How to do glitter roots for festival season 2019

Get your sparkle on with glitter roots.

three Love Island girls with VO5 glitter in their hair


You Will Need

Ready to take your festival hair game up a notch? Then it’s time you tried glitter roots, the hair trend that’s taken the social media world by storm. Festival-goers and celebs like Miley Cyrus and Dakota Fanning have been seen sporting this sparkly hairstyle and, if they can pull it off, so can you – you just need to know how.

Just keep reading below for our step-by-step guide on how to do glitter roots, plus get all the different coloured glitter styling inspiration (and trust us, there’s loads).

What you’ll need:

Step 1: Define your parting

Start with clean hair and brush it through to remove any knots. Then, neatly part your hair into either a centre or side parting — whichever you prefer.

blonde woman with glitter in her hair
Tip: Use a paintbrush (or make-up brush) to dab on your glitter roots.

Step 2: Sprinkle on the glitter

Take some glitter and carefully sprinkle it all over your parting. This can get messy, so we recommend doing this over a sink or old towel in case of glitter spillages.

After you’ve sprinkled some over your hair, use your fingers or a damp brush to gently pat the glitter onto your parting for a more intense look. Depending on the effect you’re after, you can add as much or as little glitter as you like – scroll down for some styling suggestions.

Step 3: Add chunkier stars or sequins

For added pizzazz, sprinkle some chunkier specs of glitter on top of your hair. This second layer of glitter can be a complementary or contrasting colour to the glitter underneath, or it can be shaped glitter specs, like stars or hearts.

If you’re after a colour that matches everything and shows up well even on darker hair, opt for an iridescent silver, like the VO5 Silver Stardust Hair Glitter.

Step 4: Apply a fixing spray

Set your hair glitter roots in place by spritzing your mane with some VO5 Fixing Spray For Glitter. This fine spray works to fix glitter to the hair, helping you keep your style in place throughout the day. Spray it in short, even bursts over areas of the hair where glitter has been applied so that it stays put.

Blonde woman with braided glitter roots spraying fixing spray
Don’t forget fixing spray to lock your look in place. Credit: Emily Scarlett Romain

Step 5: Final look

And there you have it: sparkly, double-tap worthy strands that’ll shine while you’re rocking out at your favourite festivals.

Glitter roots hair inspiration we love

Now you know how to do glitter roots, it’s time for the fun part – choosing your colours and what kind of look you want to go for. Here’s some of our favourite glitter roots looks to get you started…

True blue

Wait a second…space buns, glitter roots, Miley Cyrus – is that you?

Brunette woman with space buns and blue glitter roots, wearing a black embroidered velvet jacket
Pair your glitter roots with these out of this world space buns!

Glitter boxer braids

Did you even go to a festival if you didn’t rock boxer braids?

glitter roots how to: close up shot of woman with glitter roots in her dark chocolate brown hair, fashioned into boxer braids and decorated with silver blue glitter roots, wearing a leopard print festival outfit
When it comes to glitter, more is more! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Glitter cornrows

Cornrows are already a great festival hairstyle, so why not make them pretty and practical by adding glitter next to your braid?

Mixed rave woman with a side braid and glitter
Elevate your festival hair game to whole new levels of sparkle.

Chunky purple glitter

It’s not just the rainbow colours that make glitter roots so much fun, you can also experiment with different sized fine and chunky glitter for something really unique.

Close-up shot of a woman with dark blonde hair with chunky purple glitter roots and two unicorn braids with her hair down and straight, wearing an animal print top
Use different sized glitter chunks to give your glitter roots a more statement look. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Gilded gold

Wondering how to do glitter roots on darker brunette or even black hair? Metallic silvers and golds really pop against darker hues and guarantee a standout look. Credit: @glittershackau

Woman with dark brown hair in a half-up beehive with gold glitter roots
You are gold, baby, solid gold.

Ice queen

Channel the wintery ice queen vibes with nordic blonde, Khaleesi braids and mystical glitter roots. Credit: @ioanna.myway

Woman with icy silver grey curly long hair in braided space buns with silver glitter roots
Silver blonde hair makes the perfect canvas. Credit:

Holo candyfloss

The best part about glitter roots? If you colour your hair, you can use the glitter as a handy distraction as your roots grow out.

Photo of a woman with candyfloss pink curly hair in braided space buns with holographic glitter roots
Pastel hair and glitter roots, this is what festival hair dreams are made of. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Subtle sparkle

Glitter roots are for life, not just for festivals. Whether it’s a ’90s throwback party or adding a touch of Christmas glitz for the holiday season, a subtle sprinkle of glitter is all you need to sparkle!

Blonde woman with half up bun and glitter
Go as crazy – or as subtle – as you like.

Bronze braids

Beach or pool party, this bronze glitter braid will keep you cool and looking amazing this summer. Credit: @charlheaneyibizahair

Back view of a blonde with two Dutch braided space buns with copper bronze glitter roots
Be a bronzed goddess. Credit:

Fairy dust

Faith, trust, and glitter roots, Tinkerbell would be all over this.

brunette woman with hair slicked back with glitter
Why have greasy roots when you could have glitter roots?


You Will Need

Sign up to our newsletter and get exclusive hair care tips and tricks from the experts at All Things Hair.