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. This style is all about movement; it takes on a wet appearance like the surface of water. To create this look, start by giving hair a good wash with a shine-boosting shampoo and conditioner. Next, use a volumizing mousse (be careful not to use too much). Then blow dry each section with a medium-size round brush to add volume and lift at the roots. Finally, add shine spray for an extra boost of glossiness.
To achieve a glossy, lustrous hair texture, Chris Appleton of Color Wow suggests using Dream Coat to prep the hair. “Using Dream Coat on freshly-washed damp hair will pave the way for an extra smooth blow dry so don’t hold back on applying generously. Make sure every strand of the hair is saturated in the product – it’s not heavy and is light as water, so won’t weigh hair down or make it feel greasy or sticky,” says Appleton.
Ky Wilson, a BaByliss Pro ambassador, recommends that you use Dream Coat before styling. However, if your hair is on the drier side, try a quick in-shower hair treatment. Davines Liquid Luster is a smoothing rinse-out treatment for all hair types. The liquid texture allows the hydrating agents to come directly into contact with hair fibers, creating an instant illuminating effect and glass-like finish.
To get a straight look, you need to prep your hair with a clarifying shampoo—especially if you use butters or oils in your normal routine. Use a good quality clarifying shampoo to remove any build-up on the hair and scalp so that your curls will have room to move. Blow-dry your coils with a smoothing serum like the Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother or the Keracare Silken Seal Liquid Sheen Spray. Use a flat brush to straighten each section, and hold the hairdryer to the root. Angle the direction of heat down the hair shaft for even results.
The smaller the section of hair you straighten, the better your hair will move once it is finished. Cox is an enthusiast of chasing a silk press 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.