If you’re wondering what the difference is between a hair gloss and a hair glaze, the answer is not much. In fact, many stylists use these terms interchangeably. According to Kérastase global pro club color expert Shelley Gregory, there’s technically a slight difference. “A hair gloss is pure shine. It can be achieved using color or using some products,” she says. “A hair glaze is a way to add shine and even tone out unwanted color in your hair.” Typically, glosses penetrate the hair’s cuticle, while glazes add a coat of color or shine.
“A professional, in-salon gloss or glaze can be clear for shine, or it can deliver color and tone to the hair if it needs more definition,” says Lorena M. Valdes, colorist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. When looking for an at-home product, Valdes recommends going for a gloss or a glaze that’s marketed as a shine conditioner so that you only get shine. This way, you can avoid adding in any unwanted color or tones to your hair.