Before I start this review, I feel like I need to let you all know that my hair is in recovery from one too many dye jobs – for awhile it was super brittle when dry (I mistook that for frizz, but really it was damage), and gummy when wet (that’s a sign of lack of protein). Basically it was a hot mess and looked pretty awful when I tried to style it. That’s why I went on the hunt for a good serum that could give the illusion of healthy hair, or like at least try to smooth it down a smidgen. The first serum I looked at (before shelling out for a rather expensive one from Joico) was the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Weightless Anti-Frizz Serum.
If I could describe this in one word, it would be “meh.” I mean yeah, it’s cheap, but it did virtually nothing for my hair. At all.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. See, there’s really no control of how much product comes out of the pump, so upon my first attempt at using this, it basically flooded into my hands and left them greasy, left my hair greasy, and resulted in my hair smelling like some weird mix of floral and green apple scent, which is annoying because most Garnier stuff smells fab. The circular shape of the bottle is cute, that is, until you try to store it next to other products and it drastically reduces the amount of space you have left for other storage.
It did add some shine to my hair, and the frizz became rather calm, though I’m not entirely sure if that’s because the serum was actually working, or because my hair was so greasy there was shine resulting from that and lack of frizz because my hair was weighed down.
There are a lot better serums out there, so ultimately I would go ahead and skip this one. If you’re on a budget, I know L’oreal makes a great one that’s part of their Smooth Intense line and it’s comparable in price (this is the one I used in the time between Garnier and Joico serums).
My final verdict on the Garnier is this: if you need to use a ton of product to calm your hair down, you may have better luck with this, but for us fine-haired gals, I’d suggest leaving it on the shelf.