After you go to the salon and get the perfect hairstyle for your face shape and the perfect color for your skin tone, the only thing left is to get that beautiful shine to make your hair truly star worthy.
The two types of products most used to give your hair luster are hair glazes and hair glosses. While both are similar and result in more shiny, silky looking hair, they are different in how they work on your hair to achieve the desired results.
In general, a hair glaze is a temporary solution to add shine or complementary tones to the color of the hair. It can come in clear or colored pigments and sits on top of your hair. Hair glaze does not contain ammonia or peroxide and is unable to permeating the hair cuticle. Because it does not absorb into your hair, a glaze is simply a top coat to protect your color while adding shine. It is best to have hair glaze applied at every hair color appointment as well as maintain it on a regular basis at home with a quality product. Glaze should be applied every four to six weeks or depending on how often the hair is washed.
While hair glaze is only temporary, hair gloss is considered semi-permanent. Like glaze, it can be done at home or the salon, but it actually works by penetrating into the hair cuticle instead of simply lying on the hair. At the salon, heat is used to open up the cuticle, giving the gloss extra staying power. Once applied, the gloss will absorb into the hair, closing up the cuticle and creating a much smoother surface. This surface helps reflect light better, which gives hair a radiant shine. Glosses can also be tinted like glazes.
Glosses should be done every four to six weeks. The gloss will coat the strands of hair and create a protective covering that will help preserve hair color.
One of the important factors in deciding whether to use a glaze or a gloss is how long you want or need your product to last. Since glosses permeate into the hair, they will last longer than glazes and do not have to be applied as often. It is important that while using a hair gloss or glaze, you wash with a shampoo that isn't harsh so that your product will stay in longer and you will be able to maintain your shine.
If you live in the Amarillo area and are looking to take your hair up a notch with a gloss, contact The Salon by Lora Brown today for an appointment.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.