What Is Hair Gloss? This At-Home Treatment Can Instantly Revive Your Color
Maintaining fresh hair color is no easy feat. Unfortunately, that glossy, vibrant shade that you leave the salon with — or DIY at home — won't last forever, or sometimes, even more than a few weeks. But your future doesn't have to involve dull, brassy hair. Enter hair glosses and glazes, the answer to all of your shade fade problems. These color-enhancing treatments are available at both the salon and for at-home use, as long as you have the best products on the market.
What's the difference between hair gloss and hair glaze?
Think of hair gloss like lip gloss, coating hair in translucent color and shine. "A hair gloss is a demi-permanent treatment that helps seal the hair's cuticle [outer layer], neutralizes any unwanted tones and enhances desired tones," says Giselle Luza, founder of Giselle Luza Studio in New York City. The effects of a good hair gloss "usually last about three to six weeks depending on the porosity of the hair," adds Lorena Martinez, a colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. "A gloss and a hair toner are the same thing, and can be used interchangeably," she adds. So if you hear the word "toner" at the salon, know that it serves the same purpose as a gloss for your color.
On the other hand, unlike hair glosses, glazes usually don't deposit color on strands. "A glaze is a milder form of a gloss, usually a clear formula or solely a conditioning treatment," Luza explains. While a gloss can neutralize brassiness and boost your existing color, a glaze is usually sheer and primarily delivers moisturizing benefits to your hair.
Hair gloss vs. hair glaze: Which should you try?
Consider your desired outcome. "If you're interested in altering your color or need to get rid of unwanted tones, try a gloss," Luza advises, suggesting that you pick a shade that matches your existing color. A gloss can also be used to blend in gray hairs. For those who color their hair at a salon, Martinez recommends asking your colorist to help you pick the right at-home gloss to use, especially when incorporating color.
Opt for a clear glaze if you're more interested in shine and moisture than a color refresh. "When it comes to a non-pigmented gloss or glaze that acts more like a shine and conditioning treatment, these work on any hair type," she says. A clear glaze can boost shine for all hair colors and those who don't color their hair. Note that some brands use the words "gloss" and "glaze" interchangeably for at-home hair products, so consult the packaging and instructions before applying.
Now, it's time to shine: Here, the best at-home glosses and glazes — including products for blondes, brunettes, redheads and black hair — according to Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists and professional hairstylists.
The best at-home hair glosses and glazes, including professional formulas and picks for gray, brassy, black, blonde and red hair. Plus, the difference between a glaze and gloss.