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What Is Hair Glaze?

Hair glaze may be used to increase the shininess of hair.
Hair glaze kits may be used to apply semipermanent hair color.
Hair glaze can be applied at a salon by a professional stylist.
Hair glaze can add shine to hair.
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  • Last Modified Date: 02 September 2014
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Most people prefer shiny hair to dry or brittle hair. A hair glaze is a product that increases hair’s shine and makes permanent color last longer. Hair glaze also can be used to provide semipermanent color. Glazes tend to be affordable products that can be applied at a salon or at home. Their effects last one to two weeks.

Hair glazes come in two varieties: color glaze and clear glaze. Both types of glazes work by coating the hair shaft with shine. This shine is often described as a “top coat” for the hair. Hair color glazes add a semipermanent hair color in addition to shine. Some people prefer using a hair color glaze to a permanent hair color, because a hair color glaze will fade gradually over a few weeks, avoiding the problem of differently colored roots that comes with permanent hair color.

Men and women who use permanent color to dye their hair generally want the effects to last as long as possible. Even the highest-quality permanent color will begin to show some fading and lack of luster after three to four weeks, however. Using high-quality shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair can help a little, but using a clear hair glaze can extend the full brilliance of the color for about two weeks.

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The vast majority of hair glazes are applied to damp hair. The hair should not be soaking wet but rather towel-dried or wrung out by squeezing it with the fingers. Glazes can be applied with or without heat. If heat is used, many products recommend covering the hair with a shower cap and blow-drying it for as long as 20 minutes. Without heat, the product is allowed to soak into the hair for several minutes before the user shampoos and conditions his or her hair as he or she normally would.

Although some hair care companies have used the terms “glaze” and “gloss” interchangeably, they are not necessarily the same. True glosses tend to las longer because they can penetrate all the way to the hair cuticle. Consumers should always read the labels carefully to know how long a particular product is expected to last.

Consumers have many hair glaze products from which to choose. People who are interested in hair glazes can have them applied in a salon by a professional stylist, or they can purchase hair glaze kits to use at home. At-home products generally are affordable and are comparable in price to at-home permanent hair color kits.

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StarJo
Post 4

@shell4life – I have become addicted to my clear hair glaze. I used to use it once a week, but I did find that using it more often builds more luster.

Now, I use it nearly every day. I shampoo and condition my hair first, and then I put on the hair glaze and let it set for three minutes. I rinse it out and blow dry my hair, and then, I can see the fabulous shine.

If I'm in a big hurry, I won't use it on that day, but I try to use it at least three times a week. This keeps my hair at its shiniest.

shell4life
Post 3

I recently started using a clear hair glaze once a week at home. I am happy with my natural hair color, but I wanted to boost my shine.

The hair glaze has made my hair appear much healthier. I put it on my hair when it is dry, and I leave it there for about twenty minutes. Then, I get in the shower and wash my hair.

The label on the hair glaze says that the more often you apply it, the shinier your hair will get over time. Has anyone tried using a clear hair glaze every day, and if so, did you notice results?

OeKc05
Post 2

I like using a color hair glaze at home, because unlike permanent salon color, it doesn't damage my hair. It adds color instead of stripping it away first.

I have a lot of gray hairs, and my hair grows fast, so getting it colored in a salon would not be a wise choice. With a hair glaze, I can use a bit of it every week to cover up the gray.

I don't have to wait several weeks between glazes, so my gray doesn't have a chance to surface. The color gets deposited right on top of it, and no one has to know my secret.

wavy58
Post 1

I had been using hair glazes for years before discovering that I could mimic their effect with a simple technique. All I needed to try out this experiment was some silicone spray to increase shine.

I washed and conditioned my hair in the shower, and then I blow-dried it all the way. Next, I lightly misted silicone spray onto my hair. Then, using my blow dryer on the cold setting, I set the spray.

As I directed the cold air over my hair, I brushed it downward with a flat brush. Once the spray had dried, I had intensely shiny locks, and I didn't even have to use a hair glaze!

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