I Tried a Hair Glossing Treatment for Shiny, Healthier Hair—Here's the Result


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I'm sure by now your social media feed has clued you in on a magical little thing called hair glossing. No? Let me explain. Hair glossing is a great way to enhance your natural color or add vibrancy to dull, color-treated hair. As a bonus, it also adds some serious shine. You can opt for a hair gloss treatment at the salon, or you can try one for yourself at home. Me, being a total hair gloss novice, I decided to try one out for the summer and share the results. 

I won't lie to you, it didn't disappoint. If you're curious to learn more about this little underrated treatment and its benefits, keep scrolling. I've broken down the difference between a hair gloss and glaze with a few trusted hairstylists and rounded up the best at-home treatments to try.

Hair Glossing vs. Hair Glazing

According to color specialist Kevin Kelly, "A hair gloss is a demi-permanent treatment (meaning it lays over the cuticle) that helps add shine or deposit color to tone out unwanted tones. It can also decrease frizz." They're great for those who color their hair and want to preserve the vibrancy of their hue or can work great for those who just want to enhance their natural color and give it a little extra oomph. Hairstylist Jennifer Korab also adds that "a gloss can be clear or colored depending on your desired results. Hair gloss will intensify shine, enhance color, and keep things from fading."

Now, you might be wondering what the difference is between a hair gloss and a glaze. Don't worry, we have you covered. A hair gloss treatment can help seal the hair's cuticle and penetrates more deeply than a hair glazeHair glazing merely coats the hair, making it a bit milder than a gloss. Glazes usually are usually clear and only act as a conditioning treatment to boost moisture and shine. 

You can get a hair gloss treatment in a salon, but there are also some great budget-friendly options to try at home that can deliver serious results. If you're curious about my review of the Kristin Ess Hair Signature Hair Gloss Treatment, keep reading.

My Review of a Hair Gloss Treatment


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I decided to test out celebrity stylist Kristin Ess's at-home Signature Hair Gloss in the shade Bittersweet for this review. You can see in the above photo what my hair looked like prior to the gloss. My natural color consists of a reddish, dark brown. I'd never used a hair gloss treatment prior to this, so I was extra careful when mixing the formulas. It comes with two pre-measured bottles and gloves for any other newbies out there wondering. You pour one into the other, shake it a bit, and you're ready to go. It's labeled as an in-shower treatment, but I definitely had to shut off the water and step out to let it sit for 20 minutes. I also have to note that it can definitely get messy so be prepared for that.

Once I applied the entire bottle of gloss to wet hair and let it sit, I hopped back in the shower and shampooed and conditioned like normal. I really loved the results. The gloss added a lot of vibrancy and shine to my natural color that I'll fully admit was not there before. It almost looked like I dyed my hair a rich, black cherry shade and I was living for it. You can't see a dramatic difference in the above photo, but the results are definitely there, and I think it added the perfect amount of extra color I was looking for. My only con is that my hair had a bit of a weird quality to it after using the gloss and conditioning. (It was most likely due to the color deposits.) Hopefully, that won't affect my hair too much, but overall this gloss is a great at-home option for those who want to boost their natural hue or for those who color their hair. You can see my results plus check out a few other great at-home options down below.


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Best At-Home Hair Glosses and Glazes


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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.