Tips for removing glitter from your hair post-Halloween

Beth | 03 October 2018
glittery hair of a long hair woman with glamourous makeup

Because finding glitter in your hair 2 weeks after the party isn’t fun.

Halloween is upon us and we all know what that means – glitter. Now don’t get us wrong, we love glitter. And when we say love, we mean really love. From glitter roots to glitter undercuts to actual unicorn hair, the glitter love is real. But once the party is over and you’re stuck with it in your hair for work days later, it’s not quite as fun.

Luckily for you, though, our glitter obsession has meant we’ve pretty much become pros at removing the stuff. So, if you’re planning on getting your spooky sparkle on this Halloween, take the stress out of the post-party clean up process with these tried-and-tested glitter removal hacks.

Glitter removal tips: How to remove glitter from your hair & scalp


brunette woman with her hair in space buns with glitter roots and a unicorn horn
Glitter: It can be your best friend and your worst enemy. Credit:

1. Brush your hair

Before you do anything, start by brushing your hair to try and loosen up the glitter and remove the largest chunks. If you’ve got one, a boar bristle brush is best for this as the natural bristles help to stimulate the scalp, remove any stuck on glitter, and detangle your strands- which will come in handy later on. Credit: @laurenfink

2. Blot with hairspray

Okay, so hear us out on this one. You might be thinking ‘why would I use hairspray when I’m trying to remove glitter?’, but this tip genuinely works. All you need to do is spray some hairspray on a tissue (a strong hold one such as the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray works best) and use it to blot your roots.

The tacky formula will help to pick up any stray flakes of glitter, meaning you’ll have less glitter to deal with when you actually come to wash your hair.

back view of a woman with silvery grey hair in upside down braided space buns with a zig zag glitter parting
A fine tooth comb will be your de-glittering best friend. Credit:

3. Pre-condition your hair

Next, hop in the shower and get your hair wet. But instead of shampooing first as normal, do it in reverse and condition first with a moisturising conditioner like the Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner. Why? Because conditioning the hair makes it slippery and this makes the glitter easier to remove.

Apply conditioner all over your hair from root to tip, then use a fine tooth comb to comb through your mane. Credit: @hair_by_demii

4. Shampoo your hair

Once you’ve washed your conditioner out, follow up with a clarifying shampoo, such as the TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

Make sure to really massage the product into your scalp with your fingertips to remove any stubborn traces of glitter, as well as product build-up from any heat protection or styling products you used to get your party look.

TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask

5. Use a treatment

Odds are, your poor strands have probably been through quite a lot with curling/straightening/crimping and dry shampoo, so it deserves some TLC after all that.

The TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask is an intensive conditioner for hair that’s been subject to heat and styling, helping to strengthen your mane and leaving it feeling really soft.

VO5 Rebel Rose Shimmer

6. Try something different!

Wish there was an easier way? If you really can’t face the removal process, you could always try using another method to get your glitter hair on point.

The VO5 Rebel Rose and Cosmic Gold Shimmers are a more subtle alternative to chunkier glitters and as they’re so fine, they give a more subtle result, too. Our favourite part, though, is that they come in a handy dabber format so there’re no worries about there being a glitter explosion all over your dressing table!

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