The Glass Hair Trend Keeps Coming Back—Here's How to Do It
Give yourself “glass hair”—that incredibly sleek, healthy, reflective look that’s trending—with these pro moves.
Unlike looks that sacrifice hair health (see: perms and platinum blonde dye jobs), a supershiny style can be achieved only when hair is in tip-top shape.
“We call it glass hair because it reflects so much light—dull, damaged hair can’t do this,” celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend says. “Healthy hair has an outer cuticle layer that lies flat, which reflects light and is strong enough to withstand the hot tools you’ll need to make it sleek.”
How to Get Glass Hair In 3 Steps
Want glass hair for yourself? Here’s the plan, according to hair pros.
1. Hydrate gently.
Before you shower, apply a preshampoo deep conditioner, like Jess & Lou 5 Minute ResQ Hair Therapy (Buy It, $50, jessandloubeauty.com), to dry hair. After five minutes, rinse and follow your usual shampoo-and-conditioner routine. (Or try making one of these DIY Hair Masks to Treat Dry, Brittle Strands)
“Comb the conditioner through hair until every strand is coated. Be sure to rinse really well; leftover conditioner makes hair greasy,” Townsend says.
When you get out of the shower, skip the cotton towel—hair gets caught in the fibers, which roughs up the cuticle layer, and will ruin your glass hair look, Townsend says. Opt for a microfiber towel, like Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel (Buy It, $30, sephora.com), to absorb moisture without causing extra friction.
2. Block frizz.
When hair is still damp, apply a styling cream, like Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream (Buy It, $44, amazon.com). Then blow-dry with an ionic dryer and a mixed-bristle round brush, like Spornette G-36XL Porcupine Brush (Buy It, $11, amazon.com). (See: The Easiest Trick Ever for Frizz-Free Hair)
3. Add heat.
Before you smooth your hair into glassy perfection, spritz Dove Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray (Buy It, $5, amazon.com). Then flatiron hair in small sections.
“When you do huge sections, the iron hits only the top and bottom layers and never reaches the strands in the middle,” Townsend says.
To seal the glass hair look, spritz a shine spray or a flexible-hold hairspray like IGK 1-800-Hold-Me (Buy It, $27, ulta.com) onto a paddle brush, then pull it through hair to distribute product evenly. (Here: This Flat Iron Changes Temperature According to What Your Hair Needs)
Shape Magazine, October 2019 issue