I don’t know about you, but I constantly wish my hair was shinier. Can you blame me? First, the shine-centric beauty craze was glass skin, and now, I feel like everyone wants “liquid hair,” or silky, ultra-reflective strands. Thank stars like Zendaya and Kim Kardashian for that one since they've both been seen rocking glassy strands.
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As many of us know, this kind of sleek style just isn’t always possible with simply a blowout and a leave-in conditioner (though it certainly doesn’t hurt). I wanted to figure out the secret to super-shiny hair, so I tapped pro colorists for the lowdown. It turns out, the key to tons of shine is treating your hair to a gloss or a glaze.
Hair Gloss vs. Hair Glaze
If you’re wondering what the difference is between a hair gloss and a hair glaze, the answer is not much. In fact, many stylists use these terms interchangeably. According to Kérastase global pro club color expert Shelley Gregory, there’s technically a slight difference. “A hair gloss is pure shine. It can be achieved using color or using some products,” she says. “A hair glaze is a way to add shine and even tone out unwanted color in your hair.” Typically, glosses penetrate the hair’s cuticle, while glazes add a coat of color or shine.
“A professional, in-salon gloss or glaze can be clear for shine, or it can deliver color and tone to the hair if it needs more definition,” says Lorena M. Valdes, colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. When looking for an at-home product, Valdes recommends going for a gloss or a glaze that’s marketed as a shine conditioner so that you only get shine. This way, you can avoid adding in any unwanted color or tones to your hair.
The Best Hair Glosses and Glazes for Shinier Hair
Gregory and Valdes both highly recommend this gloss treatment. "Kérastase Chroma Absolu High Shine Gloss Treatment is the best in the market and my go-to treatment for special events or photo shoots," says Valdes, noting that it's easy to apply and gives quick results.
"I love that it can be an in-salon treatment to use after color devices to seal in your color and add shine, but I can also send my clients home with it to keep their hair as shiny as it was when they left the salon," adds Gregory.
This adds tons of shine while also getting deep into the hair shaft to condition and repair. You can also buy this in 10 other shades if you're looking to deposit color.
This clear mask gives hair shine while also acting as a deep conditioner. You can mix it with the brand's color-depositing mask if you're looking for a boost of color and shine.