Rated 3.78 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Holy grail product of a licensed stylist
I am a licensed cosmetologist and the salon I work in carries Redken products. From time to time with new product launches we as employees receive free sample sizes. About two weeks ago I received this Pillow Proof primer in a small sample size and I have used it for every blow dry since. It is absolutely amazing! As advertised it cuts drying time pretty much in half. I will say that you need to be weary with this product and read the directions. As with anything if you are too heavy handed you will get the opposite outcome as you should. Now the one con with this - the god awful smell. Usually that's a deal breaker for me but I love it that much that I use it anyway. I recommend this to every one of my clients. It is a must have to get a good salon quality blowout at home in less time.
Most Helpful Critical Review Didn't work for me
I really really wanted to like this after all the great reviews but I'm disappointed. A lot of reviewers said the smell was really awful. I didn't think it was unbearable but I will admit it's a little off putting at first. I got used to it and it was fine. I suggest finding a bottle and spraying it before buying because it is expensive if you end up throwing it away for smell! For me I can't smell it anymore after it is dry so it wasn't a deal breaker.Anyway my issue with this product is that it does what it says, but the next day my hair is AWFUL. I usually go two days between hair washes and if I use this then no way. It makes my hair very oily and flat the next morning. That's why I said it would be best used for a special occasion. If you need to look great for an evening and don't care about the next day, then this is perfect. That's all I use it for anymore! But if you like a blowout to last a few days then I can't recommend this at all... For reference I have medium thickness hair that has very fine strands but a lot of them.
Tl;dr this product makes my medium-thick hair oily the day after I use it.
Reviewed by 552 customers Wouldn't buy again
Claire from Asheville, N.C.
Let me start out to say that I am not typically a fan of Redken products anyway and try to avoid them when possible but I needed something like this and it was the only brand available at the time. When I use this I find that my hair just completely dries out and tangles. It feels not quite sticky but rough in my hair when it is first applied, almost like a hair spray. After some time of t settling into my hair, it does stay silky and smooth, but I feel it takes away all of my silkiness.
I wanted to really like this because I've heard great things and my hair dresser loves it, but it just isn't for me.
I have long, thin and fine hair, but a lot of it.
Some carrot cake smell
Padme from 6508
Seems to work fine but the smell is horrible
Don't spray your ends!
Amber from Peoria, IL
I noticed many reviews saying this leaves hair crunchy. Do not spray on your ends. As long as spray just the top portion of my head my hair feels great. This cuts drying time in half!
Left hair feeling rough and crunchy
Not for me from Virginia
I thought this product would be good for my hair texture (4a - 4b), but it left my hair feeling rough and crunchy. I will not use this product again.
leaves hair crunchy and rough
rosette from sea
Did notice a shortened blow dry time, but it wasn't worth how it made my hair feel. Not smooth at all, very as someone else said "straw like", rough and crunchy feeling. Didn't feel healthy at all after the product. I bought it thinking it would be an upgrade form the L'Oréal blow dry it hair drying primer but it definitely wasn't and I'll be going back to that. Won't use this anymore.
123Chuchi from Nashville
Love it leaves my hair so soft and smells good
Best Product Ever
Christine from Ohio
I use this every time I wash my hair. It makes it dry so much faster, look healthier and shinny.
I have curly hair. I Tried this product
Jenny from Knoxville, Tennessee
I tried this product, because the employee at Ulta Said it would keep my hair straight. But it helps but it does not keep my hair straight.
This product is AWESOME!
Jordan from Lakeland
I love this product! It literally takes me normally 2 hours to get my hair dry from just out of the shower. I have so much hair and it's thicker and stubborn.
I have started using this product in combination with other heat protectant with my blowdrying brush and my hair is dry in 15 mins!
Jewels2020 from Saginaw, Michigan
This was awesome for my coarse, tangly hair. Made it so much smoother and easier to get a brush through while blow drying. It dried in almost half the time too.
works well but smells so weird
Claire from Virginia
I really enjoy this spray. I do feel like it protects my hair pretty well, I'm just not sure if it cuts down on dry time—although my hair is really thick and takes a long time to dry regardless. I just hate the smell of it. It smells so strongly of celery or something similar. I'm not sure if I have a bad batch or what but the smell is so weird! The fragrance doesn't last in my hair though so it's easy to look past, especially since it does such a good job of protecting my hair from heat damage.
Made my hair like straw!
Louise A from Sunnyvale, CA
I was really excited to try this product after reading the reviews, but it is such a let down. First of all, it smells bad. So bad I can still smell this on my hair after drying. After using it made my hair such a weird texture, literally like straw and hay. Like another comment mentioned it leaves your hair with a greasy feel. Would not recommend!
Not worth it!
Sarah from Seattle, WA
This product left my hair greasy and I didnt really notice a difference in the time it took to blow dry.
I dont mind a nice fragrance at all but this stuff smells like over used perfume. Fortunately it doesnt linger but between the smell and grease, this product is a fail.
Nothing bad to say!
Kelly from Louisville KY
Love this stuff! I have thick hair, which makes blow drying an hour (sometimes two) long event. Typically I will spray this after I come out of a shower onto my damp hair. Then I'll wait about an 30-60 minutes and blow dry. My hair is so much softer and shinier! I'll never blow dry without this spray
Frizz, frizz and the smell!
nalepins from South bend, IN
I thought this was what my hairdresser used on my hair, but it was so not. This left my hair with the weirdest texture and very frizzy. I couldn't got past the smell if it worked, but it didn't. Thank God for ulta's return policy.
not for me
Colleen from RI
Leaves my hair incredibly sticky, has an awful odor, and it takes even longer to dry my hair when I use it. Will not buy again.
Spooky🎃👻 from California
Love this for my hair it works great! I
Great for quick dry
Stylist from STL, MO
I worked at a salon and used this first hand, smells great and dries the wet hair a lot faster. This one would be better for finer hair types.
Favorite hair product of all time!
JetSet Jackie from Akron OH
great for before heat styling or to tame flyaways. so soft on the hair and non greasy finish
Yes, yes and yes!!
jennie from Ct
I have been using this product faithfully for a couple pf years and I love it! I think it smells great, definitely cuts down on blow-dry time and makes my hair smooth. I have super fine hair and I was impressed it didn't weigh my hair down at all. I do wash my hair daily, but I can see how others might have an oily feel with this if they do not wash as often.
The name Pillow Proof does not seem to be appropriate
Thom from Gastonia
This product is a big disappointment.
MB from Atlanta, GA
I have shoulder length, fairly thick, wavy hair that's prone to frizz. I got the trail size and love it! My COVID project was to train my hair to not be washed every day, and I give the credit to this spray - I'm able to wash just every other day, and many times can stretch another day. Even with Georgia humidity and a daily work out. Less is more, I only use 4 sprays in my hair. I use it first, then my styling product, then blow dry. I think it allows the other products to work better too.
Allthecats20 from CT
I love this spray! Smells great, makes my hair super soft, and makes a difference in blow dry time.
I will be purchasing this in the future AGAIN.
Haley from Tuscaloosa, AL
I used this product to blow dry my wavy, decently thick hair. Most days I let it air dry, however I was very pleased with this. It depends on how you use it. If you use a lot, then you may be prone to greasiness, especially if you have more fine hair. If you are more sensitive to smell or prefer a more "natural" scent, then it may not be for you. Again, it depends on the person, but honestly I felt that this was a personal win. I would highly recommend.
I can't imagine styling my hair with out this product!
Mami 1986 from La Porte, TX
This and the blow dry cream is the best!