Apparently, shiny hair is in now. I don’t recall it going out, but I like pretty, glossy hair as much as the next girly-girl, so I won’t quibble. When I got to test a new shine spray, I had a immediate flashback to my sister’s wedding, and the glitter-shellac spray from Claire’s that the stylist applied to her updo with a heavy hand. To be fair, my sister looked like a fairytale, but I shy away from anything that could remotely pass for disco-fabulous in my everyday life.
Before: Matte Hair
After: Shiny Hair
With that trepidation in mind, I tested Alfaparf Milano’s Semi Di Lino Diamante Illuminating Finish ($24, go to alfaparfeduc.com for salon locations.) This Illuminating Finishing product is a lightweight spray and promises exceptional shine and softness without weighing hair down. The idea behind it is that it creates an invisible film to protect hair from humidity while keeping the hairstyle soft and natural.
This formula has no holding capabilities, but promises to weightless block frizz and keep strands shiny. As the name might suggest, it gets sprayed on as the final step after a hairstyle is completely finished. I applied it with a light hand to my layers, since that’s where I notice the most dullness. As you can tell from the Before and After photos, the difference is subtle. A little of the spray covers a lot, and a little more leads right into that land of heavy over-application. It’s a good boost for a busy woman who has forgotten to eat her veggies or gotten too friendly with her hot tools. If you want wedding glitz, you may want to take another route.
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– Katharine McKenzie
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