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John Masters Organics Shine On

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair
August 5, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
Although we have a few more weeks to go, I've been anticipating the end of summer and the inevitable need giving some TLC to hair that has seen too much sun, salt and swimming pool chemicals. So the search has been on for a hair mask or leave-in conditioner and I have to say that most things that I came across were disappointing concoctions containing more silicone that Pamela Anderson's body. Then I found John Masters Organics Shine On ($30), described as "a natural, leave-in hair treatment that uses organic kelp in place of synthetic silicone". It had my name on it.

The kelp in question is macrocystis pyrifera. Its gelatinous qualities add shine to hair and it is also a proven antiager (in tests on humans, it has been demonstrated to reduce wrinkles). One study determined that it inhibits the formation of an enzyme called metalloproteinases, which can prevent hair growth. As an aside for would-be marine botanists, it is also known as giant kelp because it can grow up to 200 feet.

The base of this conditioner is aloe vera gel, an anti-inflammatory. Carrot seed oil contains beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamins A and E, essential for healthy hair. Carotenoids are also in marigolds (calendula) in the form of a component in the petals called lutein. I was interested to see beech extract as there a sugar found abundantly in beech trees and known to stimulate the production of glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), molecules responsible for defending the skin against water loss.

I couldn't help but order some Shine On in the hope that it will take me through fall and my next appointment with my colorist. I'll let you know how I get on.


Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), glycerin, guar gum,* sodium alginate, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil,* olea europaea (olive) oil,* calendula officinalis (calendula) extract,* anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract,* xanthane gum, methylcellulose gum, macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) extract,* marine phytoplankton, fagus sylvatica (beech) extract*

*Certified Organic by QAI / CCOF
  • August 17, 2009

    by Teresa Gillenwater

    My hair has damage from sun, chlorine, & color treating. This summer has been worse with age as another factor. I have tried salon treatments, leave-in conditioners & sunscreens. My hair is bleached, so I have wanted to try a mask, but didn't know where to start. I'm looking for silky shine & elasticity. I'm on a budget, too. Any suggestions?

  • August 15, 2009

    by Mb

    I have been struggling with dry hair this summer. This must be a sign of getting older because I have never encountered this before. I also have fine hair and can never find a leave in that does not make me look greasy. I am optomistic about this product and would like to know if anyone with fine strands has tried it.
    Mb :)

  • August 15, 2009

    by aerwin

    I need to try this , seriously. First of all i have really curly hair and it's reddish. Of course I want straight hair! So in the spring i got the bright idea I wanted it lighter red , like Charlotte on my fav show LOST . MISTAKE! Dry , dry , dry. So I am using that no frizz by living proof and it works but it makes it drier i'm afraid:(
    So I'm still trying to get my hair back in shape , plus I am hair product junkie.

  • August 11, 2009

    by Gwen Poth

    So glad you stumbled across - many thanks!

  • August 7, 2009

    by marta

    Thank you Beautorium. I have to say I was very pleased to have stumbled across your site the other day.

  • August 7, 2009

    by Gwen Poth

    Hello from beautorium - thought you might be interested to know that if you go to you'll receive 15% off your first order!

  • August 6, 2009

    by marta

    You can get it at Beautorium, an online site specializing in green beauty products. There are two live links to the site in the post.

  • August 6, 2009

    by anne

    where can i find the John Masters Shine On leave-in conditioner? Can I get it on-line?

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