Makes hair more manageable
Improves softness and shine
Doesn't weigh down hair
Noticeably adds moisture
May still need additional product to create an especially smooth look
Not Byrdie Clean
Redken All Soft Conditioner
We put Redken's All Soft Conditioner to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
As someone with wavy hair, conditioner products are one of my best friends. Leave-in conditioners, detanglers, and hair masks all have a place in my minimal hair care routine. Dealing with frizz has always been one of my top hair priorities, and now that I reside on the east coast, I'm looking for solutions to create smoother, softer hair pretty much year-round, so it was an easy decision to test out Redken's All Soft Conditioner. With a pH-balanced formula and an argan oil-infused moisture complex, I was eager to see if this could soothe my strands. Keep reading for my honest review.
Best for: Dry or brittle hair types.
Uses: An in-shower conditioner that provides moisture and shine.
Potential allergens: Not likely
Hero ingredient: Argan oil-infused moisture complex.
Byrdie Clean? No; contains PEGs.
Price: $20 for 10.1 oz.
About the brand: Redken was founded in 1960 by Paula Kent and chemist Jherri Redding, who developed the first low-pH products to treat Kent's sensitive hair. Since then, the brand's dedication to pioneering science has revolutionized the haircare industry for both stylists and consumers, and Redken products are now available in 43 countries worldwide.
About My Hair: Prone to frizz
All things considered, I'd say my hair is in pretty good health. I don't tamper with it much, it has no unnatural color or chemical treatment, and I keep heat styling to a minimum. Conditioning products are something I can never get enough of, and they would without a doubt be by my side if I were on a deserted island. They're my best aids to combatting damage and making my natural waves look soft and healthy.
Prior to trying the Redken All Soft Conditioner, I was frequenting a combo of Oribe's Gold Lust Conditioner and Virtue Labs' Curly Conditioner. My post-shower treatment has been air-drying my hair, applying a few pumps of Amika's The Closer Instant Split-End Repair Cream as it dries and frizz starts to come through. The cream has been the best for keeping my waves smooth and defined without leaving a heavy or oily residue.
The Feel: Very rich
Redken's All Soft Conditioner might be one of the thickest I've ever used. It has a similar weight and feel to some of my conditioning masks and treatments, so I was careful not to rake this product in anywhere close to my scalp for fear that it would weigh my hair down, especially since I am figuring out how to best maintain volume with my new shorter length. Despite the product's thick consistency, my roots never felt weighed down after using it, and my hair didn't end up feeling greasy or heavy.
I loved the way my waves naturally air-dried, which is typically a sign that they're getting the moisture they need.
The Ingredients: PH-balanced and argan-infused
The hero ingredient of this moisture complex formula is argan oil. Full of vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil is an ally for any hair type, adding increased hydration and elasticity to every strand. It's also the culprit behind this product's name, All Soft. Argan oil's properties are known to soften strands, making them silky to the touch with increased manageability.
Redken's All Soft conditioner is a pH-balanced formula, which benefits your strands by not stripping them of their natural oils and therefore not drying them out. All hair is acidic, with a normal pH value ranging from around 4.5 to 5.5. By developing a formula below the pH value of 6.0, it allows the cuticles to remain tightened and in turn minimizes frizz and breakage.
The Results: Soft, manageable hair
My hair was soft to the touch after using the Redken All Soft Conditioner. I found my hair to be instantly more manageable when it air-dried after using this conditioner, and it also made my hair tangle-free, to the extent that I skipped brushing it altogether. Normally I do a finger comb and rake through my hair with a detangler or frizz-fighting product post-shower, but I was able to eliminate that part of my routine once I started using the Redken All Soft Conditioner. I loved the way my waves naturally air-dried, which is typically a sign that they're getting the moisture they need. There were days when I'd still apply some of my anti-frizz cream once my hair was closer to being entirely dry, so I couldn't completely eliminate all additional products, but I definitely used less than I was using prior to this conditioner.
Overall, it seemed like a difference I'd be able to feel versus see, but when I look at the before and after photos of how my hair air-dried and looked without styling first thing in the morning, I notice a visible difference in my hair texture. I much prefer the way my hair looked and felt after using this product.
The Value: More than fair
Getting just over 10 oz. of conditioner for around $20 is pretty rare and more than fair for a high-performance product. I tend to expect around 8.5 oz. as the average product size, so Redken's All Soft Conditioner is already winning in quantity (plus they do offer smaller and larger sizes, depending on your preference). Due to its richness, I believe a little bit of this product goes a long way. That said, this 10-oz. bottle has a long lifeline and is certainly a good bang for your buck.
Similar Products: You've got options
Verb Ghost Conditioner: This conditioner from Verb ($40) is a great option for fine hair if you're worried about the weight of a thicker conditioner but are still looking for something to soften and detangle dull, brittle strands. Lightweight and a great value, it's a steal in our books.
Olaplex Bond Maintenance System: While this option is on the pricier end of the spectrum, I highly recommend turning to the Olaplex Bond Maintenance System ($84) if you're experiencing extreme damage from chemical treatments or other sources. These formulas will nurse your strands back to good health and offer immediate results with every use. Read Byrdie's full review here.
It may be a little heavy to some, but if you have medium to coarse hair that's in need of some extra moisture, Redken's All Soft Conditioner is sure to have you covered. I saw visible results when air-drying my hair in how much smoother and tamer it appeared, and it also felt soft, tangle-free, and much more manageable with every use. At such an affordable price point, this conditioner is definitely worth trying.
- Product Name All Soft Conditioner
- Product Brand Redken
- Price $20
- Weight 10.1 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Guineensis Oil/Palm Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Pca, Parfum/Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate (D184537/1).