I used to dye my hair a lot in high school, trying to achieve the perfect reddish brown. I was addicted to the thrill of the change, but I was also way into how shiny my hair looked in the few weeks after I’d colored it. It seemed like there was magic in those drugstore cardboard boxes--something that my normal conditioner couldn’t emulate. Luckily, the people at Clairol figured out that the soft-and-glossy part of dying your hair is appealing in itself--so they created Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy ($9), a clear shine treatment that gives you six weeks of silkiness. This is good for me, because even though I don’t want to dye my hair every other month anymore, I still want to be a glossy girl.
While Shine Happy does have that same bulky process with the plastic gloves and the mix-it bottle and the timer, it only takes 10 minutes. Plus, it doesn't have the chemical-y smell or feel of actual hair dye, which was always a turnoff for me.
The product claims to be a “shine magnifier” and is enriched with antioxidants and vitamins. That all sounds very healthy, but here’s what you really need to know: I’ve been tossing my hair around all day, and it’s definitely a shiny sight to behold.