Treat your tresses to a salon treatment at home

Just about anyone who colors their hair is familiar with the gloss… Usually the last step after highlights or single-process color, this treatment helps lock in color, shine and replace moisture lost during chemical processing. Frankly, I’m usually ready to hightail it out of the salon by the time the gloss rolls around, but since I trust my colorist I stick around—and pay the extra $40 or so. The last time I was at the salon, I asked my colorist about at-home glosses, and whether or not they could help prolong my color or the health of my hair. She said she does not recommend glosses with color because they can interfere with salon-based results, but that a clear gloss is a-ok—so I picked up John Frieda’s Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss a few weeks ago.

I was pretty excited about this purchase, especially after reading that it “intensifies shine and dramatically smoothes texture,” so I immediately hopped in the shower when I got home. Following the weekly treatment instructions, I applied the glaze to my unwashed hair from root to tip and let it sit for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning. Then I styled as usual and definitely noticed my hair was shinier and smoother. 

Since the box also said the results intensify with each use (and that you should use it every time you wash or three days a week), I did just that a few days later when I washed again. Fortunately I didn’t have to devote 20 minutes to the process again and it was a matter of shampooing, conditioning and then applying the glaze for three minutes before rinsing. I blew out my hair again, and it was still smooth and shiny.

It looks like this bottle will last at least a month (I do have short hair after all) and I’ll definitely keep using it since my bleached-out hair needs all the help it can get. And if you want silky, shiny strands, I recommend you try it, too!

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