Whether it's for a festival, costume, or just a night out, body glitter can add that final flare to your look. It's great for your cheekbones, collarbones and pretty much anywhere you might want to show off some skin, but what about your hair? If you're wondering whether you can apply body glitter to your hair, you've come to the right place. We've done the research and have an answer for you!
Body glitter can be used in your hair, so go ahead and sparkle! For best results, you should check the packaging. Body glitter, or cosmetic glitter, will often list whether it can be used in your hair or not. However, most glitters will be fine!
Now that you know your hair can sparkle like the rest of your body, keep reading as we discuss this further. We'll also answer some additional questions you might have about body glitter. You'll especially want to keep reading if you're wondering how to make your body glitter because we're going to tell you how!
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Body Glitter For Your Hair
Body glitter comes in different forms. Whether or not you can apply it to your hair generally depends on the type of body glitter you have. Body glitter comes in both gel and loose form. The gel type allows you to apply it directly to your skin whereas for loose glitter you'll have to use an additional medium in order for it to stick.
If you really want to be sure it's okay to use on your hair, choose a cosmetic body glitter that is marketed for use on your body, face, and hair. Cosmetic glitter is designed to be used for makeup and use around your eyes and mouth, so it's perfectly safe for your hair too. The only problem you might encounter is getting it out at the end of the day.
How To Put It In Your Hair
In order to apply the loose glitter to your hair, you can mix it with hair gel in order to get it to stick. Mix it in a small bowl and apply it to your hair using an applicator brush. A dye bowl and brush would work great for this! It's better to choose a body glitter that is fairly large and chunky as it will be easier to comb and wash out.
Can you use normal glitter on hair?
If you already have regular glitter in your craft box at home, you might be wondering if you can just go ahead and use that instead. Normal glitter can be used on your hair. However, you should not use it as a substitute for body glitter.
Normal glitter is sometimes made from sharp, harmful plastics that can irritate your eyes and be dangerous if accidentally consumed. This is why it is important to buy cosmetic-grade glitter. If you want to apply glitter to other parts of your body in addition to your hair, cosmetic glitter is the way to go.
If you are only planning on applying glitter to your hair, you can go ahead and use the normal glitter you have. However, keep in mind that normal glitter can be harmful to the environment. If this is a subject that is important to you, try looking for a biodegradable option.
What goes into making good body glitter?
If you have decided you want to make your own body glitter, it's pretty simple to do so. However, there are some things you can do to ensure you're making good body glitter. The most important part of making a good body glitter is choosing glitter that is safe for use on your body. We touched on this earlier, but you should always choose cosmetic glitter for body glitter.
Next, you'll need to choose a base or adhesive for your body glitter in order for it to stick to your body. Most tutorials will recommend using aloe vera gel which is good for your skin. You can also use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will dry and not leave behind a sticky residue but the glitter will remain.
You can also add in some sunscreen for an added bonus to your body glitter. Since you'll likely be in the sun, this will give your skin a layer of protection along with the sparkle.
How do you make body glitter gel?
Making body glitter gel is actually really easy. For the most simple method, all you will need is aloe vera gel and the glitter you'd like to mix in. As far as equipment, you'll need a bowl, something to mix it with, and something to put it in if you want to keep any that is left over.
We've mentioned this a few times, but we can't stress it enough, that you should use cosmetic glitter for your body!
Mix the aloe vera gel with the glitter. Choose the glitter colors you want and put them into your mixing bowl. Then add the aloe vera gel and stir! You can use a hair dye brush or even just a popsicle stick. That's it! You can then put it straight onto your body and you'll be ready to go.
There are many great video tutorials on how to make body glitter gel if you're more of a visual learner. Check out one below:
How to make body glitter spray
You can also make body glitter sprays. However, this will be more of a shimmer spray than a glitter spray because large pieces of glitter will not be able to fit through the spray mechanism and your bottle will become clogged. Making a body glitter spray is just as easy as making a gel.
What You'll Need
All that changes is the type of aloe vera and glitter you should use. Instead of a gel, you will need aloe vera that is in liquid form. For the glitter, use very fine cosmetic glitter or mica powder. Mica powder is used in all kinds of makeup and comes in many different colors.
Making The Glitter Spray
Grab a small spray bottle and fill it one-half to three-fourths of the way full of your aloe vera liquid. Top the rest off with water. Next, add as much or as little mica powder as you like. Put the lid back on and shake it to mix it all up. Then, you're finished! Test out your new body shimmer!
Can I use hairspray to seal glitter?
You can use hairspray to seal glitter on your hair and on clothing items, but keep it away from the rest of your skin. It's not a good idea to use hairspray to seal body glitter or makeup, so if you've been doing that, you should try to find a different way to keep your makeup in place. Or, just be sure to use a good adhesive when applying your glitter.
Vaseline, aloe vera, hair gel, hand sanitizer, and eyelash glue can all be used to apply body glitter. Experiment with a few to find out which works best for you!
For more glitter inspiration, check out another one of our blog posts here: 11 Glitter Eyeliner Looks To Try Out
Body glitter can definitely be added to your hair, so have fun mixing and matching colors! Hopefully, our article has inspired you to try adding body glitter to your hair. We also hope we've inspired you to get creative and try making your own!
Before you add glitter to your hair, are you sure you're taking care of it after you shower? Check out this blog post on the topic here: After Shower Hair Routine [4 Must-Read Tips]