Not gonna lie, my hair gloss is the only reason my hair color doesn’t look like complete shit right now. My highlighted hair needs a refresh every few weeks, and obviously, it’s been a minute since I’ve seen my colorist, so I’ve been relying heavily on at-home hair glosses and glazes to keep my hair color looking fresh and shiny.
Refresher: At-home hair glosses and glazes (the terms are used interchangeably in the hair world) refresh your hair color by amplifying certain tones (like blonde, copper, or brown depending on the formula you use), toning down brassiness (aka the orangey yellowness that usually creeps up a few weeks after you get your hair bleached or dyed), and restoring shine with conditioning ingredients. One thing glosses and glazes can’t really do though? Cover grays. Sry, but you’ll need real box dye for that.
So to help you get your hair nice and shiny and your color extra vibrant without having to leave your house, I’ve rounded up the nine best at-home hair glosses and glazes to try ASAP. From tried-and-true drugstore staples to luxury salon brands, there’s an option for everyone.
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Best Two-in-One At-Home Hair Gloss
dpHUE Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color and Deep Conditioner
This two-in-one at-home hair gloss combines semipermanent hair color and a deep-conditioning treatment. Each of the 11 shades (there’s an option for every hair color, from bright copper to jet black) contains color-boosting pigments that coat the outside of the hair shaft for up to 10 washes while delivering intense shine and nourishment.
Best At-Home Hair Gloss for Brassiness
Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss in Breaking Brass
Brassiness = the forever enemy. Neutralize it with this purple-tinted hair gloss, which also happens to be insanely easy to use. Whenever I wash my hair, I pump out a handful and leave it on my damp hair for five or so minutes between shampooing and conditioning.
Best Clear At-Home Hair Gloss
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Gloss in Clear
Honestly, this is a really great hair gloss for just about anyone. It’s totally clear—so it won’t alter your hair color, but it will make it shiny as hell and, in turn, your existing hair color WAY more vibrant.
Best Color-Correcting At-Home Gloss
Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask
These at-home hair gloss treatment masks (there’s one for baby blondes, golden blondes, redheads, warm brunettes, and cool brunettes) are ideal for anyone who needs to revive their existing hair color while amplifying shine. Each mask contains conditioners (like shea butter, almond oil, and buriti oil) plus a shade-correcting tint to counteract brassiness, dullness, oxidation, and more.
Best Drugstore At-Home Gloss
John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss
I’ve used this drugstore hair gloss since high school—even before I started coloring my hair. It’s that good. I use the one for cool brunettes (but it comes in six more shades for warm and cool-tone blondes, redheads, and brunettes) once a week to amplify chocolaty tones in my hair and get rid of any unwanted redness or yellowness. It’s a miracle, TBH.
Best Leave-In At-Home Hair Glaze
Living Proof Color Care Whipped Glaze
Think of this whipped glaze (there are two kinds: one for darker hair tones and one for lighter hair tones) as a souped-up leave-in conditioner. It refreshes your hair color, protects it from dulling, hard-water mineral buildup, and shields it from UV damage, which can mess with your color and cause and breakage. Just work it through clean, towel-dried hair and then style as usual.
Best Fast-Acting At-Home Hair Gloss
Amika Flash Instant Shine Hair Gloss Mask
This at-home hair gloss mask is for anyone who refuses to spend more than 60 seconds refreshing their color and boosting their shine. It’s all thanks to a fast-acting combo of amino acids, flax seed, and antioxidants, which revive natural and color-treated hair in literally one minute.
Best Strengthening At-Home Hair Gloss
Pantene Nutrient Blends Illuminating Color Care Glossing Rescue Shots
Bleached and color-treated hair tends to be damaged, which is where this glossing “shot” comes into play. The single-use treatment is packed with biotin—a vitamin that’s essential for strong, healthy hair—to give your hair a ton of shine and your color (whether it’s blonde or jet black) an instant refresh.
Best Long-Lasting At-Home Hair Gloss
Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss
If you’re reaaaaally looking to stretch out your time between color appointments at the salon, this at-home hair gloss from Kristin Ess is for you. Just mix the activator and gloss, apply it to wet hair, and then leave it on for up to 20 minutes. You’ll be left with fresh, new color that lasts about a month and hair that’s ridiculously shiny and soft. (P.S. It comes in 14 different shades, from platinum to black and everything in between.)
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