More about the Gloss.

Posted in News on April 11th, 2012 by Reagan

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(Shades EQ by Redken is the gloss used in every salon I’ve ever worked at!)

I’ve mentioned glosses several times on HDOF and today is your lucky day, because I’m going to talk about them more. Hairray.

A short description of a gloss would be the following…A semi-permanent haircolor done at the shampoo bowl to achieve desired hair tone.

If you’re a blonde: You know, you can’t really be anything but plain old blonde unless you do a gloss after highlighting your hair. Bleach just pulls out color, and doesn’t tone as it’s pulling. It goes through the different levels as it lightens, but once those oranges and coppers are all sucked out and you have your blonde, that’s really just supposed to be your blank canvas. You have the whole world (I mean, color world) at your finger-tips at this point. You can do a peachy blonde, or a rosey blonde, a strawberry blonde, a golden blonde, an ashy blonde, etc. If you’re not trying to be a blonde and you just have highlights for dimension, you can also tone them down to just a shade or two lighter than your base color. Warm, cool, ash, whatever. You can do anything!

Also, toning your blonde hair makes for a much less frightful regrowth line.

If you’re not a blonde: Let’s say you had color forever ago but you grew it out. Now you have your natural down to your shoulders, and everything below that is some strange reddish (or other kind of ish) aftermath of your fading color process. You don’t want to dye over it because that defeats the purpose of going back to your natural. By doing a gloss, you are just toning those ends to match your natural so the growing out phase is a little less painful.

If you’re bored and dull: A gloss is a great way to freshen up your color. If you feel like the elements have dulled it inbetween color services, or even if you don’t color your hair, you can just slap on a gloss and feel new again. I have loads of clients who get their same exact color, just in a gloss for shine and umph. You can even get a clear gloss!

A gloss is very similar to a single process, except that it is translucent, and lays on top of the hair instead of penetrating it. The fact that it is translucent is what makes it so dang shiny. If you’ve ever had a gloss you know the shine I’m talking about.

A gloss is done after you shampoo the hair. It’s applied on wet hair and usually sits about 5-10 minutes before it is rinsed (not shampooed) and conditioned. It doesn’t require normal peroxide, so it causes no damage at all. Depending on what formula you use and what kind of condition your hair is in, it can last as long as 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there anything I’m missing? I’m pretty sure I’ve never said “gloss” or “shiny” so many times in my life. They do go hand in hand though!

Stay tuned for my gloss formula!

21 Responses to “More about the Gloss.”

  1. Andrea Says:

    I think every stylist needs to read your blog.

  2. Ellie Says:

    Hi There,

    Did you know that they sell a gloss at the supermarket now? I cannot remember the brand. It is a clear gloss. I tried it once because it was like 7 bucks. It did make my hair a little shiny-er for about a week, maybe two, but not as long lasting as having it done in the salon.

    What say you? What do you think about such a thing? Is this a corner us broke girls can cut?


  3. Caitlin Says:

    LOVE that you posted this! I’ve been SO bored with my hair for months now. I’m trying to grow it out so a new style cut is out of the question, and I’ve never colored my hair so I really didn’t want to start on something that damaging or permanent. This seems like the perfect solution! Yay!

  4. Julia Says:

    I’m so excited for your formula!

    Like Ellie, I’m also wondering whether this is okay for a broke girl to try at home or should I leave this to my stylist? My stylist does gorge colour but has never mentioned glosses…

  5. Reagan Says:

    @julia, i’m not saying your colorist is like this, but a lot of colorists don’t offer them because they either don’t know how to use them, or don’t want to take the extra time to apply them. it’s unfortunate because in my opinion a color service isn’t really complete without a gloss.

    @ellie, i’m not sure about the supermarket glosses. You can’t really mess anything up with just a clear gloss, but i never recommend coloring your own hair, even with a semi-permanent. It’s just way too complicated. Also, a professional will have access to better lines of color than the supermarket, there is a big difference in the high end lines vs the low end.

  6. Magalie Says:

    “Hairray” made me smile (and I am still smiling!)!!!
    What time is it in New York, your post is very early!

    Best from noon in Norway, eating my “carrot soup-lunch” in front of my computer (bad I know…).

  7. Reagan Says:

    @Magalie- It’s 7:45am here in NYC! I usually write my posts ahead of time and schedule them to post around 5-6 am.

    carrot soup lunch sounds nice and i think i’d eat it in front of my computer too!

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  9. Julia Says:

    Thanks for replying Reagan; I have a great relationship with my colorist so I’ll just mention your blog to her the next time I see her!

  10. Jenn Says:

    Hairray for Gloss!! My stylist recommended gloss treatments a few years ago, and I’ve had it applied ever since. I skipped the treatment once and regretted it. Once you go gloss, you won’t go back :) Love your blog!

  11. Courtney Says:

    I miss Shades EQ!
    As a hairstylist, I’ve had good and bad experience with glosses.
    Once I used a Compagnia De Colore gloss on my black hair and it turned my regrowth blonde!
    Not every colour line has an effective, deposit-only gloss :( I use L’oreal Proffessional and they are recreating their semi colours and will include glosses. woohoooo.

    I always tone/gloss after hilties, or any lightening with bleach. But I never do it as a second process after just colour.

  12. Jen Says:

    I’m coming in for a cut on the 20th! can we do a gloss? nothing schmancy, i just want to be shiny.

  13. Alisa Says:

    Yay for gloss!! Excellent post! As a brand new hairstylist, I’ve just started getting into the world of glossing and I’m in love so far! Question, say I have a client that is NL 7 and wants to try out being a chocolatey 5 for a bit and doesn’t want it to last too long, would you gloss her with wet hair? Or apply Shades on dry hair and process the full 20mins? Thanks in advance!

  14. Jaclyn Says:

    Do you think a gloss would benefit or help to improve the look of curly hair? Or would you really only notice the extra shine if the hair was straight?

  15. Shelby Says:

    My stylist always told me I can only do a gloss if I want to go darker. I am a plain blonde and I want to be a rosey blonde! I will have to mention this to her.

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