Hair glaze can help revive your hair color or highlights and make dull tresses look shiny and healthy again. The effect, whether you apply the glaze yourself or go to a stylist, is temporary.


Hair glazes come in clear and color versions. They are available for at-home use or as professional salon products.


Paul Cucinello, creative director of New York’s Chris Chase Salon, says that at-home glazes usually contain more peroxide than salon products. Too much peroxide can dry out your hair. He also recommends using a clear glaze, since the color you get may not match what’s on the box.


Glaze covers the hair shaft with a coat of semi-permanent color or clear shine. The effect lasts one to two weeks.


Hair glaze is not the same thing as hair gloss, although some hair-care product manufacturers interchange the terms. The effect of hair gloss lasts twice as long because the gloss enters the hair’s cuticle.


Some hair stylists will apply a hair glaze to newly colored hair to help keep the color vibrant for a longer time.


Hair glaze is a liquid product applied to wet hair and left on for 10 to 20 minutes before it is rinsed out. Some hair glaze products are heat-activated.