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Which Hair Treatment is Right for You?

What’s the difference between colored gloss and single-process hair color? Is a keratin treatment the same as a protein treatment? Don’t fret, we’re here to help! We checked in with Anival Morales—the man behind Emily Blunt, Hayden Panettiere, and Amy Adams’ locks—for expert advice on a few common treatments. Let our guide be the first stop in your salon treatment research!

Click through our slideshow for everything you need to know before you book a salon appointment!

If your blonde hair is getting dull and brassy, Morales suggests popping into the salon for a clear treatment. “You don’t have to wait for your next hair service for a gloss,” he says. “It refreshes color and removes brassiness in 15 minutes.”

Is your brown or red hair fading, but you’re not ready for a full head of color? A color gloss deposits a small amount of color and amps up shine. “If I have a brunette that starts getting light or brassy, I’ll do a quick color gloss to get that rich shade back,” Morales says.

Single-process color means one shade of hair color is applied all over your head. “It’s great for gray coverage on brunettes,” Morales says.

Those who want highlights—ombre, foil, or balayage—but also need to cover grays, should opt for a two-step process. This can mean one all-over color and highlights, or all-over bleach and toner, which is often required to achieve platinum locks.

A protein treatment is applied to hair after your color is washed out, while you’re still in the shampoo bowl. It’s similar to a deep conditioner, because it strengthens hair without changing the color, but is much stronger. “A protein treatment helps with breakage if your hair is over-processed,” Morales says. “But you can only leave it on for a few minutes or it will damage your hair.”

Dying for straight hair? Morales suggests a keratin treatment, but don’t forget to stick to sulfate-free shampoo and don’t wash for four days after.

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