a worthy investment.
As to the Two Day Extender, I’m not a real fan of dry shampoos, but there are many uses for them (read: 7 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Dry Shampoo). This one is easy to use, and absorbs excess oil, assuming you didnt’ wait until your hair was truly so greasy nothing would save it. This dry shampoo also neutralizes odors, so if you were stuck in a club with smokers, or you were traveling, Pillow Proof to the rescue! Finally, the slightly mints fragrance is freshing, especially in these warmer months, and if you’re going to pin up your hair, using this type of product helps give it some “grip.” Shake well and spray evenly onto your hair, then shake and brush through to remove any excess. Here is where it is different. You don’t add this after the oily damage is already done, you spray this into the places on your hair you know get oily before they get that way (you know where yours are) so you keep your blowout looking better, longer.
So what is “pillow proof”? I’m not going to go into a lot of mumbo jumbo on this. Basically, on the pillow proof blow dry express primer, something called “Microflex stylane” creates a ‘thermal blanket’ of flexible silicone resin that protects hair and helps prevent breakage. Trisiloxane and isododecane allow for quick drying, resulting in a smooth and silky finish. And when it comes to the Redken Pillow Proof’s Two-Day Extender, since it is applied before the oils seeps out noticeably and its been in your hair for a day or two, you pillow proof before so you don’t have so much of an issue, later on.
Buy Redken products only in authorized salons. For more information visit the Redken Website.