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Glass Hair Is The Trend You’re Going To Be Obsessed With This Fall

15 August 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor

When it comes to how we cut, color, and style our hair, we can be inspired by absolutely anything. Everything from our favorite beverages to root vegetables have inspired our hairstyling choices, so it should come as no surprise that the latest hair trend we’re obsessed with is inspired by an everyday object: Glass.

Glass hair upgrades your favorite ‘90s-inspired blunt bob with a dazzling modern finish. Sound like glass hair might be just the style for you? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the style that’s going to dominate next season.

What is glass hair?

Glass hair is what you get when you combine a very blunt, geometric-inspired bob cut with a sleek and smooth style that’s shiny and reflective. To get glass hair, your stylist will begin by cutting a very blunt bob cut. While your mane has to be cut in a blunt bob to be considered glass hair, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with the cut. Feel free to opt for an asymmetrical blunt bob or an angled blunt bob. There are many ways to personalize your look while remaining within the confines of the glass hair category.

Once your stylist has perfected your cut, they’ll decide if you can get the shine you desire simply through styling or if your strands would benefit from a shine service. If you have naturally shiny hair, your stylist will use a flat iron to straighten your hair before finishing your look with a lightweight shine serum. If you have dull strands, your stylist may suggest a shine service.

Matrix Biolage offers an in-salon Sugar Shine Mega Gloss Treatment that can be used on virgin or color treated hair to create celeb-worthy shimmer. The professional high-gloss treatment coats the hair surface giving a lustrous finish.

What kind of maintenance does glass hair require?

Because glass hair is a cut and style, it takes quite a bit of maintenance to keep your mane looking flawless day in and day out. If you want your hair to resemble glass every day, you’ll most likely need to switch up your regular hair care routine.

First, we suggest swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to help keep your strands looking sleek, smooth, and frizz-free like Pureology’s Smooth Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner. The system is formulated to help tame frizz, ease blow-drying, and restore manageability for a perfect blowout. The shampoo and conditioner also have the added benefit of being formulated with heat protection, which means you can begin to protect your hair from heat damage from the first step of your hair care routine.

To ensure your locks have the maximum amount of shine, apply a shine serum with heat protection like Pureology’s Shine Bright Taming Serum to damp locks. Shine Bright Taming Serum can be used on both damp and dry strands, helping your hair look shiny at every step of your styling process. After you finish styling your hair, apply a lightweight product like Mizani’s 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil for a dazzling finish.

At-home maintenance is only half of the battle. To keep your glass hair in tip-top shape, you’ll need to become a regular at your hair salon. The hallmark of glass hair is its very blunt, geometric bob cut. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your hair grows an average of a half inch per month. If you want your hair to look as blunt and glass-like as possible, expect to head to the salon for a trim every four to six weeks.

Interested in advice about the perfect haircut and color for you? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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