Glitter roots: How to recreate this sparkly festival favourite

All Things Hair | 01 November 2018
Collage of two models, one with dark brown hair in boxer braids with glitter roots, wearing an animal print shirt and the other a blonde, with her hair in space buns with glitter roots

Get your sparkle on with glitter roots.

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).

How to do glitter roots: What you need & how to get the look


VO5 Galactic Gold Hair Glitter

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.

Close up of a woman with long dark hair in boxer braids, using a paintbrush to dab on glitter roots, wearing an animal print shirt against a green background
Tip: Use a paintbrush (or make-up brush) to dab on your glitter roots. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

VO5 Silver Stardust Hair Glitter

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.

VO5 Fixing Spray For 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.

glitter roots how to: back 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
After trying glitter roots out, you’ll want to rock them all the time! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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…


Blonde woman with space buns and blue glitter roots, wearing a black embroidered velvet jacket and standing against a pink background
Pair your glitter roots with these out of this world space buns! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

True blue

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

Photo of a woman with blonde curly hair with a half-up cornrow braided ponytail with pink and purple glitter roots
Elevate your festival hair game to whole new levels of sparkle. Credit:

Glitter cornrows

Cornrows are already a great festival hairstyle, so why not up make them pretty and practical by adding glitter between your braids like this Instagrammer? Credit: @hairstylesbyemx

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

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 of a woman with dark brown hair in half-up space buns with gold glitter roots
You are gold, baby, solid gold. Credit:

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

Ice queen

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

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

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.

Woman with dark hair in '90s space buns with sprinkled glitter roots, wearing oval sunglasses and star chokers
Go as crazy – or as subtle – as you like. Credit:

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! Credit: @rowisingh

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

Bronze braids

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

Woman with lob length curled silver blonde hair with purple lilac glitter roots in her fringe
Why have greasy roots when you could have glitter roots? Credit:

Fairy dust

Faith, trust, and pixie glitter roots, Tinkerbell would be all over this. Credit: @monarchhairco


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