While so many new hairstyle trends can be difficult to mimic at home, glass hair—a trend that became popular on Instagram in 2018 but is definitely all over your feeds again this year—is easy to cop. It refers to strands that are super shiny and soft, with an intense colour dimension and a reflective-like quality that can be owed to a lack of frizz, flyaways or dryness. If shiny, healthy-looking hair is on your list of priorities, heres’s what you should know.
Start with a healthy base
“Glass hair starts with healthy hair. There’s only so much you can do with styling products if you don’t already have a great foundation to start with,” says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, who regularly works the style onto Kim Kardashian and Ashley Graham’s strands. “Keep your hair healthy by taking vitamins regularly, using only non-damaging hot tools, and keeping permanent hair color and bleach to a minimum. You can also sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent frizz while you sleep,” suggests the stylist.
Prep your strands by nourishing them
Marjan recommends that you prep hair by washing with Tresemme’s Keratin Smooth or Moisture Rich shampoo and conditioner for a silky base. “Squeeze out moisture with a microfibre towel to prevent breakage while drying. Apply a smoothing or heat protecting leave-in product. I love Aveda Smooth Infusion, ColorWow Dream Coat, and IGK Good Behavior,” suggests Marjan. Having nourished, well-moisturised strands will prevent it from looking frizzy or dry in the later stages.
Dry your hair
“I do not pre-dry the hair and like to have the hair very wet and then start drying it to get the perfect glass hair look,” says celebrity hairstylist Florian Hurel, as this can minimise any formation of frizz from the get-go. Marjan suggests rough drying with a dryer and your hands to remove as much moisture as you can. Then go in with a brush to style. Marjan suggests the a hairbrush that has synthetic boar bristles that adds shine to the hair as it dries, like the WetBrush Break-Free Smooth and Shine Round Brush. “Keep tension on the brush and take your time blowdrying, slowing following the brush with the blowdryer,” says Marjan. An easy way to do this would be by sectioning your hair says Hurel. “Section the hair with a tail comb taking half-inch sections throughout the head and blow-dry with a wooden brush,” says Hurel.
Then, straighten your hair
Next comes the straightener. Marjan uses the ghd platinum+ styler on thin sections of hair. “Use a brush along with a straightener to slowly straighten the hair section by section. Set the shape around the hairline with creaseless clips and finish with a shine spray,” she says.
Hurel likes to start with a serum or protective dry hair oil (he likes Argan oil Ultime from Schwarzkopf) once done with blow-drying. “You might see the hair steaming a bit due the oil but do not panic, the oil is getting evaporated, you aren’t burning your strands. You can finish the look with a spray shiner or reapply some dry oil. Keep reapplying to keep the hair glassy,” says Hurel.