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What Is a Hair Gloss?

BY THE REDKEN TEAM June 28, 2022


Coloring your hair doesn't have to be a serious commitment. Whether you're new to coloring your hair or are uneasy about trying out a new color trend, there's an easy way to flirt with new color without compromising your hair health—hair gloss!

While hair gloss may be most known as a type of haircolor, this versatile treatment has so many uses and benefits for all hair types. From color correcting brass to creating the highly sought after glass hair, a hair gloss may be the hair-saving treatment you need. Read on to learn more and see if a hair gloss is right for you (Spoiler Alert: it is!).

What Is a Hair Gloss?

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Hair glosses, like Redken’s Shades EQ Gloss, are a form of demi-permanent haircolor used by stylists to tone, color-correct, and refresh hair color while enhancing your hair's natural shine. A gentler form of hair color, a gloss is a low commitment hair color service that provides hair with high shine and a subtle wash of color while improving the look and feel of hair.

Hair glosses help give you richness, depth, and dimension you never knew was missing from your strands. Glosses can be used as a final touch to any permanent haircolor service, a standalone color or color correcting service, or on natural hair to boost vibrancy and shine. 

Glosses aren't just for coloring hair. There are actually two types of hair glosses: tinted and clear. While tinted glosses provide the color pigment you expect from haircolor, there are also clear gloss treatments with all the healthy hair benefits! A clear gloss will enhance your natural haircolor and condition your strands, leaving your hair vibrant, shiny, and healthier than before.

What is demi-permanent haircolor?

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Demi-permanent hair color is a gentler form of haircolor that fades gradually over time. Glosses, a type of demi-permanent hair color, use a mixture of direct and oxidative dyes to glaze, refresh, and correct your current color without over processing or drying out strands. During a hair gloss service the haircolor molecules simply coat the strands of hair rather than dive deep into the cuticle like they do during a permanent haircolor treatment. This keeps hair soft, shiny and smooth while depositing beautiful color.

How Long Does a Hair Gloss Last?

Since it's a form of demi-permanent haircolor, a hair gloss fades gradually over time. This means you won't get any of the harsh root regrowth that comes with permanent haircolor. A gloss will last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, the perfect amount of time to try out a new shade while achieving shiny, healthy-looking hair.

Reasons to Get a Hair Gloss

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Hair glosses are one of the most versatile professional hair treatments out there. On top of beautiful and personalized end results, the right gloss will have health benefits for your strands.

When you get a Shades EQ Gloss, you'll leave the salon with healthier looking and feeling hair. Shades EQ is a haircolor that thinks it's a conditioner, delivering fast, professional color with beautiful shine. Our gloss is made without harsh ammonia and features an acidic formula that brings your hair pH back to a healthy level. Not only will you have a stunning looking finish, you'll leave your appointment with healthy, conditioned hair that looks and feels amazing.

Whether you're looking for ways to maintain your salon-fresh color or want to achieve that glass hair finish, there are countless reasons to try a hair gloss. Here are some of the top benefits and reasons to get a hair gloss.

1. COLOR WITHOUT COMMITMENT

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Looking to try out a new color or want a need a little boost? A gloss is the perfect solution.

Since tinted hair glosses gradually fade over time, your strands will be left without the visible roots or regrowth that comes with permanent haircolor. Since Shades EQ is a gloss, it doesn’t lift or lighten the color of your hair. It’s formulated with just enough pigment to renew and improve the overall tone of your haircolor without drying out your ends. Stylists turn to this service if they’re looking to enhance a client’s natural color or reinvigorate previously colored hair. It’s their go-to service for ensuring glossy, rich strands each and every time. 

2. REFRESH HAIRCOLOR BETWEEN APPOINTMENTS

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Unfortunately, haircolor will only last so long on your strands before it begins to fade. Using a hair gloss is the perfect way to quickly refresh dulling haircolor between coloring services. Once applied to the hair, the gloss perfects, tones, and color-corrects any haircolor imperfections that have occurred since your last visit. Say good-bye to faded ends, dulling blonde hair, and discolored looking strands. With Shades EQ gloss, you can transform your haircolor in just 20 minutes!

3. COLOR CORRECT BRASSY HAIR

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Brassy hair happen to the best of us. As any blonde can tell you, yellowing highlights and orangey tints can be a nightmare to correct. When your at home toning regimen isn't cutting it, it's to book a glossing service. With a hair gloss, stylists can color-correct problematic tones in their client’s hair no matter their hair color, giving them more natural looking results.

4. GET GLASS HAIR

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If you've fallen in love with the glass hair trend that's taken over the internet, we've got good news! Hair glosses are like an Instagram filter, IRL. They help to add vibrancy and shine to your hair no matter what your lighting situation is. Whether you choose a tint of color or stick to your color with a clear gloss service, a gloss treatment enhances your hair's natural shine for sleek, reflective hair.

One of the main benefits of Shades EQ Gloss is that it works by closing the cuticle of the hair and creating a smooth surface for light to reflect off of. Basically, it puts a spotlight on your strands and ramps up the overall vivacity of your hair.

5. GET A HAIR PICK-ME-UP

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Sometimes your hair just needs a little TLC! Whether you're craving that salon-fresh feeling or want to refresh your look, a hair gloss service is one of the best forms of self-care. 

In only 20 minutes, a Shades EQ Gloss will transform your stands. Our gloss is infused with amino acids that condition hair, while our acidic formula balances your hair's pH for stronger strands. Book yourself a gloss and leave the salon with healthier looking and feeling hair.

6. SUBTLE COLOR CHANGES

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With hair glosses, your color change can look very natural and subtle. For instance, sometimes when the hair is bleached it can look very yellow due to the hair’s natural undertones. By adding a gloss, your stylist can tone down that yellowness and add in a new hue. So, the hair will still be blonde, but the gloss will allow your stylist to make the color either more golden, ashy toned blonde or any other variation they choose! Think of hair glosses as the perfect final touch to your haircoloring service.

BOOK A HAIR GLOSS APPOINTMENT NOW

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