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Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine- not a shining star

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Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
January 24, 2012 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
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.
  • March 6, 2016

    by Tai

    Hype its all hype

  • June 3, 2012

    by Beth

    I am severely allergic, causes 2nd degree burns on me, to Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) methylisothiazolinone. I have to make sure it does not contain these two ingrediants. Does anyone know if this products contains these two?

  • January 25, 2012

    by Debra

    Marta, here's the ingredients from the label. Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa Oil (Argan Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Seed Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E Oil), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzophenone-3, Fragrance. And, it does smell great!

  • January 24, 2012

    by Marta

    I have hunted high and low on the internet but cannot find the ingredients list for the Holistix

  • January 24, 2012

    by Debra

    I have used MoroccanOil but my hairstylist gave me a sample of another product which I like better. It is holistix Lite Oil Treatment made with Pure Argan Oil. I would love to hear your opinion of it and its list of ingredients which are suppose to be natural, sulfate-free, no sodium chloride, parabens, MEA, DEA or dyes.

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