It’s been a few months size I did the big chop – and I’m still loving it. Short hair is the bomb.com and it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on glam for the party season.
With shorter hair, I have found it a little harder than long hair to curl my tresses with a straightener. I don’t have alot to play with, which means it’s super easy to spot uniform curls… and curls don’t go down to the roots, which means I just don’t get the volume I’m after… until now!
ghd sent me their curve creative wand copper luxe gift set, and it has been the answer to my party-look prayers. It’s unique shape means it’s easy to create different shaped curls easily using a single wand.
ghd challenged me to come up with a look for the festive season, and I’m really excited to share my version of Glitter Roots with you all. Glitter Roots was a red-hot trend for the festival season this year – usually accompanied by pigtails or buns and braids.
Mine take is still at it’s sparkly essence ‘Glitter Roots’ but all grown up – and out for a night on the town!
If you want to see all the instructions step-by-step, check out my video at this bottom of this post!
What you need
- Firm hold Hairspray – I’ve used Schwarzkopf Super Styling Lacquer, Maximum Hold
- Matte Wax (one that sets) – I’ve used Schwarzkopf Full On Glued
- Glitter (bigger is better – see Tips)
- Flat Paintbrush
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Section into four layers;
- Starting at the bottom (closest to your ears); use the ghd Curve Wand to curl the bottom two layers towards your face to create volume under your do;
- Curl third layer away from your face using the smaller end of the ghd Curve Wand;
- For the last layer, section out 2-3 small pieces right at the top and back of your head – curl the rest as per step 3. For those remaining pieces, use the thicker base of the ghd Curve Wand to create big loops feather than curls;
- In any places where you need more volume, tease the hair on the underside of the curl at the roots using a disposable mascara wand;
- Spray with firm hold hairspray and leave to set for a few minutes;
- Brush out using a wide tooth comb; reform the waves using your fingers, set with another spray of hairspray.
- Create a glitter paste using a matte wax and glitter. You can use a little water to get the consistency right, it should have the consistency of a thick paint (or clag glue)
- Paint on the glitter paste, starting the the roots, using a flat paintbrush. Keep building up layers. You can use a wide tooth comb to drag some of the glitter downwards to create a smooth graduated look.
- When you get to a point where your paintbrush is taking off glitter instead of putting it on, pour out some more dry glitter into a container. Spray the glitter side of your hair with some hairspray and using the brush while the hairspray is still wet and tacky, apply more dry glitter. You can use the glitter gel to wet your paintbrush as you continue to build up glitter, focusing on more glitter at the roots, and ombré towards the ends of your hair.
- When happy, set with hairspray to hold all the glitter in place.
- Works best on dirtier hair. Before you start, firmly brush any existing product out. If your hair is clean – blow dry it for volume with mousse; and if your hair is fine add some plumping powder when you teased out the curls.
- Take your side part over further than you usually would for a glam look
- Find large particle glitter – the bigger the better. Fine glitter is difficult to get out and can be damaging to your scalp. I found my pack in a local craft store.
Don’t like reading? Didn’t understand something I wrote? Want to hear my atrocious Australian accent? Lucky you! I filmed the whole thing step-by-step!
I was challenged by ghd to create this party look and recived the Copper Luxe Gift Set including the ghd Curve Wand for inspiration.
I drew inspiration for my Glitter Roots look from my fabulous hairdressers at The Fox and the Hair in Wollongong. Even if you’re not a local – their Instagram account is a MUST FOLLOW for cut, colour and styling inspiration.