Hair gloss is a hair product that is applied to the hair to add shine to it. Though its primary function is to improve or restore luster, a hair gloss can also be used to correct the color of the hair as well. The effects of hair gloss can last for up to a month. Though similar in nature, hair glazes can sometimes be confused with hair glosses. Consumers can buy both products in beauty sections of their favorite grocery stores, should they desire to try them at home.
Hair glosses can be often mistaken for hair glazes. Confusion of the two can be further compounded when consumers and hair professionals alike use the terms interchangeably. While the results of both are similar, the main differences between these two products are the methods of penetration and the length of time that the results will remain visible on the hair.
Glosses add shine and correct hair color, and is often used to bring the color of hair down a notch. For example, if highlights or other supplemental hair coloring techniques don't turn out quite as well as they were planned, a gloss can be incorporated into the hair to make subtle corrections. This is beneficial for both hair stylists and beauty enthusiasts who don't want to use harsh hair coloring treatments on hair that has already undergone coloring. A hair gloss' shine and color correction can last anywhere from two weeks to a month, since the gloss is designed to penetrate the cuticles of hairs, rather than just coat it.
Hair glazes are sometimes used instead of hair glosses for the same effect. Glazes also provide shine and color correction properties; however, like the name suggests, they merely glaze the superficial parts of the hair. What results is a coating of shine and color on top of preexisting coloring and associated hair treatments. Glazes, then, only last for about two weeks and require regular maintenance if their wearers intend to enjoy the benefits of the treatments for longer periods of time.
While hair gloss treatments can be performed at a professional hair stylists' place of business, there are also products on the market that advertise similar results to consumers. Application can be messy and results patchy if done by inexperienced users. Should consumers desire to try one of these products, they would do well to look for products that can also address other hair issues like controlling frizz and repairing split-ends.