Clairol Shimmer Lights

4.1

335 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance/Parfum, Disodium Phosphate, Glycol Stearate, Ricinoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Cocamide Mea, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylizothiazolinone, EXT. Violet 2, Cl 60730, Violet 2, Cl 60725.


on 6/25/2015 9:37:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is the best purple shampoo I have used! This has a lot more purple pigment in it than the other purple shampoos I've tried so it really gets rid of brassy orange hair.. I also use this as a toner. I apply it on damp hair and leave it on for about an hour. After washing any orange in my hair is gone. Also, I found a good inexpensive dupe for this is generic brand purple shampoo from sallys. It has just about the same ingredients

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

my asian hair began to look brassy so I picked this up and I am glad. Made my hair super dry but the brassiness went away and my ashy hair came back

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My hairstylist that has been seeing me for the past 10 years recommended this to me when I went platinum. She even had this at her salon, so its super fantastic, and the only shampoo that I use when I'm blonde/grey/purple. I get my hair crazy colors often, so its the product that I use. Defiantly helps keep my color longer when I was grey/purple, and kept the brassy down when I was platinum.

This is also great if you have darker hair with purple/ashy undertones. Keeps your hair a pretty color.

I always recommend to use this at the start of your shower. Lather up the soap in to your hair, let it set in a shower cap and rinse off after 3-5 minutes.

Love this shampoo so much I wish I could marry it.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 5/26/2015 10:31:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

this stuff honestly does work. it's a very strong product & I would not recommend using it every wash unless you really want silvery/gray toned hair. my hair is a golden yellow color since bleaching it myself & I use this to make it more ashy. I've been using this for a few weeks & I'm still not sure exactly how often I want to use it, but I usually have two regular washes before using this so like 2 or 3 times a week, no more than 4. I have used this back to back but only when I really want my hair to look ashier or when it's looking extra brassy, but it's risky. I usually work this in & then just wash it out because when I left it in for 5 minutes as suggested the palest parts of my hair closer to the roots turned silver & I had to scrub it out with dawn soap, which is very stripping & drying & not fun. you could just dilute it with a white shampoo & it'd be less potent. this product can be drying so sometimes I take some mild conditioner, such as suave almond & shea butter, & run it through my whole head & wash it out, which does not make my hair greasy because of how dry it gets. the smell of this shampoo is very strong, like a floral perfumey smell, & I can still smell it a little the next morning but after that it's not even noticeable. if your hair is more of a pale yellow or platinum color this may make it more white looking or like a super pale ash blonde, but don't expect that on more gold toned or yellow hair because it would deposit more of a gray/silver tone making your hair more of a muted ashier blonde. I'm not sure how well this would work on orange toned hair because that would probably need a more blue-violet base & this is pure violet (color wheel stuff, yall get it). overall good product, just know what you're doing & be careful.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/21/2015 12:44:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This purple shampoo works!! I have recently bleached my black hair to blonde with highlights. For reference I have thick long hair. This shampoo does what it says. It definitely keeps brassiness away and keeps my blonde bright. However, it is VERY DRYING. Just make sure you use a very good conditioner after. I only use it once a week or as needed. I also use a leave-in serum after washing with this shampoo because like I said it is very drying. For this shampoo to work you have to leave it on for at least 5 minutes then rinse off and viola! Happy blonde!


on 4/17/2015 7:02:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Silver, Other, Other

Eyes: Violet

This product is a mirical worker but I at least have to follow these steps...
1 slather my hair in coconut oil and leave it in for at least 30 minutes but usually leave it more and sometimes all night
2 wet my head and put the shimmer lights shampoo in
3 leave it in 3 to 6 minutes depending on how brassy my silver hair is
4 rinse and put in shimmer lights conditioner
5 leave that in for 3 min


on 4/11/2015 9:11:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

My hair is pixie short, bleached and toned (with Wella T18) so it is a very cool silvery blonde except for my roots. I cannot double-process because when i first bleached i did some major damage and i cannot use anything higher than a vol 20 for at least a year (i got a bad chemical haircut....) Anyway, i use the lighest possible ash blonde that i can find on the market but there is always a difference between the parts that are bleached and those which aren't (and it's normal) I bought this shampoo, applied it on my roots only and left for 10 minutes. It got rid of SOME yellow but not a lot...The difference in tone is still visible. I cannot use this shampoo on the rest of my hair bcz it will turn it purple (i tried) so for me, it's a fail. However, i'm sure that if you need to get rid of bleached yellow hair it works.


on 4/1/2015 10:13:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have been using purple/toning shampoos for probably 5 or so years. I have tried a few different within that time and to admit, I don't think Shimmer Lights is my favourite.

For starters, the smell of Shimmer Lights is so strong and overpowering, though, I can overlook it.

This shampoo may give your hair a purple/grey hue, depending on the porosity of your hair. I find it doesn't last, so I wouldn't worry too much. It obviously isn't going to lift your hair, but it will deposit some colour, so make sure you have reached your desired level before attempting to 'tone' with it.

As another poster said, you are not going to achieve that lavender look with this shampoo, lol.

I also find a little goes a long way as it's a thicker consistency, but the more you work it in the lighter colour of the product ends up in the end.

I like 'Light Blue Shade' a lot better and it's cheaper.


on 2/28/2015 3:22:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

Ahh, Shimmer Lights.....this stuff has been around for-ever..the little old lady's old secret to keeping their hair the blue shade....lol..;)

Yes, it is true this can be used for white or gray hair to keep the yellow at bay. However, I am sure most using this are the ones wanting to tone down brassiness and gold tones in their bleached or color-treated hair.

I would say if your hair is very porous, or very dry or brittle, it might be wise to dilute this, so you do not end up with a purple cast to your hair. Which, if your hair is very porous, it is just as hard to remove the purple tinge. I have seen it happen with those who have porous or damaged hair. Also, if you use this daily or very frequent, I would also suggest watering this down, as, again, it can leave a purple tinge to your hair. This is pretty concentrated, and it means business!! This can easily be diluted by taking an empty tint-type of bottle and filling it up with about equal parts of this and water. I would put the water into the empty bottle first for easier mixing and then add the Shimmer Lights. If your hair is extremely porous, I would suggest mixing one ounce Shimmer Lights, to 3 ounces of water to dilute this down...

Just..this can easily end up giving you a purple tinge, if you are not careful or your hair is very damaged and/or very porous.

Thankfully these days there are more shampoos out there that cancel out the brassiness and yellow tones, that are not as "strong" as this one in the way of color-pigmentation. To me this just has too much of a risk of getting too much purple in one spot and not enough in another spot, or even staining the hair..which is why I suggest diluting it before using it.

That all said, this can work. Obviously this has been around for decades, but it can be a little tricky to use.As I said, there are better alternatives out there nowadays as opposed to using something so concentrated and risking the opposite of what you have, which would be purple-tinged hair instead of yellow/brassy-tinged hair.

Thankfully I am not needing this shampoo these days, but I have had plenty of experience with this and other brassy-control shampoos in the past.

While I would possibly use this again if I ever needed, I also know it has some cautions about it, as far as being so concentrated. I have seen people use this with the purple staining lasting for weeks..yes, weeks, even using a clarifying shampoo to try to remove it.....yes their hair was very porous, but it can happen.

This is not a terrible toning shampoo, just these days there are better ones out there that do not run the risk of purple hair. There is not much of a scent to this, it is a mild scent, but there is a scent, nonetheless. Also if your hands are really dry and/or cracked you might want to wear gloves when using this or your hands might end up a lovely purple shade of stain...Yes, it is that concentrated.

Again, not a terrible shampoo, and will do the job, but needs some caution with certain hair types and textures. Heavy-duty concentrated, so be warned..;)

Only 3-stars because it can be tricky to use and there are better options out there these days. However, I am used to this so I know what to expect and if I ever needed this, I might use it again, if in a pinch....you know, midnight haircolor gone wrong and you need to run to Wally World for a color-correcting shampoo..;)

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I really have no fight with this product. I'd been using the John Freida tone correcting shampoo until it became increasingly harder to find, except for the "cleansing treatment" that's apparently only found at Walmart. I loved the fragrance of that, as I do with most John Freida products, but alas. This was my next option. So off to Sally's I went. I sniffed it to see what all the fuss was about...and the smell is no joke. Very floral, and it. does. not. dissipate. after washing your hair. I mean, the first day you wash it is understandable. But the second, or even THIRD day? Holy cats! But. I will deal with it because it does indeed do what it's supposed to do. It keeps my all over blonde highlights from going brassy and gross and keeps them looking very soft and natural. Well. As natural as they can possibly be. I use this shampoo maybe once a week, then use the John Freida (haaayyy, lol) Sheer Blonde Go Blonder one or two times a week to keep my roots blended better. Good stuff. But that smell though.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.




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