What Is the Glass Hair Trend of 2018?
Last year, Instagram witnessed a trend that put the spotlight on a one-of-a-kind hairstyle, which triggered a sort of madness where people wanted to get the same style, in the very exact way.
One of the reasons for this craze was that the hairstyle looked surreal, almost unattainable. This got everyone talking and wondering what that hair look was all about and how to achieve it. Popularly named, ‘glass hair’ – in this hairstyle, the hair is super straight, silky, smoothly polished - looking absolutely lit!
The hairstyle is visually exactly like what it sounds like: hair that's so shiny and sharp it looks like a piece of, well, glass. It, of course, has nothing to do with actual glass, but rather a sharp cut that is styled to look perfectly polished, smooth, and shiny and hence resembling the reflective qualities of the material.
Glass hair is hair chopped into a sharp, short, classic cut that hits right below the chin. Although as Ebony magazine points out, it's actually known as a silk press, a method stylists have been using for years to create a shiny, smooth, glass-like finish.
However, it was not until 2018 that the style got its due attention and how!
Now if you already know about this and want to know how you yourself can get the trendy glass hair, or if you did not know about it before, but now want to know more, then scroll below because we have listed down everything you need to know about this Instagrammable hairstyle - Celebrities who carried it, how to achieve it and what all to do and keep in mind.
Celebrities and the Glass Hair Trend
Well, the trend the year - Glass hair took over Instagram for all the right reasons and it was made Insta famous by celebrities like Kim K and Lucy Hale, where first came Kim Kardashian’s blunt-cut bob, which looked absolutely sleek and shiny just like a polished marble, and then came Ashley Graham and Karen Wazen's blunt lob, which was again- as smooth and reflective as a sheet of ice.
But this was not it, many other celebrities – actors and models like Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and many more were seen flaunting their flawless glass hair on Instagram and that’s how this hairstyle got so very popular!
What All You Need to Achieve Glass Hair?
We’d agree with you if you would tell us that glass hair looks unattainable. The final look definitely does, but of course, none of these celebrities which made this hairstyle so popular were born with naturally smooth, glass-like hair.
Instead, their ultra-reflective styles are the result of a ton of hair products, and probably never stepping a foot outside.
Which means that yes, even you can join in on the trend at home. You would, however, need to keep certain things in mind to achieve the glass hair to its very perfection. We’ve listed down some tips which would come handy and make it very simple for you to achieve the perfect glass hair look at home!
Use the Right Tools
Now, remember - no one was born with glass hair. But the wide range of tools in today’s time can make you attain all kinds of styles and allows you to play with your hair in whichever way you would like.
The same applies for glass hair - especially because it requires hair which is smooth and refined, it is extremely important that you use the right tools in order to achieve the perfect glass hair and have them last longer without any troubles.
One such tool is a great hairbrush, and like stylists say, ‘never underestimate the power of a good hairbrush.’
Usually we do not know this but by using the wrong hairbrush, you could be damaging your hair and scalp and it could be the reason behind your bad hair days. Usage of an incorrect hairbrush can cause troubles like hair thinning and breakage, unwanted dandruff and even hair loss.
Moreover, even if you’ve splurged on a good brush, but it doesn’t suit your hair type, it could still be hindering your hair game. Which means in order to use the right brush, you need to thoroughly know how.
Firstly, understand your hair type and thickness - is it curls, unmanageable, fine hair or thick hair. Secondly, after you understand the quality of your hair, find the right brush for it with the right bristles. So not only do you have to pick the right hair brush with the correct bristles, but also the one that suits your hair type.
You also need to consider the element of what is it that you want to do with your hair in order to use the correct brush. For instance, the boar bristle brush is actually ideal for glass hair as the bristles will gently massage the scalp, boosting blood circulation and triggering natural oils to be released from root to tip.
So make sure you are thorough about what kind of hair brush is best suited for your hair type.
Follow Precise Technique
Even though glass hair is pretty simple to do and easy to attain, but it is important that you follow the right technique, otherwise the results would not be how you would have seen them on celebrities, or on Instagram. The reason celebrities have such hair to perfection is that they have stylists working on their hair routine round the clock, who also give a lot of importance to using the right technique – because it could make or break your hair day.
The same goes for glass hair - The concept is pretty easy to understand, but considering very few people have hair which is silky smooth, it’s a look that requires some skill and understanding of the technique which goes behind creating the glass hair.
For instance, one of the steps in achieving glass hair is for you to straighten your hair. But it needs to be done section wise, for it to last longer, with smooth and even finish. So here, make sure you do not miss the precise section wise element because the technique plays a pivotal role hair.
Apply the Right Products
If you’ve seen pictures of celebrities pulling off that glass hair, then you must know that it is not a natural hairstyle, and that shiny finish isn’t natural either. It requires using certain products or more specifically, a lot of hydrating products for the final touches and hence the final look. You need to know that the secret to glass hair is applying the right nourishing products which make the hair fully hydrated and makes it as glossy as physically possible.
One such product that you can go for is L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hair Spray. It is popularly known as the gold standard for red carpet events and shoots. L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray has been specifically formulated to soften, smooth and add shine to dry, damaged hair. Its ultra-fine mist leaves hair feeling clean with a lightweight, soft, shiny finish and a satin touch. It is Infused with the luxurious touch of silky Argan Oil which gives your hair the perfect silky look. It also has ultra-fine spray particles which disappear at the stroke of a brush, leaving hair feeling clean, soft and shiny.
How to apply: Hold 35 cm away from head for an even distribution throughout and spray at roots for extra root lift and volume. The good news is that it suits all hair types and you can grab it from any L’Oréal Salon near you for a price of Rs. 525 for a 500 ml bottle.
Step by Step Guide to Flawless Glass Hair?
When we’re talking about glass hair, it’s all about a sharp cut and straight, silky strands that reflect light at every angle. Moreover, Glass hair is the perfect haircut to defy the mad summer humidity and now that we’re back with scorching heat, why not beat this heat, in a stylish way?
While we’ll have to agree that many hairstyle trends can be tough to re-create at home, but unlike those trends, the sleek glass hair look is easier than most to achieve and style. Scroll below to read a step by step guide on how to achieve the Flawless Glass Hair at home:
Step 1: Wash Your Hair
The very first thing you need to do to get started is starting afresh, with a clean slate. So get into the shower and wash your hair properly with your go to shampoo and conditioner.
Make sure that you shampoo your hair well as it would make sure that your hair gets all the hydration it needs before all the styling tools and products get in action. Also make sure you shampoo it properly reaching to you scalp because you do not want to later find it to be oily, which would make your glass hair less durable.
Even though an everyday step, make sure to do it properly since it would decide the fate of your glass hair.
Step 2: Blow Dry Your Hair
Now once that you’ve washed your hair and it is all healthy, fresh and shiny - the very next step is to dry it out intro straight strands of hair before you start straightening them. This needs to be done irrespective of your natural hair texture might be.
Since the entire idea is to have perfect straight hair, make sure you give this step time, where you dry your hair properly and use the dryer in a flat plane which would ensure that the hair comes out as straight as possible.
Step 3: Straighten Your Hair
One of the most important components of glass hair is getting your hair perfectly straight without any wavy elements or knots stucking in between and hurdling that smooth hair. So, once you have dried out your hair, brush your hair thoroughly and ease out all the knots in and then straighten it in sections so that all of the under sections are straight too.
You can brush them section wise so that you do not miss out on a single strand. And like we mentioned before, make sure you use the right hair brush!
The next thing and one of the most crucial steps is straightening out your hair. Once your hair is dry, grab your flat iron. Straighten your hair in fine, small sections—again, the goal is to straighten your hair perfectly, so don’t rush through this step. Make sure you do it slowly and section wise, giving each section its due time and detailing.
For the smoothest finish possible, quickly run through your straightened strands with a boar-bristle brush once you are done straightening.
Step 4: Final Touches
Now that you have hair which is absolutely straight and shiny, the final step is where you need to add some finishing touches using some great and suitable nourishing products. The main aim is to give your hair that perfect reflective shine for that glass look and to use some products to protect your hair and keep it sleek all day long. To get that glass-like finish, run a bit of an oil-based hair serum through the lengths and ends of your hair. Make sure you do not overdo it, so start with a small quantity of that serum and apply it evenly on your hair.
The last thing would be for you to use a hairspray to protect your hair against the humidity once you step outside because otherwise, the humidity would ruin your straight hair. Once you’re done with the serum and the hairspray, you’re good to flaunt your perfect glass hair look and join the Instagram trend!
A Flawless Result Requires Patience
Sister, this is not the time to wait until you have exactly five minutes until your Uber arrives to begin this style. Do not worry! With a little time and effort, you too can look like the ultimate girl boss. Glass hair is flawless, and that is where patience and time come in handy. You will also need to exercise patience if you are cutting or bobbing your hair yourself. Ultimately, the nature of trends is that they are short-lived and are then sent off into history to cycle through the beauty and fashion time warp. Have fun!
Do not take yourself too seriously and enjoy trying out a new style. You may find a new signature look or a learning lesson about yourself and your personal style.