Glitter hair and glitter roots are super popular looks right now, but it can be hard to get all that glitter out once youíre ready to go to sleep! You can use an oil mask to loosen up the glitter and then wash it out with shampoo, or you could try blotting the glitter away with a paper towel saturated with hairspray. When you first apply the glitter, use a small amount of oil on your hairline before putting the glitter onóthis will make it a bit easier to remove at the end of the night.

EditRemoving Glitter with Oil and Shampoo

  1. Shake your hair out as thoroughly as possible while youíre outside. Flip your hair upside down so the glitter doesnít get all over your clothes. If you can, run your fingers through your hair and gently shake it out.[1]

    • Be gentle when doing this. You donít want to accidentally rub the glitter into your scalp and risk irritating your skin.

  2. Apply a natural oil to your hair from roots to tips. Use either olive oil or coconut oil and work it through your dry hair until it is completely covered. As you do this, you may notice glitter starting to come off on your handsóthatís totally okay! Just keep working and ignore your hands for now. Youíll wash them later.[2]

    • Baby oil also works well for this process.

  3. Massage the oil into your hair for 2 to 3 minutes. Use your fingers to really work that oil into the parts of your hair that are most saturated with glitter. Whether itís your scalp or the tips of your hair, gently massage the areas to loosen the glitter as much as possible.[3]

    • Once youíre done, wash your hands with gentle soap and warm water to get the oil and glitter off of your hands.

  4. Let your hair soak in the oil for 10 to 15 minutes. The oil will loosen the glitter and get between it and your hair. Avoid setting your head against furniture or pillows so that the oil doesnít stain the fabric. If you want, clip your hair up on top of your head so that it doesnít get on your clothes.[4]

    • Donít brush your hair out yet. You may be tempted to work the oil through your hair with a brush, but doing so will just make the brush oily and glittery.

  5. Shampoo your hair as normal to remove the glitter. After the 10 minutes are up, use your normal shampoo and warm water to wash your hair. Avoid using cold water, as it will make it harder to wash all the oil out of your hair. Make sure to really spend a few minutes massaging your scalp and thoroughly rinsing out the shampoo to make sure all the glitter is gone.[5]

    • If it feels like your hair is still oily after the shampoo has been rinsed out, wash your hair a second time.

EditBlotting Glitter with Hairspray

  1. Spray a paper towel with hairspray until it is saturated. It doesnít matter what kind of hairspray you use for this glitter-removing process. What matters the most is that you really saturate the power towel so that itís damp and completely covered.[6]

    • If youíre sensitive to the smell of hairspray, try doing this outside or in a well-ventilated space.

  2. Blot your scalp with the paper towel to remove glitter. Work along your part line and focus on the sections that have the most build-up. Use an up-and-down motion rather than a back-and-forth rubbing motion.[7]

    • Because the glitter might fall off of the paper towel at some point, try to do this while standing in the shower or over a towel so that the excess glitter doesnít get all over your home.
    • If the paper towel is covered with glitter and there are no more clean areas available, go ahead and prepare a new paper towel.

  3. Pat the strands of your hair with the paper towel to dislodge more glitter. Once youíve dislodged most of the glitter from your scalp, go ahead and start working on the rest of your hair. Take the hairspray-soaked paper towel and wrap it around sections of your hair to blot up more glitter.[8]

    • Work in sections so that you do the most thorough job possible.

  4. Repeat the process until the paper towel is coming away clean. This may take 10 to 15 minutes, but itíll really help to dislodge a lot of glitter and make the clean-up process that much easier.[9]
  5. Shower to remove any glitter that remains behind. Showering will remove whatever glitter is still on your hair, plus itíll get rid of the hairspray residue. Make sure to massage the shampoo into your scalp really well and thoroughly rinse away all the suds.[10]

    • Glitter and hairspray have the potential to really dry out your hair, so make sure to condition your locks. You could even apply a hydrating hair mask to give your hair some extra TLC.

EditApplying Easy-to-Remove Glitter

  1. Style your hair before applying any glitter to make sure itís visible. Instead of putting glitter all over your hair first, get your locks into the look you prefer, whether thatís a straight down-the-middle part, beautiful braids, or space buns.[11]

    • If you were to put glitter all over your hair and then pull it back, most of the glitter wouldnít be visible. This is why itís a great idea to style your hair first, then put on glitter.

  2. Spray a light coat of hairspray to create a barrier between your hair and the glitter. The hairspray will also help keep your hair in place. At the end of the day, itíll make it a little easier to remove.[12]

    • All you need for this part of the process is a light dusting of hairspray. Youíll be able to add more later once the glitter is in place to really lock in your style.

  3. Apply some oil to your roots before putting on the glitter. Use a clean makeup brush to evenly spread a really thin layer of coconut oil or olive oil along your roots. The oil will help the glitter stick in place, plus itíll make it easier to wash off later.[13]

    • Avoid using oil over your entire head of hair. It could make it look greasy and ruin the look youíre going for.

  4. Shake, spread, and disperse the glitter over the oil to create your look. There are tons of different kinds of glitter to choose from, from fine glitter to chunky glitter to myriads of colors. Use the glitter as a fine dusting or really pile it on for a glamorous effect.[14]

    • Some hair glitters come in a gel form already. If thatís the case, you donít need to worry about putting oil on your roots.


  • You can also use tape or a lint roller to remove excess glitter from your hair. Just be carefulóyour hair could get tangled in the tape.
  • If you really need all the glitter out of your hair ASAP, consider booking a wash at a Salon. Theyíll be able to wash, rinse, and repeat until all the glitter is gone.

EditThings Youíll Need

EditRemoving Glitter with Oil and Shampoo

  • Coconut or olive oil
  • Shampoo

EditBlotting Glitter with Hairspray

  • Paper towels
  • Hairspray
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

EditApplying Easy-to-Remove Glitter

  • Hairspray
  • Coconut or olive oil
  • Clean makeup brush
  • Glitter


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