Scheduling a touch-up may be a no brainer, but deciding what to do with your hair can be a huge dilemma: Is now the right time to make a major hair change or is it best to play it safe before risking a mistake that will forever haunt you in photos? Our advice? If you’re itching for a subtle variation in your tresses, opt for a glossing treatment instead. From remarkable shine to dramatic tone variations, a good gloss can give you the change you’re itching for—without the risk. Check out three reasons why a gloss is the easiest way to upgrade your style.
Reason #1: A gloss can instantly alter tone
Often, when we crave a change in color, we’re actually seeking a change in the tone, or the depth and variety of color within a certain shade. For example, simply transitioning from a warm dark brown to a cool chocolate brown can dramatically change your appearance (not to mention remove any unwanted brassy or yellow tones)--sans damage! Unlike traditional hair dyes, which open the hair cuticle to deposit color, glossing treatments coat the outside of the hair shaft, delivering a subtle hint of color without completely altering your overall shade. Many of the top glossing formulas, including Keune Semi Color, KEVIN.MURPHY COLOURING.ANGELS and Redken Shades EQ lines, are formulated to enhance color in a variety of stages, whether you want to go from a warmer golden blonde to an icy hue or a natural blonde to a gorgeous rose gold shade. And transitioning from warm to cool tones (or vice versa) isn't your only option. All three of the lines offer an array of unique shades: Keune's new Live Your Divinity provides a luxe range of metallic and rose finishes, while KEVIN.MURPHY COLOURING.ANGELS features a variety of heavenly blonde and pastel pink hues. Redken Shades EQ also contains a wide range of shades guaranteed to help your colorist achieve any and every tone under the sun.
Reason #2: A gloss adds insane shine
A lack of moisture in the air, intense winds and harsh conditions can lead to dull, lackluster strands during the colder months. One instant fix? A glossing treatment! Think of the service as the hair equivalent of nail topcoat: It seals the color and adds shine, volume and dimension. Whether you opt for a tinted or a clear formula, a gloss will coat the strands, leaving them softer, less porous and more light reflective. For best results, aim to get the treatment 1-2 times a month for mega-watt shine.
Reason #3: A gloss improves manageability
Nothing ruins a quality photo faster than frizzy locks. A gloss will keep your mane under control from the time you deck the halls to the final seconds before the ball drops. A glossing treatment conditions the hair, then seals the cuticle completely, creating a “protective barrier” around the hair shaft, leaving it less vulnerable to outside elements, such as humidity, wind, etc. The result? Less flyaways, minimal frizz and easier styling! What girl wouldn’t want that during the hustle and bustle of the new season?