Sleek, high-gloss hairstyles are not new, but they have been dominating our feeds for months. If you’re living under a rock, or just don’t have Instagram, A-listers and social media elite like Hailey Bieber, Jordan Dunn, Kim Kardashian, and more have all been seen rocking “glass hair.” The term, originally coined by Refinery29, describes a sharp, blunt cut styled straight with a high-shine finish.
Unlike those stars I mentioned above, I do not have a glam squad. Nor am I the best at styling my short hair. But with the guidance of hairstylist Chris Appleton (who is an ambassador for Color Wow), I gave it a go and tried the look out for myself at home.
In the shower
Start with a silicone- and sulfate free-shampoo that leaves nothing on the hair. “Avoid frizz-fighting shampoos that contain silicones, oils, or creamy moisturizers — these formulas leave a dulling film on your hair,” says Appleton.
Before going in with a blow-dryer, you must prep your hair. “For radically sleek, uber-glossy results, I love using the Color Wow Dream Coat Anti-Humidity Spray,” says Appleton. “It literally acts like a raincoat to block out moisture and humidity and keeps the hair super sleek and shiny.” Did we mention it’s also an Allure Best of Beauty winner?
It’s all about the blowout
When it comes to mastering glass hair, you’ve got to get your blowout technique up to snuff. “Getting that shiny, beautiful, rich, healthy glass-hair finish is more about the actual blow-drying technique and really smoothing down the cuticle down until it’s super flat,” explains Appleton.
“I always attach a nozzle to my hair dryer and apply full heat to the hair. When blow-drying hair straight, make sure to point the dryer nozzle down the hair shaft. This will keep the cuticle layer as flat and tight as possible. That’s the key to amazing, frizz-free shine.”For best results, blow-dry your hair in sections with a large bristle brush like the Ibizia EX5 round brush.
You would think with a straight style like this, a flatiron would be key, but according to Appleton, it’s best to keep your flatiron use to a minimum. “Glass hair is all about getting a good stretch to the hair and bringing it back to life. It’s not about overusing a flatiron, because that just leaves the hair straight but also very dry,” he says. Also something to take into consideration: Creases. There’s nothing more annoying than a crease in what was supposed to be a sleek blowout. These Harry Josh Pro Makeup & Wave Setting Clips help with sectioning and keep your hair flat without making any kinks.
“Take your time with this look and give your hair some love. Using the right products, conditioning your hair well, and keeping the roots really flat are the essentials to nailing this look,” says Appleton.
The final result
I don’t have a straight, blunt cut, because the breakage is real with platinum blonde hair, but this is the shiniest my hair has been in a while. With all the damage, I tend to only air-dry. It was nice seeing my hair sleek and straight for once. I was pleasantly surprised by how healthy my hair looked after all the heat styling.
Now that you’ve got all the steps, it’s time try out glass hair for yourself. And guess what, guys, it’s way easier to achieve than you thought.