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Sidney N. Reed
- Published on Amazon.com
I purchased both this Shine Shock and the John Frieda Liquid Shine Luminous Glaze. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Liquid Shine Luminous Color Glaze-6.5 oz (192 ml) I figured between the two of them, one should work out nicely. This one is labeled "glosser", while the other is a "glaze." So, what's the difference exactly? And which one should I buy? Depends on a few things...
- apply to wet hair after getting out of shower, then follow up with usual styling process
- thick, clear gel type that you slather on palms and apply to hair
- a bit difficult to work into hair (only apply to areas of hair you'll see, like top layers of hair and ends)
- adds a subtle shine to otherwise dull hair (not going to be as glossy as a mirror, but a slight shine)
- does not volumize, soften, or texture hair (be careful, it can end up like styling wax if you don't water it down)
- does not add color
- takes a mere minute to apply
LIQUID SHINE GLAZER:
- in shower, shampoo and condition, then rub in glaze and keep in shower cap for 3-5 mins, then rinse
- a dark brown, shampoo like consistency that you lather all over hair
- very slippery and easy to apply to hair, but a bit messy and can stain your skin if you aren't careful
- shine is apparently all over hair, not just surfaces
- adds very noticeable shine and color dimension
- will add slight volume without thickening or weighing down, softens like a conditioner, and tames flyways
- takes a while to apply in the shower, plus you have to work carefully
- may stain your towels brown unless you rinse all of it out and use a black towel for hair only
It depends on what you're going for. I take a shower at night and wash my hair every day (I have Japanese hair that produces it's own oil), so putting this gloss in my hair is a pain. I have to get out the shower, apply this gloss, then dry it with a blowdryer and hope it doesn't rub off at night. The next morning, I noticed my hair felt thick and waxy. Plus, it really clung to the parts I applied, but the underlying hair looked dull. It would be too expensive to apply this gloss to every bit of my mid-back length hair (the bottle is a bit larger than travel size). If you want a nice, consistent shine for long dark hair, I would recommend you use the Luminous Glaze instead. You get more in the bottle, and even though it takes an extra step during your shower, the results are really stunning.
This gloss would be great for people who shower in the morning. When you wash your hair at night, your roots have 8+ hours to replenish oil, so I normally wake up with soft, self-styling hair. When I shower in the morning, my hair feels dry and there's static. It just hasn't had time to recover and re-condition itself. (I think showering in the morning is more American, hence the invention of leave-in-conditioners?) If you are a morning-showerer, this gloss is a quick and easy way to tame those flyaways. But beware, it can be a bit heavy and gunky unless you water it down and REALLY spread it around. It won't moisture or soften your hair either.
So depends on what type of hair/lifestyle you have. Oily hair? Shower and night? Go with the Luminous Glaze and enjoy soft, silky, and well-behaved hair. Dry hair? Shower in the morning? Have flyaways and frizz? This Shine Shock is your better choice.