Hair Detox

March 02, 2012
Over the past year, I've been reading bits and pieces about sulfate-shampoo. I would read a few sentences into an article and lose interest- I figured it was just one of those new tree hugger things. I've been on the fence because of the way it apparently makes your hair feel. 

& then. . . 
Redken introduced the Nature's Rescue line: 
"a new collection of paraben-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free haircare essentials, with plant and marine extracts, that remove impurities and buildup while helping nourish hair. Formulas with water-fresh fragrances, cooling sensations and ocean-inspired textures provide the perfect balance of moisture. Suitable for all hair types. Alternate with your regular haircare regimen or use daily to detox, replenish and experience an instant ocean escape!" 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a grease cutting detergent that adds in the foaming nature of soap and is used from shampoo and facial cleansers to degreasing mechanic shop floors. Basically- SLS makes soap 'soapy.' The problem with SLS is that it has been known to damage the hair follicle, which can lead to weakened and diminished hair growth. 

Sulfate-free shampoo will not foam up as well as your favorite shampoo which may make you try to use more product to get the foaming effect, but don't try- it won't foam. 

I love Redken so I headed to Ulta and jumped on the paraben-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free train today. Right now, Ulta has Buy 2 Get 1 Free Redken Products, so I took advantage and purchase the Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Refining Sea Polish and Radiant Sea Spray

My shampoo experience: 
After I applied the refining detox shampoo to my scalp and attempted to lather (even though I knew it wouldn't) I was trying to think of the best way to describe what I was experiencing. The only adjective I could come up with was CLEAN. My hair felt super clean, it wasn't smooth and silky, it felt stiff and clean. It's something you have to experience to be able to understand. 

The Refining Sea Polish is to be applied in sections- it feels like a coarse exfoliant or pumice stone when applied. Apply it from root to tip and 'scrub'. My hair felt super clean after that. I love how my feet feel after I use a pumice stone, so I could only imagine how my hair was going to feel. I was excited about all of the gunk I was scrubbing away. 

I was excited to see how my hair turned out after I dried and flat ironed it. I sprayed the Radiant Sea Spray after towel drying my hair. The spray can be applied wet or dry. 

After drying and flat ironing my hair, i was satisfied. My hair looked and felt healthier. While it didn't perform miracles, it wasn't as frizzy and felt a lot smoother. It wasn't as silky as it would be if I used my normal shampoo with SLS, but this is something I can get used to. 

A hair treatment line that is good for my hair's physical appearance AND growth? I approve! 


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