The first time someone asked me if I wanted a gloss or a glaze, I thought they were offering me donuts. The answer in that situation is obviously yes to both, but much to the sadness of my sweet tooth, they weren't referencing desserts.
They were referring to my hair, and given that I was at salon, it made sense. In the beauty world, glosses and glazes are both hair treatments that add shine back to your hair, but they do have some small differences that are important to consider. Which one you choose depends on what your specific hair needs are.
Below, find out exactly what each treatment entails, how long they last, and how often you should get them so the shiny effect sticks around.
According to Carline Ortega, a colourist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, a hair glaze is temporary. Glazes can be clear to just add shine, or they can have some pigment to complement the tone of your hair colour. She says that unlike a gloss, a glaze does not contain peroxide or ammonia. It simply coats or sits on top of the hair. Incapable of depositing or lifting colour from the hair cuticle, they are even more temporary than a gloss.
How long do they last?: 1-2 weeks.
Why should you get a hair glaze?: A glaze is used when the objective is primarily to give the hair that extra shine or give the colour a slight boost. It's like the energy drink of hair colour.
How often should you get a glaze? A glaze should be a part of your salon regimen—you should get one on every hair colour appointment. Most colourists work this into your treatment—you might be getting one without even knowing it. In between visits, Ortega recommends using an at-home formula.
Try: John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze ($20; at priceline.com.au)
Celebrity stylist Danny Moon says a hair gloss is a transparent, semi-permanent shine service that can be done both at the salon or at home. He says it works to fill the hair, close the cuticle, and create a smooth surface that light bounces off for immense shine. The gloss overlays the strand of hair, creating a protective shield that keeps coluor molecules in your hair.
How long do they last?: 3 to 4 weeks.
Why should you get a gloss?: You should get a gloss if you want to help maintain your current hair colour.
How often should you get a gloss?:Moon recommends getting a gloss as needed to achieve the look that you desire. This might be once to twice a month.
Try: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Colour Gloss ($49; at mecca.com.au)
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.