Because finding glitter in your hair 2 weeks after the party isn’t fun.
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 sparkle on over the festival season, take the stress out of glitter with these tried-and-tested hacks.
Glitter removal tips: How to remove glitter from your hair & scalp
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 have less glitter to deal with when you actually come to wash your hair.
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’ve been using to get your festival looks.
5. Use a treatment
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.
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 festival 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 in your camping bag!