How to DIY Glitter Hair Gel for Summer Parties and Festivals

Unorthodoll
by Unorthodoll

Today, I’m going to show you how to make glitter hair gel. Making a DIY glitter hair gel allows you to choose colors, and mix colors, and it’s a fun project to get the creative juices flowing. Hair gel with glitter is bound to glam up any hairdo.

Tools and materials:

  • Hair gel
  • Bowl
  • Mixing utensil
  • Variety of glitter
DIYing glitter hair gel

I tried to make this project as gentle and eco-friendly as possible because I knew I was going to be washing it out of my hair. I also wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be a problem to get it on my scalp and skin. I used an alcohol-free styling gel and bio-degradable glitter.


I did some experimenting with the measurements and found that a 1:1 ratio was just right. I used 1 tablespoon of hair gel per 1 tablespoon of glitter.


If you want your gel to be more densely sparkly you can go as high as a 3:1 ratio of glitter to gel. I also tried mixing different glitter colors to get some interesting and one-of-a-kind results.

DIYing glitter hair gel

1. Antique gold

The first mixture I made was gold, silver, and mother of pearl. I put a 1:1 ratio of gel in a bowl for each color. Then I added the glitter and mixed it. I loved the results.

DIYing glitter hair gel

It looks like an antique gold color. I think it would look amazing highlighting some rope braids or a French braid. I used it to highlight my high ponytail.

Applying DIY glitter hair gel

2. Mermaid scales

I wanted the next color to look like mermaid scales. I used 2 teaspoons of silver, 2 teaspoons of mother of pearl, and a bit more than 2 teaspoons of the super chunky turquoise.


When I mixed it with the gel it was a bit harder to mix because of the chunky turquoise but it came out beautiful. It looked icy and silvery in the jar but once I spread it looked more sheer and the turquoise really stood out.

Applying DIY glitter hair gel

3. Application and advice

To apply the gel I kept my hair simple with a slicked-back high ponytail. I tried it two different ways. First I used the mermaid glitter and painted it onto my roots using my fingers.


There was some fall-out because of the large pieces. Next time, I will either use more gel or I will prep it with some sticky hairspray and spray it down with more hairspray once the glitter has been applied. Then I tried the gold and champagne glitter using the same method. Those ones stuck much better and had much less fall-out because of the fine glitter.


The second way I tried using it was to spread it through my ponytail as a light coating. I used the silver glitter for this because it had the smallest pieces. I rubbed it in with my hands, which worked, but also made a huge mess.


Next time, I would probably mix it with another glob of hair gel in my hands before applying it and would just repeat the process to make it more sparkly. I also recommend sealing the whole thing with hairspray.

DIY glitter hair gel
DIY glitter hair gel

DIY glitter hair gel

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make glitter gel for hair. For me, the final result was extremely pretty and extremely messy. Leave me a comment and let me know how your DIY glitter hair gel turned out.


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