Kelsea Jensen
Updated on January 18, 2021

Made popular in the ’90s, hair tinsel is back in full force. It’s not just for celebrities and people with colorful unicorn hair, hair tinsel can upgrade anyone’s look. You can find a color that coordinates with your hair (gold for blondes, silver for gray, copper for red, brown for brunettes, and black for the darkest shades) or choose any shade of the rainbow to stand out from your own color. Looks range from a few subtle strands to full-blown goddess — a whole head of glitter!

What Is Hair Tinsel?

Stylists use different application techniques to apply glitter extensions to your hair, but the longest-lasting method is the single knot, recommended by Goddess Glitter. With its signature application method, extensions are tied onto individual hairs using a latch hook. Each extension will stay in until the hair sheds naturally so you’ll be sparkling for up to six weeks. They can also enhance your natural color or accentuate a bold color.

Long Bob And Hair Tinsel

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The extensions are made to be versatile; they can be worn for one special occasion or for up to six weeks for an everyday shimmer. The strands are designed to be low maintenance and easily incorporated into your daily routine. You can wash, brush, and style it however you like, hair tinsel is heat resistant up to 400o F!

Pastel Pink Bob With Tinsel

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This ease of use makes it the perfect accessory for multiple-day festivals, such as Burning Man or weeklong getaways. You can have Instagram-worthy hair every day without spending any extra time in the mornings! Even children can wear hair tinsel, but only if they are patient enough to sit still through application.

Over 50 Gray Bob With Tinsel

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How to Apply Glitter Hair Extensions?

Anyone can learn how to apply hair tinsel. Typically hairstylists take the time to learn the technique because they have a clientele to share the shimmer with, but anyone with some dexterity and an installation kit can install glitter extensions. Applying tinsel to yourself might be a different story, your arms will be sore and your eyes a bit strained from watching the process in the mirror but, with practice, it is possible! It can take a few tries before you’re totally confident applying the extensions; use wigs or close friends to try out your new skills! For professional hairstylists, it is essential to learn and practice before you have a paying client in your chair wanting tons of tinsel.

Celebrity Trendsetters

The first celebrity to bring hair tinsel majorly mainstream was Beyoncé at the 2010 Grammy Awards. This year, she won an award for her hit “Single Ladies” and dazzled us all with her golden strands.

Beyonce And Glitter Extensions

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More recently, Kasey Musgraves took tinsel to the extreme with a ponytail loaded with gold and fuschia hair tinsel worn for her performance in New Orleans, LA.

This trend isn’t just sweeping through the U.S., K-Pop stars, like Heize, are bringing hair tinsel to their international audiences.

Instagram Tips for Hair Tinsel Looks

To get the best pictures of your dazzling ’do, take photos in a not-so-bright room with one light source to make the glitter extensions shine. The best way to capture the real effect of your hair tinsel is to take videos; for this style, movement is key! Capture every single sparkle with the KiraKira app; it’s specially designed to bring glittering objects to life in photos and videos.

Make sure to place the tinsel strands where they will be the most visible. And, when applying to a client’s hair, be sure to ask where they part their hair and how they typically style it. Shorter strands can be added to the main piece for an extra illuminating effect.

Hair Tinsel For Center Parted Hair

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Get all the glitter inspiration you need by following @goddessglitterhair on Instagram. Those who are really inspired can get an installation kit and glitter hair tinsels at our website!

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