hair color ideas What Is a Hair Gloss?

It may be the secret to your most beautiful strands — here’s what you should know.

April 11, 2022
What Is Hair Gloss

If you have color-treated hair, you’ve probably tried several different techniques and products to keep your color looking fresh for as long as possible. Considering that coloring your hair can make it feel dry and look dull, it makes sense that you’d want to seek out products and treatments that can help bring your hair back to its former shiny glory. Enter: Hair glossing. 

Using a hair color gloss can help keep your hair from becoming dull and appearing damaged. Keep reading to learn more about hair gloss treatments, including how to use them, how they differ from hair glazes, and an effective at-home hair gloss that can help your color look its most vibrant in just 15 minutes.

What Is A Hair Gloss?

A hair gloss is basically a shine treatment for colored-strands. The intended outcome of using a hair gloss is a longer-lasting and more vibrant hair color, as well as reducing split ends, frizzy hair, and overall dryness. Hair gloss treatments, depending on the type, can also sometimes be used to tone your color. That means they can be used to reduce brassiness or bring out undertones.

There are two ways to go about using a hair gloss. You can book an appointment with your colorist or you can use a hair gloss at home. While consulting a professional for your gloss treatment can result in a more customized formula — they typically will mix up a different gloss for each individual client — it can be expensive and time consuming. If you go the at-home route, be sure to triple check your gloss color choice to make sure it’s suited to your current color, otherwise, you risk not getting the results you want.

If you’re prepared to tackle an at-home gloss, the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss is a perfect choice. There’s no mixing or mess involved — simply evenly apply it to damp hair in the shower (or on your wash day), wait 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Your strands will be toned, neutralized, shiny, and feeling luxurious. The gloss is available in 15 shades, including new bronde and silver hues, and even has a clear shade that can be used on virgin hair to boost color and shine.

Who Should Use A Hair Gloss?

If you have colored hair of any kind — bleached, highlighted, or dyed all over — hair glossing could be for you. Hair glosses are specifically formulated for use on color-treated strands because the chemicals used in some hair dyes can cause weakness, dryness, and damaged hair. Think of a hair color gloss as a sort of refresher treatment for your current color, helping enhance and revive both your shade and your strands. 

So essentially, anyone with colored strands that are showing damage or looking dull to any degree can benefit from a hair gloss treatment. And while many glosses are intended for color-treated hair, if you want to make a subtle change to your natural hue, you can use certain hair gloss formulas on strands that have never been colored.

Hair Gloss vs. Hair Glaze: What’s the Difference? 

Hair glazes and glosses often end up being lumped together. While the goal of these two hair treatments is essentially the same — to provide shine and smooth color-treated strands — there is a difference between the two. 

A hair gloss penetrates the hair cuticle, allowing for longer-lasting and more effective results. Typically, these last for around a month. A hair glaze, however, is sort of like the nail equivalent of an ultra-shiny nail polish top coat or lip gloss as a topper. It’ll coat your strands, but won’t penetrate, leaving you with results that usually last for one to two weeks. 

If you’re looking for a hair glaze that’s affordable and easy to use, look no further than the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing In Shower Acidic Glaze. This acidic pH hair treatment seals the cuticle for intense shine, smoothness and a glossy finish that lasts. Use it after the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Shampoo, pH Balanced and before the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Conditioner, pH Balanced as part of this three step system.

3 Additional Tips for Maintaining Your Hair Color 

If you don’t take care of your tresses but occasionally use an at-home hair gloss, you won’t really be doing your hair any favors. While glosses are great, it’s also important to follow a consistent hair care routine for colored hair. Keep these tips in mind if you have dyed strands.

1. Switch Your Shampoo and Conditioner

Once you’ve colored your hair, swap your previous shampoo and conditioner for formulas specially made for color-treated hair. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Simply Clean Shampoo with Essential Oil and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Simply Clean Conditioner with Essential Oil are both formulated without sulfates, dyes or parabens and won’t strip color-treated hair. 

Additionally, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Color Care Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Conditioner are perfect for color-treated hair and especially beneficial for bleached, highlighted or damaged hair. They strengthen weak hair bonds and shield against future damage. 

2. Use A Deep Conditioner

We love regular ol’ conditioners, but deep conditioners are also a must. Next time your strands need a little extra TLC, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. It works in just one minute, so no excuses — using a deep conditioner won’t make your hair washing routine too long.

3. Always Use (Heat) Protection

Hopefully, anyone who uses heat styling tools frequently already knows this tip, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat: You need to protect your strands with a heat protectant spray or treatment before picking up your blow-dryer or curling iron — or any heat tool, for that matter. Better yet, use a hair treatment that will protect against heat and also help heal everyday damage, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Leave-In Conditioner Treatment.

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Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn