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Hair Color Glaze?

What Is Hair Glaze?

Shiny hair is kind of an enigma. Everyone wants it, yet no one really thinks they have it. At-home glazes sometimes have color specifications, but most companies make a clear version as well. Confused about what glazes are and how they should be used, I turned to Paul Cucinello, who is the Creative Director of Chris Chase Salon in New York City.

How do at-home hair glazes work?
Paul Cucinello: If you do a glaze at home, it has more peroxide than the kind we do at the salon. Anything you buy at home has to be stronger. They make it so no matter which color you choose you'll see a result, whatever your hair type. Even a clear gloss can lift your natural color a little bit. If you are blond, it might be ok if you want to lighten it, but it would be more of a brightener. At the salon, we can do something more gentle.

What can too much peroxide do to your hair?
Paul Cucinello: Too much peroxide can dry out your hair. After the glossy part wears off, it will be drier [than before]. The salon kind will leave your hair in the same position as before you did it. We use Goldwell, which is an acid color, so it closes the cuticle and makes the hair really shiny.

To learn more glaze tips from Chris,


What type of glaze would you recommend?
Paul Cucinello: Outside of the salon, stick with a clear gloss or ask your colorist what they suggest, if you’re going to be doing it at home anyway. We have clients that buy them to use in between uses at the salon. The thing people don’t think of about color is it's chemicals and they can have a chemical reaction on the hair. What you see on the box is not what you get.

Are there alternatives to at-home glaze?
Paul Cucinello: Of course! Everyone wants super shiny hair. Shine is a very cosmetic thing. If you just upgrade your products — the Kerastase Chroma Riche line is amazing — your hair will definitely be shinier.

Join The Conversation
WAgrrrl WAgrrrl 8 years
I use Fekkai clear salon glaze once a week and LOVE it. I haven't had any build-up problems and use Fekkai shampoo and conditioner every other day. I also use the Fekkai color technician daily UV glaze, which is more of a smoother or anti-friz seurm type product almost every day. I started using this this summer in order to protect my color from the sun but I actually love is so much that I have continued to use it. I have fine hair and this is a light glaze and a bottle lasts forever because you use so little. Since I've been using these products my hair has been in excellent shape and the color lasts forever!
Ninabear218 Ninabear218 8 years
I purchased the goldwell color glaze for copper hair for the front section of my hair that is red. I was so surprised to see goldwell mentioned in this interview. It really does keep my front color shiny and vibrant since the red is dye, not natural. A glaze is not the easiest thing to do when you are short on time, i usually take the time in the shower at night to let it sit in there for about 5-10 mins.
christinapeeples christinapeeples 8 years
this helped sooooo much..i never really knew what those hair glazing commercials were really talking about..i may try one..since im going to the salon this like to see some pictures if i could of a before and after : )
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 8 years
I'm actually planning on doing a Henna glaze soon enough. I don't like the silicones from salon glazes.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Thanks, runningesq! I try. You deserve a gift from me now.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
yeah, I never really care about my hair being shiny, although I did read an interview (I think on here) with someone who said they got a tip that rinsing the conditioner off of your hair with cold water in the shower makes your hair shinier...
Peaches519 Peaches519 8 years
Oh my goodness! I get a gloss, or glaze, at the salon to keep my brunette hair healthy looking. (It tends to get really brassy, and somewhat orange, during the summer.) I bought John Frieda's clear glaze for at-home use, and since I have been using it, I have had NUMEROUS people ask if I've lightened my hair! I didn't realize it would permanently lift color. The salon glaze has never left me with outgrowth — I will stick to their color from now on!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No thanks, I'll pass. In my opinion, the best shining hair comes from good health and taking good care of one's hair (according to one's hair type). Also, I suspect that the product coats the hair with some waxy build-up to get that shine. Over time (or perhaps even after a single application), the build-up will weigh the hair down. Eventually, the hair would be dull, limp, and lifeless. It's similar to the wax coating that's put on fruits, like apples. The apples are bright and shining at the store, but after a couple days at home, they're dull with a yucky build-up. This has been my hair experience with promising products.
emalove emalove 8 years
I've used the Clairol at-home glaze before, and it really didn't do too much for my hair. I didn't notice it being much more shiny than usual.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Terry, that was hilarious!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Hi! John Freida, Frederic Fekkai and Clairol make at-home glaze, and Oscar Blandi and Redken make a similar glossing products. If you're dying to try, check with your colorist or do a patch test!
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I use the John Freida clear one every once in a while (when i have the time/am not too lazy), and I really like it. I have very dry hair and it makes it soft and sooooo shiny for about a week. I've never noticed any drying afterwards, either, but like I said my hurr is quite dry to begin with.
verily verily 8 years
Pretty sure John Freida is the one and only purveyor of the DIY glazes. If you've got a Sally store, they probably have some professional options to choose from though. I've never considered glazing. My hair is stick straight for the most part and therefore pretty shiny to begin with.
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
I get glazes done for the texture. My hair is super soft and I need the chemicals to make it manageable. At the same time I have never noticed a difference in the shine, but my hair starts shiny. I've never tried at home though, that would be a good way to cut costs if there any good ones out there.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I wasn't worried about shiny hair till I read this-- now I must ensure my hair is luxuriously lustrous. That said, what at-home, brand-specific products do you recommend? Perhaps I should look closer on the hair care aisle as I don't think I've ever seen one. Well, maybe there's a John Freida one? Idk...tell me! I'll do whatever you say.
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