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Hair Styling | Bob Hairstyles

Glass Hair: Outshine All Other Hairstyles

 

If you’re experiencing some déjà vu, this is probably because this hairstyle has been around for quite some time and has been a favorite of many celebrities on the red carpet. Now it’s making a comeback, leaving all the other hairstyles paling in comparison…literally!

Woman with shiny brunette hair in a bob cut

You can practically see your face in her hair!

Despite its name, this hair trend isn’t about using glass to style your hair, so what is glass hair? It’s the art of using products to give your hair a mirrored, glass-like surface that reflects light from all angles. Whether you have a long or short bob, the gloss finish will create a halo-like effect around your face. How angelic!

 

The color of your locks also plays a major role in getting this style just right. Glass hair in a black or a dark brown shade looks particularly elegant and reflects the shine a lot more effectively. Despite its polished and sophisticated look, it’s really not difficult to achieve. We'll show you how to get glass hair.

The pre-requirements for glass hair

Asian woman with black hair in a bob with bangs

If you have bangs, don't forget to give them the extra shiny treatment too!

A smooth surface and extreme shine are the characteristics of glass hair.

In order for hair to shine beautifully, it needs to be in good condition and well cared for. The look will be impossible to achieve if your hair is dried out or frizzy. A fresh haircut also wouldn’t go amiss. It’s best to go for a hairstyle that is all one length since layers will cause the light to reflect differently, meaning the effect won’t be as dramatic. A bob hairstyle works best as shorter hair is easier to keep pin-straight and takes less time and effort.

 

Tip: A tint gives your natural hair color an extra portion of shine. Your hair washing routine should include shampoo, conditioner, and a hair treatment once a week. It is best to use all products from one care line, as they are optimally coordinated with each other. Opt for products that smooth your hair so you’ll have no flyaways ruining your silky bob and ALWAYS remember to apply heat protection before styling.

 

How to get glass hair

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Glass hair also looks great on blondes

  1. After washing your hair, use a few drops of hair oil on the lengths and tips of the hair.
  2. Decide where you want your part to be and blow-dry the hair inwards using a round brush. It’s best to use a natural hairbrush because synthetic bristles charge the hair electrically.
  3. Grab the straightening irons. Then divide the hair into different sections and straighten. Take your time to make sure each section is as straight as possible. Any protruding hairs can be smoothed down with some styling cream or shiny hair wax.
  4. For a glossy finish, spray your hairbrush with hairspray then brush through the ends to keep it in place.
 

Shiny glass hair is especially suitable for festive occasions like Christmas and New Year's Eve. Just know that humidity won’t do this look any favors so it’s best to save the experiment for a dry day.