How To: DIY a Gold Leafed Short Hair Style It pays to have a pixie cut by Najva Sol It may not look like it now, but once upon a time (before this massive pile of curls) I had a super minimal haircut. Lots was happening: gender things and traveling things and not-wanting-to-deal-with-deep-conditioning things. For the most part, having a short hair style was awesome. The only issue was that as soon as I had to start thinking about getting fancy, I’d panic. It took a whole pack of bobby pins for me to make an updo that felt presentable. Instead of turning myself into helmet-head, I’d generally just slick it back and opt for big earrings or get a little heavy handed with the faerie dust eyeshadow. While those were both totally legitimate sparkle and shine options, I had never stopped to consider the possibility of making my hair, itself, be the gilded object of attention. At least, not till I saw the photos from this jaw-dropping wedding. (See a little preview above!) I absolutely had to know how that gold leaf was just… floating in Lilly’s hair. That’s when magician stylist Teri Anne from The Cutlery offered APW a peek behind the curtain, so I could see how the look came to be (and share it with you!). Turns out, Lilly had been inspired by some gold leaf short hair shots on Pinterest, and asked Teri if she knew how to work that into the wedding look. Luckily, Teri’s also a makeup artist, and after a bit of experimentation, they struck gold! (Don’t mind the puns.) So now, I humbly present, instructions for a gold leafed do for pixie hair that stays put, even with a little wild dancing. For the product junkies in the house, we’ve even included the products Teri used to get Lilly’s hair ready. Prep: Shampoo and condition hair (Label M Honey/Oat Shampoo and Conditioner) Towel dry then lightly spray with a volumizing hair spray (Label M Blow Out Spray) Blow dry hair to about eighty percent dry then apply a texturizing product (Label M Souffle) Application: 1. Lightly hairspray the area to be covered in gold leaf. 2. Apply a small amount of eyelash glue to the area where gold leaf is to be placed. 3. Tear a small piece of gold leaf off and lightly place on your hair. Pro tip: Use the back of a makeup brush to break up the gold leaf. 4. Continue application until you create a design you think is awesome. 5. Finish with light spray to hold all that shine in place! Najva Sol Director of Digital Strategy Najva Sol is a queer Iranian-American writer, photographer, branding consultant, artist, and ex-poet. She’s the token staff Slytherin and—while formally based in Brooklyn—tends to travel as much as possible. Storytelling is her life, but making chicken broth is a close second.