Want to learn how to get glass hair, I’ve got this article explaining how to get glass hair without heat in just a few easy steps.
From Kim Kardashian to Hailey Bieber, so many celebrities have been seen sporting this so-called “glass hair” look.
You’ve also probably heard about this glass hair trend doing the rounds on the internet.
But guess what, even though this trend is doing the rounds right now, the glass hair style was first seen sported by Lucy Hale, the American actress and singer who wore this look to the red carpet event in 2018.
But the trend didn’t catch on until recently.
Related: How To Get Glossy Hair
So, what’s all the hype about getting glass hair? Is it possible to get it done at home?
Well, this article has all the answers you’ve been looking for as it talks about glass hair and how exactly you can get your glass hair look done at home!
So go ahead and check out the details below.
What does “Glass Hair” mean?
The name “glass hair” not-so-surprisingly has absolutely no “glass” involved in the creation of the look (except maybe looking into the mirror of course!), but it is used kind of like a metaphor for the reflective look it creates on the hair.
So what glass hair actually means is that your hair has such a glossy, smooth and clear finish that it actually looks like glass and this is because of the hair’s shine. So basically glass hair is healthy hair with sealed cuticles that reflect light to make it look like glass.
Most often this glass hair look is sported with sharp edged haircuts like the class bob cut, the A-Line bob, the asymmetrical bob or a straight cut or as they call it “short and geometric haircuts”.
The history of glass hair dates back to the 1960’s when the late Vidal Sassoon, a British hairstylist first introduced this look, but it didn’t kick off as a trend until recently, even though Lucy Hale sported glass hair in 2018.
Looks like every trend has its own time to “shine” right?
How To Get Glass Hair
Step 1: Get your hair prepared for the look
Getting your hair “ready” for the look is very important and that means you have to start off with getting a chop.
Or should I just say a short crop? Yes, glass hair looks best on short and geometric haircuts. So maybe if you don’t want it too short, you can go in for a shoulder-length straight haircut.
Make sure to ensure that your hair ends are even, that’s most important. Jagged edges will not give out the same look, neither will hair with damaged tips like broken hair strands or those with split ends.
Step 2: Cleansing of your hair
This step is another important aspect you need to make sure you’ve completed before styling your hair as it is necessary that you always work with clean hair.
All you need is clean hair that is well-moisturized for this look.
So use a good sulfate shampoo to wash your hair and get rid of all dirt, grime and buildup. You can also use pre, mid and post shower products especially meant to boost hair shine as well.
Lastly, condition your hair to make sure that all the moisture has been locked in. As when the hair is dry; it will be harder to achieve the shiny and glossy glass hair finish.
If you want to make sure that your conditioner spreads evenly, you can also comb the conditioner all over your hair, evening it out perfectly.
Here’s a tip. For those of you who find your hair always looking dull and lifeless or gets greasy too soon, it could be due to excessive product buildup on your scalp and therefore, using a clarifying shampoo instead of your regular shampoo could do you good.
Step 3: Use a deep conditioning hair mask
Next, when your hair is damp, you can use a lightweight conditioner, preferably a leave-in one, so as to ensure that your hair has been properly moisturized.
The glass hair look requires your hair to be well-moisturized in order to give your hair the “glass” look.
So even though you will be using a glossy serum at the end, this step will only help enhance the look of the glossy finishing serum even better.
Step 4: Blow dry your hair using a diffuser
A lot of us have the problem of frizziness appearing on our hair and for the glass hair look; there has to be absolutely no frizz.
So you need to ensure that you use an anti-frizz product like a serum or gel, along with a good hair protectant spray over your damp hair and blow dry your hair making sure your dryer has a diffuser attached to its nozzle.
Yes, using the diffuser is super important as a diffuser helps reduce frizziness to a large extent and the heat protectant spray will help reduce the heat damage caused.
Also, you can use a boar bristle brush to comb your hair during the blow drying process, as it will help separate the strands easily.
When the hair is well-moisturized and non-frizzy, it will help make the straightening process very easy.
Then use a flat brush and gently brush your hair to ensure that there are no tangles, before you start off with the straightening process.
Step 5: Straighten your hair
This part is the most important as the straighter your hair is, the better will be the glass effect on your hair.
So this means that your hair needs to be absolutely poker straight. So you cannot afford to rush with this step. Partition your hair in the middle (as it will help later in the styling part) and begin.
You need to take it slow and may even have to probably go over the same section two or three times to achieve the poker straight look.
Just remember that in order to avoid severe heat damage to your hair, don’t repeatedly go over the same section more than twice in case it hasn’t become perfectly straight.
Continue with the rest of your hair, so as to give your hair a break from the heat and then go over it a second or third time thereafter.
Step 6: Use a finishing gloss spray or serum and style your hair
Make sure to use a good quality finishing spray that is meant specifically for this glossy look. you could look for serums that are oil-based to achieve the perfect shine.
You need to ensure that there should be no frizz making its appearance after your hair has been set, so you could spray a little anti-frizz serum over your hair to avoid the frizz from appearing.
Lastly, spritz some setting spray over your hair once you’ve gently brushed it into place, so that your hairstyle will hold for the entire day at least.
“Styling” your hair is not actually styling it, because using any sort of clips will simply ruin your look.
All you need to do is, leave your tresses free to fall over the sides of your face and this can be done by partitioning your hair in the middle and that’s it, that is the glass look!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about glass hair
1. Does glass hair require a lot of maintenance?
Well, I wouldn’t say it is very hard to maintain, but it does require a certain effort to maintain. This means that you will have to make sure your haircut is still in the perfect geometric shape, especially if your hair has begun to grow out, while also following the glass hair styling routine each time or as often as you wish to have this look on your hair.
2. Can you get glass hair if your hair is naturally frizzy and dry?
Yes, pretty much anyone can get glass hair because it is all about prepping your hair for the look by getting yourself the right haircut and then straightening your hair with a flat iron and styling it using a glossy serum.
So in fact, a lot of people with dry and frizzy hair like getting themselves this look so that their hair stands in place.
3. Why should hair be short to achieve the glass hair look?
One of the main reasons why stylists suggest that the hair be kept short for this look is because, even though you can achieve this glass hair look even on longer hair, it will not be as easy to maintain the straightness of the hair strands when the hair is long as compared to when it is shorter.
4. Can I get glass hair if my hair is damaged?
Yes, you can, but it is important that you first make sure that your hair has been rejuvenated before starting the process. This means you will have to provide your hair with nourishment and nurse it back to life (over a few days or weeks, depending on the extent of your hair damage) and then try getting this look, as glass hair will show best on healthy hair.
The final takeaway on getting glass-like glossy hair
In the present day there are so many trends that come into fashion, do the rounds for a while and move out of fashion in no time, when another trend takes over.
So currently, this glass hair look is doing the rounds, so might as well hop on the trend right?
If so many celebrities can rock this look, so can you! So go ahead and either try it out at home or maybe visit a parlour and get your glass hair look on today!
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!