My hair is pretty healthy and is decently shiny. I’m usually more concerned with making my roots look less greasy than they actually are and keeping my blond bright. In an effort to brighten up my blond (without having to sit through a full highlight session), I took myself to Andy Lecompte Salon and got a gloss. I’ve had glosses before, and my hair always looks good afterward (better than it did pre-treatment for sure), but this time was different. Celeb hair-colourist extraordinaire Denis de Souza used Joico’s new LumiShine treatment on my hair, and I immediately knew this was different. Like I said, I’m generally not too concerned with the condition of my hair. At least I didn’t know I needed to be until I saw and felt my hair after this treatment. The difference in shine and smoothness was instantly noticeable. And my blond looked worlds better. I didn’t know I was walking around with yellow hair until I saw my tresses post-LumiShine—it was actually a little unsettling to realise how badly my hair needed a gloss.
LumiShine’s gentle pH-balanced formula makes hair up to two times shinier (compared to untreated hair) while also strengthening hair. The ArgiPlex technology restores arginine (an essential amino acid that hair colour usually strips), leaving hair nourished and colour more vibrant. It’s a clear gloss, but your stylist can also customise it with 22 ammonia-free shades to suit your colour needs. De Souza added violet to my gloss to counteract the yellow tone my months-old highlights had taken on.
Leaving the salon, I felt like a new woman. Truthfully, I was more impressed by the brightening, colour-correcting effect the treatment had on my highlights, but then I started getting compliments on how shiny my hair looked—a lot of them. For weeks after the treatment, graciously accepting hair praise became my new way of life. The shine is supposed to last up to 30 shampoos. I’m probably 10 shampoos shy of that mark, and my hair isn’t as shiny as the day I left the salon, but it’s still looking pretty impressive.
Now that I’m determined to maintain my shiny, bright blond, I’ve become much more diligent about using my toning shampoo. Once a week, I use Joico’s Colour Balance Purple Shampoo ($16), and I plan on making LumiShine glosses a regular occurrence in my beauty regimen.
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