The shine is produced when light reflects a smooth surface. When the cuticles smoothly cover the hair shaft, the hair is able to interplay with light like a mirror, thus producing a shiny appearance.
Chemical treatments, excessive heat, swimming in chlorinated water, and extreme environmental conditions can cause damage to hair, disturbing the naturally smooth cuticle layer. This leaves your strands looking dull and lifeless, causing your hair color to lose its vibrancy and fade faster. Over processed and damaged hair has a rough and porous surface and lacks the ability to reflect light or have a shiny appearance.
Fortunately, there are some treatments that can restore shine to the hair and make it look fabulous again! Hair treatments like hair gloss and hair glaze are the answer.
These treatments are gaining popularity because of their ability to smoothen the hair surface. This gives your hair the silky luster you want. Both products are incredibly easy to apply and can be performed on any hair type, including virgin, color-treated, or highlighted hair.
Hair Gloss vs. Hair Glaze
These treatments differ from one another in the way they work. Hair glosses work by penetrating into the hair shaft and closing cuticles. Hair glaze products simply coat your strands and lie on the hair. Another difference is how long the treatments will stay in your hair before washing out.
Hair glosses usually contain peroxide in their formulation. The peroxide gives the ability to lift the cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft, depositing color pigments inside. The product creates a much smoother surface that gives hair a radiant shine. This semi-permanent treatment can change hair color by a full shade with effects lasting about 4-6 weeks.
Hair glaze is temporary shine treatment, which doesn’t contain ammonia or peroxide and has no ability to open the cuticle. This kind of product gently coats your strands with shine or/and semi-permanent color. Consequently, the effects are much more short-lived compared to hair gloss and last only a week or two.
These treatments are similar and both result in glowing and healthy looking hair. Although hair color experts consider them to be two separate products, manufacturing companies often use the terms gloss and glaze interchangeably. Many hair dye brands add the word “gloss” to their color products for marketing purposes.
At this point, trying to make a clear distinction between hair gloss and hair glaze treatment is useless and can even add confusion. So, in this article, we are going to talk about two formulations- a mild, short-lived formula which just coats the hair shaft and stronger one which is able to penetrate the hair shaft and lasts up to six weeks. Both formulas are available in two options: clear and tinted.
Before you opt for any of these selections and make the appointment, it is important that you communicate about desired results to your stylist and ask questions about the product they use. If you are going to do the treatment at home, make sure to read the list of ingredients and directions for careful use. Being aware of your product before use will give you an idea of what type of shine treatment you are going to apply to your hair along with an understanding of what result you can expect.
Clear and Tinted Shine Enhancing Treatments
Hair shine treatments are available either clear or in a range of tints, both of which provide your hair with glamorous shine and help extend the life of your hair color.
Colored glossing/glazing treatments work to enhance and maintain the current hair color in addition to adding shine. These formulas deposit dye pigments on the hair shaft giving it a reflective brilliance.
Clear glossing/glazing products do not contain color, making them suitable for every shade of natural or color-treated hair. Clear glosses/glazes give hair a healthy and lustrous gloss by sealing the cuticle layer or by coating the hair shaft with a transparent shine.
The durability of Hair Gloss and Hair Glaze Treatments
The stronger formulas for hair shine treatment penetrate the hair shaft and produce more lasting results. The effects last for around three to six weeks before washing out. This may vary among brands and whether you receive the treatment in a salon or do it at home.
Mild formulas are a short-term solution, lasting one to two weeks since they only coat hair strands for a while. Both formulas fade away with normal washing.
Benefits of Hair Shine Treatments
These treatments are relatively mild and less damaging to your hair and scalp compared to regular dyes. A shine treatment provides intense conditioning for stressed, dull, and lifeless hair. It helps reverse the damages, returns texture, prevents “flyaways,” and minimizes the frizz in your hair.
Maintenance doesn’t involve complicated procedures. All you need to do is use sulfate-free products that are designed for colored hair.
Both treatments protect the color from washing out early and increase the amount of time between appointments. Shine treatment helps seal freshly applied hair color and creates a protective covering that helps reduce fading. It also helps revive your color while intensifying shine.
Application of hair gloss/glaze to hair that has undergone coloring service can adjust hair dye mistakes. If colors turned out a little brighter than desired, the glossing treatment can help adjust the tone of your hair color.
Gloss/glaze treatments can tone down brassy highlights and orange hues in blondes and brunettes while eliminating yellow from grays.
The milder formula covers the hair shaft, leaving hair protected, shiny, smooth to the touch, and easy to style. It cannot change the existing color, but does add a translucent tone and brings back the natural shine to hair that looks unhealthy and dull.
You can change your color whenever you want as shine treatments will not interfere with any type of chemical treatments you may decide to do.
Which Hair Gloss/Glaze Treatment to Choose?
Deciding among shine treatment options depends on your preferences and your specific hair needs.
If your hair color is fading, but you are not ready for the next color service, look for a gloss/glaze with color pigments to get rich shade back. Tinted shiny treatments provide decent color refreshment between permanent color services.
For those who are not happy with their hair color, a tinted shine treatment can make subtle corrections to a previously applied color. If colors turned out a little brighter than desired, the gloss/glaze can help adjust the color tone.
For individuals with virgin hair, the treatment can be used to make hair look healthier and shinier. A plus, the feel will be much softer than before. Clear treatments make the natural color more beautiful due to increased light reflection. Tinted shine treatments can be the perfect way for hair color newbies to experiment with hair color without the commitment of permanent color.
If you want to cover your gray roots, opt for a stronger formula and for a tinted gloss/glaze. The stronger hair glossing formulation, especially tinted ones, will efficiently mask gray hair and growing roots until your next salon appointment. Mild and clear formulas will not get the full coverage of gray hair, but they can smooth the outer layer of the hair, making it shiny and add a hint of tone for individuals who are just slightly gray.
If you like your hair color (natural or not) and only want shine and softness, look for a clear gloss or glaze. A clear shine treatment will revitalize hair’s natural brilliance, soften the hair, and refresh faded lengths and ends.
If you prefer not using chemicals on your hair, a milder formula that just coats the hair shaft is less likely to contain harsh ingredients.
If you prefer doing hair shiny treatment at home, the mild and clear formulas are quicker and easier to apply.
Medical disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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