When we’re not eating our way to shiny hair, we’re mixing up ingredients from our pantry into a DIY hair mask. Yet sometimes our strands crave an extra boost of bodacious shine sans a trip to the salon. In our search for a solution to satiate that craving for luster, we turned to the celebrity colorists painting Los Angeles and New York pretty. In the gallery ahead, see the hair gloss treatments colorists swear by for DIY-induced dazzling locks, including who can use them and how to get the full benefits from each treatment.
Wella Color Fresh
What it is: This is a professional product, but if you go to a Wella salon and consult with a colorist you can then purchase. It’s a true semi-permanent hair color, meaning it goes directly on to the hair, no mixing necessary. I love this product for its high shine and the gel-like consistency, it’s easy to glide through the hair. Who it's for: I recommend this product for my blondes who want to stay icy or I love giving this to my redheads to keep them vibrant. Really anyone can use it though—it’s all about picking the right tone or color and that’s when having a colorist help picking the color is great, even if you don’t have color it will add a lot or shine. I also love this on keratin clients who’s color turns orange or too light. When to use: I recommend using it once a week or once every two weeks depending on how often you shampoo. Best way to use: I would say shampoo your hair, towel dry, then apply at the roots and with a wide-tooth comb comb through. Damp hair is best so it evens out the porosity and is easier to apply. —Rachel Bodt @rachel_bodt
Matrix Biolage Sugar Shine System
What it is: It’s a really easy salon or at-home treatment that lightly coats the hair to give the hair a mirror-like finish. Who it's for: Anyone who wants mega shine/reflection. When to use: Typically, I recommend these glosses about once a month. Ideally after your color service to lock in the color and shine. Best way to use: Apply the gloss after you shampoo and condition. Finish with the Biolage Sugar Shine illuminating Mist to give even more shine and hydration. —George Papanikolas @georgepapanikolas
Pravana The Perfect Brunette Shampoo
What it is: This is a teal-coloured toning shampoo used to rid of red or orange unwanted tones in the hair. Who it's for: Users with extremely brassy or faded colour can use this up to two times a week and for those with less warm tones can use as little as once every 10 days. Best way to use: The best way to work with this toning shampoo is to first cleanse the hair with a non-coloured shampoo. Rinse and then use the Perfect Brunette Shampoo. The longer you allow it to sit, the more of a change you will notice. This can sit in the pre-shampooed hair for up to 20 minutes before you rinse and condition with your favourite hydrating masque. —Bianca Hillier @biancacolour