So, you've decided you want to try one of Redken's best-selling systems for dry hair, but you can't quite figure out what the differences are? We've all been there, don't worry!
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Redken All Soft vs All Soft Mega
"All Soft" has been a staple of the Redken brand as far back as 2006. In 2018, the range was bolstered with "All Soft Mega", a trio of products aimed more towards severely dry hair types. While they're still available in short supply on retailers such as Amazon, the line was officially discontinued in early 2023.
In February 2023, shortly after the discontinuation, Redken announced "All Soft Mega Curls". Today, we'll be exploring the similarities and differences between Redken All Soft vs All Soft Mega Curls, primarily focusing on their shampoos.
First and foremost, it's worth establishing the fact that since they're both ultimately under the same ("All Soft") umbrella, they have indeed been designed with similar purposes in mind. To be specific, they are both formulated for dry hair.
All Soft Shampoo contains a combination of Soy Protein (seals in moisture and boosts body), Arginine (conditions hair by stimulating the scalp), Sepicap (restores the look of ends), Argan Oil (gives hair an intense softness), and Moisturizing Factors (replenishes and maintains essential moisture balance).
(You'll find the exact same "Moisture Complex" in the All Soft Conditioner, too, just in a higher concentration.)
All Soft Mega Curls Shampoo instead contains a "Nourish Complex" comprised of Aloe, which provides intense moisturization for high porosity hair (such as curly hair). On its own we find this to be a bit lacklustre relative to its All Soft sister, but the conditioner more than picks up the slack.
The All Soft Mega Curls Conditioner is formulated with Aloe, Amino Acids, Soy Protein, Vegetable Protein, and Arginine—an intensely nourishing combo akin to the aforementioned All Soft "Moisture Complex" which adds softness, shine, and reduces frizz.
Ultimately, they really are just exactly what they say on their bottles. They're also not worlds apart formula-wise, but did we ever expect them to be?
So, we've come full circle. If you have dry, damaged hair that is low-porosity or straight, then you'll love the All Soft range. If you have dry, damaged hair that is high-porosity or curly, then you'll adore the All Soft Mega Curls range.
Calum Torrington is the founder of FemmeNordic. He has worked as a beauty editor since 2020 and employs his analytical background in mathematics to thoroughly scrutinize complex INCI lists. Now, he helps over 1 million people per year to find the best beauty products.