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Doing Drugstore: Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy

YumSugar and I went to Walgreens during our lunch break last week, and we did what we do best: Yum went to the snack aisle to see what was new, and I headed to the cosmetics aisle. (Typical.) Excited by this review at Shake Your Beauty, I looked for the Herbal Essences shine treatment. I didn't see it, so I picked up Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy ($9.89) instead. It's a clear glossing treatment that's supposed to leave your hair uber-shiny without changing the color. Now, not to brag, but because I haven't colored my hair in years, it's healthy and shiny on its own. But of course, I imagined I would have hair-commercial shine if I used this stuff, so into the basket it went.

Like a good girl, I thoroughly read the instructions before getting started. The application process is a lot like that of home hair color: You put on gloves, mix up the chemicals, and apply it to your hair. Ten minutes later, you wash it out. So that's what I did. Afterward, I was lounging on my bed, when Mama Bella (who was visiting) said, "I think it changed the color of your hair." To find out what happened,

Truthfully, I thought the color looked different because my hair was still wet. But the next morning, when my hair was dry, it was slightly lighter. This discovery did not please me. Swears were uttered.

Additionally, my normally soft hair felt a little rough—not like straw, but not as soft as it used to be. My hair was shiny, but not moreso than before (but again, my hair is already pretty glossy). So now my hair is shiny, but it's also rougher and lighter—and I definitely did not want lighter hair. You can see the before-and-after photos below. To be fair, the lighting is better in the "before" picture, and the fluorescent lighting is harsher in the "after" pic. Regardless, you can definitely tell that the color is different—even though the box promises that Shine Happy won't affect the color. I am not a happy Bella!

Have any of you tried this treatment? I'm curious to know if I'm the only one who isn't thrilled, or if maybe it worked wonders for some of you.

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gusmommy gusmommy 7 years
So sorry this happened to you and thanks for sharing the experience so the rest of us know what to expect. My stylist recommended I try this product for clear shine to my combination gray/ash blonde hair. I purchased it and excitedly read the instructions only to find a comment that it was not recommended for gray hair, but no indication of "why". I went to Clairol's website to see if I could read up about it but found nothing. They offer an online chat so I tried it and their rep told me the product can alter the color. When I responded to ask if the change would be temporary, since the product is supposed to last only 4-6 weeks, the rep requested my phone number. I asked why she couldn't just answer that question and she replied we could better discuss it over the phone, which seemed like great customer service. I asked how soon she might call because I had some things to do. She said within 15 minutes, so I provided my cell number, ended the chat, and waited to hear from her (one of the "things" I needed to do was shower so I didn't want to do that and chance missing her call...). Over an hour later, still no call. That was 2 days ago and nobody ever called. After reading this post, I will be returning the product. I have not colored my hair in a couple of years, choosing to embrace the gray highlights that God gave me, and I did not want to alter the texture or color. For others who are ready to love their gray, check out
RAD RAD 8 years
I just lost over half my hair using Clairol's nice and easy. I've made three calls to the manufacturer. They have given me a song and dance about how it's natural to lose hundreds of hairs a day. I am losing fistfuls of hair every day, since using Clairol's product. I didn't have damaged hair before. It was also a product that was supposed to add shine. I'm devastated and the hairs are falling out at the roots, which may mean permanent damage. I beg any of you using this product to be careful. I would hate anyone to go through the trauma I am. Clairol is trying to say it is from overprocessing, but it's not true. I had it on less than 20 minutes and only highlight my hair every 6-8 weeks. Don't use this product unless you want to risk being permanently bald.
esil66 esil66 8 years
I was looking at this product & read the list of ingredients-no wonder why it wrecked your hair!!! I wouldn't use most of those ingredients as a floor cleaner, let alone put it on my head. Everyone wants shiny, healthy looking hair, but I've found that a nasty mix of noxious chemicals-even if it works temporarily-is definitely NOT the way to achieve this. Women in particular need to educate themselves about the dangers of using some of these nasty products, as we are all so obsessed with looking like the "perfect" women in ads, no matter what the cost. I hope your hair has completely recovered...
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
Why do all the "Sugars" have to hid their faces?
GradGrl75 GradGrl75 9 years
I tried this product over the summer, and not only did it not work, but I started losing my hair like crazy. Luckily I have super thick hair (seriously like enought for 3 people), but I was so disappointed. I had read a great review, but it is safe to say I will NOT be using it again!
deannad411 deannad411 9 years
That's so weird that you had such a reaction to the shine happy but I guess everyone's hair is different. I've been using it for a few years now on and off and it makes my hair nice and shiny (I have pretty dry, curly hair). However, I think I use the treatment for a minute or two less than what they recommend because that seems to work better for my hair. Hopefully, you'll get your shine back!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
It seems pretty obvious that a chemical treatment like that would damage your hair. I'm sorry it happened though. :( I hate wasting money on products that don't deliver. It's even worse when the products are damaging! :(
Wicked Wicked 9 years
I've tried this product before, not sure how long it's been. That was back when I had longer hair so probably around 6 months. When I used it I thought it was okay. My hair wasn't supershiny plus it did feel a little course after I used it but when I put the conditioner they included, my hair felt softer. It didn't lighten my hair probably due to the fact my hair is very dark brown.
klwebber klwebber 9 years
Yes, this stuff totally does lighten your hair thanks to the peroxide in it. I have been trying to grow out my colored hair for a while now (I've been dying it for years now) and decided to try this stuff to add some shine to my dull and boring roots. Afterwards my roots were no longer their natural color!! After all that time trying to avoid coloring them and now I have to start all over. Boo!!
junebug20 junebug20 9 years
If using John Frieda and to avoid the straw-like texture, I read on from someone that they put a little conditioner in with the gloss, but I just condition my hair again AFTER I add the gloss. I know it probably defeats the purpose, but if I leave it on the whole time I shower, I get a good amount of shine anyway.
junebug20 junebug20 9 years
I have to agree with madbain - John Frieda is pretty good. I use it to give my grey hair a bit of color between hair colorings. I have never had a problem with it. So sorry it ruined your hair. ;-(
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 9 years
it doesnt matter if its a clear gloss, any CHEMICAL you put on your hair will make it duller and dryer. if its temporary (in a can, or you dont have to mix it with anything) the its ok, but when you have to mix 2 or more chemicals to get the product, your still putting dye on your hair, clear or colored. im suprised it still lightened your hair, because color doesnt lift color unless a high volume is used, so check to make sure if you are using a clear nothing over 10vol should be put on your head. trust a professional, thats why they do what they do.
slumberlite slumberlite 9 years
That's awful BellaSugar. You must be so damned mad!!! Talk about false advertising. The packaging should be changed to state that the product DOES alter color. I color my hair with Natural Instincts and was considering using that glaze to boost the shine. I didn't know that I would be giving myself an extra dose of peroxide. That's just wrong. I'm sorry that you had to be the guinea pig. :-(
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
oh bella - that is so sad! your natural hair color is beautiful - sorry this ruined it for you! I've never heard or tried this product and i certainnly won't be now. i have used the john frieda color glosses (i had reddish hair) and i don't know if it made a difference on my hair. i think it was slightly shinier but on the plus side, it definitely didn't make my hair feel like straw. i'm sorry i can't recommend a good glosser - but reading other people's comments have helped me.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I have really long hair that is actually already pretty shiny, but I was looking at this. In fact, I have had it in my cart numerous time, and have always put it back. I am so grateful for your review. I was hoping that it would give me the Demi Moore/Courteney Cox shine, but I guess I will just stick to my serums :)
domestic_girl domestic_girl 9 years
I also used this product and was disappointed to find out that it significantly lightened the color of my naturally dark brown hair. I had purchased the item only for it's "shine enhancing" properties and wasn't looking a color change. It also left my ends dry and brittle. I won't be purchasing this product again either.
lucyS lucyS 9 years
Poor Bella. You have such beautiful hair. I've tried the John Freida color glaze and to tell you the truth I didn't like that product either. My hair felt straw-like afterwards and there was definitely little to no shine in my hair. I think I'll join you in that letter writing campaign.
i_heart_me i_heart_me 9 years
GiggleSugar-- If you paid by credit card, Target can look up your purchase that way and refund your money. I've returned stuff w/o a receipt before and it wasn't a problem. Awwww, BellaSugar!!!! Do continue with the deep conditioning treatments that contain restorative ingredients (e.g., Keratin Amino Acids, Collagen, Panthenol, Avocado/Olive Oil). Best of luck!
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
Hey. Sorry about your hair. There's a hair moisture therapy that I found on another site (The Long Hair Community). I figured it might help. Couldn't hurt. ----------------------------------------------------------- Snowy's Moisture Therapy 1 part your fave moisture conditioner 1/4 part honey 1/4 part aloe gel (Fruit of the Earth aloe gel is clear) Mix in a cup and warm about 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave. Wet hair and cleanse with method of choice if not using as a Conditioner only. Towel of the hair to remove excess water. Apply the SMT from roots to tips and rake or comb it through well. Bun hair on top of the head and cover with a plastic cap, a plastic bag or plastic wrap. Place a warm towel over that or use a heat cap for about an hour. Rinse well! Good luck! Certainly won't be trying that product.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I was thisclose to purchasing this one time, but I'm trying to not color my hair until the previous color grows out, and this is essentially hair dye--just as damaging. I'm sorry you had to find out the hard way. :( Thanks for the review, though! Just think of all the locks you've saved!
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