I will shamelessly admit that I have an encyclopedic knowledge of Kim Kardashian’s hair travel. From her side bangs circa 2013 to the wet hair look she debuted in 2016, I can pretty much detail – with extreme pride – the reality TV star’s cut and color at all times.
So when the 40-year-old beauty boss started dating smooth, straight, insanely shiny locks in recent weeks (watch her Saturday Night Live glam), it was time to get all the details on the look.
Lucky for me, her go-to hairdresser Chris Appleton offered to give my blonde locks a Kardashian-style makeover and break up the so-called ‘glass hair’ effect, which he dubbed his ‘classic new look’.
And while I (unfortunately) don’t have Appleton waiting to do my hair every morning, I learned a few foolproof tips and tricks for recreating the look at home. Let’s break it down step by step, will you?
The first step in the process is to tuck the majority of your hair into a tightly knitted braid at the base of your skull.. “I’m going to get rid of your hair now,” Appleton joked. While I would have let him cut my hair 100 percent without blinking, such ends were unnecessary. Instead, the Colorwow dream coat, $ 28, and dozens of bobby pins did the job.
“The dream coat for me is something I have to prepare everything with because it gives [the hair] this very beautiful texture, ”he explained. It smoothed the majority of my hair back, except the top layer, with the moisturizer prep.
From there, he gave me two braids which were each held by a small elastic. “We pin them down [the braids] in the back of your neck so you don’t have that bulge in the occipital bone, ”Appleton said. This little hack is the key to achieving a “seamless” look that doesn’t allow flyaways to peek through.
Now on to the fun stuff. Appleton is a huge fan of extensions. How else do you think he achieved Kardashian’s 75 inch Met Gala ponytail ?! While the glass hair effect doesn’t require extensions (you can just use the shine spray and heat), adding a few inches certainly makes you feel like you’re red carpet ready.
But he cautions against gung-ho with clips. “Some people put on too much and then it’s too thick. The thing about this look is if you put on too much you look like all hair – and it’s not that cute, ”he said with a laugh. “The idea is that it’s long, but very thin. That’s what makes him cool.
When applying extensions, start by combing the hair and spraying a little hairspray to “lock in” it. Then cut your rows in a staggered pattern, much like a “brick job”. This will help fill in the gaps.
Give your roots some attention
“I sometimes take the Root coverage, $ 34.50, and darken the roots of the extensions to blend in with your natural hair, ”said Appleton brushing a light brown powder where the clip met my scalp. “It keeps you from having that visible look… it makes it photo proof.” “
Go for glass
Listen ladies and gentlemen, because this next step is the obvious secret weapon, at $ 29, to getting super shiny, ultra-stylish and downright flawless hair like Kardashian’s.
“I use the Extra Shine Spray – it’s my little secret, ”said Appleton. “I saturate the shine spray all over the hair, then I use a hair straightener.” He recommends combing through each strand with the straightener to help “pull it apart” and keep things “smooth.”
“You will see the transformation. This [the Extra Shine Spray] blends into the hair and gives you that mirror shine so the hair looks super shiny, ”Appleton added. “This little bad boy is a must have.”
As for the amount of product to use? Don’t hold back the product – just spray it! “It doesn’t make your hair greasy. No matter how much you put in, it’s not going to get greasy, ”Appleton said. (Let people know that I was going on the second day hair at the time of our appointment, so I can confirm that – even with a lot of product – the hair is not weighing down.)
Respect the hair
Throughout the styling process – and afterwards – giving your locks the love they deserve is a must. This means keeping the heat to a minimum (Appleton recommends 390 max) and moisturizing the hair when you shower.
Appleton swears by the Silver mask, $ 45, resulting in “expensive looking hair” and the Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer, which provides insane volume and gives a brilliant shine without compromising hair health or creating a dry, stiff texture.