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What Is Hair Gloss? See Before-and-After Photos

Everything to Know Before Getting a Hair Gloss

What Is Hair Gloss? See Before-and-After Photos

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  • A hair gloss treatment is your ticket to shiny, "liquid" hair.
  • Hair glosses can be clear or contain colour and have many benefits, including enhancing hair dye and boosting shine.
  • Learn more about a hair gloss vs. hair glaze from a professional.

Hair salon visits, as relaxing and transformative as they may be, can be a little stressful if you don't know the lingo and terminology that your stylist is using. From toners and semi-permanent hair dyes to hair glazes and keratin treatments, there can be a lot to keep track of. That's why we're breaking down everything you need to know about getting a hair gloss.

Below, with some help from a professional stylist, we're answering all your hair gloss questions, from what it is, how it affects your hair colour, and how you can even do the treatment at home.

What Is Hair Gloss?

A hair gloss is a type of hair colouring process that's applied from the mid to ends of your hair. "Hair gloss can be used in a couple of ways — either to add pigment and shine to faded colour or to freshly highlighted hair as a second step," Jonathan Colombini, L'Oréal Paris style and colour expert, tells POPSUGAR. But that's not all: it can also be used to remove unwanted tones in hair, such as brassiness from blonds.

If you don't have colour-treated hair, you can still benefit from a hair gloss treatment — just in a different way. Hair gloss can be applied to virgin hair to seal the cuticle, adding shine and smoothing frizz.

Difference Between Hair Gloss vs. Hair Glaze

At the salon, you may be presented with the option to get a hair gloss or a hair glaze, and there's a difference. It all comes down to lifespan. "Glazes do not have any ammonia or peroxide in them, so they can last only up to a week and a few days, whereas glosses do have low levels of ammonia and peroxide so can last anywhere between four or five weeks," says Colombini.

Depending on how frequently you shampoo your hair, your glaze may wash out faster.

Benefits of a Hair Gloss

Whether or not you get a clear hair gloss or hair gloss with colour, the benefits are almost identical. The treatment adds shine, giving you that liquid hair look, and sometimes pigment to the ends of your hair. "However, glosses carry more of a noticeable impact for colour-treated hair since it treats the eventual colour fade that results from colouring the hair," says Colombini.

If you're overall happy with your current hair colour and not looking to change or enhance it in any way, he recommends using a clear gloss.

Hair Gloss at Home

Just as there is professional-grade, in-salon hair colour and DIY hair colour kits to do at home, there are hair gloss treatments for home use. They're particularly handy if you just want to give your hair a light refresh without trekking all the way to the salon.

At the salon, your hair gloss will be more precise, but at-home hair gloss treatments are great for maintenance. Colombini recommends the L'Oréal Paris Le Colour Gloss ($15), which comes in 13 colours. "It's a one-step, no mixing, colouring conditioner that enhances your colour while boosting shine."

We also like the Madison Reed Colour Reviving Gloss ($30) and the Hally Fluffy G Foamy Glazey Hair Gloss ($15).

Hair Gloss Before and After Photos

Keep scrolling to see before and after photos of a hair gloss treatment by celebrity hairstylist Linet K.

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