HAIR | GLISS Hair Repair Color Guard with Keratin Technology

You have probably heard of the hair care brand Schwarzkopf, the brand behind got2b, Keratin Color and ULTIME. When it comes to drugstore brands, got2B is one of my favourite drugstore brands and when I saw a new line that used keratin technology to repair and restore colour-treated hair, my blue hair at the time cried with excitement.

Launched in Spring of this year, the Canadian GLISS lineup contains five hair repair formulas with different goals in mind. I immediately jumped to the Colour Guard ($9.99 CDN each) formula with its promise of protection using a UVA/UVB filter and providing up to 12 weeks of colour protection for coloured hair while keeping hair looking shiny. If you had been in the shower with me the first three times I washed my blue hair, it was a scary sight! After that, all I could think about was keeping all that colour IN MY HAIR instead of in my bathtub! 

Gliss Color Guard Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Hair care is a total black box for me so even when I look at an ingredients list, I have never really been sure about the science. All I know is that I like dimethicone in my hair care because I honestly cannot get a hairbrush through my hair without it, though there have been two natural brands in the past that have worked. The key ingredient in the GLISS series is hydrolyzed keratin which is present in all three of today's products as the last ingredient in the list. Hydrolyzed keratin has been broken down so that when applied to the hair which is also made of keratin, it goes into the areas that need it most like with heavily processed hair.

Starting with the GLISS Hair Repair Color Guard Shampoo and Conditioner*, both had a strong "salon" fragrance which wasn't bad, but was stronger than most hair care products I use. Consistency of both was fairly standard, but I felt like my hair was a bit "heavier" looking even after a good rinse. The conditioner definitely made my hair feel soft, and I could brush it fairly easily, but once I did my blow dry and styling with a flat iron, I found my hair to be a bit frizzier than with the previous shampoo and conditioner I had been using. 

Gliss Color Guard Shampoo and Conditioner Review

The Express Repair Leave-In Conditioner* was actually my favourite because once I added this into the routine IN ADDITION to the S&C, my hair felt and looked a little better. Still a little on the frizzy side, but it seemed faster to blow dry and style once I had sprayed this all over my hair. This also sprays out as a very fine mist so every bit of hair is conditioned evenly. It's amazing how poorly even luxurious hair care items spray out. Like, why would I want a glob of product on one part of my hair?!

Gliss Color Guard Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Final verdict: I tried really hard to love the shampoo and conditioner, but I just couldn't get past the way my hair looked and how heavy it felt. Yes, it was soft and yes, I feel like a big part of why my hair stayed blue for as long as it did throughout the summer WAS in part to using the GLISS Color Guard series, but after reviewing so much hair care, I feel like I can afford to be selective. What I will definitely be hanging onto is the Express Leave In Conditioner because I found the boost of conditioning helpful even when I used this with other brands. I will be trying the GLISS Ultra Moisture series in a bit as the weather is getting more dry so maybe that formula will work out better, but for now, I will be passing on the shampoo and conditioner.

GLISS Hair Repair is available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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