The 20 Best Hair Glosses and Glazes in 2022

We spoke to a colorist for the lowdown on the best hair glosses for every hair type.

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If you’ve spent any time getting your hair dyed, you know how much difference hair gloss can make to the look and feel of your resulting color. Yes, it adds shine, but the best hair glosses can be actually such an important step in your color routine (as in, it’s almost as important as the best shampoo and conditioner)—so finding the perfect hair gloss for your hair is key. To help you out, we spoke to Olivia Casanova, a colorist at IGK in New York City. Ahead, Casanova breaks down exactly what to look for in a great hair gloss, how to use it to enhance the look of your color at home, and her picks for the best hair glosses on the market. 

What Is Hair Gloss?

"Hair glosses are typically semi-permanent hair colors that can either darken, richen, add shine or change the tone of the hair,” says Casanova. “The only thing glosses can’t do is make someone lighter.”

Who could benefit from hair gloss, I hear you ask? The short answer: Everyone. Ideal candidates for gloss are those with color-treated hair that's gone left. As in, you have blonde hair that's gotten a little brassy, or you have brunette hair that's dulled or gone ashy. 

The Difference Between Hair Gloss and Hair Glaze

Simply put, the main difference between a hair gloss and a hair glaze is the potency of each product. A hair gloss is what it sounds like—a product that only touches the surface of the hair—while hair glosses penetrate strands as a semi-permanent hair color. Casanova says that the former “usually lasts around 28 shampoos,” while glazes tend to last up only to five washes or so.

Can You Use Hair Gloss at Home?

If you were looking for a super simple way to keep your hair color in check without ever having to stop by the salon, I have some bittersweet news: Casanova recommends trusting a pro to do your hair gloss for you because it’s easy to “ruin your color or damage your hair” if you happen to mix the wrong products together. But, if accessing a salon is impossible or prohibitively expensive, she recommends brands like dpHUE that have a range of hair glosses designed to be used at-home and don’t contain peroxide or ammonia. 

This just means that the glosses will fade out of your hair over time. But don’t worry–that’s actually a good thing, especially if you’re in the mood to try out one of summer 2022’s trendiest hair colors this season. “If doing so, just remember to apply to clean and even sections of the hair starting from the roots to the ends. Make sure to set a timer and shampoo after, thoroughly,” she says. 

Can Hair Gloss Damage Your Hair?

Hair glosses rarely cause damage to your hair if used correctly. There are forms of hair gloss—often used as a color depositing shine for salon use—that are not damaging at all. As opposed to hair toners or other types of color depositing mixtures, many hair glosses don’t require hydrogen peroxide or other types of chemical developers, so your hair will be happy. 

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