Review of Redken Clear Moisture Shampoo by suggrr
Redken claims that "Clear Moisture Shampoo gently cleanses and provides lightweight moisture to normal to dry hair. Redken's exclusive Interbond Conditioning System delivers moisturizing apricot oil that combines with glucosamine and glycerin to form a unique Micro-Moisture Complex This ultra-light blend helps restore, rebalance, and retain the optimum level without over moisturizing. Hair is soft, shiny and airy." Redken touts apricot oil, which is 4th from the last ingredient, so there's not much present as far as I know. While I buy that glycerin could help topically, I'd think that taking a glucosamine pill would bring more benefit as opposed to putting it directly on your hair. I personally feel like Redken is just blowing a lot of smoke with the description of this shampoo. But that is probably also partially due to my experiences with it.
I finally stopped using this stuff after my husband said it looked like I had a rash on my neck. I could feel the bumps, and had him look, and he proclaimed it rash-y. Ugh. Not only did this stuff give me a rash, it also contributed to breakouts on my head (yes, ew!) and just did very little for my hair. It's supposed to be "light moisture for normal/dry hair," but apparently it wasn't enough moisturization for my slightly dry hair, but it was way too much for my more oily scalp. I don't think this shampoo cleaned my hair very well at all, which is a big part of the problem I have with it. Inexplicably, my hairdresser recommended this shampoo to me, and while it didn't strip out my highlights, it really did little to improve my hair.
I'm really torn about how to rate this. While it's clearly the wrong shampoo for me (despite it's description; it's way too moisturizing and not cleansing), it's also really mediocre on my hair. More mediocre than any other shampoo I can ever remember trying. It doesn't suck terribly, but it isn't good for my hair, either. It's just... blah, which irritates me a little. Why use a shampoo that seems to have little more benefit than using just plain water? It looks like some people like this shampoo, but as for me, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. There are better moisturizing shampoos out there (that clean better, too) and there are better cleansing shampoos out there that don't strip your hair. And they don't cost as much money as this shampoo, which I think I got at a discounted price between US$10 and $11 for 10.1 fl oz/300 ml.
Ingredients: water/aqua, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betane, dimethicone, disteryl ether, cocamide mipa, behenyl alcohol, sodium chloride, ppg-5-ceteth-20, glycerin, laureth-2, fragrance/parfum, polyquaternium-10, sodium methylparabe[n?], carbomer, dmdm hydantoin, hydroxypropyltrimoniu[m?], hydrolyzed wheat protein, glucosamine hci, glutami[c?] acid, oleth-10, disodium cocoamphodipropionate, lecithin, phosphoric acid, apricot kernel oil/prunus armeniaca, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben (D6059/1) [Sorry for the partial ingredients sometimes- my bottle was missing some of the writing on one side.]