First Impressions: Redken Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish

I have been a beauty blogger for quite some time now, and love that I get to try and review so many products for beauty, skin, and hair, but after awhile you start to see that a lot of products start to blend together- eyeshadows, mascara, deep conditioning mask, face wash.. it’s generally the same type of product, with maybe a tweek here or there. I always get really excited when I see something that is a somewhat unique concept that you don’t see everyday. Redken’s Nature’s Rescue Refining Sea Polish definitely fits into that category!

refining sea polish


This is a very gentle exfoliant that you use in your hair. I have never seen nor heard of a hair exfoliator, so this really caught my attention!

refining sea polish

The Claim:

“Gentle exfoliant, enriched with pumice, removes impurities and refines hair’s surfice leaving it smooth and shiny. Formulated with moisturizing aloe very and soy protein to help protect the hair.  Polishes hair surface texture leaving hair silky with reduced frizz from root to tip”

refining sea polish

The Product/Use:

The product itself has a very fine grit to it, similar to the texture of sand, and has a fresh sea scent, it reminded me of a spa! I put about a quarter-sized amount into my palms and applied it to freshly shampooed hair. I’m not used to using something with a grit to it in my hair, so while I was massaging it in I was really afraid this was going to leave my hair feeling dry and brittle, but just the opposite happened. While rinsing it out my hair felt really silky and soft, but not heavy like a deep conditioner can be. My hair also felt really clean, but not so much that it didn’t feel slick and dry. This is also a sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free product, so it’s safe for any hair type, including color treated hair.



Overall Opinion:

I think this is a really cool and unique idea! I don’t think I would use this more than maybe 2x a month though, as I would be afraid that, like with your face, too much exfoliation would cause more harm than good. I think this would also be great if your hair has a lot of build-up and needs a bit of a detox.

This is available for $19 from salons that sell Redken. Visit to find a salon near you!



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  1. Becky says:

    This could potentially be a dumb question…. and I’m too lazy to go investigate, but does this product do anything to help with split ends? Does it prevent them, or maybe get rid of them? I’ve never seen or heard of a product like this, but if it can help mend the damage to the hair shaft, it makes sense that it could help with split ends to me…..

    • Liz says:

      Unfortunately there is no product in existence that will mend split ends. Once the hair is split, the only thing you can do is cut them off. Otherwise it will just keep splitting up the hair shaft.

      There are plenty of great products out there that will strengthen or moisturizer the hair to help prevent split ends. Getting regular trims really helps. Even if you’re only taking off the tips. But if you don’t get all the split ends off they will keep splitting as I said above. Also not using heat, or too much heat on your hair helps a lot. And when you color (if you color) there are ways that help to prevent damage as well.

  2. Liz says:

    So you would use this as a conditioner? Or instead of your normal conditioner?

    Is it for the hair only or for scalp and hair?

    You said it left your hair silky and soft when you rinsed it. How did your hair feel once you blow dried and styled it?

    Do you think it has the potential to strip color or make it fade faster than it normally would? I know they claim it’s not supposed to, but I was wondering your feelings on this.

    Framesi has a shampoo that does this for the scalp and hair. Unfortunately they’re super expensive. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve been wanting to.

    • Leesha says:

      i used a conditioner after using this. it’s for the hair. after drying/styling my hair still feels very soft and manegable. the main reason products can strip hair is if they have sulfates in them, and since this does not it shouldn’t make hair color fade any faster than it would when using other color safe products

  3. Raven says:

    I wonder how this would be for those of us that live in super dry climates and constantly have issues with dry scalp? I will have to go and grab a sample and see how it is…

  4. Kyle says:

    I have SUPER fine, straight hair that gets oily by the end of the day.
    Do you think this would make it too soft/moisturized to the point of being super oily?
    I know it’s kind of hard to give a 100% answer,
    but your opinion? :)

  5. Pam says:

    I think I would want to try something like this to exfoliate my scalp. I just had a scalp exfoliation/hair mask done at a spa/salon this weekend and I really enjoyed it. The product they used was gritty but they didn’t spread it through my hair.

    I have oily skin that leads to an oily scalp and I hope something like this can help during the summer months when I get a lot of build-up because I’m sweating on top of that.

  6. Leiris says:

    The Body Shop used to have a hair mask in their Henna line (probably 8 years ago), and it had a little bit of a grit in it but not so much like sand. It was just a grainy sort of texture, but I don’t think the purpose was exfoliating the hair. It restored moisture to the hair, I think.

    This product sounds nice, and I’ve smelled the Redken sea spray (not sure of the exact name) in this line, and it smells fantastic, so I’m sure this one will smell nice, too!

  7. Ari says:

    Great post! My stylist at my local Ulta salon gave me samples of this after using it on my hair. It really works well on my especially oily, unruly hair and I’d recommend it to others in a heartbeat. Can’t wait to try more of this line.

  8. Rachel says:

    Wow! I am REALLY curious about this. I wonder how long it will take for other companies to jump on the hair exfoliating bandwagon.

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