I got a single-use sachet of the Redken HeatCure Treatment with my LookFantastic box back in March. I remember back then, I quickly glanced at the claims and the way this hair mask was supposed to work and I was intrigued. But then of course life happened; I didn’t get a chance to try it at the time so it was left forgotten.
Now, seeing that I am in a mandatory spending ban from all things beauty (damn those priorities… who needs food and electricity anyway? Beauty is more important!) I am in the process of going through my beauty stash and discovered it deep in my drawer.
HeatCure Treatment, as the name suggests, is an intensive hair treatment that is self-heating and according to Redken’s site, it claims to “restore appearance of shine, conditioning and softness after just one application”. It is mainly targeted to treat and restore damaged, dry and color-treated hair and can be used at home saving you the trip to the hairdresser.
Directions for Use (as explained on the package):
- Peel off the back panel to start the self heating.
- Leave to heat for 3-4 minutes whilst you shampoo.
- After shampooing, tear off the top of the sachet.
- Squeeze out the product and apply to damp hair. Leave to treat for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.
Does it work?
Now, before I get to my concerns about the product, I think it is fair to comment on the performance first.
The treatment contains a bunch of nice active ingredients like Argan Oil, Arginine, Soy Protein and Sepicap, to tackle concerns like hair softness and shine, condition hair and stimulated scalp, seal in moisture, as well as restore split ends.
I followed the steps as they were described and I have to admit, when I rinsed my hair I really felt that it was smooth and detangled. Once I dried my hair, I could immediately feel the softness and my hair was really shiny.
Note that my hair is not damaged in any way, I do not color my hair and I would say it is pretty normal and healthy for the most part. So if I could see the difference immediately on me, I guess the change would be much more dramatic on someone whose hair needs some desperate attention.
In conclusion, in the aspect of performance… Yes, Redken HeatCure Treatment really works and delivers on its claims. Even the part claiming that you see a difference after the first use.
My concerns have nothing to do with the way the treatment works or the effects it has on my hair. My concerns are purely regarding the environmental impact this product has.
Even in the first line on the package it says clearly:
“WARNING: Very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. Discard used product in a disposable container in an environmentally acceptable manner in accordance with all national and local laws and regulations.”
Now, I am not going to pretend that I lead the most environmentally friendly life. Yes, protecting the environment is something that I have in mind and I try to do the best that I can to do my part, but there is definitely room for improvement.
But reading these warnings, it makes me think. How bad can this product be if they have to put so many disclaimers on the packaging, even mentioning vague instructions on how to dispose the empty packaging. Given that I have no idea what is the most “environmentally acceptable manner in accordance with all national and local laws and regulations” to throw away the package, and I certainly have no clue what happens to all the product in my hair that I rinse away and into the drain, is it really worth the risk?
For me personally, aquatic life is much more important than a hair mask, even one that works miracles. I discussed my opinions with friends and some of them say that I am exaggerating and that lots of the products that we use daily damage the environment without us realising it. Maybe that’s true, but in this case I have already been warned about the potential damage. With my normal hair, I can get same or similar results with lots of other hair masks, so why would I continue using this one?
I am very interested to hear your opinion on this. Would you still use the HeatCure treatment? Do you think that I am exaggerating and it is really not such a big deal? Or maybe you agree with me and you wouldn’t use it?
Let me know in the comments below.