Redken Extreme


You may or may not know that part of the reason I recently went darker recently was because of the breakage I suffered through bleach. It’s quite severe, I have tufts around my hairline reminiscent of my post partum hair loss after having each of my children. I haven’t quite developed bald spots yet but I feel certain that if I don’t take action now that’s where I’m heading. The hairline and parting are just about the worst place to have to hide breakage too but I’m taking various steps to help halt and prevent further damage. One such step was the purchase of the Extreme shampoo and Strength Builder mask from Redken. I’d heard a lot about the Anti Snap treatment and when I went online to purchase that I ended up getting these two full sized products and a sample of the anti snap for free. I’m not the worlds most consistent with styling products/treatments so I thought this was the better way to go, this way I will see how much I really do use of the product and hopefully do some longer lasting good to my hair via these other fortifying treatments.

A couple of things to note about the Extreme range, it smells like rose jam, not a scent I would have been able to identify had it not been for my recent dalliance with all thing rose jam from Lush. It started with Ro’s Argan, it continued with the Bubbleroon (post to follow) and next stop is the shower gel, I just can’t get enough of the fragrance and this stuff smells exactly like it to me. If you’re not familiar don’t let the ‘rose’ put you off.. it’s not at all floral, it smells like the inside of a strawberry cream.. just yummy! Second, they are protein packed so overuse will lead to crispy, dry feeling hair. This isn’t damage and it’s not NOT doing it’s job but you need to follow up with an oil or alternate a moisturising shampoo/conditioner to really feel the benefit without the crunch. Overall I definitely think these products combined are making a difference! If I run my hands through my wet hair I was losing clumps after every wash and I’m finding this less and less. I AM being more careful now and trying to let me hair dry 100% before combing through it at all but it’s tough. I’m going to take some current photos of the breakage and start a little diary for those of you going through something similar (that sounds so dramatic but hey, crowing glory and all that) now or maybe finding this in the future so that I can hopefully help someone of you by sharing what worked/didn’t work for me. I’m being positive here and assuming something will and that I haven’t just developed alopecia or something but I’m pretty sure I could rock a variety of wigs if it comes to it.

Redken extreme available online here

Miss BB



  1. 8 August, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Cole loves this range, her hair was wrecked with bleaching Redken products are great in general I think, the only one I’ve not liked is their clarifying shampoo. Can’t wait to see if this helps, Cole also loves the Ojon damage reverse & has used that for a good few months too if ever you want to try something else it’s expensive but they do give good samples and you’re right, you could definitely rock numerous wigs!! Xxx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      8 August, 2015 / 10:10 am

      I think if they had a guaranteed fix there’s probably no limit to what I would pay if I had the money in the bank LOL. I will look the Ojon up thanks, Zoe!

  2. Lauren
    8 August, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Sorry to hear that . I had a similar thing happen to me when I had my hair highlighted from red to blonde . The redken range is great especially the anti snap . I would really recommend the joico k pak line and I swear by joicos revitaluxe . It helped me get my healthy hair . Coconut oil masks are also a must . I do not use any heat at all anymore or have it coloured . Hope this helps x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      8 August, 2015 / 10:08 am

      I rarely used heat on my hair so I think it’s mostly down to bleach.. I recently DIY darkened my roots for an ombre look in the hope I could lay off the bleach for a while until it’s healthy again but I don’t think I could stop colouring altogether lol

  3. Raelou boo
    8 August, 2015 / 9:25 am

    i have severe breakage worse than my post partum hair loss. All along my hair line I have very short tufts of hair and what looks like a fringe isn’t one its just where my hair has snapped off!! I started using Redken extreme anti snap shampoo and the leave in treatment. They have really helped, also highly recommend the joico k-pak range for dry and damaged hair, it’s amazing! My next step is a keratin treatment at my hairdressers.
    I have coloured hair and its naturally very wavy and course so heat tools are required to tame it and combination of these things has damaged my hair. Hopefully the keratin treatment will smooth my hair sufficiently to allow me to lay off the straighteners!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      8 August, 2015 / 10:05 am

      I’ve heard A LOT about the joico K-Pack I might have to finally buy it. It’s exactly a you describe. It’s like a fringe all the way across and then a very short later through my parting. In some areas it’s not even wispy.. quite thick tufts, awful!! Tempted to just shave one side at this point LOL

  4. Hannah Adams
    8 August, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Hey Khila, I know that sinking feeling of hair loss/breakage both from over bleaching, after having had a baby and then for the third time just because it felt like going to crap. Several years ago my hair started to thin and break at the hairline and parting and there started a bit of a nightmare. Things I have learnt along the way back to good hair health. Treating my hair with kid gloves. I switched to as natural silicone free products – mainly from Lush and recently the Naked range which is lovely. This seemed to calm my scalp down which was dry. Coconut hair masks once a week. Grow Gorgeous Scalp serum. This stuff definitely worked for me but took about three months to see a difference. I used this on the areas that were an issue and whilst I wouldn’t say I grew a ton more hair I grew back the little wispy bits of baby hair at the temples that when they weren’t there made me look like I was receding and that hair grew back stronger. My parting also filled in a lot. I still use it now, it is pricey but you can pick it up on a three for two at Boots. I’m also thinking of try a product on QVC called Hairfix. They have a caffeine based serum, it’s cheaper and gets really good reviews. Finally, looking to the inside is really important. Whilst hair may be essential to its owner, to the body it’s a proiferal and preference will always be given to supporting more vital organs if you are nutritionally depleted. I found out I was crazy low in iron and my GP said that you really need to be at the very upper end of the range to help make a difference if the loss is being influenced by low iron. Low vitamin D may also be implicated in hair loss – though this hasn’t been proven – and I was ridiculously low in that too so always worth asking g.p if it merits some blood tests. Iron can be a pain to take as it can cause stomach upsets but I’ve found the liquid spa tone really easy to take. Finally, when my parting was fraying and it was really getting me down I used to use an eyebrow pencil to lightly fill in the spots which made a big difference to my confidence. I’d started investigating wigs too but with regular attention you can get it back to health. When I screwed my hair with bleaching Redken products were fantastic x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      8 August, 2015 / 10:04 am

      WOW! That was so useful!! Part of me suspects it might be my contraception causing the hair loss so I’m thinking of going to the GP.. I’m nervoud that if that is to blame the longer I leave it the worse it will be regardless of products I’m using. I think I’ll use this up and if I feel like it’s still happening I will go for a check up. Thanks for all the info though I will definitely be referring back to your comment in months to come!

  5. alys
    8 August, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    In March I went from all henna’ed hair to bleach blonde. I knew it was going to be an ordeal and I would have damage. It had been so many years since I’d had “chemically processed” hair that I really forgot what it feels like. I had some spots that felt mushy when wet and like hay when dry. They are almost all cut out now, but I still struggle a bit. Fortunately I never got as bad as you are now, but I definitely feel your pain.
    I’d used the Redken Extreme years ago, but when I used it this time my hair felt immediately like hay. In their defense, I have had the bottle a long time and they’ve probably reformulated. What has worked for me is Pureology Strength Cure and the Hydrate line. I used strength cure exclusively for about a month then started alternating. I also use the Hydrate shine serum to get my hay spot to lay down and look semi smooth as well as Giovanni 2chic leave in conditioner. Pureology has a spray called “Color Stylist” and it is multiple features, but I used it for the detangling. I couldn’t comb my wet hair without it! In a few long months my hair has come a long way! Now I use Hydrate mostly and do a deep protein treatment only once a month and usually daily I’ll put in a pump of plain argan oil. Argan is magical! Pureology is super expensive, but I’ve been on the same bottles for 5 months now, and for me it’s worth it to see my results. Just wanted to share with you my bleach ravaged routine. Good luck and be patient 🙂

  6. Ricky
    9 August, 2015 / 4:15 am

    You NEED it! It can be used as a stand alone treatment & to protect your hair during any chemical process. Color, bleach, perm – Olaplex. Seriously.

  7. 9 August, 2015 / 6:19 am

    I will have to try these products out. I am taking pictures to share with my hair journey as well. I have been sleeping in coconut oil masques for a few days, I need to do some color correction on my hair. I will put coconut oil on first and then the color to prevent more damage. Thanks for sharing your reviews!

  8. Rebecca
    9 August, 2015 / 7:58 am

    I had this problem when I tried to chemically straighten my bleached hair when I was around 18 (not my best look!!!) The only thing that brought it back to life was philip kingsley elasticizer. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment too so you can use it along with the products above. It is honestly worth every penny and I still use it now to keep my long, curly and heavily bleached hair in check 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *