WHAT MAKES HAIR LOSE IT’S SHINE?
The cuticle is your hair’s protective layer, like roof tiles or scales on a fish, it is healthy and effective when it is facing flat. When the hair cuticle is smooth, it reflects light and produces the sought-after shine. However, once the hair cuticle is damaged by everyday wear and tear, such as hair dye and heat styling, the cuticles can lift open and reduce the shine. Now that it’s we are heading into the colder months, it’s the perfect time to undo the damage caused on the hair from the summer. A hair gloss will help revive the hair from exposure to sun, chlorine, and salt water – common culprits for wearing out the hair cuticle.
SO, WHAT IS A HAIR GLOSS?
A hair gloss is essentially a semi-permanent shine treatment that helps with both the condition and colour of your hair. One of the main effects of a gloss is to resurface the hair cuticles, resulting in a an ultra-smooth surface texture that reflects more light and feels softer. In addition to smoothing down the hair cuticle and adding shine, a hair gloss also helps reduce split ends, frizzy hair, and overall dryness. Think of hair gloss as a refresher treatment for your hair tone while restoring shine for healthy-looking hair.
WHO SHOULD USE A HAIR GLOSS?
If you have hair of any kind – bleached, coloured, or natural – hair glossing is for you! Hair gloss can also be used for all hair types and textures, so whether you have soft waves, tight curls, or sleek straight hair, everyone can benefit from this shine treatment. For those looking to enhance the vibrancy of your hair shade, there are tinted hair gloss options. With the tonal effects of tinted glosses, you have the freedom to play around with cool or warm tones to subtly bring out your desired undertones. As for whether glossing can work for non-coloured hair – the answer is yes! You can change the tone of your natural hair colour with a tinted gloss or opt for a clear gloss just for shine and richness.
HAIR GLOSS VS. HAIR GLAZE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The two terms “gloss” and “glaze” tend to get used interchangeably or lumped together. When you get down to it, the goal of the two treatments are essentially the same – providing shine, conditioning and tone. So what’s the difference? A hair gloss penetrates the hair cuticle, allowing for longer-lasting and more effective results. A hair glaze coats your strands but won’t penetrate the hair cuticles, sitting on top of the hair the same way a nail polish top coat sits on top of the nail. Overall, the gloss will last longer than the glaze.
CAN YOU GLOSS AT HOME?
You absolutely can! For salon-inspired hair gloss that can be done at-home, use Le Color Gloss One Step Toning Gloss. In just one step, Le Color Gloss boosts shine, enhances colour and deeply conditions. It’s an easy way to incorporate a hair gloss into your hair routine – no mixing required! Use Le Color Gloss whenever your hair needs a pick-me-up or in-between colourings to boost dull strands. This no-nasties gloss, formulated with coconut oil, helps give your hair the deep condition it deserves. Just apply it in the shower, leave it on for 15 minutes and voilà – lustrous, soft and refreshed hair in minutes.
Application Tip: If you’re using a tinted shade, we recommend wearing gloves to make it as mess-free as possible during your gloss session.