Hair just isn't my forte. Like truly, I've accepted it and it's fine - I can smash out a killer eyeliner wing, but if you give me a curling iron I'm totally lost. Having said that - it's the one thing that I can do, although I don't choose to do it often as I have so much hair - I do blow-dry my hair whenever I have a spare hour or four to work with. So, when Redken sent me a package with their new Pillow Proof Blow Dry Primer (and, as you might have seen on my instagram a ton of American sweets to celebrate finally launching in England) I was excited to see whether or not this would actually make a difference to how long it took to dry my hair, and whether or not it kept any kind of style in my hair after a whole night of tossing and turning.
So first - we need to talk about how much I like the packaging for this. The Sam that had to sit and photograph the metallic bottle would probably disagree, but I do really like the look of the bottle and the fact that it's a press down pump that dispenses product upwards to avoid mess and get a perfect amount every time (do you know what I'm talking about? Like nail varnish remover bottles in salons? And actually I suppose getting the perfect amount entirely depends on how much hair you've got, but I digress). This is, in essence, a thick cream like product that is going to heat protect your hair as well as helping to dry it more quickly, and helping to achieve a smoother, shinier looking blow dry.
I have to stay I feel like this stuff does actually work - it makes my hair soft and shiny without feeling as though it's sticky or being weighed down, and it actually does do a really good job of keeping it looking a little more "styled" even after a night of sleeping on it. I have to say this product does have it's downfalls, and for me that's the smell. I love a good smelling hair product and so I truly thought that I was going to like this, but truthfully I just find it a bit much, and a bit too heavily perfumed to be constantly swishing around my face.
It's worth it though - my hair is healthier since I've started protecting it from heat, and I have to say that calling this a primer isn't as much of a gimmick as I might have imagined as it really does seem to help get that smooth, neat look that you can then style and have it looking TV advert beautiful. For a bottle, this stuff will set you back £17, and that's a really good price given the amount that you need each time - I used one pump to cover pretty much my whole hair and so I'm pretty sure this is likely to go off before it ever gets completely used up; so good pricing, Redken - it's good to try out some hair products that I can actually afford to repurchase in future.
All in all - I thought this was going to be gimmicky but I have to say I feel as though it really works for me; a cream that makes my hair look soft and shiny all whilst protecting it? Count me in for that one. Have you ever tried anything similar?
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