How To Put Glitter In Your Hair, And Keep It There

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Scrolling through Instagram for beauty ideas is one of my most cherished pastimes. I love testing out all of the fun looks I find there--no matter the results.

A few months ago I was screenshotting and double-tapping my way through feeds in search of inspiration when something stopped me mid-scroll. R+Co had posted a simple tip for New Year’s Eve glitter hair, and it looked so pretty and so easy that I immediately knew I needed to put it to the Instagram vs. Reality test. I'm happy to report this unbelievably beautiful style is 100% doable.

Start with any glitter of your choosing (I picked golden dots to avoid any scalp issues) and R+Co’s Continental Glossing Wax. 

A malleable balm, Continental Glossing Wax is the perfect consistency for trapping glitter on your hair, and it smells great to boot.

r and co continental glossing wax

You’re ready to get glittering.

Rub your fingers in the wax product until it melts a bit and apply it to your root area, or elsewhere if you’re creating a glitter patch.

gold glitter in hair

Pat the glitter onto your waxed hair.

Let your fingers graze the glitter (I poured some into a little bowl for easy access) and pat it into the waxy bits on your hair. 

The glitter should stick immediately, giving your roots a spectacular, slicked-down sparkle effect.

brushing glitter in hair

You could stop here, but for something slightly more subtle, take a comb or hair brush and move it through your mane, starting at the roots. 

The light wax will move through your hair, carrying the glitter with it, and the results should resemble a starry night sky.

glitter in hair


gold hair glitter

...and sparkly.

This might be the best glitter hair method I’ve seen yet!

  • Have you tried glitter hair?
  • What are you tricks for getting glittery? Do tell!