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Hair Gloss; Hair Colorists Secret Weapon

Is your hair looking dry and dull? Could your drab hair color use a little boost? A hair gloss treatment is a great option if you’re looking to intensify your hair color, or simply add shine to those lifeless locks. Before rushing to a salon chair however, read these important facts. Then you can charm your hair stylist with how smart you are, and make the right choice for your hair.

What’s a Hair Gloss?

A hair gloss treatment is a salon service that takes up to thirty minutes, and leaves hair shiny and smooth. Hair glosses can be clear, to add shine and improve hair’s manageability, or, they can also deposit color. A hair gloss treatment lasts 4 to 6 weeks. Glosses that contain color, are demi-permanent, meaning that the color treatment will gradually fade out of hair instead of permanently altering hair color. For natural or highlighted blondes, hair glosses can also be used as a toner, to intensify a color, such as beige or gold, or to remove unwanted tones from hair.

Hair Gloss vs. Hair Glaze

Hair glosses are commonly confused with glazes, but offer very different results. Because the hair gloss solution penetrates the hair’s cuticle, glosses are longer lasting than hair glazes. Also, glosses are more effective at coloring the hair. A glaze coats the hair shaft, similar to a topcoat of nail polish. It adds shine and can slightly intensify hair color. Because glazes don’t actually penetrate hair, they last only 1 to 2 weeks. Glazes are available for use at home, whereas glosses are generally offered in salon only. To intensify color, try John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze at an affordable price point of $10. To amp up the shine, try Frederic Fekkai Salon Glaze Clear Shine Rinse for an investment of $28.

Who’s it For?

If you already have a gorgeous sheen to your hair, and love your natural hair color, then stop bragging and save the hair gloss for the rest of us that are less fortunate. Hair gloss treatments are a great choice for anyone looking for softer, shinier hair or high shine with a subtle change of hair color. Glosses not only add shine, but they also coat the hair and help to protect the cuticle from damage. They also lock in other color treatments, helping colored and highlighted hair last longer. Hair glosses can also be used for gray coverage if hair is less than 50% gray. If hair is more than 50% gray, it can be used to soften the look of gray hair (creating a natural “salt & pepper” look). Be sure to consult your hair stylist for their recommendations on what would be the best option for your hair.

Frequency & Cost

I recommend that my clients get a hair gloss every 4 to 8 weeks depending on how long the treatment lasts for them. However, many of my clients that just use the gloss treatment for added shine, get it done seasonally to enhance their hair’s natural sheen. Hair gloss treatments can cost anywhere from $20 to $75, depending on the salon. Some salons will include it with your hair color service.

Whether you want to lock in your gorgeous hair color and highlights or just add softness and shine to hair, a hair gloss treatment is a great option to consider. It’s a quick and easy service, and usually the cost is minimal. If you want people to notice that something is different about you, but not sure what it is, then your secret is safe with us! A hair gloss treatment is a subtle and easy way to get healthier, brighter looking hair!

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.




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