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Recently, I had the opportunity to review Sheer Texture Shine Spray. Sheer Texture Spray is a hair care product designed to add shine to your hair without weighing it down, while also reducing frizz, tangles, and fly-aways. It is said to make hair soft, while also closing split ends.
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It certainly sounds like a product that I'd be interested in testing!
Before I discuss whether or not the product works, I would like to discuss the ingredients. Ever since I've started working on improving the health of my hair, I've been researching ingredients to determine whether or not they will affect my hair positively or negatively.
The ingredients found in the Sheer Texture Shine Spray are listed below, along with some additional information about each ingredient.
Ingredients: Aqua, Karite Nut Oil, Dimethicone, Sodium Alginate, Sorbitan Monooleate, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Steardimonium hydroxyethylcellulose, Gellan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone
This is good ol' H20, or water. Nothing to worry about here.
Karite Nut Oil
This is essentially Shea Butter. Shea Butter is a solid fatty oil that is derived from the Karite tree, a wild tree native to Africa. The ingredient is found in numerous hair and skin care products, as it has a number of benefits. The oil may be used as a natural hair conditioner and may even prevent hair breakage, hair loss, and may even stimulate hair growth.
This is a silicone, and one of the most commonly used and least expensive silicones. It is used in hair care products to add shine. However, the heavy coating of dimethicone may make hair feel heavy, so it should be used sparingly. Silicones may be removed through regular washing, although water alone is not enough to wash it off. Dimethicone coats the hair cuticle and smooths it down. It may also be used as a heat protectant and does not penetrate hair.
This is an ingredient extracted from brown algae. It is a natural ingredient that is water-soluble and is used in hair products to soften, hydrate, and smooth hair, leaving it silky and soft.
There isn't a great deal of information about this ingredient. What I did find is that it is non-toxic and non-irritating, and is a water-in-oil emulsifier. It is used to allow water and oil to mix into stable creams, oils, serums, and lotions and is commonly used in hair care and skin care products.
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin
Keratin, as many of you already know, is a beneficial ingredient for hair. However, this particular type of keratin has been modified from its original source, therefore is not nearly as beneficial as keratin in its natural state. However, it still acts as a conditioning agent and isn't a dangerous ingredient.
This is a water-soluble modified cellulose polymer that is typically used as a thickening agent in hair products. There are no known side effects to this ingredient. In hair care, it is said to enhance wet and dry combing and to reduce frizz and fly-away hairs.
More common in food than in hair care products, this is an ingredient that is produced by the bacterium "Sphingomonas elodea." In personal care products, it's used as a structuring agent. There are no known adverse effects. In hair care products, it is said to provide body, stability, and a smoothness.
Relatively non-toxic, Polysorbate 20 is used as a detergent and emulsifier. While it is derived from sorbitol, a natural ingredient, it is treated with ethylene oxide (a possible carcinogen), so that's definitely something to consider.
Citric acid is typically used to adjust the pH in products, but also serves as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth. Nothing to worry about.
Fragrance could also contain a number of ingredients, but I cannot say for sure, as they are not listed.
Don't let the "alcohol" name fool you in fear that it will dry out your hair. Benzyl Alcohol is not a drying alcohol like others. It is common as a preservative and has a low tendency to evaporate. It also has an oily quality and isn't necessarily as bad as say isopropyl or ethanol (denatured alcohol and ethyl alcohol, respectively), but it's still not as good as fatty alcohols. It is often used as a paraben alternative. Not necessarily a worrisome ingredient.
This ingredient and the last ingredient are quite possibly the most worrisome ingredients in this product. Fortunately, they are listed as the last two ingredients, meaning that the product contains less of these ingredients. According to the Environmental Working Group, this ingredient is a widely used preservative. It has been associated with allergic reactions and animal lab studies also suggest that it may be neurotoxic. However, because of the small amount used in the product (listed as the second to last ingredient), the risks are low.
The risks of this ingredient are very similar to that of Methylisothiazolinone. It is a widely used preservative, but is associated with allergic reactions.
My Personal Opinion
I have several issues with my hair, as outlined below:
- Protein Sensitive
- Dry Scalp
- Split Ends
- Weak/Brittle Hair
Based on my personal hair issues, I feel that the benefits of the ingredients in this particular product outweigh the risks. The Karite Tree Oil, for example, has the potential to reduce breakage, strengthen hair, and stimulate hair growth, while also adding moisture. Also, because my hair is protein sensitive, Shea Butter is an ideal ingredient to keep my hair soft without drying it out.
I feel that this could easily be a product that I would be willing to add to my regular hair care regimen, specifically when getting ready to straighten my tresses.
To see for yourself how the Sheer Texture Spray worked, check out the images below.
This is what my hair looked like before trying the Sheer Texture Shine Spray.
And, side by side.
The Sheer Texture Shine Spray has a clean smell, somewhat difficult to describe. It is unique in its own right, but pleasant nonetheless.
While I do feel that the product has improved the overall look of my hair, I would not be willing to pay $19.90 for a 4 ounce bottle of Sheer Texture Spray. I would much rather create my own all-natural serum at home for less.
To Recommend or Not to Recommend
Overall, however, for those of you looking for a product that is relatively harmless to the health of your hair and are willing to spend around $20, then yes, I would recommend this product.