"May I say that I like it when you do this hairstyle?", my husband asked at dinner last night. I resolved to try it out more often, although I do think straight bangs give me a look that is a cross between Diane Sawyer and Martha Stewart - ie matronly professional. Anyhow my husbands compliments are really due to Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist ($39.99). It makes my wavy hair stick straight and glossy, but thick and never, ever limp.

I always find the initial experience a little alarming. Fekkai's mist is designed to be applied to dry hair. Sprayed carefully from the recommended 12 inches away doesn't quite do it for me and I find myself zapping closer to my head than I probably should. The initial result is that I have damp-looking wavy hair. But all I have to do is rake my fingers through my hair a few times - no need to comb or brush. And voila. Invisible to the eye and undetectable by touch, it magically makes waves straight and shiny. Just as advertised.

Although Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist has its fair share of silicones, it is marketed as olive oil being the key ingredient. There are a couple of other things of interest. There is at least one good reason to applaud the presence of hypnea musciformis on the grounds that someone at least is putting this Hawaiian invasive species to use. Also this seaweed has been found to contain 16 fatty acids. The other marine botanical, gellidiela acerosa extract, is the giver of a natural thickening agent called argar powder. The third seaweed, sargassum filipendula extract, seems to mostly function as an antibacterial and may explain why there are no nasty preservatives here.

Apart from the 'cones, which I am prepared to tolerate since they are unlikely to penetrate my skin and will eventually evaporate from my hair, the only thing to dislike is phytantriol, about which there is evidence of toxicity and skin irritation.


Alcohol Denat, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Algae Extract, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Phytantriol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Water, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxy Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.