Rated 4.08 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review It worked!!!
Cannot believe how well this product worked out for my hair. I love the results.
A bit worried after reading some of the comments.
Here's my take on some of the cons for anyone who might be discouraged by them:
1) Yes, the smell does seem cologne-y straight from the bottle however this didn't linger in my hair.
2) Of course this shampoo is very deep indigo blue however it didn't taint my skin or bathroom. I didn't use gloves either.
I asked to put highlights into my curly brown hair. My secret hope is that I would create brunette shades in my hair...think sunlight on a sandy beach OR brown sugary tones. Not what happened. Instead, my highlights turned into the leaves of autumn, orange-y which personally doesn't appeal to me.
Violet shampoo for blonder hair didn't improve the tones in my hair whatsoever, I could feel the shampoo react with my hair which was slightly uncomfortable and simply made my hair shinier and brassier.
The next day I found out about the brownlights product and tried it out:
- I completely wet my hair
- Squirted the indigo blue shampoo into my palm and started shampooing immediately
- A little paranoid about leaving it in too long so caught myself counting out 3m
- Rinsed out thoroughly and completely followed by a deep conditioning mask. I used Garnier Fructis
During my blowout, I was amazed at the colour achieved. Just L-O-V-E-D it. I suspect a few more shampoos will improve the colour even more towards what I was hoping for.
I was a little concerned about the temporary "dryish strawish" texture of my hair as I was blowdrying however it didn't last. My hair quality didn't change.
I've never known a product to work so well for brunettes and simply deliver on it claims.
I am excited to make use of the conditioner and hope a deep conditioning mask is added to the lineup.
Most Helpful Critical Review From blonde balayage to my natural brown hair
So basically I have natural dark brown hair. For four years I had a blonde balayage. I finally went back to dark brown, but the bleach still remaining from the blonde made my dye jobs fade quickly for the bottom half of my hair. I would get an ashy dark brown dye. So I thought might as well try this. It did not make my hair dark brown again like the photo. It did however take away some of the warm ness and made the dye in my hair more ashy. I would not use this after I get my hair dyed, I would rather enjoy the new color and once I can see my old bleached half peeking through I'll use this just because it doesn't do bad but also doesn't get it back to the dark brown. It smells AMAZING just like the purple shampoo did when I was blonde. Doesn't dye my pillows or towels ever. If my nails are short it stays for a few hours on the short nail skin but other than that I don't see the blue anywhere else. I never write reviews but this is an important decision to make for this product so I want to help all I can.
Reviewed by 170 customers Useless
Emoji from California
I have now used this shampoo twice - one week apart between the applications. I see no change whatsoever. I still have an orange tinge in my hair. Glad I didn't purchase the full size. The shampoo lathers. The smell is not too bad. But it doesn't do what it says it will.
Review with helpful tips
Extra sensitive scalp from New Jersey
Hopefully this is a helpful review because I address some of the complaints I saw before writing this. My hair stylist suggested I use this shampoo, however because I have an extremely sensitive scalp( I even have to use steroids on my scalp a couple times a week) so I still only use Free&Clean shampoo & conditioner directly on my scalp which I wash twice because of oil build up. But then I use the Redken Blue Toning shampoo on the rest of my hair just not the scalp.. my hair is down to my butt and very thick and wavy so I use a lot of product. I've read reviews saying it doesn't lather, but honestly it lathers really well and I'm guessing they must have so much oil in their hair they haven't done a quick wash and rinse first or use too much daily product so they probably need to wash twice anyways. I have the shampoo sit on my hair for 5 minutes. During that time I rinse off the shower curtain and walls to wash away the blue (c'mon people... it will only stain if you let it sit) then I rinse out and have the conditioner sit for 5 minutes and it is NIGHT & DAY from when I used to get highlights. I started using this right after highlights and after almost 2 months my color still looks perfect without the brassy or red. I wished I had this the past 10 years because my hair has faded copper/brassy my whole life. I'm obsessed and will continue using on all my hair and just avoiding the scalp! Totally worth the extra step.
Works great and smells sooo good!!
Alicia from Philadelphia
Obsessed with the way it smells and It works great! Obviously it can get messy, but it washes away super easily!
Maddie from Georgia
Okay Redken what the heck is this? I was super excited to try this product since I recently had balayage color and it's a little brassy looking. Once I tried it the color was super blue- like smurf blue which is fine but it stained EVERYTHING. I going to have to buy a new shower curtain after this. That's how blue it is. The shampoo did not lather at all so I had to use a lot of it. Left my hair feeling super dry and brittle. I have naturally fine oily hair so my hair is NEVER dry. I gave it 2 stars because well the scent is nice but that's about it. I'll definitely be returning this.
I would buy this again!
Deenie from Phoenix, Arizona
Great lather and tones down the brassy tones
It does the job!
Colleen from New Jersey
After about 2-3 washes, this product did as it said it would. It significantly decreased the red tones in my dyed brown hair. I use it every other time I wash my hair. The complaints people have on this product are minimal; yes, it has a stronger scent than most shampoos, but after using it a few times, you don't even notice it anymore. And yes, it will leave a blue residue on your hands after lathering, but just wash your hands right after and it's gone. It's really not a big deal and to me, its worth it!!
Great for Hispanic hair
Shelly from Nevada
My hair has been on a color journey- after a few years of natural brown hair with a blonde balayage, I turned to burgundy for awhile, then went dark dark brown, almost black for a couple years. I recently went a lighter brown and then added a caramel balayage with a new hair dresser. I forgot to tell her that I get super brassy and she didn't add a toner. After one wash my hair had ugly orange ends that I hated! I went to Ulta and picked up this Redken line for brunettes along with the Matrix brass off mask. My hair is beautiful after one mask and two washes with the redken line. A must have for my fellow Hispanic sisters with highlights!
I will probably try something new
Adrienne from Florence, KY
It did reduce my brassiness and help my lowlights stand out. However, doesn't lather up well in your hair leaving hair feeling unwashed.
Causes waxy texture and build up
Alex from Arizona
Lathers well, has clen smell to it. However, left a waxy texture on my hair and caused a lot of build up on my hair. Had to use a clarifying shampoo to strip the build up of my hair and get it back to a normal texture
I would buy this product again and again
Slowrunnermom from Monmouth junction, NJ
It really tones down any orange color you see in the sun
So far so good
Ana from South San Francisco
Noticed my hair is definitely shifted from that yukky brass color to now a beautiful light brown/cream tone. It does definitely stain, so make sure you wash your hands good.
Ms Mandy from Detroit.
As a dark brunette with cool undertones this shampoo stays helps my color stay true to its luster. No brassy undertones.
Mich from New Jersey
I'm shocked but after one use, it worked! I see a noticeable difference and my hair doesn't look orange anymore. People commented about the smell - It's not that bad. Def worth the money!! Buy both and shampoo and conditioner. If you can wash your hair outside of the shower, I'd recommend it. There is a lot of waiting time with the water running.
Ash from Naples
Didn't stain my shower and gave my hair the perfect tint I was looking for ! Absolutely love it for a subtle color touch.
Dani from Spring Hill florida
This was perfect for my highlighted hair. Typically my hair gets rough after highlighting and the colors seem to get brassy and dull. The color did not seem to fad and they actually looked brighter.
Not my favorite
Kelly from Cleveland, OH
I was sent the Redken Brownlights shampoo and conditioner to review. I was able to use them a couple of times, but unfortunately they made my scalp very itchy. I discontinued use for this reason. I do tend to have sensitive skin, so this may have played a factor. Both the shampoo and conditioner were very pigmented (and actually caused some minor, temporary staining in my shower). I didn't notice any major difference in the tone of my hair after using, but as previously stated, I wasn't able to use them for an extended period of time.
Danny56 from Bronx ny
I love. This product
Great shampoo with shiny results
Dena20 from Howell, NJ
On first use of this shampoo my blue hands startled me. But, the wonderful smell and rich lather distracted and the color quickly rinsed away.
This shampoo rinsed cleanly without stripping my hair and left my hair sparkling with lovely highlights. I have recommended it to all the brunettes I know! I received this product as a #FreeSample to test.
Redken Brownlights Blue Shampoo
P3AR7Z from Brooklyn
Make sure to read the instructions before you use. Put on gloves so as not to stain your hands.
Hfd67888 from Mt pleasant
This shampoo and conditioner are amazing!!! The blue tint really counteracts my brassiness and it leaves my hair feeling soft and Granth healthy. I love the scent too!
Alilchey from USA
I washed my hair with this product and it turned my scalp blue. I had to wash my hair again with another shampoo to remove the blue color from my scalp. It didn't help with the brassiness but haven't seen any improvement. It also left my hair dry and brittle feeling like it wiped out what little moisture my hair had to begin with.
Easy to use Blue Shampoo
seminolebrandi from san antonio
Really liked using this blue shampoo by Redken! It smelled good and really revitalized my hair color... My only critique is that it would lather up a bit more but overall it was really easy to use and worked great!
Love this shampoo
Slncombel from Louisiana
I absolutely love this shampoo. My hair feels so soft and smooth afterwards
Great for toning hair down or brassy hair
Sweetayla from Tennessee
I loved this product very well it does have a cologne smell but it doesn't last in your hair this is great for people dying their hair or if u have wigs that need to be toned down .
Helps to Extend Color
S from MA
I have dark red "highlights" in my brunette hair. This shampoo helps to keep my hair dye fresh without the red fading to a brassy undertone.