ICYMI: The glass hair trend is taking over the world. And by that, we mean red carpets and social media feeds everywhere. We published a very screenshot-worthy exposé on the trend (we're still dead over Lucy Hale's recent take), but now we have something even more exciting—and perhaps more user-friendly—up our sleeves: a step-by-step tutorial from none other than Justine Marjan. (Again, if you missed it, she's one of the celebrity hairstylists who has hallmarked the trend—for plenty of inspo, just head over to her Instagram).
We'll be the first to admit that many hairstylist tutorials we come across (and even publish here on Byrdie) might not be the easiest to master, but as it turns out, prepping your strands for an epic glass hair look is just as effortless as the flawless finale. In fact, it probably won't take you more than 10 minutes start to finish and only requires a tenth of hair arsenal. (If you have a flat iron, hairspray, and a brush, you'll be as good as gold). Curious to find out how to try the ethereally smooth and sleek trend for yourself? We're breaking down everything you need to know from Marjan and celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons.
Meet the Expert
Read on to learn exactly how to get celeb-inspired glass hair at home.
Prep the Hair
"The glass hair trend refers to hair that is super smooth and shiny, almost to the point of being reflective like glass," says Fitzsimons. "Second day hair works well for a lot of styles, but you'll want to ensure your hair is freshly moisturized and has no build-up whatsoever."
To begin, first shampoo and condition your hair. Fitzsimons recommends using shine-boosting products both in the shower and post-shower. "For extra shine, you can mix a few pumps of the TIGI Copyright Custom Care Shine Booster ($16) in with your conditioner, which has a blend of natural oils to nourish the hair and give your hair an extra dose of shine," he says. "You can also use a leave-in conditioner like the Daily Dose Miracle Moisture Leave-In Conditioner ($25) for added shine and moisture."
Next, apply heat protection to your hair (PSA: you should be doing this any time before you use heat styling tools). Try the GSQ by Glamsquad Thermal Heat Protectant ($8) to protect your hair and keep it frizz-free.
Flat Iron in Fine Sections
"For most hair types, I would recommend a smooth blowout before using the flat iron to help minimize the amount of time you're using the flat iron on your hair," says Fitzsimons.
As Marjan explained to Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue, (while demoing the process IRL) taking ultra-fine sections (versus large chunks) and straightening them with a flat iron is the absolute key for nailing the glass hair look. For the record, all of GHD's heat tools are fabulous, and it's the brand Marjan personally swears by.
If you have super damaged hair from previous heat styling or chemical processes, Fitzsimons recommends avoiding this trend and focusing on nourishing your hair back to health first, (which will help it appear naturally shinier in the long-run).
Brush While You Straighten
To get a bit more specific with your technique, Marjan says to make sure to brush the hair on top of the iron, and then pull down. Or, for an even smoother finish up near the roots and to flatten the hair at the top of the head, flip the brush like so:
For the smoothest of smooth results, we (and virtually every hair guru and celebrity we talk to) swear by this luxe paddle brush from Mason Pearson. Yes, it's an investment but rest assured a worthy one.
Finish With the Right Products
"Finish the look with an anti-frizz hairspray to ensure the style is locked all day long and use a few spritzes of a shine spray," advises Fitzsimons, who recommends this mist oil from NatureLab. Tokyo. Instead of spraying directly on the hair, spray your hairbrush with the hairspray, then brush through the ends for even distribution.