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I bought this Salon Chic So Smooth Shine Serum because I needed a product to make my dry hair look and feel a little better. The rainy days and windy nights have set in and my damaged, bleached hair is rather ratty and flyaway. I use all sorts of products on my hair to try and often use a serum product but I have found that the big brand name products have increasingly become more expensive. When I saw this Salon Chic product for only £1 I thought it would be worth trying.
The product comes in a small 50ml pink plastic bottle which is semi-transparent. You can see how much serum is inside which is helpful when the product is at the end of it's life. The bottle has a pump action top but the entire pump can also be removed from the bottle by screwing it off. A label on the bottle provides limited information. The brand state this product will provide "shine and lustre" and promise that it "soothes frizz and frayed ends".
The product carries a stamp which confirms it is NOT tested on animals.
The serum is clear and looks like a thin gluey substance. It is quite oily when you rub it into your fingers or hands and then apply to your hair. I find I only need a few drops as a little goes a long way. It's best to apply directly to the most frazzled strands too. The serum has an interesting sweet fragrance which reminds me of candy sweets like M&M's or skittles. There is a fruity undertone although it's quite mild.
The serum provides an immediate glossiness over the hair surface. It isn't like a wet look but rather more that the hair turns lustrous and healthy. The serum brings life to hair that looks dead. It also allows dry, stiff hair have movement too. It soothes down little strands that stick out and look untidy and it can give the finishing touch to any style.
There is an added bonus to the serum because the formula also contains agents that protect against heat damage. This is very helpful as it means I don't have to worry about blow drying and straightener damage quite as much.
I would definitely buy this serum again as I think it's just as good as the big brand names like Frizz-Ease. It's certainly cheap and I'd even say it's under priced somewhat. I'd recommend it to both women and men as an essential part of a hair styling routine.
This is a review of Salon Chic Shine Serum which I have had a bottle on the go for more than a year! I don't use it very often so it's been languishing at the bottom of a bathroom drawer with other little used hair products but I do get it out every now and again when my hair gets dry.
Since getting pregnant, I've noticed that I don't need to wash my hair as often, I think the baby is sucking me dry from inside! Therefore, products which I would normally avoid thinking it will make my hair greasy, I can actually revisit.
The 50ml bottle is pink and clear so you can see the product within and has a pump dispenser on the top.
Around 2ml of product is pumped out per go and I find 1-2 pumps enough to work through the lengths and ends of my hair. The product is completely clear and very sticky with an indistinguishable fragrance.
I think this helps to smooth any flyaway bits on my fine hair but I also think less is more with this product. It's certainly not the best serum I have ever used but it is probably the cheapest so you have to weigh that in to the review. It is probably best used 'for one night only' rather than an everyday product.
I bought this ages ago so have been struggling to remember the price but I'm pretty sure it was 99p from Home Bargains.
I think this is an OK product but not one that makes me want to rave about it. I have a Pantene serum that I much prefer and that was also only £1 from Poundland. Serum is not a necessary product for my hair and I am wary about using it too much or even every time I wash my hair. It doesn't do a lot for split ends (I know, only a good cut will deal with this!) and generally this product will bring forward the time you hair needs another wash.
Having said that, I don't think it's totally awful and has been an OK budget buy for me that will literally last years. The bottle hasn't leaked despite it being stored on its side and the pump works well in between infrequent use. My label has started to peel off the bottle but it is stored in a damp bathroom environment so I can understand why. For me it is probably not a repeat purchase but only because I don't use it enough to justify buying it.
My mother bought this because of its low price. I have thick, medium length bleached and naturally curly hair, so it is quite dry. This is the first serum I've found that has really moisturised my hair, leaving it soft and bouncy. Unlike some serums it enhances my curls, rather than weighing them down. Also, with most serums I need a good five blobs to cover all my hair, but with this I only need two. I imagine that for anyone with straight or fine hair this serum would be too greasy and heavy, but I absolutely love it.
I first seen this product when in a chemist, it was only £1, so I thought I would try it out. The bottle looks nice, it is pink in colour, with a plastic pump dispenser at the top. On the back of the bottle, there are instructions for how to use the serum and there is also the ingredients.
Directions for use:
On the back of the bottle it says to dispense small amount of serum into hands apply to damp or dry hair and style as required, i usually apply it to damp hair as I find when applied to dry hair it will develop very greasy.
It also states that to help prevent split ends concentrate at the hair tips for a frizz free style.
The liquid itself is a clear, non-fragranced gel. I follow the instructions on the bottle and only use a small amount of the serum and I find this is enough, I have medium length hair, if you have a longer length hair, you may need to use more. When applying the serum is does tend to stay in the one area and can be quite difficult to spread evenly in the hair and can take a long time to achieve this. When the hair drys it does look shiny but can feel a bit greasy.
Overall this product is ok, does give hair a nice gloss, but as I said, it does feel quite greasy, but for the price it is worth a go.
If your looking for a cheap shine serum and have the need to wash your hair everyday, then this is the one for you to buy.
I managed to find it in Alliance Pharmacy for 99p.
1 bottle, which is 50ml would last me about 6-7 months. Unfortunately, you do NEED to wash hair daily as it leaves a sticky residue on your hair.
After a few hours, your hair will also become a little tatty.
Its a very thick liquid... make sure you shake before use or its watery!!!!
HOWEVER- This I do not do myself as its easier to style when put on watery, or if you shake bottle then, wet your hands... then pump 1 blob on to your finger tip and rub together on your palms.
This makes distributing the serum equal through the hair much easier.
The end result is reasonable but nothing to really write home about.
Does take a bit of getting used to-
You need to play to make it work for your hair style and length-
Quite thick and sticky-
After getting mediocre results from another hair serum I tried out recently I was pained to part with my cash yet again however, although I wasn't astounded by the results of the other serum I did see some benefits of using it which made me curious to investigate further into the greasy liquids that are the serums.
There's so many different brands on offer how do you decide which one to buy? Well after the last one costing me almost a fiver I thought maybe I needed to go more expensive till I saw this on offer at my local chemist for 99p. Now this product I haven't seen on sale in big stores or supermarkets it tends to be something you find random in smaller shops and independent chemists and the likes and if you go looking for it deliberately you probably won't find it! However you can of course look on online shops and yes it's still cheap as chips!
50ml plastic dark cerise pink bottle with a white plastic pump action dispenser situated at the top and has a clear plastic safety lid that simply pulls on and off. Around the middle there is a bright pink and silver label and in silver writing I'm told at the top it's Salon Chic then under that it says's so smooth then in pink writing I'm told it's shine serum and then under that I'm told 'Instant shine and lustre. Smooths frizz and frayed ends. and then I'm told it contains UV protection and the size is listed as I've stated already. On the back directions for use are given, ingredients, contact details for Fmcg Personal Care Division (the manufacturer of Salon Chic Products) and finally there is a white and black bar-code. It is nice enough packaging though slightly annoying is the fact that the clearish pink bottle is quite difficult to see through because the sticky label round the middle of it stops you being able to see! So I can't see properly
how much product I have left! Other than that there is enough information on it and it doesn't look cheap or tacky for an unbranded product.
Directions For Use..
Dispense small amount of serum into hands apply to damp or dry hair and style as required. To help prevent split ends concentrate at the hair tips for a frizz free style. Contains protection agents to shield against heat styling damage.
Well the liquid is clear and none fragrant. It's almost gel like in it's appearance but it is rather runny and does drip if your not careful though if you dispense only the recommended amount you don't have a problem at all.
Now the amount I use on my hair is again as recommended on the bottle. I have long, just below shoulder length hair that is full of frizz (hence wanting the product in the first place!). So two small blobs of this is well enough and that amount is tiny.
Now although this isn't sticky on hands it does feel slightly greasy (if you drop it anywhere it does leave greasy patches) it doesn't spread that easy. Even spreading it between hands the first patch of hair seems to steal the serum even if you try to evenly coat it gently! I use it mainly on damp hair after washing and I've found the application of this product really difficult indeed. I've tried everything to get an even coverage and the easiest method is on damp, combed through hair. However I haven't perfected the art of using this at all sadly. As I said it grips to where you touch and I end up with not enough left on my hands to coat the underneath of my hair etc though I do try. I do my best and comb it through but I can feel where the serum is and where it isn't. Now of course I can add more serum but you are actually adding too much as I will explain in a minute. I dry with a hairdryer on a low heat and style my hair with a wide toothed dog
comb or a paddle brush to help tease my hair straight. Nowhere does it recommend to use this on wavy or curly hair but in my opinion I wouldn't use this on that type of hair or greasy hair as I find this to weigh the hair down (As I will also explain in a minute lol). I did try to style my hair with heated tongues after using this and the curls I created felt greasy and didn't hold at all.
Easy enough to style with the product in however getting it on is a tricky bit of work. Now as I mentioned getting it evenly spread is so, so difficult. I also said you could add more but this is something I wouldn't do. The bits where I coat are heavily coated and feel very greasy so by adding more I'd have to use alot and that would my hair like an oil slick!
The results are varied. I don't hate it even though it's tricky to use it. The bits of hair covered do go a little greasy but that's ok for say a day and then following day you really do need to rinse it out which is actually easy enough and your not left with residue which is surprising!
Whilst on the hair apart from a slightly greasy feel it does make hair very soft to the touch, it really does settle frizz down (even if by kind of gluing it), broken hairs near my root (I'm so ready for a hair cut!) are radically reduced and my hair really does appear healthier. Where the product has touched it makes my hair shiny and glossy and yes ok results and being almost frizz free is never a bad thing after-all.
However natural movement of hair as it's a bit greasy is quite controlled and a little unnatural but it's livable. Although hair feels a bit greasy to the touch it doesn't appear it, it's just soft and no one would think hair looked greasy the only giveaway I think is that my hair goes a bit lank.
Now the bits of hair not touched, no matter how hard you've tried actually look quite odd and very flyaway and any issues you had before you started are not of course helped because a lack of product of course lol.
Using this product on dry hair (opposed to damp) can solve many issues of course and if you have very dry coarse hair I would think this is rather good for it. For me this method is far too much and I wouldn't even do it in an emergency so I can't review this! I'm not not that daring lol
For the price it's ok and I shall persevere with the product.