Rewind bad decisions with this hair-repairing duo

Here’s what our Review Crew® had to say about this strengthening shampoo and conditioner

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / May 23 2023

The product

Ever got a little trigger happy with the hair dye or a tad too obsessed with heat styling? You’re not alone. 

A handful of our Review Crew® members have also experienced hair damage as a result of too many at-home bleach jobs/beach waves, which is why we sent them the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner.

This repairing duo has been formulated specifically to condition and strengthen seriously stressed out strands. With continued use they promise better hair health, which means less hair breakage, split ends and tangling in the long run. Plus, they work to improve the hair colour you’ve spent all your hard-earned dollars on. 

Here’s what our panel of Review Crew® testers had to say about them.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner to a panel of women aged 18 and older with a variety of hair types and textures, who have broken and chemically, mechanically or environmentally damaged hair.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner.

The shampoo and conditioner improved the condition of their hair and scalp: After using the shampoo and conditioner, reviewers noted a considerable improvement in the condition of their hair and scalp. Many said that their hair appeared to be shinier and less damaged, plus felt softer and was more manageable.

They minimised breakage, split ends, and detangled too: Review Crew® members said that their breakage and split ends improved after using the shampoo and conditioner. he combo also helped to detangle their hair, making styling a lot easier. 

They prevented colour fade: Reviewers said that they noticed their hair colour appeared to last longer after dyeing it and the vibrancy of their hair colour improved too. 

The verdict

“The [Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo] lathered well, smelt very professional (like I just walked into a salon) though was not overpowering. My hair prior to the trial was damaged, and frizzy — I have colour treated hair that lacked shine. After the first wash I noticed HUGE changes; my hair was smoother, shiny and felt hydrated. I would highly recommend this product to anyone that has a history of damaged hair.”
Ashlee A
REVIEWcrew® Member
“[Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo] has made my hair stronger. I have hardly any breakage now and it feels softer. [You’ll] need to emulsify the shampoo in your hands to get the best results as this activates the something in the shampoo and makes it much easier to use in your hair… I would recommend it to anyone who bleaches their hair, and I highly recommend it if you have severely damaged hair, it really does work… [I’ll] continue to use it while growing out my bleached hair. [I bleached] my hair badly three times in a short amount of time, [but the shampoo] has made my hair stronger, reduced breakage significantly, and made it feel softer.”
Jenny M
REVIEWcrew® Member
“[Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner] is one of the best that I've used! I have really damaged hair from bleach and heat damage. Using this conditioner with the shampoo and the intensive treatment has dramatically improved the condition of my hair. It's softer, easier to manage and the condition of my scalp has improved! I also like the consistency and smell of this product.”
Dani G
REVIEWcrew® Member
“What stood out to me first was the creamy, nourishing texture of [Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner]. It was easy to apply and distribute evenly throughout my hair, and I could feel its nourishing effects almost immediately. After using this conditioner for a few weeks, I noticed a significant improvement in the strength and overall health of my hair. My hair felt smoother, softer, and more manageable, and I experienced less breakage and fewer split ends. The conditioner also helped to protect my color-treated hair from fading, which is a huge plus. Another aspect of this conditioner that I appreciated was its ability to detangle my hair without causing any tugging or pulling. It made combing through my wet hair a breeze, which is particularly important for those with longer hair. I think this also helped reduce damage from my hot tools and brushing regime.”
Elle G
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sound of this repairing duo? Read more Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo reviews and Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner reviews

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Redken to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner is based on a combined total of 100 reviews submitted and is correct as of 18/05/2023. 

Main image credit: Are Media

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).

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