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Review, Before And After Photos: Redken Shape Control Hair Smoothing Salon Treatment

The Brazilian Blowout controversy rages on as California lawmakers demand that the manufacturers of the Brazilian Blowout and Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, GIB LCC, put warning labels on their packaging.

We covered the Brazilian Blowout dispute back in 2010, when word got out that a stylist in Oregon claimed that they experienced difficulty breathing, eye irritation and nose bleeds when applying the Brazilian Blowout products which consist of 8-10% formaldehyde (a carcinogen), according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

With all of this going on, it’s comforting to know that those of us with frizzy hair have a safe alternative. One such treatment is the new Redken Shape Control.

Shape Control provides benefits to the consumer such as reduced styling time/improved manageability, reduction/elimination of frizz, and increased shine, softness and condition of the hair.  The new texture range features Kera-Shape Complex technology that contains shaping agents for permanent smoothing or curling, cationic conditioners for moisture and shine and emollients for control and manageability. Shape Control is ideal for consumers who want the end result of long-lasting waves, curls, smooth or straight styles without compromising their health and condition of their hair.Shape Control offers three permanent style-transforming techniques:
Urban Curls
  • Thermally reconditions – hair feels softer, smoother, and shinier
  • Stylists can customize curl pattern [with curling iron] by placing and shaping curls based on client’s needs/hair type
  • Frizz control

 Review, Before And After Photos: Redken Shape Control Hair Smoothing Salon Treatment
Cold Smoothing

  • Relaxes curls
  • Reduces volume
  • Smoothes out frizz

Review, Before And After Photos: Redken Shape Control Hair Smoothing Salon TreatmentSafe Straightening

  • Straightens hair [with straightening iron]
  • Provides volume and frizz control, even at high humidity levels
  • Thermally reconditions – hair feels softer, smoother, and shinier 

SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT: This treatment is indeed formaldehyde-free. It contains Ammonium Thioglycolate, Ethanolamine Thioglycolate and Ammonium Hydroxide. These ingredients work together to permanently break the hair bonds in order to help smooth and straighten the hair. This will certainly perform well but may cause more damage to hair than other types of salon hair smoothing formulas on the market.

To locate a Redken salon please log on to redken.com.  Please note, Redken products can only be guaranteed authentic when purchased from a salon.

So tell us, have you had this new treatment? If so, leave a comment below to let us know how it worked for you.

– cosmetic chemist, Ron Robinson

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  1. I had the urban curls service completed and it completely destroyed the top layer of my hair!!! It took 6 hours only to provide a rats nest of nasty frizz!!! It burned off 4 inches of my hair! I have never had such a bad experience! Stick to keratin treatments and Avoid this-

  2. I’ve used the smoothing on two clients now and it is wonderful!
    In the Midwest we have awful humidity and both my clients love that they don’t have to deal w/ frizz!!!

    Took about 2.5-3 hrs per client…the straightening over damp hair is a little scary, but I used a light reconstructor after & everything turned out great!

  3. I had thick, naturally wavy, shoulder length, color treated hair and I had the Redken Cold Straightening done in the summer of 2012. When I got home following the treatment, I noticed that my blond highlights were breaking off when I combed my hair. Other than that happening, I did eventually like the new texture and manageability of my hair. In the spring of 2013, my hairdresser recommended that I have the treatment again on the hair that had grown out since my last treatment, but Instead, the treatment was put on all my hair. After the treatment, my hair was extremely straight, felt like straw, and hunks of hair in the area above my forehead were burned off at the roots. I went back to my hairdresser, who was horrified at the condition of my hair. She spent hours trying to recondition my straw-like hair, and she has continued to work on conditioning my hair each month. It has almost been a year since the Redken treatment. The hunks of hair that burned off at the roots are about 3 inches long now. I have to use styling “glue” to make the hunks lay down and not be so noticeable. Whenever I play tennis or workout, I must wear a baseball cap to keep my hair in control. I feel like it will take several years for my hair to grow out completely and return to a normal texture. This has been very stressful and upsetting for me!!! I feel like my hair looks best in a ponytail and in a baseball cap!

  4. I had the treatment (I used the one for chemically treated hair), and it has been fabulous!! I’ve had a little breakage, which I expected, but otherwise, my hair looks and feels great!

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