Shiny, healthy hair never goes out of fashion. Liquid hair, as seen on Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian, is the latest way to wear shine. The name is appropriate for this look: it’s so shiny it takes on a wet appearance like the surface of water. Glass hair was all the rage a few years back; however, liquid hair requires different methods than glass hair because its all about movement. While sheen can be faked with the help of an abundance of hair product, it won’t have the right level of flow and movement required for liquid hair. It seems that you don’t actually need to load up on shine spray to do so: in order to achieve this finish, it’s actually all about prep!
To achieve Kim Kardashian’s liquid hair looks, Chris Appleton of Color Wow says you need to pre-style with the right products. He recommends using Color Wow Dream Coat on damp hair, which will provide a smooth foundation for styling.
Ky Wilson, a BaByliss Pro ambassador, recommends Dream Coat as the best styling product to use before styling. If your hair is on the drier side, an in-shower treatment like Davines Liquid Luster will seal in moisture and prevent frizz. “I love this product because 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, you may want to use a clarifying shampoo. This will help remove buildup from your hair and scalp. A smoothing serum will also make your hair look smoother and shinier. Use a flat brush to straighten each section of your hair, and hold the hairdryer at least 10 inches away from your head while drying your hair. You can achieve the best results by heating up the hair closest to the root first instead of the end.
Depending on how straight you want your hair to be and how curly it is at the moment, determine how many sections of hair you will straighten. For example, if you have very curly hair and want it to be completely straight, you would straighten all sections of hair. However, if you just want to tame a few fly-aways around your face or give a slight wave in your hair, then only straighten a few sections. The smaller the section you straighten, the better the movement your hair will have once finished. Cox is an enthusiast of the “chase method” within 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.