Get the Gloss: Your Guide to Glazes from the Hair Colour Specialists at Paul Edmonds London

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Glazes are the ultimate multitaskers of the hair colour world. A glaze will pep up your existing hair colour by adding depth and vibrancy; change its tone (if that’s what you’d like); darken your current shade; or provide a temporary colour change that fades out over a few weeks, with zero commitment to regular maintenance appointments.

Your colour technician might suggest a glaze to offer a little top-up of colour, but if you’re happy with your current colour or natural hair, they can use a clear glaze to add gloss and shine. It’s a great way to help your hair look and feel its best just before an important event or a holiday.

When to say ‘yes’ to a glaze

Glazes are a useful way to enhance faded tones in between colour appointments. Because they are far kinder to hair than all-over permanent colour, your technician may suggest a glaze when you get your roots done.

He or she will add permanent colour to your roots, then a glaze (either clear or with a colour top-up) on the lengths and ends. This way, you can improve the longevity of your colour and give your hair an extended rest period in between permanent colour treatments.

Many Paul Edmonds clients visit one of our London salons for a glaze just before they go away on holiday. A glaze can help protect your hair from the sun, as well as adding softness and shine. Read our post on Holiday Haircare before you hit the beach for more tips on shielding your locks from the harsh effects of UV, chlorine, saltwater and sand.

If, however, you’ve been less than diligent about protecting your hair whilst you’re away, a glaze will brighten up yellow or dull blonde tones, boost tired balayage or refresh faded colour when you get home.

What to expect during your glaze appointment at a Paul Edmonds London salon

As with every hair colour appointment, new clients who haven’t had hair colour at a Paul Edmonds London salon before will need to pop in for an allergy test before their glaze. Providing that you have no sensitivity or allergy to the products we use, a glaze works well on any hair type.

A glaze takes 10 to 15 minutes to apply and 20 minutes to develop. If it’s built into a blow-dry appointment the whole process takes around 90 mins, but we also offer an express glaze and blow-dry that you can enjoy during your lunch hour.

You’ll leave the salon with beautifully soft, shiny hair – it’s the perfect pick-me-up for dull locks and a huge beauty boost ahead of a special occasion or trip.

How to look after your glaze

Because a glaze is not a permanent colour treatment, there is no commitment to regular maintenance appointments. Your glaze will simply fade out over six to eight weeks.

A sulfate-free shampoo can help to maintain your new shine. These products are kind to hair, gently removing any build-up of residue without stripping out colour molecules. We recommend the following ranges, depending on your hair type and colour requirements:

– The Kérastase Discipline range for smoothing unruly hair and controlling frizz

– Shu Uemura Colour Lustre Blond Froid (Cool Blonde) post-shampoo treatment for refreshing platinum tones

– The L’Oréal Vitamino Colour range to eliminate built-up residues, protect colour and boost radiance.

For more information on glazes and other colour treatments at Paul Edmonds London, please get in touch with the team, or book an appointment at one of our hair and beauty salons in Knightsbridge or Battersea.