Hair enamelling: Get this season's hottest trend

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Model with slicked-back dark hair and dramatic eye make-up.
Models at Caroline Herrera show off hair enameling at 2022 New York Fashion Week. Photo: Getty

Hair enamelling is beauty's hottest new trend, as seen on fashion week catwalks in New York and London.

Unlike many unobtainable looks, this is one of the most wearable trends we've seen in a long time - and it's easy to achieve.


What is hair enamelling?

It's a new take on the wet look.

It gives hair a shellacked shine, without being rock hard.

Think sleek without being overstyled.

Get the look with lightweight hair gels, mousses that don't crunch, hair oils and leave-in treatments that give a healthy gloss.

Two modesl in similar almost strapless gowns and large bauble necklaces have their hair slicked back.
Models at Tory Burch's 2022 New York Fashion Week collection showed off hair enameling. Photo: Instagram @ToryBurch

How to get the look

1. Hydrate your hair

First off, boost your conditioner to get some extra moisture in your hair, and reduce fly-aways and frizz.

ColorWow Money Masque, $45, is a deeply hydrating and strengthening hair treatment.

It's rich in marine actives to deliver super-glossy, supple, and expensive-looking hair.

Bright blue tub of ColorWow Money Masque, $45

2. Choose your products

Look for a lightweight, long lasting gel or mousse.

KMS Hair Play Styling Gel, $25.46, is a good option that gives some shine, but also brushes out easily when you need.

If you prefer a mousse, Schwarzkopf Styling Keratin Hair Mousse, $5.99, will give a similar look.

Brush through and put into a ponytail or bun.

white tube of KMS Hair Play Styling Gel, $25.46, with darker lid
Black bottle of Schwarzkopf Styling Keratin Hair Mousse, $5.99 with gold print.

3. Finish with some high gloss

Complete the look with an extra glossy sheen.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Hair Oil, $64, is a nourishing, multipurpose oil for dry hair.

Work a small amount through to add shine and definition.

If your hair is already in a pony or up-do, it might be easier to use a spray to add the final gleam.

ELEVEN Australia Make Me Shine Spray Gloss, $24.95, is a shine serum that protects from humidity so flyaways and frizz don't pop up.

Spray it on and you'll have glossy, shiny hair in seconds.

Gold bottle of Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Hair Oil, $64,
White bottle of ELEVEN Australia Make Me Shine Spray Gloss, $24.95, with pink writing

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