What Is A Hair Gloss And Why You Should Use It?

Are you looking for a hair color change but don’t want anything too drastic? Are you a color commitment-phobe? Are you worried about damaging your hair? Do you want shinier hair? (Uh, who doesn’t?) If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the questions, then a hair gloss could be just the product for you.

Hair glosses give you shinier, healthier-looking hair without using the strong chemicals found in most permanent hair dyes. They are demi or semi-permanent and last for a few washes before they fade out. There’s no need to worry about visible roots. You can use them or natural hair or color-treated hair. You can choose a colored gloss to enhance the tones in your hair or you can opt for a clear one if you just want to pump up the shine.

Pastel glosses have had a recent surge in popularity thanks to the rainbow hair trend. They are a natural next step for people who have bleached their hair white blonde and are looking for a change, but there are glosses for dark hair too. You can get the treatment at the salon or you can do it at home. As a fairly new DIY hair color fan, I decided to test an at-home gloss out. [Insert your own Gloss hair gloss joke here.]

Heather Pink Haie Sunlight

I recently dyed my hair pink using Manic Panic’s Semi-Permanent High Voltage Classic Color Cream Formula Hair Color in Fuschia Shock. The pink has faded out so I wanted to try something new.

I went with Madison Reed’s Semi-Permanent Gloss in Barolo, $19.95. It was recommended by Chelsea and Felicia from the Madison Reed Color Team. It is described as “Vibrant copper-red to revive bright or deep shades of cool auburn.” The gloss comes in six other different shades and a clear version.

Take a look at the results:

Before

Hair Gloss Treatment Before And After

You can see that the glorious fuchsia is gone out of my hair and it’s back to brown. I applied the Barolo gloss to dry hair for 35 minutes, then rinsed it out.

After

Heather After Gloss Final

Sorry if you were expecting Sansa Stark red but remember this is a gloss, not dye. It’s not a dramatic before and after but the gloss brought out the red tones in my hair and it didn’t dry it out. Here’s a close-up shot:

Heather After Color Gloss Side

Here’s a close-up comparison shot so you can get a better idea of the change:

Color Gloss Before And After

The tube says you can get two applications out of it if you have shoulder-length hair. My hair is slightly longer but there was enough for two applications for me. The gloss is supposed to last for 6 to 8 washes. Now, I just have to figure out what I’m going to do with my hair when this fades out…

Jessica Redman

Makeup Expert & Manicurists, Contributing Editor

Jessica is a writer who feels it is a job requirement to own every shade of nail polish. She thinks any bad day can be improved by a trip to Sephora–provided there aren't 10 people giving themselves makeovers, in front of the new lipsticks.

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