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Glitter Hair: The Trend Redheads Should Avoid This Summer

There are safer ways to add sparkle to your red hair

glitter hair

We all love a good sparkle — especially in the summer months when the sun is shining and weather is sweet. Recently, there’s been a trend going around social media to get “glitter hair”. The trend involves adding craft glitter to clear shampoo, washing your hair, and then rinsing out the shampoo to leave some of the glitter behind.

Why it’s dangerous

We don’t know if this works, but we do know it might not be a good idea. First, craft glitter isn’t meant for the body or hair. It could cause scalp irritation and even some damage to your hair. If you use heat on hair that has small bits of plastic in it, it could melt and bond to the hair, damaging it permanently. Additionally, craft glitter could clog up your drain causing some serious home issues. Here is a “tutorial” from a TikToker showing how they apply glitter to the hair in the shower: 


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♬ original sound – 🩰💐 Barbie Nostalgia 💐🩰

Safe ways to add sparkle to your red hair:

If you want your red hair to sparkle, there are a few healthy, safe ways you can go about it. Skip the craft glitter and try one of these instead. 

1. Hair Tinsel

Hair tinsel is a quick and easy way to add some sparkle to your hair. You can install hair tinsel in your own hair, or head to the salon and have in installed. Just make sure you find one that’s heat safe — especially if you like to straighten or blow dry your hair.


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♬ ready or not – senia


Putting in HAIR TINSEL little tutorial #hairtinsel #hairstyle #fyp #foryou #hairtok

♬ original sound – Kirby_J


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♬ original sound – GrooveGenius – GrooveGenius

2. Hair Glitter Spray

Use a biodegradable hair glitter spray like the Eva NYC Kween Silver Body and Hair Glitter Spray. The key here is to use something that’s made for the hair and is biodegradable. If you do use a glitter spray, make sure you wash it out really well to avoid irritation or build up, especially on the scalp. 

3. Hair Gems

These super cute temporary hair gems are a great way to add a little sparkle without any of the damage. You simply stamp them onto the hair and let the sticky back hold them in place. Pluck them off when you’re done and wash your hair like normal.


A little bedazzleee ✨ search gem stamped on Amazon! 💗 #hairideas #hairstyles #90shair

♬ Sex and the City (Main Theme) – TV Sounds Unlimited

4. Hair Jewelry 

If you want to add some shine without the glitter, try some silver or gold hair jewlery. You can attach it to your hair with small slips, weave it through braids or add it to your hair-tie or hair clip. 


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♬ Beethoven Symphony No.9-2 – 中央歌剧院

5. Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

Finally Glossy® is a special shampoo to help strengthen, shine, and add hydration to red hair. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil, and green tea. This is NOT a color-depositing shampoo. It is red because we want it to feel satisfying when applying. It’s just for appearance and will not edit your red hair. It is suitable for frequent washes and for ALL shades of red hair. Are you ready to add a natural radiance to your red hair?

Finally Glossy Shampoo: $27

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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