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Hair Glazing: Fresh Hair Color for the Fickle

Lincoln Park’s Salon 1800 has been featured in Michigan Avenue and Allure magazines, but it wasn’t its reviews that won me over. It was the salon’s promise to remove my fear of commitment—that is, my fear of committing to a permanent hair color. The answer, as offered by stylist Jade LaVoy, was glazing. Her explanation—that glazing is a semipermanent, low-commitment alternative to full-out dyes—eased my worries about hating the results or missing my natural hair color. The idea caught my normally fickle fancy, and after a few weeks to think it over, I decided to take the leap.

Jade began the appointment with a brief consultation. We discussed options to enhance my natural light brown color—if you have dark hair, glazing can add shine, but the pigment may not show as much. We ultimately agreed on a coppery auburn, ideal for the approaching summer season and for complementing my hazel eyes and fair skin.

She mixed the custom shade and slathered my hair in a reddish goop. The treatment required only 20 minutes to set—another bonus. After a shampoo and conditioning, I caught my first glimpse of my new color as pieces of bright hair sprang from the towel on my head. I already felt like a bolder person—so bold, in fact, that I allowed Jade to cut my freshly tinted locks into an edgier bob that was longer on one side. After all, hair grows as much as semipermanent color fades.

After my temporary transformation was complete, I sat down with Jade to learn more about the technique and what kind of maintenance I was in for. Turns out the upkeep is as low-commitment as the service itself.

GROUPON: What exactly is hair glazing?

JADE LAVOY: Glazing is a semipermanent color that doesn’t absorb into the cuticle. It eventually fades into your natural color and adds tone and shine.

G: How does it differ from hair dye? 

JL: Permanent color will penetrate the hair cuticle. It uses ammonia to open up the pores and allow the color [to absorb]. Glazing doesn’t use ammonia.

G: In what ways is glazing better or preferred over permanent hair dye?

JL: Glazing is used in many ways. It is good for someone who is not looking for commitment or wants to see how a color looks before making a permanent change. It adds shine or maintains the color clients already have. It is also good for anyone who wants to [transform] their highlights because it can change the tone of highlights, too.

G: What makes glazing different than the semipermanent, at-home box treatments?

JL: You never know what you’ll get in a box. Those kinds of treatments can actually leave buildup on hair and hamper the results of a professional treatment. Plus, professional glazing lasts longer, about six to eight weeks, and the products [stylists] use will help keep the longevity of the color.

G: What is the maintenance like for this treatment?

JL: Glazing is such a low-maintenance service. Since the color doesn’t grow out, you don’t need a touchup. If you want to keep the color or change it, you would just come in for another full glaze. We highly recommend professional products to keep the color longer. Professional products have a lower pH, which helps the color molecules [last]. Sulfate-free products work well, too. Products with a higher pH strip the hair and actually reverse the process.

G: What would you tell people who are new to the process or are thinking about getting it done?

JL: Set up a time to consult with a stylist. Depending on where you go, most consultations are free and there’s no pressure to commit to anything. It’s always nice to have a second opinion, and consultations really help you determine the best color and style for your lifestyle.

BY: Lauren Russell