Product Review: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

Price: Can’t remember for the life of me. Sorry!

Purchased At: Ulta

Promises: • Smoothes, conditions and seals strands. • Leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. • Speeds up drying so you get silky smooth results in less time. • Our exclusive Super Skinny® Complex penetrates deep into hair to displace water and constrict hair for speedy drying and styling. • Lightweight silicones smooth, condition and seal hair with added shine.

Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Trideceth-12, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

My Assessment: This is the third serum I’ve tried since I began my hair journey and it’s become my favorite. I primarily use this serum when roller setting my hair. I apply to my hair in sections and then detangle. It makes detangling so much easier because it provides a lot of slip. I really like this serum because it doesn’t leave my hair crunchy when dry or sticky when wet, and a little goes a long way. When I first purchased this serum, I was a bit hesitant to believe that this would smooth my hair, but it does. Once my hair is dry it feels very smooth and light. The first serum I ever used left my hair crunchy once I removed my rollers, I’m happy this is not the case with this serum. My only con about this serum is that it’s not really a heat protectant so I wouldn’t reach for this if I flat-iron my hair (although I have once – I will not do so again.) For a heat protectant serum, I’d reach for my CHI Silk Infusion instead. Other than that, this serum is a keeper for me.

With smiles,

14 Comments


  1. Hi Jeni, when you use this to air dry or rollerset, do you seal throughout the week despite the cones? if so, how often do you use the serum to seal or do you use an oil? do the cones prevent your hair from receiving moisture? I bought the serum and so far I like it, but I'm wondering how often I can use it without it interfering with my moisturizing process.

  2. I just tried to use it before air-drying as a frizz-tamer… Hair got really hard and had so many knots and tangles. 🙁
    I'll try to use it to roller-set next time.

  3. After reading your review, I treked over to Ulta to purchase and I used it the same night to roller set my hair. LOVE the smell! I look forward to wash day just so I can smell this stuff in my hair! I also use when I airdry. Thanks for sharing your love for this serum!

  4. Do you use the PM Skinny Serum instead of setting lotion or setting foam? Or with a setting lotion…? Thank you for your website and sharing! Your hard work is appreciated! #HHJ

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      I don't use setting lotion, just leave in conditioner and serum.

      Awww thank you! I appreciate that!

  5.  really paul mitchell hair care take care just like a personal assitent with no side effect.I really like it

  6. Hi Aly, up until a few months ago I used to believe that parabens were to be avoided until I wrote a post about them and a reader shed a bit of light that they help keep products stable. I did more research and found that they're commonly used in cosmetics, ie lipsticks, mascara, eyeliner. I looked up the three parabens in this product and they main purpose is to help preserve the product. Combine that with the fact they're they last three ingredient and thus have a smaller content, I'm ok with them.

    I'm not advocating for parabens, I just don't think they're evil anymore haha. But, if I see them as the second or third ingredient in a product, I don't think I'd purchase it.

  7. Hmmmmmm, are we talking about just for rollersetting? If so, I'd prefer PM Super Skinny.

    The only drawback is that it doesn't really advertise itself as a heat protectant so if I'm flat-ironing I think I'd grab the Silk Infusion, just for the heat protectant properties though.

    But overall, PM Super Skinny Serum.

  8. I didn't even know there was a GVP version. I might buy that version from
    now on, it will undoubtedly be cheaper than the PM version.

  9. hey jeni! I was looking at the ingredients in the serum….aren't parabens bad for ur hair?

  10. Thanks for the review…in your opinion which do you like better: Chi Silk infusion or PM Super Skinny Serum? Just curious

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