Hair Glossing: 101
Hair gloss treatments are often met with confusion these days. What exactly does it do? How are they different than hair color? And why is everyone getting them?
A gloss treatment — also referred to as a color glaze or a glaze treatment — gives your hair shine, boosts dull and lifeless hair and helps smooth fly-aways. Gloss treatments can be clear or tinted. Both types of treatments revitalize hair, and tinted treatments can help enhance or maintain color, as well.
Here are some things that make a hair gloss treatment different than a classic dye job... and why you definitely should consider getting one.
- A gloss will repair any summer damage you have.
Spent a little too much time in the sun and chlorine this summer? The gloss will return texture and deep condition your strands for ultimate silkiness and shine.
- It’s not as harsh or permanent as regular hair color.
A gloss is very acidic and closes the hair and the cuticle up tight. The result is a very smooth surface texture that will reflect a lot more light and have a much softer feel to it.
- A gloss provides translucent color and intense conditioning.
A gloss will work with the variation of tone that your hair naturally has, allowing for a more subdued shade. If you have gray hair and if you put a gloss on, it will have a very tonal effect as opposed to being one solid opaque color. It also automatically makes your hair super shiny and smooth.
- It can help tone down highlights.
If your highlights end up looking a little too brassy, try getting a gloss treatment right after to tone down the color.
- You don’t have to change your natural hair color to get the benefits of a gloss.
There’s such thing as a clear gloss, which is essentially a powerhouse of a conditioning treatment for your strands. All you’d be doing is lowering the pH level of your hair and imparting extreme conditioning properties.
- It’s a no-commitment change.
The best thing about it is there’s no commitment to it and it’s going to fade on its own (within six weeks). And if you want to change your hair, it doesn’t interfere with any type of chemical change you want to do in the future.
- You can do it at home.
If you want to save some money, there are gloss kits sold at your local drugstore. We suggest going into a salon at first. But if you do it at home, don’t go too far from one shade or two from where you’re currently at.