Hair Glazing and Glossing

If you'd like more shine in your hair, consider hair glazing and glossing. Although the terms 'glaze' and 'gloss' are often used interchangeably, the treatment results are quite different. Although both glazes and glosses come in clear and colored shades, they differ in their formula strengths and color durability.

Glazes are free of ammonia and peroxide and gently cover hair with a translucent coating. They typically wash off in 6-12 shampoos. A clear glaze coats the hair's surface with a transparent shine, like a top coat of nail polish. A color glaze contains semi-permanent pigments that subtly enhance existing hair tones in addition to adding shine. Whether you opt for a professional hair glaze or your own at home treatment, glazes are an easy way to boost hair shine with or without color.

Glosses use a stronger formula and can change hair color by a full shade. A traditional hair gloss definition used to refer to a product that added clear shine only. However, haircare companies started adding the word 'gloss' to many dye products for marketing purposes. Now a hair gloss treatment product typically contains color as well as peroxide to enable pigments to penetrate hair cuticles. A color gloss is not as gentle on hair as a hair glazing treatment but its color lasts longer.

John Frieda Color Glaze

If you want to add just a hint of brunette color and lots of shine to your hair, try John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze. This non permanent product is free of ammonia and peroxide. It contains a blend of gentle dyes and shine boosters that turn lackluster brown into rich, glossy brunette with tonal dimensions. It's great for creating attractive colored highlights, enhancing natural hair color and blending grey hair away with no demarcation lines.

Simply apply the tinted creme to your hair after shampooing and leave on for 3 minutes or longer. Color results intensify with increased application time and each additional application. Re-apply as often as needed to get just the shade you want. Formulated for men and women, it's safe to use on all shades of color-treated, natural or highlighted brown hair.

Popular Gloss Treatments

Two popular hair gloss products are Loreal Healthy Look crème gloss and Redken Shades EQ Gloss. Loreal's Healthy Look is an at home hair gloss kit that enhances natural color while providing a high gloss shine. It's a non permanent color that lasts for 28 shampoos and softly blends grey away. Redken Shades EQ Gloss is a salon grade product that combines professional color with brilliant shine. Although meant for salon use only, Shades EQ can be purchased from various online vendors.

Hair Glazing and Glossing Maintenance

After either a hair glazing or glossing treatment, maintain your silky results with these highly rated haircare products. Fekkai Glossing Cream fights frizz, reboots shine and keeps color brilliant with its winning olive oil formula. Also the collection of Tresemme Keratin Smooth products that includes shampoo, conditioner and a heat protection shine spray is very popular. Together they infuse hair with keratin proteins to tame frizz and leave hair looking and feeling like satin for a full 48 hours.


Shiny Hair Tips

Soft, shimmering tresses result from smooth, moisturized hair cuticles that reflect lots of light. To encourage lustrous locks, here's some tips to keep cuticles healthy and other remedies for shiny hair.

  • Use a conditioner with olive oil, shea butter or avocado oil every time you shampoo. It moisturizes hair and helps smooth out uneven cuticle surfaces
  • When towel drying hair, gently squeeze and blot rather than rub to avoid roughing up cuticles
  • Before applying any heat to hair, use a thermal protector hair shine spray to shield it from high temperatures which damage cuticles

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