You’re going to absolutely fall in love with glitter hair! You’ll have to prepare to have a mess on your hands (and probably the floor) after applying the glitter, but the outcome will be totally worth it, especially if you know just how to mix colors! The holidays are a time when sparkle is everything, from your clothes to your makeup, and this glitter hair trend is just one more thing to add sparkle to – with truly magical results.
Earlier this week, Nikki Lee of the Nine Zero One Salon created a demo presentation for Beauty Coach TV, where she showed viewers how to create a beautiful glitter hair fishtail braid; according to Refinery29, this is how the stunning hair trend picked up the tempo so rapidly in the last week. That being said, this is one hairstyle that has been picking up momentum for quite some time; it has accumulated quite a substantial presence on Instagram.
The world-famous Daniel Moon, colorist at the Ramirez Tran Salon, can take credit for a great innovation for this trend – Major Moonshine Glitter Gel. It’s a product specially designed for easy glitter hair looks; if you try to use your everyday glitter, it’s pretty likely that you’ll end up a hot mess!
Hair glitter is a trend that you don’t want to miss out on this winter season, so here is a list of 25 striking glitter hairstyles that are sure to liven your spirits and get you excited for any type of party, including the holiday season!
1. Fishtail Braid Glitter Hair
This is a truly magical use of hair glitter, thanks to the stunning contrast between the dark brown hair and the rainbow of gorgeous glitter colors. Everyone loves a fishtail braid, and it’s a stunning look behind a beautiful holiday party dress, so why not amp up the fun with glitter? It’ll add a great surprise from the back, and is a great twist on a classic hairstyle.
2. Side Cornrow Glitter Hair
Nina Dobrev is shown here absolutely rocking her glitter hair look. Tight side braids such as these are super-hot right now; they’re super edgy and rocker-chic, and adding in silver hair glitter to the tops of the braids is the epitome of trendsetting. It’s not overpowering in color or quantity, so it’s just an overall cool hairstyle that adds some great shimmer and shine to your look.
3. High Bun Glitter Hair
This hairstyle is super sweet with the hair glitter; the bronze glitter flecks blend just enough with brunette hair, so the shimmer is stunning without adding in bold colors. The bun is just a smart hairstyle all around, since it’s easy to wear for any occasion, and it makes for an interesting glitter hair look since the glitter is only added to the base of the head, not the locks themselves. It’ll help keep things from getting too messy as well!
4. Slicked Back Glitter Hair
This is an interesting glitter hairstyle, because slicked back with this amount of glitter, the hair looks wet. More specifically, it almost looks like shampoo still in her hair, given the lighting and photo! Regardless, the effect is almost otherworldly, and it really is a lovely holiday hairstyle with an unspoken elegance to it that will be striking anywhere. The rest of the hair being an understated style makes the glitter really pop.
5. Essential Braid Glitter Hair
You can’t go wrong with a basic braid, especially when it has a healthy dose of shining pink glitter on top! The shine tapers off as the hair goes into the braid, so you don’t have to worry about tucking in the strands or painting over it to achieve this bold glitter hair look. It’s a fun side to your standard braid, making it perfect for an everyday look; you don’t always need a special occasion to doll up your hair!
6. Lightly Sparkled French Braid Glitter Hair
This is a subtler use of the glitter hair trend, made by simply painting a small amount the sparkles on each strand of the dual French braids. In an easygoing silver, the glitter here just highlights the beautiful styling of the hair while also tying in well to the wearer’s makeup and overall style. This goes to show how hair glitter can boost everything about yourself, especially if you show restraint (which isn’t easy, given how fun glitter has always been to play with!).
7. Dual Braid Mermaid Glitter Hair
Mermaid hair is another hot trend right now, so it’s really exciting to see it merged with glitter hair! You get the lovely color variation of mermaid hair (especially since the locks are tied up in double braids, separating colors) as well as the pop of surprise from the glitter on top. Here, the model is sporting bright pink glitter hair above her blue- and purple-based mermaid hair, so the shock factor is especially prevalent.
8. Top Knot French Braid Glitter Hair
Gold glitter hair is jaw-droppingly stunning. Wavy boho locks are pulled to the side in a loose braid, while more hair is piled on top in a top knot – the gold glitter is spread from the braid (of mixed blonde and black hair) and extends up to the black root area; the shimmering glitter looks equally as beautiful on the blonde as it does the brunette side, so even if you don’t try to pull of this exact glitter hairstyle, you can know that gold glitter hair is a magnificent option!
9. Sparkly Purple Glitter Roots
This glitter hairstyle idea is out of this world. It’s cosmically drawing, between the purple hair color and the sparkly purple roots; so much so that it seems more like the natural hair colors of an otherworldly being than a simple dye and glitter job! Using the glitter on your roots only makes for an interesting illusion in any shade, by both drawing attention to the unexpected area and giving the rest of your hair an interesting new color perspective.
10. Candy Pink Glitter Hair
This adorable glitter hairstyle is totally girly and cute. It’s something you’d expect to find on a Barbie doll sitting in her box at the store. It brings that idea to life, starting with bubblegum pink hair, and adding silver sparkles on top of that to make for an even girlier look. This is the kind of style you’d expect from someone who knows she’s über feminine in her aesthetic but decides to embrace it and run with it full-force!
11. Dual Bun Pastel Glitter Roots
Each half of this beautiful glitter hairstyle is a pastel hue – one is a lovely mint blue-green and the other is a sweet purple. Two-knot buns characterize the top, and the center is made special with large blue sequins lining the part and its black roots.
Depending on what you wear this with or what makeup you choose to wear, this is a glitter hairstyle that could go edgy or feminine, so you can mix it with your personal style, or switch up the colors for further personalization.
12. Valentine’s Day Glitter Hair
This isn’t just some last-minute trend and meant only for the holiday season, but also for Valentine’s Day. Pink hair with star particles and touch of glitter is a great yet rather common glitter hairstyle in this list. It makes for an interesting contrast of textures and sizes, so you can wear a super simple and sweet outfit while still sporting pink and stars to celebrate the holiday.
13. Brilliant Pink Glitter Hair
The pink hair glitter here is totally enamoring. Seeing it gleam against the rays of the sun shows just how stunning glitter hair can be. This is an especially good glitter for blonde or light colored hair, since the bright contrast is the striking element here.
Even though the color is super bright and vibrant, this is actually one of the subtler glitter hairstyles – the hairstyle itself is basic and let down, so all you’re doing is following a standard beauty routine and adding in sparkles!
14. Silver Star Glitter Hair
You’ll be the star of the evening if you try out a glitter hair look like this. Silver hair can be super elegant (as shown here), and this hairstyle itself is trendy and cute, with two top knot buns on either side of the center part. The roots here are lined with silver hair glitter and stars, adding more texture and interest to the hairstyle without adding in shocking colors. Matching the glitter to your hair color can be a really smart choice, since it will amplify your look without being too in-your-face.
15. Gold Foil Glitter Hair
You don’t need to mess around with messy glitter to have a beautiful glitter hair look. This is the perfect example, with gold foil flakes sitting to one side of an elegant, side-swept hairstyle. Hair foiling goes hand in hand with glitter hair; both add texture and beautiful color to your hair and reflect wonderfully against the sun. In this case, the large flakes are the perfect choice because they don’t interfere too much with the classically stunning hairstyle, yet still add in the glitter hair trend as well.
16. Bright Blue Stars & Glitter Roots
This glitter hairstyle goes all the way from the front to the back, lining the center part. By pulling the hair up and out of the way in two side buns, the part and roots are left wide open, making for the perfect opportunity to pave the pathway with glitter.
With blonde hair, blue glitter is especially striking, since it’s such a stark contrast of color – that being said, it would be lovely with darker hair colors as well! Adding in the stars is a great final touch with the glitter, because you can add even more color and fun shapes on top of the glitter hair.
17. Double Bun Pink Glitter Hair
Pastel pink is always a winning color choice for winter, since the color bounces off so beautifully from the snow. Using that color for your hair is growing in popularity, and we love how it pairs so nicely with the glitter hair trend! Pink hair and pink glitter might sound like overkill, but this picture proves otherwise. The two side buns are super cute, so it really matches the über cute color and glitter combo.
18. Unicorn & Glitter Hair Updo
The beautifully colored unicorn hair in this picture is already stunning and bright, making it a great playground to try out glitter hair. By using a substantial amount of deep purple glitter to line the hair roots between the two high buns, you’re able to have a lot of fun by “over-glittering” (if that’s really such a thing!) your hair and essentially swapping out your hair color entirely for glitter. The result is sparkling beauty without a shocking color, in a way that goes well with unicorn hair and with a deep enough color to not overpower.
19. Tucked French Braid, Shimmering Glitter Hair
This breathtaking glitter hairstyle is absolutely perfect for winter. The shade of blue-grey for the hair is perfectly matched with a silver glitter, and it almost gives an illusion of snow in the hair in and of itself. The tucked French braid is always a lovely style any time of year (particularly in winter, in my opinion!), especially with an unusual hair color like this blue. We always love seeing these kinds of unusual yet not shocking hair colors styled in classic ways, especially when they bring in modern trends, like this hair glitter!
20. Unicorn Mohawk Rainbow Glitter Hair
With this glitter hair trend, you either need to go all out or be super subtle in order to be successful – this is the perfect example of going all out! The flame-blue hair is already a statement of its own, so one might expect adding more color or texture would be overkill, but it really isn’t.
Styled as an updo and with a rainbow and size assortment of glitter lining the side, there’s something just so innovative and fun about this hairstyle that is intoxicating. You might try out a similar style with your own hair color, and see the results shine!
21. Chunky Blue Glitter Roots
Large glitter specks add so much fun and extra color to the glitter hair trend. With standard glitter, you can’t really appreciate the full extent of color like you can with larger squares like in this look.
The blues used tie in beautifully with the double mermaid hair buns and black roots, making the complete look cute and youthful. It’s fun to see the vibrant blue glitter flakes paired with the pastel hair colors, because it makes you appreciate the richness of the hair color in a new way.
22. Purple and Silver Glitter Hair
Plum purple hair is one of the more sophisticated unnatural hair colors you could go with – adding in glitter brings out the playfulness that comes with having a color like that. In this case, larger glitter in silver and purple was used in the center between two high buns with braids, keeping the sparkles encased. It’s a simple yet gleaming use of hair glitter, and thanks to the larger size of the glitter flakes, you get the additional boost from the color as well!
23. Gold-Lined Glitter Hair
Using glitter to line your hair is another beautiful, albeit less common option for the glitter hair trend. In this case, the overall style is classic and sophisticated, with slicked back bangs, and using a lustrous gold glitter to line the front area adds a beautiful highlight.
It adds color to the section, and it’s not too messy of a process compared with other styling options, thanks to the containment. A glitter hairstyle like this is the perfect way to spice up your favorite classic hairstyles and bring a lot of intrigue to your everyday look!
24. Pink and Icy Blue Glitter Hair
With pink hair, the go-to glitter choice would be something easy like pink or silver to complement the bright color. In this case, though, the icy blue used at the center part’s roots is a striking contrast to the pink hair. The colors naturally go well together (they’re classic girl and boy baby colors, after all!) in a non-complementary way, so even though you have the stark contrast, the color combo doesn’t seem so farfetched.
Each color works off of the other – the pink hair makes the blue glitter appear brighter and more lustrous, while the glitter works to make the pink brighter and cuter! It’s a total win-win.
25. Pink-Lined Glitter Hair
Here’s another option if you’re looking to use glitter as a hair liner. It’s clear from the black hair with green highlights that the overall style is edgy, and the luminous pink glitter works against that, making for an interesting clash of styles.
It’s an easy glitter hair option, since it’s not as precise as others, and it shows how striking bright pink can be, even as it’s paired with a lime green as it is here. Again, the pink is working to make the green more jarring, and vice versa!
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