The best way to keep hair shiny and healthy involves an excellent diet, regular exercise and disciplined lifestyle, but a hair gloss treatment can help on a short-term basis. This beauty treatment can be done at a salon or at home, using specially formulated hair gloss products. A hair gloss is a type of transparent hair dye that gives hair an attractive shine without affecting its color; if required, color can be added to the gloss. The hair gloss enhances natural hair, gives longevity to colored or highlighted hair, helps dull hair look better and, as the gloss covers the hair shaft, it also protects hair from damage.
Application of hair gloss to colored or highlighted hair can assist with adjusting the color tone. If the color is too bright, for instance, the hair gloss will tone it down. The hair gloss treatment will also keep the hair color from fading too soon.
Hair gloss can be applied both to dry hair and to recently shampooed and conditioned hair. After application, depending on the product used, it may be left on for three to five minutes or for 10 to 20 minutes, and then rinsed away. Some people warm the applied hair gloss with a hairdryer before rinsing. The effect of the gloss can last for up to two to four weeks.
Another similar hair care treatment is a glaze treatment. Hair products companies often use the terms gloss and glaze for the same products, but beauty care experts consider them to be two separate products. The difference is that glaze treatment only coats the hair shaft, rather than penetrating it as in hair gloss treatment, and consequently the glazed effect is much more short-lived.
People who suffer from allergic reactions to hair gloss or glaze products can make use of natural products like honey, fenugreek seeds, eggs and milk to give their hair that special shine. Apply a mixture of eggs and milk to the hair, leave on for around 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Fenugreek seeds, soaked in water overnight, are crushed and both the crushed seeds and the water are applied to shampooed hair. The mixture is left on for a few minutes and then rinsed off. Honey diluted in warm water is poured over shampooed hair and left on; there is no need to rinse it off.