What is Hair Gloss Treatment?
Hair Gloss is a color enhancing and shine-boosting hair treatment. This treatment can be applied as a final touch after coloring or can be performed as a stand-alone treatment to refresh dull, discolored hair.
The acidic nature of glossing products helps to seal the cuticle layer and creates a smooth surface that reflects light, creating a stunning shine. The film around the hair strands keeps color molecules wrapped to lock in your favorite color shade.
How Long does Hair Gloss Last?
A salon gloss treatment can last from four to six weeks, while at-home glosses last up to two weeks. The color and shine will gradually fade over time, so you need to reapply the treatment periodically. If you just need to refresh your hair for a special event, hair gloss is also an option to consider.
Types of Hair Gloss
There are two main types of hair glossing products:
1. A clear hair gloss contains hair-smoothing ingredients that coat and seal the cuticle to boost shine
2. A tinted hair gloss has added pigments to revive fading color or to enhance your natural hue.
Can You Do it Yourself?
Some formulas are meant to be used by professionals (such as Redken Shades EQ Color Gloss) because their application requires skilled hands to achieve the desired shade.
But there are many glossing products that are easy to apply at home and can be much more affordable than salon glossing treatments.
Benefits of Hair Gloss Treatment
Improves and maintains color results: When applied after coloring, hair gloss enhances the tone of color-treated hair and leaves your color perfect. When used between salon or at-home colorings, it revitalizes faded color and replenishes lost tones, making the color look fresh and vibrant.
Prolongs and preserves your color: If your color fades too fast, apply hair gloss once a week to maintain the color and prolong the time between salon appointments. Hair gloss is especially beneficial for overly porous hair that has a tendency to lose color quickly.
Adds smoothness and shine: A gloss tightly closes the hair cuticle, which results in very smooth and light-reflective hair. Using a hair gloss helps to add vibrancy and shine to your dull hair and makes it look healthier.
Eliminates unwanted tones: The application of a hair gloss can cancel out and correct unwanted tones, such as brassiness in blonde hair and red tones in brunette hair.
Repairs summer damage: If your hair has lost its color vibrancy and shine due to exposure to the sun and seawater, hair gloss could fix the damage and make your overly stressed hair appear shiny and healthy again.
No commitment: Before opting for permanent hair color, consider getting a glossing treatment instead. This is an easy way to make a subtle change to your hair color without using harsh chemicals. You can experiment with different shades without over-processing your strands and causing damage. The effects fade away within a month, so there’s no long-term commitment.
No visible line of demarcation: Unlike permanent hair color, a hair gloss fades gradually, without leaving the harsh line of demarcation in the hair.
Blends in the grays: If you don’t have a high percentage of gray hair, hair gloss will blend your grays nicely, making them less noticeable.
Gentle on hair: Hair gloss enhances your hair’s natural beauty, without any unwanted side effects. The application is more comfortable than using permanent dyes, as there is no strong ammonia smell.
At-Home Hair Glossing Products
The John Frieda gloss is available in six shades to match different hair colors.
The biggest advantage of this product is that it is very easy to use. This in-shower treatment takes just five minutes to restore hair color and shine. The formula is free of ammonia and peroxide, so it is will not damage your hair.
What this glossing treatment can do for your hair:
John Frieda Colour REFRESHING Gloss refreshes the vibrancy and tones of color-treated hair between color sessions.
Makes your hair feel healthy and gives it a glossy sheen
When applied once a week, it can extend the life of your color and prolong the time between salon visits.
Helps to make gray strands less noticeable
Leaves hair soft, silky, and manageable
The Color Refreshing Gloss for Cool Blondes neutralizes brassiness in blonde, white, and gray hair.
How to Use
Your hair needs to be wet and freshly shampooed.
Put a quarter-sized amount of the product into the palm of your hand, then work it through your hair from root to tip to coat each strand.
Leave the product on for at least 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Wash your hands immediately after applying.
Apply once a week to keep your color looking fresh.
This clear conditioning glaze is easy to use at home. The product adds a beautiful shine to colored hair and helps your color last longer. It can also be used to boost the shine of virgin hair. It conditions and softens damaged hair leaving it smooth, tangle-free, and healthy-looking.
Apply a small dime size to damp hair after shampooing, run through the hair, and leave it on for about five minutes. Use once a week in place of conditioner or whatever your hair needs refreshment.
This glossing product comes in five shades: Cool Blonde, Warm Blonde, Universal Red, Brunette, and Clear to match different hair colors. Your highlighted hair will love the Clear.
This hair color enhancer is used to magnify shine and revive any shade of color-treated hair. It also enhances natural hair color and gives instant shine to your locks.
Bumble and Bumble Color Gloss contains conditioning ingredients that leave your hair with more volume, frizz-free, full, and easy to style. The product is free of ammonia and peroxide.
Drawback: This product could be too pricey for regular use. One tube is sufficient for up to 2 applications if you have medium-length hair. If you are not comfortable with the price, you may want to use it only for special occasions.
How to use
This hair gloss is easy to apply, as it can be used straight from the tube.
1. Divide your dry hair into four sections.
2. Apply the product throughout each section, then use a comb to spread it more evenly.
3. Leave the treatment on for 20 minutes, then rinse. The exception is the Cool Blonde, which only requires four minutes after application.
4. Follow with shampoo and conditioner.
4. Clairol Professional Radiance Color Gloss
(available at Walmart)
Clairol Radiance Color Gloss is a semi-permanent hair gloss that comes in 21 glamorous shades.
This ammonia-free gloss is easy to work with and doesn’t damage your hair.
This home glossing treatment gives smoothness and sheen to dry, color-treated hair. It revives the color, providing even and lasting coverage.
If you need something to improve your lifeless and dull hair between salon appointments, Clairol Professional Radiance Color Gloss is a great color enhancer. It also leaves your hair looking healthier and shinier, and helps to define your curls.
You can apply it to a virgin, colored, permed, or relaxed hair.
This gloss keeps your hair shiny for approximately four to six weeks, and will slowly fade away with each wash.
How to Use
The product should be applied to damp, freshly-washed hair. Make sure to also purchase the Clairol Professional Radiance Color Infuser. Use latex gloves during preparation and application stages.
Mix 2 oz. of the Clairol Professional Radiance Color Gloss with the Clairol Professional Radiance Color Infuser in an applicator bottle.
Shake hard for about one minute.
Apply the solution to your hair and distribute it evenly to coat every strand.
Leave the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes.
Cover your hair with a plastic cap and use a hairdryer for 15 minutes. The heat helps the product to penetrate better. However, using heat is not recommended if you apply the gloss immediately after a relaxer.
Rinse your hair with warm water and apply a deep conditioner.
Rinse the conditioner and then dry and style your hair.