An Exfoliant for Hair?

A friend recently gifted me Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish. Well, not “gifted” so much as pawned off, since she later confessed she wasn’t a huge fan of the product. She said it was “abrasive.”

I can understand her complaint. Well, kind of. The instructions call for smoothing the polish onto your hair from the root down to the tip, during which the product’s tiny pumice granules feel a little bit like sand paper as you massage them into your hair. So, honestly, I can see how the sensation might have turned my friend off to it. In fact, I probably would have wanted to give it away, too. Except … it works.

Sure, the sand-papery sensation was a little strange, but the shine and smoothness of my hair afterward more than made up for it. And, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it didn’t completely dry my hair out.

The aloe vera and soy that Redken adds must do the trick, because instead of stripping moisture and leaving brittle strands, the Sea Polish just removed all the excess product and left my hair super shiny, very smooth, and, was I seeing things, or was my hair color richer without all those impurities clinging to my hair?

As far as I’m concerned, there’s just one downside to Redken’s hair polish: It’s hard to stop using it. Not permanently, mind you. It’s just that, now that I’ve witnessed the results, I want to reach for it every time I wash my hair, but I’m sure that the stuff isn’t intended to be an everyday kind of luxury, otherwise it probably really will strip my hair and dry it out. You know what they say about too much of a good thing …

Do you use any kind of exfoliating hair product? I’d never heard of a hair exfoliant until my friend gave me Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish, but I’ve since also seen Oscar Blandi’s Trattamento D’Alternanza Exfoliating Treatment on shelves (although I haven’t used it — have you?) I’m curious to know what other exfoliating products for hair are out there.

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  • Christina Pham

    February 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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    Since I cut my bangs, I've been straightening my hair a lot now (the only way my hair looks good with my new style), so […] Read MoreSince I cut my bangs, I've been straightening my hair a lot now (the only way my hair looks good with my new style), so maybe I'll give this product a shot since my hair has been looking a little damaged lately, from the constant heat styling. Read Less

  • Archana Rao

    March 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm
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    Apparently baking soda and water is another super inexpensive way to exfoliate hair. It's supposed to clean your hair of any residue but I'm not […] Read MoreApparently baking soda and water is another super inexpensive way to exfoliate hair. It's supposed to clean your hair of any residue but I'm not sure if it leaves it shiny and soft. May be something to try! Read Less

  • Jamie Leigh Martin

    May 17, 2012 at 12:31 am
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    I need this! I haven't even heard of them before now either!

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