[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Since I had Covid (I know it was ages ago) I really feel that my hair is very hard to make shiny – it’s recovered in other ways but that shine is still somewhat elusive so anything with the word ‘gloss’ in the title has me immediately interested. Funnily enough, I’ve got two separate glossing collections to review – the other one is Provoke which I will wait a week or so to review.

Redken Acidic Color Gloss Review

Of the four available products, I used Redken Acidic Color Gloss Shampoo and Acidic Color Gloss Activated Glass Gloss Treatment, which needs leaving in for at least five minutes. I skipped the conditioner because my hair isn’t particularly dry at the moment (my scalp is, but my hair is not). What I liked about the shampoo is the foam – plenty of it – that didn’t take forever and a day to rinse out, and crucially, didn’t strip out any colour. You can see on the packaging that it’s pH balanced to help stabilize you own hair’s pH but the more important part is that it seals down cuticles which is what, along with apricot oil, helps your hair to shine.

Redken Acidic Color Gloss Review

This is me awkwardly crawling on my kitchen worktop to get my hair into the sun to best show the shine. I’ve got to admit, my hair felt sensational after drying – really swishy and light. The brand suggests that you use the entire system, but I’d put my money on the gloss treatment and shampoo. 

If you have very dry hair, include the conditioner and the thermal protector – it very much starts to add up if you are buying the whole lot but Sally Beauty has a great offer  – buy one, get one half price across all the Acidic products HERE. Otherwise, there’s a mini-set, minus the Treatment, HERE for £25.70. Please bear in mind that it’s difficult to get shine on blond and grey hair (lack of pigment to bounce the light) and very curly hair – if you straighten your hair or have naturally straight hair, you will always get a stronger shine result.


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