Glossy, shiny hair is not only eye catching and stylish, but it also appears stronger and better nourished than lusterless hair. While a healthy diet and general grooming can contribute to shiny hair, hair gloss products offer extra help. Glazes, shampoos and others products accentuate hair's natural shine, or create the illusion of gloss in dry and brittle hair. Whether for a special occasion or everyday use, hair gloss products meet a variety of haircare needs.
Gloss treatments offer a semi-permanent boost of shine for either natural or dyed hair. Most gloss treatments will last between two to four weeks, according to O Magazine. Glosses reach down to the hair's cuticle, rather than remaining on the surface. In addition to accentuating shininess, gloss treatments can improve hair's tone and colour, by adjusting brassy colours or making bright highlights more subtle. While many salons offer gloss treatments, it's also possible to find at-home options. At-home glosses tend to be cheaper, at about £6 to £19, and are typically easy to apply. Since the treatment is semi-permanent and any mistakes will fade with time, there's less risk involved for at-home stylists. Clairol offers a gloss product called Nice N' Easy ColorSeal, while Frédéric Fekkai offers Glossing Cream.
Some haircare companies or salons will use the terms "gloss" and "glaze" interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two treatments. Glazes work well for hair that has been colour treated, by boosting highlights and improving shine. Many glazes include semi-permanent colour, and can add bright, non-permanent tints to non-dyed hair. Most glaze treatments don't actually penetrate the hair's cuticle. Instead the glaze lies on top of the hair and provides a bold shine that lasts for around a week. Although glazes are often available at salons, haircare companies also produce a number of at-home glazes, both transparent and with colour. Glazes can be either a one-time process or applied repeatedly throughout the week, depending on the product. These products are typically not too expensive and can be found at many drugstores. John Frieda has a product called Luminous Color Glaze, and Frédéric Fekkai offers an at-home Salon Glaze.
Shampoos & Conditioners
Shampoos and conditioners may not offer the immediate high-impact shine of glosses or glazes, but they can help build up shininess over time. For individuals who want shinier, glossier hair but don't want to try gloss or glaze treatments, there are many shine-boosting shampoos and conditioners on the market. L'Oreal Paris offers a line called Vive Pro Nutri Gloss. Both the shampoo and conditioner are intended to coat the hair with moisture and nourish any heat or chemical damage to restore hair's natural shine. Nivea offers a shampoo called Diamond Gloss, which is enriched with actual diamond particles and can restore sparkle and gloss to lusterless, dry and brittle hair.