What’s a Hair Gloss and Do You Need One?

March 09, 2021
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

Right after a coloring appointment, hair looks healthy, shiny and vibrant. After a few weeks, it can lose its luster, but you don’t have to wait until your next dye job to get it back. A hair gloss can be just the thing you need to revive your hair color and keep it looking fresh longer. You can get the treatment done at a salon or try an at-home product. To find out more about the benefits of hair glosses, we chatted with Matrix brand ambassador Sharon Spellman. Read on for everything you need to know. 

The Benefits of a Hair Gloss

A hair gloss is a semi-permanent treatment that deposits color on the hair and smooths the cuticle. “The benefits are longer-lasting tones and the reduction of split ends, dryness and frizz,” says Spellman. 

While the treatment is most often used on those with colored hair, it can be applied on virgin hair for added shine and to make your natural hair color look more vibrant. “If you feel like your hair isn’t shiny, you’re seeing a lot of frizz or your color looks dull, a hair gloss is the perfect treatment for you,” she says. 

How Often to Get or Use a Gloss

“I suggest getting a gloss treatment every four to six weeks, depending on how much maintenance your color needs,” says Spellman. If you’re using an at-home gloss, you can typically use it every one to two weeks. 


The Difference Between Professional and At-Home Hair Glosses

While it’s safe for all hair types, a professional gloss is more intense than an over-the-counter product and can last up to six weeks. An at-home product will wash out faster. Another pro of going to the salon is that your colorist can use their expertise to tailor the formula to your hair color and needs. 

For a quick and easy boost, though, you can’t go wrong with an at-home gloss. One of our faves is the L’Oréal Paris Le Color One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss. It comes in nine shades and is infused with oils to help improve shine and deep condition hair. To use it, work it evenly through clean, damp hair and let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes (depending on your shade and desired results). Rinse and then repeat again in one to two weeks. 


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