So this is a good heat protector, but it feels so starchy. I give a few light sprays throughout my hair followed by running through a comb. Once the product dries, I feel that my hair feels dry and stiff. Not crunchy, just starchy. When flat ironing my hair, I want it to look sleek afterward. Unfortunately, I don't achieve that result with this product. The pump also tends to leak.
My hairdresser reccomended this to me after she found out that I was once again heat-styling my hair without a protectant. I have to admit that it does a good job of protecting my hair...I've noticed less breakage.
I'm just not a huge fan of the product itself. I would much rather continue using Iron Repair...the smell is 10x better and you apply it when your hair is damp.
I don't like the thought of using this when my hair is already dry..since it tends to wet it down alot. Also, my hair takes so much longer to straighten when using this.
I am really disappointed with this product. It just made my hair a dry, disgusting mess. It might be the worst flat iron spray that I've ever used.
I HATED this product. It really dried out my already dry/damaged hair and left it feeling crunchy and yucky. No Bueno :(
While I hate L'Oreal (the owner of Redken) I love this heat protectant!
Overall, Iron Silk works just as well as my favorite product (GHD thermal protectant for dry, coarse hair), but the Iron Silk costs less and is more readily available. And, not only does it act as a heat protectant but it also boasts other properties such as being an "ultra straightening spray," "fighting frizz," providing "shiny smoothness" and being "humidity-resistant." As far as I can tell, this spray has lived up to its claims: it straightens, it provides shine (and a reasonable amount of bounce for flattened hair -- the best of both worlds!), in mild humidity it provides hold and keeps frizz away, etc. I am most impressed by its straightening properties - when I use this spray my hair gets much straighter when I use my flat iron than when I use other products. In fact, my hair gets so straight and smooth that I could almost get away with doing one pass with the flat iron instead of two.
My only concern with the claims on the bottle has to do with how well this truly protects from heat. While Paula Begoun has not reviewed this product to my knowledge, she has reviewed another one of Redken's "heat protectants," the "Spray Starch," which she says does not protect from heat in the least. Therefore, I am leery of Redken's marketing and the true effectiveness of the Iron Silk spray over time.
As for application, I really like that this spray comes out "wet" but dries in an instant. Therefore, I don't have to waste precious time waiting for my hair to dry out before I can use my flat iron (or risk burning my hair). I also like that one full spritz of Iron Silk covers an entire section of hair from top to bottom which makes for an efficient application - there is no need to spray more than once, even for large sections or long hair. However, this can make it difficult if one wants to spritz a small section of hair for a touch-up because, since so much comes out at once, it can be difficult to isolate the spray as spraying less than a full pump results in an uneven spray (read: some areas get soaked while other areas aren't sprayed at all).
Finally, I cannot review this spray without mentioning the fragrance. Iron Silk reminds me of a stinking, cloying men's cologne mixed with laundry detergent. If the makers of Axe body spray and Tide got together to make a product, they would come up with this scent which is not unlike the smell of CHI's Silk Infusion serum. I really don't like the scent, particularly when it is being repeatedly sprayed inches from my nostrils. However, the smell doesn't linger on my hair and I am willing to overlook the deficit because of how well this heat protectant performs.
Overall, I highly recommend this spray as an alternative to the GHD thermal protectant for dry, coarse hair (see my other review).
This product was recommended to my teenage daughter who flat irons daily. I am 45 and don't flatiron, even though my hair is extremely curly and fine. I prefer blowdrying with a large round brush to smooth out the frizzies and kinks while still getting some volume. I use this spray differently than recommended by the directions. I spray onto my wet hair and blow dry sections with the round brush...this product works very well for this method. Gives my hair a smooth look, while still producing some volume and nice hold. Absolutely no weight, tackiness, or greasiness like other products I've used for straightening. I will continue to use and I actually gave a bottle to my sister with similar hair texture.
I followed directions and sprayed this section by section. First, my iron kept doing that thing where it gets stuck on a section and crimps a little line in. This never happens to me. Second, an hour after finishing, my hair was a wavy, sticky mess. I love redken products, but this is a complete waste of money. The popular tressemme heat tamer spray works better than this is every sense. I bought iron silk hoping it would give me heat protection AND some sort of hold..but I would have been better off not using anything prior to straightening. For ref, my hair is slightly wavy so its not hard to straighten, but there are sections that will not stay flat to save my life.
My word of advice is unless you have curly or hard to straighten hair, you can get by with using a drugstore heat spray. But if that's not you, I would not recomment this at all!
Oh and a final note, the spray nozzle is crappy too. Its impossible to get a nice even mist, it releases way too much product.
This is the best pre-flat iron straightening spray I've ever used, hands down. I have extremely thick, mostly wavy/curly hair, and when I use this product with my flat iron, my hair stays perfectly straight until I wash it.
I am also lost as how anyone can manage to put up with this product lol. My stylist swears by this and I liked the idea of it (als it is identical to Biolage Thermal Spray, jsut as sticky). Anyhow I blowdry my hair alot as I have natural poufy wavy hair so sadly can't jsut airdry and go. I ofcourse use several styling products as with all the hair produc junkies like myself there is sadly not one miracle product that will protect against heat, fight frizz, smooth, adn not build up lol. I use Kerastase Oleo or Chroma Reflect Serum on my damp hair to help smooth and fight my insane poufiness and frizz and then ofcourse wanted this thermal spray to work over for protection. Sadly this spray is about the millionth thermal/light hold in one spray I have tried that is jsut rediculously sticky. Even when sprayed in wet hair getting my brush through is a nightmare unless I have a ton of time to use a roundbrush to define my layers like my stylist does which hoenstly takes a lot of pulling and time which is what gets teh stickiness out. Just brushing through makes it impossible. With that being said this in no way can be used on dry hair prior to flat ironing or curling which is what anyone would expect from a thermal spray. Used that way it makes your hair look wet, greasy and is super sticky. Just another Thermal Spray fail for me.
Ive deleted my original review on this product and given it extre lippies and and yes to buying it again because after trying it again and spraying less product this time it actually works really good. Leaves here straight, shiney, swingy and gives loads of volume. Only complain now is that my ends still feel drier but thats because of my hair type and the product doesnt claim to moisturise dry ends.