Glass Hair: The Styling Trend That Will Continue To Dominate 2019

It was one of the break-out hair trends of 2018, but it looks like ‘glass hair’ isn’t going anywhere in 2019 either.
Like glass skin, glass hair is officially this season’s new ‘it’ look, and despite its fragile namesake, this look is a bold beauty statement.

What is Glass Hair?

Think: ultra-shiny strands in an extremely sleek, sharp bob. Whether it’s on the shorter or longer side of the trend, the look creates a halo-like effect around the face thanks to its high-octane gloss finish.

A surprisingly versatile look, many celebrities (including all of the Kardashians) have jumped on the glass hair bandwagon in recent times. Most notably, Kim Kardashian, when she sported a blunt, 90s-inspired bob courtesy of celebrity hairstylist, Chris Appleton.


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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about @kimkardashian super sharp bob so I thought I would answer some! The inspiration was 90s swishy glass hair. I wanted to create a really intense shine and for the hair. I cut the kims hair shorter than we’ve ever done before just underneath the jaw line, keeping the cut blunt with no angle. For me getting an intense shine was really important part of our look. On wet hair, I applied @ColorWowHair #DreamCoat then blow dried the hair using a large round bristle brush. Unlike the sleek styles we’ve done in the past we wanted the hair to have some volume, so I kicked the ends under for the cute 90s twist. I always finish off with a drop of #ColorWowHair Pop and Lock just to finish off the shine and lock in the style. Hope this answers all your Qs #chrisappletonhair @makeupbymario

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How do you achieve the glass hair look?

Despite its polished appearance, the glass hair style is much easier to achieve than it appears.
“For the upcoming season, to maintain that mirror-finish, start by asking your stylist to go easy on the layers and texture and aim for a solid, blunt line on the ends. This will help emphasise the sheen, and more importantly, how healthy your strands are,” said leading Sydney hairstylist, Anthony Nader of Raw Salon.
“To get the ultimate glass hair, opt for having a one-colour glaze all over, rather than multiple highlights or lowlights scattered throughout. A glaze emphasises volume and gives that high-voltage, mega-watt shine.”
Product-wise, Nader recommends applying a shine spray or serum to damp hair that’s been slightly blow-dried, before brushing the hair dead straight.
“Use a bristle brush to get that beautiful, high-gloss finish. A straightening iron is a must here to sleeken your strands, and to avoid any stray waves interrupting that light-reflecting sheen.”
For more inspiration, scroll on for the best ways to style glass hair in 2019.

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