We can’t think of a better feeling than walking out of a salon with fresh, blown-out hair — that bouncy, shiny look just feels like pure silk. Sadly, we don’t all have the luxury of being able to pop into a salon every time our hair is feeling dull, but we do have the option to pick up an at-home hair gloss.
Now don’t be scared — glosses are not the same as boxed hair dyes. They won’t permanently change the color of your hair. In fact, according to Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City, hair glosses deposit a lasting amount of concentrated shine and pigment to the hair. To add to that, cosmetic chemist Erica Douglas previously told Allure that glosses seal and smooth the surface of the cuticle layer by filling abrasions so that the hair surface is smoother and can reflect light better — giving off that super shiny look.
If you’re looking to ward off dullness or give your color or natural hair a little refresh, you came to the right place. Below, we’ve listed options from the drugstore and some high-end picks that’ll make your hair bleam. Keep scrolling for the best at-home hair glosses to shop for right now.
According to Toth, the Kérastase Chroma Absolu Soin Acide Chroma Gloss is a high-shine hair gloss that strengthens and seals the surface of the hair fiber to protect color and leave a high-shine finish. “This gloss will extend the life of your stunning post-salon hair color,” he says. “When the formula mixes with water, it transforms into a luxurious, creamy texture that fully coats and protects the hair.”
The Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss is another one that Toth loves. “This nourishing gloss refreshes faded color, corrects tone, and adds brilliant shine with sheer, semi-permanent color.” If you don’t have colored hair, the shade Glassa is a clear option that adds instant shine to all hair types.
Amika’s Flash Instant Shine Hair Gloss Mask is a super-fast-working gloss. According to the New York City-based hairstylist Mia Santiago, this gloss will add immediate shine and revives your color in just one minute.