Pretty P.O.V.: Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish Tuesday 07 August, 2012
Testing (and loving) texturizing sprays has left my hair weighed down with product. Can I scrub it away with Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish? The answer: yes.
My signature hairstyle, since being introduced to the T3 Micro SinglePass Whirl styling wand nearly a year ago, has been a cascade of S-waves, typically with a haphazard center part. My styling sessions became a major two-part process: Blow-dry hair straight, then arduously curl 2-inch sections, section by painstaking section. Typically, I’d first spray each section prior to curling with a setting spray (I prefer Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist; it holds a curl like no other); then, once my curls had cooled, I’d either hand-rake the waves for a messier, more undone look, or brush them out with a paddle brush, creating one, glossed sheet of hills and valleys. I’d do this practically every day. All said, it would take me an hour and a half to do.
Then, I conducted an interview about creating beachy waves, and I realized that I needn’t put myself through hell and high water every time I cast my curls. The hairstylist, Joshua Barrett, turned me on to texturizing sprays; I needn’t blow-dry my hair straight anymore. I could just allow my naturally waved mane to air-dry, perhaps overnight if I wished, then spray in the texturizing spray, rough-dry the spray using my hands and a blow-dryer, and then go in with my wand to randomly curl sections. (I should also give a shout-out to Dan Sharp, T3 lead hairstylist, owner of Danka Panka salon and store in Brooklyn and the guy behind Liv Tyler‘s mane. He gave me a little talking-to last Fashion Week, saying, “Why would you blow-dry your hair straight, essentially taking out the curl pattern that you naturally have, and then add curls back in?” Zing! He’s right…)
Anyway, here’s the thing about texturizing sprays: They build-up…fast. I am the first to admit that I don’t like washing my hair every day, and with texturizing spray, that can be done—but by Day 3, your mane is heavy with the salt and tack of the texturizer…and all the other pollution and crud that’s floating in the air. The best way to rid strands of this product heft? Scrub it away. See, as beauty junkies, we’re quite used to scrubbing our skin, the idea being: Slough away the dead cells and the new, younger, healthy cells will get their moment to shine on your skin’s surface. Several exfoliators for body and face exist for this purpose, and even a scant few are made especially for the scalp (which, you should know, needs a good scrubbing from time to time to keep your follicle sites free of product debris and, yep, dead skin cells).
But what if you want to scrub your tresses? Traditionally, we’d all balk at that idea. Wouldn’t running an abrasive over the cuticle actually rough it up, effectively dulling the surface and erasing everything we try so hard to do with all those other potions and techniques—you know, sealing and smoothing the cuticle to make it shiny, shiny, shiny? I thought so. But when I met with Redken brand ambassador Rodney Cutler (a while ago), he explained Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish (not a new product anymore, but a definite game-changer) and put my mind at ease. He told me the polish isn’t actually meant for the scalp; it’s meant for the hair. “Really?” I asked. “It won’t strip hair of color or…I don’t know…hair?” No, no, no, Rodney assured me. This exfoliator for hair contains ultra-fine pumice granules that gently slough away impurities—think that aforementioned pollution, product residue, sweat—from the hair strand’s surface, leaving hair super-soft and shiny. “It’ll feel like sand in your hair when you’re using it, but, trust me, your hair will feel great,” he told me.
He wasn’t lying. I haven’t seen my hair this shiny…ever. In part because the formula contains aloe and soy protein to nourish and hydrate, but also sea algae to give it added protection. And then there’s the pumice: Somehow that Refining Sea Polish manages to whisk away every single thing that dulls my hair—and it smells absolutely amazing too, like the ocean…but infinitely better.
My trick for using it: After shampooing, flip your hair over your head with your head down; take a half-dollar (if you remember what that looks like) size amount in your hand and gently rub it into your hair, moving both hands back and forth in opposite directions with your hair sandwiched between them. Rinse until every last granule is out. (The little particles will get all over your shower, so make sure to rinse your shower floor too.) No color loss. No roughed-up cuticle surface. Just silky, much shinier, much lighter and bouncier hair.
Visit Redken.com to find a salon that carries Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish near you.