Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine spray ($26) is one of the two finishing products in the popular Moroccanoil salon hair care line that started the current argan oil craze. Formerly known as Gold Glimmer Shine spray, the company dropped the word “gold” due to legal issues with a similarly named product. I’m currently using the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner and thought the Glimmer Shine spray would be a good addition to my current hair care regime.

Per Moroccanoil, the spray is “infused with argan oil, vitamins and antioxidants; it creates an invisible veil of luminous shine and protects hair against environmental elements such as sun, salt water and chlorine.” Argan oil supplies antioxidant powers to rid hair of free radicals. While the first two ingredients are cyclomethicone and dimethicone, the product also contains triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil that contains vitamin E and panthenol (which is provitamin B5). While the ingredient list is simple, it would indicate that the product does what it claims to do.

The directions are to spray in a misting motion, from a distance of 10 to12 inches. Personally, I think spraying from that far away wastes a lot of product, as it seems my floor mat gets a better coating of the product than my hair. However, spraying too close to the hair has its downside too - creating greasy (but shiny!) patches on your head. It’s incredibly easy to overuse this product, so use it sparingly to avoid regrettable results. I find that putting a couple of spritzes onto my palms and then spreading it through my hair with my hands results in more even distribution. It has a nice enough scent, very similar to the original Moroccanoil treatment product, without being overwhelming.

The spray claims to deliver “an effective, long lasting, unparalleled shine,” to which is what I take exception. It certainly does add shine but I wouldn’t say it lasts through even half the day. Moreover, a second application is a mistake. While the shine was gone from the initial application, the heavy silicones were not. A finishing product should ideally be light and weightless. For those with coarse or thick hair, this product would likely work well. However, Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist continues to be my preferential shine spray.

Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil, Fragrance (Supplement), Wheat (triticum vulgare) Germ Oil, Panthenol, D&C Red no. 17, D&C Yellow no. 11.