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Gloss vs. Toner: What's the Difference?

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

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A toner, gloss, glaze, what are we really talking about when we say all these words? For the most part, we can use these terms pretty interchangeably. As a stylist, we are receptive and know what you're looking for in a service, BUT we do get asked this question a lot! Look no further, we have the answers. :) As always, look below for the link to schedule any appointments and our phone number for any further questions you may have!

Gloss (Glaze) :

What it does: A glaze is basically a gloss with one major difference: It has no ammonia or peroxide and can help to tame flyaways and frizz. It’s basically a deep conditioning treatment that also helps to slightly boost color, or make your blonde a specific shade.

How it’s applied: You can apply an at-home glaze in place of conditioner any time your hair is feeling dull. We encourage you to try our Indulge Masque! While it will not deposit any color, it will give you the shine and moisture you're looking for from that gloss. Just shampoo and towel-dry your hair before working it through roots to ends. Let it infuse for about three to five minutes and then rinse. Easy enough.

How long it lasts: Because glaze is made without ammonia or peroxide, it sits on top of the hair and doesn’t bind as well as a gloss does. Meaning, it’s easier to wash out and you’ll only get about one week of added shine, as opposed to the four to six a gloss gives you.


What it does: A toner is a treatment used to counteract unwanted yellow or orange tones on bleached hair, which is a crucial step in going from a dark base to a light one (aka blonde balayage on deep brunette locks). It can also come in the form of purple or blue shampoo for consistent at-home use.

How it’s applied: Your stylist will typically apply a toner any time you bleach your hair to get the lighter strands to the correct shade, however you can also do it at home with the right products. Try our purple-pigmented Blueberry and Beetroot Shampoo! After bleaching, rinsing and shampooing your hair, the toner is applied to towel-dried locks and left to soak in for anywhere between five and 30 minutes (just don’t leave it on for longer than 30 or you risk damaging your hair and/or tinting it blue or purple).

How long it lasts: If you wash your hair every day, toner will fade quickly and brassy colors will show through. On the other hand, if you wash your hair once or twice a week, it should keep your hair the desired shade for about 4-6 weeks!

Call to ask your stylist about what is right for your hair!

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214 W Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468

(610) 489-5525

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