Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray Review

Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray Review

Hello Ladies,

I hardly used hair sprays till the time I wanted to try different hairstyles, mostly inspired by Youtube gurus. Today, I will be reviewing a hair spray for you all from the brand Redken, which is owned by none other than the cosmetic giant L’Oreal Group.


Product Description:

Empower styles with the ultimate finishing touch. Fast drying, ultra clean formula delivers lasting shape memory and 8 hours of maximum control. Exclusive Shine Charged Technology helps provide frizz-free ,touchable, shiny styles with 24 hour humidity resistance.


Spray 8-12 inches from dry styled hair.  Can be layered for increased control without stiffness.

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I have long straight hair and while checking out some youtube videos on how to create glamorous voluminous hair, I stumbled upon many videos recommending Redken products. If you are a regular viewer of youtube videos, you must have heard about this brand before. My sole purpose of getting the hairspray was to have a finishing spray which could set my curls for a long time. So, when an online shopping site was offering good discounts on hair care products, I got myself one. I did not have a clear idea on the different hair sprays available and since Redken Quick Dry 18 hair spray had not been spotted there, I had to zero on Forceful 23. So, let’s see how this product performed on me.


Original price is approximately 1200 INR (got it for 850 INR on discount).


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It comes in a silver coloured, long, cylindrical can with a nozzle dispenser and sports #23 on it in bold big letters. I have heard many people complaining about the product getting stuck at the nozzle which I have never experienced. It has a plastic cap on top and after removing it, you need to press the nozzle to disperse the product from the can.


The smell is not at all overpowering and very much soothing to the senses.  It smells like Old Spice to me, very typical of hair sprays.

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My Experience with Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray:

Redken has a number system depending on the control and protection it provides. 01-05 gives mild control, 06-15 medium control , 16-26 maximum control, so the Forceful 23 hairspray gives a very strong hold.  As I stated earlier, I wanted a hair spray to hold my curls all day, which it does.  But it makes my hair pretty stiff and crunchy, though my hair stay brush-able. I need to spray it at least 8-12 inches away from styled hair. It dries pretty fast leaving no residue. My curls do stay in place, but it is not that kind of curl I would love to flaunt. After an hour, my curls turn real bad, something very similar to “Chidiya ka Ghosla.” I want my curls to be very smooth and glossy (similar to Karishma Kapoor’s on the Garnier Color advertisement), which it fails to provide, but I guess for that kind of smooth glossy curls, one needs to splurge on a few more items.

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But when I use this hair spray for an up do, it gave me fantastic results. It provided very strong hold throughout the day without making me look as if I have used anything on my hair which is a real plus. This is probably the best hair spray for your wedding day, or an evening party to flaunt those elegant updos, but on normal casual styles, it gives a very stiffy and crunchy look. For curls and all, I recommend Redken Fashion work 12 Hair spray or Quick dry 18 hair spray.

Pros of Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray:

  • Gives very strong hold, hair stays in place the whole day.
  • Smells very nice.
  • Comes in a 365 ml big can.
  • Dries really quick, no sticky feeling.
  • Never weighs the hair down.

Cons of Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray:

  • Suitable only for updo hairstyles.
  • Makes the curls stiff and crunchy.
  • Expensive.

Do I Recommend Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray?

If you want a hairspray on your wedding day or want to create an evening party look, then definitely yes, but if you want a hair spray for your curls or casual hairstyles then a Big NO!!

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