Frequent coloring, straightening with an iron, blow-drying, and other harmful manipulations and negative factors lead to hair damage and deterioration: Strands become brittle and lose their healthy shine. Thanks to new, progressive technologies, the inventions of various treatments such as hair gloss and hair glaze make it possible to reanimate lifeless and dull hair. Both techniques have a common purpose — to improve the appearance of weakened strands — but what’s the difference between them?
Hair glaze treatment is a fairly simple procedure for covering hair with a special “glaze.” It gives the hair a shiny and healthy appearance, adds some volume and elasticity, and makes it silky and well-groomed. The glaze is usually applied to the ends of the strands unless the client wants to cover the entire hair length. The glaze won’t help get rid of split ends, but it will prevent further breakage. The main active ingredients of the glazing product are ceramides (unsaturated fatty acids that protect the strands from external influences) and moisturizing components. According to the stylist Diane C. Bailey, who is also a representative of the brand SheaMoisture, a hair glaze can be clear and just add shine, or it can have a semi-permanent color and change the hair tone by one or several shades. This treatment is decorative in nature — it doesn’t really heal the hair, but it does protect it from the harmful effects of hot tools and aggressive climatic factors.
The principle action of hair glaze is similar to hair lamination (sometimes it’s even called temporary lamination). The difference is that the hair isn’t covered with a thin film of “laminate” but is filled with ceramides that seal the scales of the cuticle and treat the hair. On the other hand, glazing doesn’t work as deeply and comprehensively as hair gloss. In general, glazing gives a quick yet fleeting effect, compared to the hair gloss treatment.
It’s not necessary to get this treatment at a salon. There are many hair glaze products for home use that are a perfect alternative to expensive services. First, you need to clean your hair with a special clarifying shampoo. It will detox your strands in a more thorough way than regular shampoo does. Then cover the slightly dried strands with a glaze in several layers for better penetration of the composition. After that, wait 20 to 30 minutes until the product is fully absorbed. Next, stretch the hair with a flat iron, apply a mask, and then wash the hair again.
Here are the best at-home hair glaze products:
Hair glaze washes out quickly enough, within two to three weeks. You’ll notice a reduction of effect after the first hair wash. You can repeat the treatment after three to five weeks, but don’t do more than three or four procedures in a row, in order to let the hair rest.
Since hair glaze products don’t contain ammonia or peroxide, this treatment is a perfect option for complementing natural hair color without any dyes or toners. It will not only give an extreme shine and beautiful highlights but also will make the natural hair softer and help reduce frizz. You’ll definitely notice the difference before and after the treatment because the result will be fantastic.
In the process of hair gloss treatment, mostly natural components are used, in contrast to chemical products that are used for hair lamination. Special glossing products usually contain hydrogen peroxide to help lift the cuticles and treat the hair from within by penetrating its shaft and sealing the active substances inside. Hair gloss product closes the cuticles and smooths the hair surface, giving it extreme shine and making it stronger. This procedure is aimed at restoring the hair structure, protecting it from external negative influences and refreshing its color. Paul Cucinello, a beauty expert with the Chris Chase Salon in NYC, also mentions that hair gloss treatment can revive sun-damaged and fragile hair, which is vulnerable after the summer. This treatment makes the hair obedient, shiny, and well-groomed, and the color becomes more saturated, even, and natural looking. In addition, during hair gloss, the hair can be toned with warm or cold pigments to achieve the necessary color.
The glossing product fills the hair, closing the cuticles and smoothing the hair surface. The hair reflects light better and becomes extremely shiny. The gloss covers the locks and creates a protective shield, which keeps color molecules in the hair and maintains the freshness and brightness of the tone.
Just as with hair glaze, you can try hair gloss at home. Here’s a list of the best professional products for home use:
Hair gloss is technically a demi-permanent dye, which means that it will fade away over time. The effect of hair gloss treatment lasts about four to six weeks before washing out.
Gray hair reflects light less than blonde or dark hair does. This is why proper care is especially important for it. Hair gloss treatment will add some luster to the hair, as well as make it smooth and set off its shades.
Hair glaze covers the strands with a special glaze that contains ceramides and moistening ingredients. This treatment is especially useful for natural, thin, and damaged hair that needs some cosmetic improvement. The effect lasts for two to three weeks, washing out within this time.
Hair gloss is best for the color-treated hair, as its main action is aimed at refreshing, protecting, and maintaining the brightness of pigments. It also restores the hair structure after dyeing and makes the strands silky and smooth, preparing them for the next hair color appointment. The treatment has quite a long-lasting effect, up to six weeks.
Now that you know the difference between hair glaze and hair gloss treatments, you can decide which one is best for you. But be careful not to blind everyone around with your fabulously shiny hair!
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