Hair trends come and go, but healthy, shiny hair never goes out of fashion. One way to produce shine is to use liquid hair – as seen on Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Lopez – which takes on a wet appearance like the surface of water. This style was made popular by Kim Kardashian. Liquid hair is different from glass hair in that it’s all about movement. While sheen can be faked with help from an abundance of hair product, this will not have the right level of flow and movement required for liquid hair. But you don’t actually need to load up on shine spray to create faux flow — all you need is prep!
To create a look like Kim Kardashian’s, Color Wow’s global creative director and hair stylist Chris Appleton recommends prepping your hair with Dream Coat from Color Wow. “It fully transforms the texture of the hair,” he says, “and blocks out humidity to give you that mirror-like liquid shine.”
In addition to styling with a paddle brush, BaByliss Pro ambassador Ky Wilson uses Dream Coat as a thermal protectant before blow-drying. If your hair is dry, though, try Davines Liquid Luster in-shower treatment, which seals in moisture and prevents frizz. “It’s a weightless rinse-out treatment for all hair types,” he says. “Thanks to its liquid texture, the hydrating agents come directly into contact with the hair fibre, creating an instant illuminating effect and glass-like finish.”
If you have Afro-textured hair, it is important to use a clarifying shampoo before using styling products. Clarifying shampoos remove any build-up on the hair and scalp that can affect the way your hair looks. Use a smoothing serum when blow-drying your curls to help straighten each section of hair. Use a flat brush to smooth each section of hair, then blow dry it with the flat brush still attached so that heat is directed down the shaft of each curl. If you want to achieve the best results possible, angle the heat down each hair shaft while blow drying with a flat brush attachment.
To give your hair shine and movement, always straighten small sections at a time. Cox is an enthusiast of the “chase method” in her silk press services in-salon, and it works for liquid hair at home too. Simply take a fine-tooth comb and comb through each section as you pass over with your straightener. It will un-crease any frizz and give you the glossiest finish possible.