Product Review: Wet n' Wavy Shimmer Shine Spray

Normally, I don't dabble in products who's sole purpose is to make hair shine. In my eyes, there are plenty of products that nourish and moisturize hair, and the end result is brilliant shine -- due to improved hair health, not a synthetic derivative. However, I was asked to review this product by my Mommy (love you Rhonda!), and well... here we are.

Just so ya'll know, this Fresh Feature will be a little different. I have not, and will not try this product in my hair. Not that there's anything wrong with it per-se; I'm just honestly not interested in using it. Don't mistake this to mean I'm anti-silicone, either. I love silicones, and think they have their rightful place in the hair product lineup. Moving right along...

Ingredient List: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicnol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fragrance, Octyl Methoxycinnamate.

Ingredient Analysis:
  • Cyclomethicone: A conditioning agent, solvent, and humectant. It is easily spreadable on skin and hair, giving a very slippery feeling. It also serves as a mild water repellant/barrier, and can fill lines and spaces in hair and skin for a temporary plump look.
  • Dimethiconol: Silicone that coats the hair. Responsible for creating a silky feel, and assists in preventing split ends. It is important to note that dimethiconol is not water soluble.
  • Phenyl Trimethicone: Silicone that provides gloss and sheen. Also operates as a water repellant and heat protectant.
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate: Organic ester sunscreen agent that blocks UBV rays.
Availability: I've only seen the Wet n' Wavy line in certain beauty supply stores, not including Sally's. It is however, available online.

Affordability: 8oz for $5.99 (the price tag on my Mom's bottle). Not bad, but not that great either.

Product Claim/Description: Wet n Wavy Shimmer Shine Spray, with silicone, is an advanced shine formula, structured to provide the brightest shine possible, even for dry damaged and chemically treated hair. Helps repair split ends, helps seal and resurface cuticles, and provides sunscreen protection.

Benefits: The ingredient list appears to back the claims of the bottle. Comprised of pretty much all silicones, there is a specific ingredient that tackles each claim. And theoretically, the water repellant silicones serve as a pretty good sealant.

Drawbacks: The biggest drawback I forsee is the misleading notion of treating dry and chemically damaged hair. Dry and damaged hair needs moisture, not a surface-acting agent that masks the problem. On top of that, pretty much every ingredient is a water repellant. Translation: no moisture is getting in your hair, and to wash it out, you're pretty much setting yourself up for a sulfate shampoo.

Bottom Line: There are natural ways to achieve each quality that this product provides. However, if you're not into buying 5 or 6 different oils, making your own mixes, or trying to preserve a heat/straightened style, this may provide the shine and protection you're looking for. One word of advice: moisturize before applying this product, then use it to seal everything in.

Have you ever tried Wet n' Wavy products? What do you think?