What is Glossing Cream?

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Glossing cream is a hair product designed to make hair smooth, soft, shiny, and more easily manageable. It may also be referred to as hair gloss or shine cream. Glossing cream is designed to give hair a more attractive and eye-catching appearance without making it appear oily or greasy, and is a popular styling product for everyday use.

Typically, glossing cream is applied as a finishing touch to hair that has already been washed, conditioned, and dried. Hair may then be styled with the hair gloss; it works well for hairstyles where the hair is up or down. Usually, only a small portion of the cream is required; it is then rubbed between the palms and smoothed over the hair. It is best to use it in moderation, as too much can make the hair oily. In addition to making hair shiner, hair gloss may help prevent frizz and flyaways, even in humid locations where frizz is a problem.

Glossing cream is usually made with oils to condition and shine, along with other inactive ingredients. Olive oil is a popular inclusion. Continued use of glossing cream that also includes conditioning ingredients can actually improve the condition of the hair, as well as style it on an everyday basis. In addition, some glossing creams contain UV reflectors as well, to protect hair from sun damage.


Glossing cream is typically fairly inexpensive, and may be found in most stores with shampoo, conditioner, and other hair styling products. It may also be purchased at a salon, and a hair stylist may be able to recommend a hair cream that is appropriate for different hair types. In general, glossing cream tends to work best on hair that is thicker, and normal to dry in texture. When it is used on hair that is thin or naturally oily in texture, it can actually weigh the hair down and make it appear greasy. In that case, a leave-in conditioner or conditioner spray might be a better bet, as they tend to be slightly lighter.

Most glossing creams will last all day once applied to the hair, and will not need to be reapplied as some other styling products do. Some may include a fresh scent as well, but be careful that the scent does not mix unpleasantly with the scent from shampoo or conditioner. Hair creams may also be used in conjunction with other products, such as gel, mousse, or hairspray, but it may not be necessary.


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Post 2

@dill1971: Thanks for sharing your recipe! I am definitely going to try it!

Post 1

I have a homemade version of smoothing gel and it works just as well as the high dollar items that we often buy at salons. You would need the following items: olive oil, vegetable shortening, water, lemon rind, a peppermint tea bag, flaxseed oil, grape seed oil, and a double boiler.

Put the vegetable shortening in the double boiler and let it melt. Add the peppermint tea to the melted shortening and remove from heat. Pour that mixture into a mixing bowl. While your shortening is still melted, put 2 parts vegetable shortening, one part olive oil, ½ tsp. grated lemon rind, 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil and 1 Tbsp. grape seed oil.

Stir all of the ingredients very well and let

it sit for a few minutes to cool. Once it is fairly cooled off, use a hand mixer and blend on medium setting. Slowly, add ½ cup water and then mix on high for two more minutes. You can add more water if the consistency is not what you want.

Spoon the mixture into a container and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool. Apply sparingly to your hair and massage it in well. Once you have it massaged in, comb it through your hair. You don’t have to rinse it unless you just want to because it is considered a leave in glossing cream.

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