Make Your Hair the New Gold Standard

These low-key, shining hair styles will add some much-needed sparkle to your look this season.

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Fewer Flowers, More Gold

Sure, gold-accented hair's been done before—on runways and red carpets alike—but it's a trend we foresee being en vogue for a while, especially during this upcoming festival season. Forget about toting your flower crowns to Coachella and Governors Ball, and embrace the golden and glittering sprays and gels that can transform any hair style, type, or length.

Get inspired with these glitzy yet simple creations, and your hair will be glowing under the sun, whether you're jamming to Missy Elliott and Frank Ocean at FYF Fest or basking outside during a Snap-worthy weekend in the woods.

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Golden Look No. 1: The Part-ner

The sleek parted look from the Dries Van Noten spring 2014 show. Photograph courtesy of Getty
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Anyone can part their hair, whether they're working with a long, wavy mane or a teeny-weeny Afro. Now that that's established, it's time to freshen up your side or middle part with the Midas touch.

The Technique: Once you've used a comb to create a part, dip a small makeup brush or cotton swab into your pot of gold gel. Apply the gold formula directly onto your scalp in a straight line. (Feel free to add as much as you like—that will definitely up the shine factor!) Let it dry and be on your merry way!

Hair Glitter in Gold by Major Moonshine, $28,

Andromeda Hair Glitter Gel, $25,

Golden Look No. 2: The Braid Buddy

Nothing's better than a little touch of gold on the roots. Photograph courtesy of @riawna

Whether you're sporting a French braid, a loose fishtail, or box braids, flank and streak them with some golden sheen for kicks and chill glamour.

The Technique: Once your braids are secure, paint or spray on accents in any way you want. You can dab gold onto the roots around a middle cornrow or spray some onto different notches of a thick braid for a surprising pattern.

Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel in Glam Gold, $10,

Spray-On Color in Gold/Silver Glitter by BWild, $6,

Golden Look No. 3: The Gilded Pony

Who are you, you golden goddess of Pinterest?

Transform your typical ponytail by faking the dip-dye treatment. If you think about it, you'll get multiple styles out of this if you decide to let your pony loose and allow the golden ends to brush against your jaw, your shoulder, or wherever your hair may fall.

The Technique: This one's easy! Throw your hair up into a ponytail (and if you're feeling cheeky, try some low pigtails). Spray the ends with as little or as much gold spray as you want. For added shine, apply another metallic, such as silver or rose gold, to the mix!

Show Off Gold Dust, $24,

Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray by Joico, $3,

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