Redken’s acidic bonding is a game-changer for anyone with damaged hair. It’s a five-step routine that includes a shampoo, two conditioners (one more intense and one lighter for fine hair), an intensive pre-treatment, and a leave-in treatment. Using the product together is a must to prevent future damage and repair any current damage, resulting in hair that looks and feels healthier. To learn more about the products and how to use them, we talked with an expert from Redken.
A Must-Have System for Hair Damage
First things first, assess your client’s hair damage by gently raking the fingers through their locks. If you feel a rough surface with kinks and sections that snap off under tension, that’s a sign of major hair damage. Redken’s acidic bonding concentrate range helps repair that damage and restore your client’s hair to its former glory.
The first step of the Acidic Bonding Concentrate system is the Acidic Bonding Concentrate Sulfate-Free Shampoo, which provides an all-in-one solution for extreme strength repair and intense conditioning. It’s formulated with citric acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, and Redken’s Bonding Care Complex to help reinforce the bonds within your hair. It also rebalances your pH to defend against the damaging effects of styling tools and hair color, and it’s safe for all hair types and textures.
Next up is the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Pre-Treatment, which is designed to be used in the salon or at home and can be applied as often as you like. The pre-treatment is a leave-in formula that works to target weak bonding areas and improve your hair’s resilience against future damage. It’s made to be used on all hair types and textures, but it’s particularly effective on colored hair.
Once you’ve rinsed out the shampoo and gently towel-dried your mane, apply a dime-sized amount of the treatment to your entire mane. Comb the treatment through your locks and then let it sit for up to 10 minutes. You can also add the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Lightweight Liquid Conditioner to your treatment for an extra boost of moisture.
All of the products in the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate collection are sulfate-free, which makes them a great option for those with dry or sensitive scalps. They’re also housed in recyclable plastic packaging and feature braille instructions for those with visual impairments, which is a big plus in our book. We recommend using these products once or twice a week to keep your hair strong, healthy, and resilient against further damage.