For many of us who regularly bleach our hair and use other styling tools on a daily basis, damage is pretty much inevitable. While it isn’t entirely preventable, the right hair products can help improve how your strands look and feel — especially if you invest in a good conditioner for damaged hair. Redken’s acidic bonding concentrate line is one of the best in the business and has become a go-to for damaged hair. The collection contains a shampoo, two conditioners (one richer and one more lightweight for fine hair), an intensive pre-shampoo treatment, and a leave-in conditioner. This system promises to repair damaged strands with the help of citric acid, which strengthens weakened bonds, improving strength and resistance to color fade.
This sulfate-free low-pH balancing shampoo gently cleanses without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Its formula also includes a blend of plant-based acids and amino acids to repair the strands and reduce breakage. This product is safe for color-treated hair, and it can even help to prevent color fade by protecting the strands’ cuticles and sealing them up.
The second step in the concentrated acid bonding regimen is this sulfate-free conditioner for damaged hair that provides intense nourishment and conditioning. Its rich formula is enriched with citric acid to reinforce weakened bonds and improve the hair’s strength and resiliency after salon bleach or color services. The conditioner is formulated to restore the hair’s natural pH balance while also providing protection against damage and color fade from heat-styling tools and water.
After shampooing, apply a dime-sized amount of this leave-in treatment to your wet strands. Gently comb through and distribute evenly. Be sure to avoid over-applying as too much product can leave your strands feeling greasy or weighed down. Let the conditioner sit for about five minutes before rinsing it off.
As for the pre-shampoo treatment, this intensive formula can be applied to damp hair as a before-shampoo treatment or as part of a deep conditioning treatment. Its intensely nourishing and hydrating ingredients work to strengthen the hair strands, leaving them noticeably healthier after just one application.
This treatment can be used on all types of damaged strands, but it is particularly effective for those who frequently lighten their hair or suffer from extreme breakage. Its high concentration of citric acid helps to strengthen the weakened bonds and increase the strength of the hair, while a blend of plant-based acids and proteins nourish and protect your locks. The result is softer, stronger strands that feel up to 14x smoother and 76% less prone to visible redken acidic bonding concentrate