What is a hair glossing treatment?

Arianna | 27 August 2016

Shiny hair, here you come!

If, like us, you’re constantly searching for ways to make your hair look shinier, you may have come across the term hair glossing. But like most people, you’re probably still feeling rather confused about what it actually is, right? Well, luckily, we have the answer. Think of hair glossing as the equivalent of a clear top coat nail varnish: it’s a semi-permanent, transparent shine that can be used as an add-on treatment to help revive dull tresses.

Almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, not really! Don’t believe us? Here’s all the information you need know about what a hair glossing treatment can offer. Simply read on and find out!

Who is a hair glossing treatment suitable for?


Hair glossing treatments can work on absolutely any hair type, but they’re especially good for:

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Hair glossing: Glossing treatment 101. Credit: indigitalimages.com

What does a hair glossing treatment do?

A hair glossing treatment “should not be confused with something that is conditioning; it just adds a coating to the hair which makes your mane more reflective,” said Unilever creative director & head stylist Dan Lynes.

It helps to add shine

A hair glossing treatment works by filling and coating the porous hair, to create a shiny layer on top of your strands. By creating a smoother surface, your hair becomes slightly more reflective, making it appear shinier. You can opt for a clear hair glossing treatment – which can be used on coloured or virgin hair – to help boost shine.

It helps to maintain colour vibrancy

I definitely recommend a hair gloss as a refresher to your colour. You can apply a semi-permanent version of the colour you already have (which can be colour-matched) or a clear gloss, which doesn’t alter the hair colour, but just leaves a glossy finish. – Dan Lynes.

If you have coloured hair, you can use a hair glossing treatment to help maintain colour vibrancy. You can opt for a tinted hair glossing treatment, which can do a number of things, like help to boost your current colour, tone down the brassiness of your highlights, or even help to blend your hues more evenly.

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Hair glossing: A hair glossing treatment will help to tame flyaways. Credit: indigitalimages.com

It helps to tame flyaways

Frizzy hair and flyaways be gone! Hair glossing treatments can also help to smooth each strand of hair, making it look less frizzy.

How long does it last?

The effects can last for up to 4 weeks or so. – Dan Lynes.

Look at a hair glossing treatment as more of a hair pick-me-up. The effects will only last around a month long, meaning that you’ll need to keep on treating your hair to maintain these results (which can be quite pricey in the long run). Why not try the treatment out before attending a big party or wedding? If you like the results, then you can opt to get it done as often as you like!

Can’t get enough of the salon? Then find out about other in-salon hair treatments here.


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