Glaze VS Gloss for Hair

glazed hair vs gloss hair

You don’t need to schedule a massive haircut or color in order to visit the salon. 

In fact, there are plenty of regular maintenance hair services that are MUCH needed and often overlooked. Your hair is always changing, so its needs should be changing, too!

That just means that you may need to treat yourself a little extra from time to time. 

Hair treatments like glosses and glazes are great for that added boost of moisture, color, and hydration. These services can improve the look, feel, and texture of the hair after one appointment – adding shine and color, as well. To give you a better idea of our treatment options, we’ve compared two similar services below.

Let’s talk: glaze vs gloss for hair. 

Glaze VS Gloss for Hair

You really can’t go wrong with either of these treatments, but we’re here to help you understand how they differ, so you can make an educated decision before scheduling your next appointment at the salon.

Essentially both of these services function as a deep conditioner with a long list of added benefits. Some add color, while others are clear. The differences between glazes and glosses are slight but worth noting.

Glaze Treatment

What Is It?

A glaze is an ammonia- and peroxide-free color deposit that is applied to wet hair. During the time it sits atop the hair, the glaze adds extra moisture, shine, and color while taming frizz and flyaways in the process. 

When the hair is done soaking in the product, it’s rinsed out for immediately noticeable results. We’re talking shine and polish for days! Not only will your hair feel softer and look healthier, but the treatment will enhance your color, too. Your hair will be happy and hydrated with a little extra sparkle – great for events & photo-worthy moments.

How Long Does A Glaze Last?

Because of the gentler formula, hair glaze treatments are unable to penetrate the hair shaft, and as a result, have a limited lifespan. Typically, a glaze will last one to two weeks, depending on the number of times the hair is washed. If you’d like a hair glaze to last longer, you can always maintain your results by repeating the treatment on a regular basis or using special shampoos and conditioners intended for color-treated hair to upkeep color and tone. Kerastase and Oribe have some great products available.

Gloss Treatments

In a lot of ways, glosses and glazes are identical in functionality but differ in duration and strength. 

For example, they both improve the health of the hair and alter the look with a color deposit, but the gloss lasts much longer than the glaze. For this reason, more dramatic color transformations often use a gloss. 

When it comes to glaze vs gloss for hair, it all depends on your desired results.

What Is A Gloss Treatment?

Unlike the glaze treatments, glosses do penetrate the hair shaft and deposit color into the hair cuticle for a longer-lasting effect. 

Hair glosses can be used for a variety of reasons, but color toning and enhancing are some of the most popular ones. Whether someone is trying to use this demi-permanent treatment to cover gray hairs, correct bright or brassy tones, or bring certain colors to light, this treatment is perfect. 

Gloss isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment, so many stylists will custom create a gloss for your desired outcome. Just like the glaze, this service is typically applied to wet hair and rinsed out after a certain amount of time. 

When you receive this treatment at Facetté, our stylists will monitor your hair and ensure that the gloss gives you the results you want – color, shine, hydration, and smoothing properties included. 

Because it operates like a deep conditioning treatment, many opt for clear gloss treatments when they want the benefits, but not the color. With a gloss, they can expect their hair to be in better shape than before with a reflective glow.

How Long Do Glosses Last?

A gloss can last anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks, depending on the number of times the hair is washed. Our stylists always recommend color-protecting products to prolong the results of the gloss, and regular appointments to maintain the tone and color.

Determine Your Needs: Glaze VS Gloss for Hair

After reading all of that, you might be wondering what treatment is right for you…

The glaze VS gloss debate is subjective, so it’s best to involve a professional stylist. They can recommend a service or product that will work best for your hair type and texture. There may even be an at-home gloss or glaze option to use between appointments. With all the options available, it’s best to consult our team and plan from there.

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