Clairol • Shimmer Lights • Shampoo

rated 4.1(327 reviews)

Average Rating.4.1
Would buy this product again.80%

rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* SmokeySings on 2/28/2015 3:22:00 AM more reviews by SmokeySings

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair   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;)

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 know, midnight haircolor gone wrong and you need to run to Wally World for a color-correcting shampoo..;)

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* baby_grazi_x05 on 2/20/2015 9:13:00 AM more reviews by baby_grazi_x05

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination   Hair: Red   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.

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rated 3 of 5 HeatheretteRapelye on 2/9/2015 11:21:00 PM more reviews by HeatheretteRapelye

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Brown    

There are super controversial reviews about this product. ive used it recently on my light blonde hair. (for comparison to your own: my hair is a pale blonde with few yellow tones)

what this product will and wont do.
*it will refresh your already light blonde hair color if left in for five minutes to make it brighter
*it will slightly tone out any yellow color if left in for five minutes
*it will not turn yellow toned hair white or "platinum"
*it will not turn your hair silver or lavender if you leave it in for twenty minutes (these are all things i have personally tried on my own hair)

Over all this product is decent slightly drying but no more then what any clairifying or volumizing shampoo will do, the scent is not bad light many are saying. it has a slight floral hint thats all.

If you are looking for a product to slightly brighten yellow toned hair then this is a great product for you, i would stronrly suggest it. However if you are looking to acheive the very "on trend" grey/silver hair then im sorry to say this will not give you that result, however try a wella color charm toner that will help you acheive that. i hope this helped.

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rated 4 of 5 Micheladee on 12/16/2014 1:35:00 PM more reviews by Micheladee

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Shimmer lights is a great go-to product for when your hair grows brassy after a coloring. It definitely removes a good amount of the yellow tones after my hair is dyed and again weeks after when it begins to get brassy. I wouldn't recommend it any more than once a week, as the product will dry out hair and the smell is rather off-putting. I use it once every month or so to keep the color fresh. If my hair is very brassy, I'll keep the product on for about 5 minutes, although for regular use, two or so minutes will do the trick and leave the hair shiny. Overall, it's very useful!

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rated 1 of 5 Bl0ndi3 on 12/11/2014 1:21:00 AM more reviews by Bl0ndi3

Age: 44-55   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

I used this shampoo 4 days ago and my scalp feels like it's on fire! My hair is extremely dry and frizzy and the scent is so horrible I have had a terrible headache and been sick to my stomach from it even after washing my hair 3 times with a mild shampoo. I am taking this back to the store tomorrow and getting my money back! I will NEVER buy this product again! I have used the John Freida purple shampoo in the past with no issues and will usd that if necessary.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* evanlami on 11/16/2014 9:48:00 PM more reviews by evanlami

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I have mixed feelings about this stuff. It certainly tones and does what it says it will do, but this mixture is *VERY* drying. I use the conditioner too, but it doesn't condition very well. I have to use it in combination with another, better conditioner. I think I'll pay a couple extra dollars and buy a more high-end color depositing shampoo.

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rated 2 of 5 quickbrownfox on 11/10/2014 2:29:00 PM more reviews by quickbrownfox

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I've been using Aveda's color depositing conditioners for a long time now. I wanted to make change because this was cheaper and everyone seemed to like it. I don't understand why people like this. Here is a list of why I hate and don't recommend this:

- TERRIBLY DRY HAIR: My hair is not the driest of all, but it dried my hair like crazy. And I left it on for 3 minutes. I can't imagine what would have happened if I left it on for 5 minutes. AND YES I conditioned my hair before AND after. This is my second trial by the way. I have super tangly dry hair right now, wow I'm pissed.
- NO COLOR CHANGE AT ALL: It didn't even do anything for the color. Exactly the same color, brassiness, everything.
- SMELLS TERRIBLE: I'm usually okay with heavy smells in shampoos because they go away very quickly, but this one is a special.

So: No.

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rated 3 of 5 rasew on 10/31/2014 7:54:00 PM more reviews by rasew

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

- if you're trying to get your hair from a level 9 or 10 to a 12 or higher, a toner like wella t-18 would be more effective, shimmer lights doesn't seem to provide dramatic long term results
- leaves hair feeling dry and brittle
- the scent may bother some
- cheaper alternative: a few drops of permanent indigo/purple hair dye mixed with plenty of conditioner, less damaging

- Good for those who have naturally blonde hair and only want to make it slightly more ashy, will not stain your hair purple

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rated 5 of 5 lml22 on 10/6/2014 1:47:00 AM more reviews by lml22

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

I just bought this product the other day from Sally's Beauty Supply and used it for the first time today. I am actually very happy with the results! I left it in for about 5 minutes (while I was shaving my legs) and I can already tell a difference. My hair has always pulled red tones and this definitely made a difference on the brassiness of the blonde. As for the smell, it is not bad at all. I'm 20 years old, and I honestly think it smells quite nice :)

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rated 5 of 5 BrunetteProductJunkie on 9/29/2014 2:04:00 PM more reviews by BrunetteProductJunkie

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

I have dark hair with gold highlights and ombre ends. With my naturally dark hair and my ethnic make up (Scottish and Korean - Starburst lied, we're real) my hair goes brassy quickly. I also do the "no poo" routine so that can give a yellowy-orange tint after a while. This stuff really kills the brassiness in my hair, both the highlights and the dark parts. I love the deep clean it provides and it doesn't leave my hair feeling dried out like some purple shampoos can. I recommend this to anyone trying to tone down the red.

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