How to Get Glass Hair: The Ultimate Styling Guide 

If you’re like us, then you’ve been seeing the glass hair trend absolutely everywhere, from celebrities on the red carpet to your TikTok FYP. Glass hair is one of the hottest trends of 2023 and we’re here for it! 

We absolutely love this trend because it’s absolutely gorgeous and It’s insanely easy to do at home!

And there’s no gatekeeping around here, we’re going to give you the lowdown on how to get red carpet ready glass hair in just a few easy steps.

What Is Glass Hair?

Glass Hair
Glass Hair

Before we give you the steps to getting glass hair, let’s first talk about where this hairstyle got its name.

Glass hair is basically just ultra-smooth and shiny hair. When hair is super shiny it reflects light just like glass would thus where this hair trend gets its name. Glass hair is meant to look sleek and simple with the shine being the main attraction.

How to Get Glass Hair

Glass hair is easily achievable at home with only a few tools and products. Follow along with our steps to getting the glassiest hair around. 

Pro tip: If your hair is damaged or not feeling its best, you may want to skip glass hair for now. This style requires a good amount of heat and delicate hair may not be able to handle it. Healthy hair always comes first! 

Shampoo and Condition Hair

How to get glass hair - shampooing and conditioning

You’ll want to have freshly washed and moisturized hair in order to achieve that glassy look. We usually love second day hair but not when it comes to this particular look.

Make sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. If you have extra time, use a hair mask that will give you an extra boost of moisture. This will help ensure the highest amount of shine possible. Remember that dry hair will not be shiny hair, so give that hair plenty of hydration! 

Apply Oil and Heat Protectant

How to get glass hair - hair oil

Our favorite product to apply before blow drying to get glass hair is hair oil. Hair oil will give you the sleekest strands possible by adding extra moisture, reflection and controlling frizz. 

Apply the oil to damp hair from mids to ends (avoid getting it on the scalp as this could give a greasy look instead of glassy). 

It’s also extremely important to use a heat protectant on your hair after washing. This style uses a lot of heat which makes heat protection a crucial part of your glass hair routine! 

Blow Dry

How to get glass hair - blow dry

After applying your styling products, it’s time to get that hair dry. When blow drying for glass hair, you’ll want to try to get the smoothest blow dry possible so you don’t have to spend hours flat ironing after. 

We recommend a boar bristle brush to use while you blow dry. A boar bristle brush will give you the most tension which will make it easier to smooth the hair. 

Blow dry your hair in sections, working back to front. You can use claw clips to keep the hair organized so that you can make sure each section is completely dry. Blow the air from the blow dryer down the hair shaft so that it helps the hair’s cuticle to lay flat, the brush will hold the hair tightly as you dry. 

It’s important that your hair is 100% dry before you move on to the next step! Flat ironing damp hair can damage your hair and that flat iron! 

Flat Iron

How to get glass hair - flat iron

Take super small sections of hair and run the flatiron over each one. Your hair should be smooth after the blow dry but the flat iron is what’s really going to give you that glassy finish. 

Taking smaller sections will ensure that you don’t miss any strands of hair and that your hair stays smooth and shiny all day. 

Pro Tip: When smoothing down your roots with the flat iron, you can use a fine tooth comb (make sure it’s meant for heat styling). Lift up the section of hair at the root with the comb and then go in with your flat iron. This will make it easier to get the flat iron as close to your head as possible without burning yourself! 

Apply a Finishing Product

How to get glass hair - Apply a Finishing Product

Now that you’ve put in the work to get glass hair, you’re going to want the shiny, smooth finish to last all day. We recommend using a high-shine hair spray for your finishing touch. This will preserve the glassy look and make sure fly aways don’t pop up throughout the day.

If you have any little frizzies that won’t seem to lay down even after all the steps, spray hairspray on the palm of your hand and ever so lightly run it over any flyaways.

And there you have it! Our easy, breezy steps to getting glass hair. Try it for your next night out on the town, but be careful not to hurt anyone’s eyes with that shiny, glossy hair!

Key Things to Remember:

  • Glass hair is all the rage in 2023.
  • Glass hair is high-shine, smooth hair that you can get at home in a few easy steps.
  • Take small sections when blow drying and flat ironing to make sure you get the glassy effect.
  • You don’t need a lot of product to achieve glass hair but the ones you do use are super important. 
  • Remember to have hair oil, heat protectant, and hair spray on deck. 
  • Rock that glassy hair on the town! 

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