I’m a big fan of Redken hair care and styling products. They’re effective, easy to use, reasonably affordable, and there are a dizzying group of collections with lots of items to suit your needs and your hair. But if you straighten your hair or enjoy anti-frizz treatments, you must use a sulfate-free shampoo. Why? As David Stanko, color director, Angelo David NYC, explains: “Keratin doesn’t bond in the hair, like traditional perms or relaxers, instead it provides a ‘coating’ on the hairstrand which keeps the hair straight. Sulfates, in shampoos, break down the coating and cause the hair to revert faster or revert in an irregular way.”
Luckily, Redken has just introduced Nature’s Rescue, a 4-piece collection of paraben-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free haircare essentials. The products feature plant and marine extracts that remove impurities and buildup while helping nourish hair.
The products don’t come in the iconic, Redken bottles that are solid, and color coded by collection. Redken Nature’s Rescue products have round jars and bottles and tube with flip-top and pump caps, featuring soft, green blue, white and grey graphics and a photo of water beads and grasses near the ocean. The presentation is really quite lovely!
I also like the formulas that feature a soft, marine scent, a bit of a cooling sensation, and perhaps, the faint hint that you’re on the ocean or by the sea. Here’s what the four products can do for you:
Nature’s Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo ($16.00 6.8 fl. oz) is a lovely shampoo that washes away dirt, sweat, grime and styling products, and leaves hair looking and feeling clean and shiny. This is what a shampoo is supposed to do!
Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish ($19.00 3.4 fl. oz). The product arrives in a flip top tube, and it looks and feels like the kind of exfoliating product you’d use on your skin. The gitty-ness is due to genuine pumice, that helps to remove impurities and refine the hair’s surface, so it looks healthy and shiny. My newly-“polished” hair felt smoother and less frizzy, too. It felt really strange to be putting a thick, exfoliating cream on my hair, but to my relief, it washed out easily. Moisturizing aloe vera and soy protein make hair feel clean — it was different–and fun–and it worked!.
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, just like your skin, you then need to moisturize and condition. This line has a jar of rich cream to help you do just that: Replenish with Nature’s Rescue Cooling Deep Conditioner ($17.00 4.2 fl. oz. ). I’m not a fan of screw-top jars (slippery to open in the bath) but aloe vera, sea algae and soy proteins make her so much softer, while providing a little “attitude adjustment” by cooling your hair and scalp (it’s minimal, not disruptive).
Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray ($17.00 3.4 oz.) in a pump top spray adds texture, and something else: that’s pretty unique: a “time-touch” fragrance technology that means tiny fragrance capsules release busts of the marine scent when you (or someone else) touches your hair. It’s a little like a “Febreze” for your hair! Before you laugh, remember that hair picks up bad smells, too. Far better to smell like the ocean, than to have your hair smell like the grease from the diner, smoke from the club or even worse, scents from the head-rests of planes!
Even if you don’t care what you put on your hair, you’ll find these Redken Nature’s Rescue products to be delightful. Your hair will look shiny, clean, smell great….and you can use them with those treatments that require sulfate-free hair care. Please visit the Redken Web Site to find an authorized salon near you and avoid getting grey market goods *read my former post about the important topic of Diversion.
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