How to make hair glitter
In my last post, “2015 Hair Trends Forecast” I shared the new hair glitter trend and talked about how glitter is the new chalk, because like hair chalk, glitter is super easy to do yourself at home. Hair glitter only requires 4 things, 3 steps and 2 min. Like hair chalk, glitter comes out when shampooed, so perfect for a weekend or party. But even better than hair chalk, hair glitter is not messy!! Yes you heard me right. It won’t rub off on your clothes and won’t leave stains on your pillow. The trick is to know how to do it the correct way. So first let me tell you what NOT to do…
What NOT to do:
I have seen this youtube tutorial video where they teach you to created this glitter hair look by plastering your hair with wax and then attempted to pour the glitter all over your head. Don’t try this. You will make a massive mess and waste half the glitter on your clothes, face and floor. Also wax is not strong/sticky enough to hold the glitter. Don’t use wax. Thats why they also suggest using glitter hair spray and regular hair spray to hold the glitter. Again quite messy and also very unnecessary. You do not need any hair spray to hold the glitter if you do it the correct way. It’s also suggested that if you have dark hair you need to put a white glitter on first. This is not true, hair glitter when done correctly will show up on any hair colour. In fact on dark hair it can look very effective, like the night sky filled with twinkling stars!
Now let me show you how to do this the easy, no-mess way that stays put so well you can even sleep with it in and not have glitter all over your pillow!!
What you will need:
- 1. Empty Pots (with lids). Here I re-used old Manic Panic hair dye pots.
- 2. Regular Craft Glitter. I bought these tubes of glitter in a multi-pack from the local $2 shop.
- 3. Classic Hair Gel. Not the kind that goes flakey. It needs to dry hard. Here I used Fudge Urban Coconut Rush Power Gel. Cost about $4.
- 4. Tint Brushes. A tint brush is ideal, but any wide paint brush will also work. You will need one brush per colour if you don’t want to keep rinsing your brush.
Step 1: Pour the glitter into the pots.
Use a different pot for each colour. One tube was about 4-5g of glitter each.
Step 2: Add Hair Gel
I added about 15-20g of Fudge Urban Coconut Rush Power Gel to each pot of glitter.
Step 3: Mix.
Use your your tint brushes to mix the gel and glitter together. Use one brush per colour as we will use the brush to apply the hair glitter later.
How to apply hair glitter:
There are lots of ways to wear hair glitter, but I generally find it easier to style the hair UP first. This is because the gel will dry rock hard, and while you can apply it to lose long hair, and it looks amazing in editorial fashion shoots, it’s not practical for real life. Just imagine hardened long locks that don’t move.
Rather I suggest you style the hair first. Any kind of style where the hair won’t be moving around will work great. You can paint glitter onto braids, pony tails, buns, victory rolls, quiffs, finger waves… any kind of up style. Also hair glitter works great on short hair. Think sparkly tips, or sleek bling bobs. If you want to wear your long hair down, only apply glitter to the parting or pin up the side or top and apply to just this area.
Here I will will be showing you how to apply hair glitter to a faux side shave panel, still keeping the rest of the hair down…
What you will need:
- 1. Teasing brush. Also called an ‘up styling’ brush
- 2. Hair spray. Here I am using NAK Fixation Finishing spray.
- 3. Bobbie pins.
Start with your hair clean and dried.
Time for the magic!
To apply the hair glitter you simply paint it on, just like applying colour. Try not to get it on your face or ears, but if you do, it’s easily wiped off. Here I’m doing streaks of each colour, but if you want something easier, you could paint the hair one colour. Or if you are very patient you can create something even more elaborate. I like lot’s of sparkle so was generous with the amount I applied.
There are no ‘steps’ as such to painting the glitter on, but here are photos of me applied each colour so you get the idea…
WARNING: Do NOT touch when wet!!
Wait until the gel has hardened and dried before you poke it, or you will have glitter fingers. May take 30 – 40 min to dry out depending on how thick the hair glitter was applied. Once dried nether hair nor glitter will be going anywhere. Here are a few shots taking in direct sunlight to show you the finish sparkly look in all it’s glory…
Is it difficult to wash out?
Nope! Very easy. Because it’s hair gel it simply devolves in water. One shampoo and it’s all gone down the plug hole.
And here is another great way to use hair glitter…
Have roots and no time to colour before the party? Just add glitter!
Show me your glitter!
I want to see your glitter looks! Post me links to your photos in the comments and show off your sparkles. Follow me on Instagram for more hair glitter inspiration: http://instagram.com/anya_goy/
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