How to achieve liquid hair, the super-smooth style taking over social media

If it's good enough for JLo, it's good enough for us

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Despite high temperatures and even higher humidity, the liquid hair trend appears to be rising in popularity and inspiring celebrities to show off their sleek, well-maintained locks. 

Shiny, smooth, straight—these are all terms that come to mind whenever the 'do sweeps across our feeds. If you're attempting to give bun hacks a brief pause, read on and we'll tell you how to perfect the liquid hair look.

Liquid hair: What is it and how to do it?

Think a vibrant, buttery (figuratively, of course), silky salon-approved 'do. As you are aware, a hair trend like this is enough to pull any look together. It's chic. It's empowering. It's...kind of hard to pull off in the summer, but we're never one to refuse a challenge!

Plus, if it's good enough for JLo, it's certainly good enough for us! No need to tell us twice.

Straightening seems like the obvious answer for perfecting the liquid hair a la JLo and friends, but there are a few extra steps to ensure that you're pulling off the trend correctly. (Humidity be damned!)

1. Invest in the proper tools

The Tineco Moda One Ionic smart hair dryer proves just how smart some devices can be. By measuring the moisture levels of your hair roughly every 20 seconds, it'll help prevent damage and breakage. Plus, it emits ions that are believed to make your blowout more manageable and increase shine. *Ding, ding, ding!*

Tineco Moda One Smart Ionic Hair Dryer | $299,  £259

A smart device that dries your hair based on each strands' level of moisture. It includes Manual, Cool, Pet, Kids, and Eco Modes.
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2. Stock up on a good product

Once again, we're turning to JLo for advice. This time, we're snagging her hairstylist Chris Appleton's MONEY masque for a glossy finish. For optimal results, the hair expert suggests using the product after you’ve shampooed your hair, and then apply it to your roots and ends. Rinse after five minutes. Results are said to last for up to three days.

Chris Appleton's MONEY MASQUEDeep Hydrating Hair Treatment | $45

A hair mask that "penetrates deep to help strengthen, repair and renew suppleness."

Grow Gorgeous, Hair Growth Serum Original, £30

Suitable for all hair types, this serum is like the fountain of youth for your hair. Each ingredient helps to do something specific: hyaluronic acid keeps things smooth and silky whilst the organic pea sprout extract stimulates roots for denser and thicker-looking hair. And, it smells pretty great too. 

For use on towel-dried, simply apply 20 drops to your scalp followed by a scalp massage and finally pull the product through to the ends. View Deal

3. Go the natural route

Yes, a little apple cider vinegar for hair is a thing—it isn't just reserved for your kitchen adventures. According to Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist at the Yale School of Medicine, the acidity of apple cider vinegar closes your hair's cuticles, which in turn makes it shinier and even better able to reflect light.

4. Cut your hair regularly 

How often should you cut your hair? We break it down for you by hair type and length to ensure that your strands are their healthiest. And, of course, healthy hair makes it easier for you to attempt any style you'd like!

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.