Updated 12:17 pm EDT, March 11, 2024

Published 05:56 pm EST, December 1, 2023

Glitter in Gold: Make-Up for Your Hair

By Ava Svobodová

Zara launches Glitter in Gold, “make-up for your hair,” designed with Guido Palau and starring Kaia Gerber, for the holiday season.

By Ava Svobodová

Updated 12:17 pm EDT, March 11, 2024

Published 05:56 pm EST, December 1, 2023

Almost two decades ago, Zara catapulted into the beauty sphere with its coveted fragrance line. Then, in 2021, its beauty offering expanded once more with the introduction of Zara Make-Up. Now, as the 2023 holiday season approaches, Zara Hair makes its mark in the beauty arena once more with Zara GLITTER IN GOLD.

Renowned hair stylist, creative director, and longtime Zara collaborator Guido Palau formulated, curated, and designed this new line. “A little teaser of what’s to come.” This four-piece amuse-bouche is a bold introduction to what lies ahead for Zara Hair in 2024.

Glitter in Gold

Zara GLITTER IN GOLD, launching November 30, 2023, is a high-impact, fashion-focused drop comprising two gold-themed styling products and two styling accessories. It celebrates the brand’s first furor into the hair sphere. It’s a nod to Zara’s position as a premier destination for fashion for all, “from hair to toe.”

Guido’s inimitable creative prowess lies behind this micro-collection of user-friendly products for Zara’s sophisticated customers. This is “make-up for your hair,” he explains. “You can update your hair and make it look fun just for a night.” 

Gold Gel

"This product is based on make-up, like when you put on highlighter and then add a shimmer on top. It isn't brassy at all; instead, it has a coolness to its color." - Guido Palau

First is the Gold Gel, a soft, white-gold cream that works like a cheekbone highlighter to accentuate the hair’s natural shine. Non-brassy in color, it has a delicate coolness and can be built up gradually for dramatic effect or subtly applied for a glint of gold. It is designed to “kiss the hair,” not smother it.

“I was inspired by the way light hits the hair and the shimmer that reflects off it. It’s the idea of a reflection on your hair. The gel emphasizes the shine, and you can make that as strong as you want by adding more and more. I like to put it on my finger or in the palm of my hand and skim it along the hair. Or simply put it on the tip of my finger and kiss the hair with it.”

Gold Glitter Spray

"It's sophisticated in its application and end result."  - Guido Palau

The Gold Glitter Spray complements its partner and is an effortless addition to a beauty routine before an evening out. Nonchalant if its user requires, but with the potential for impact, it sprays on like a soft mist. “This glitter spray is incredibly fine in its application. So much so that when it comes out, you don’t see it at first. It’s a delicate, white effect that’s very sophisticated. As with the Gold Gel, it’s about layering for your desired effect,” Guido explains. 

Gold Bobby Pin

"We've developed a bobby pin that doesn't fall out of your hair. It's the most simple hair accessory, but I wanted to make it more aesthetically pleasing."  - Guido Palau

Then comes the first of two hair accessories. The Gold Bobby Pin is “a very basic accessory that has been ‘fashion-ised’ with a gold finish,” says Guido. “It’s enlarged so it looks like an accessory, but with all the benefits of a practical clip.”

Gold Comb

The Gold Comb completes the Zara GLITTER IN GOLD quartet. A beautiful addition to any hair set, it boasts wide teeth for versatility with any hair texture and to assist with a multitude of styles.

“I wanted everything to be very useful, not just nice and never used. The comb sits perfectly on your dressing table or in your purse. It has a wide tooth so you can run it through any hair, whether it’s dead straight or got a curl in it, whether it’s dry or wet. It’s very useful and won’t snag.”

Guido and Kaia Gerber

Guido called on Kaia Gerber to feature in a series of videos to showcase his choir of Gold products, having known her since her first fashion editorial. “I love Kaia. She represents Zara Hair for me, both relatable and aspirational. She wants to have fun with her hair.” Kaia’s enthusiasm for the products is evident in the informal, tutorial-like videos created to celebrate the launch of Zara GLITTER IN GOLD. “I love the way she is kind of boyish as well as super feminine at the same time,” continues Guido, outlining what makes Kaia the perfect match for the versatile products in this holiday drop. 

“I don’t trust anyone quite like Guido when it comes to hair,” Kaia says to the camera on set with Guido. “It’s always so fun to work together, and he makes me feel confident to experiment. “Every time I’ve made a rash decision to cut my hair, it’s been with you, and you’ve done it for me,” she continues while experimenting with the products. 

Guido on Zara Hair

“Being a hair professional, I work with products that are very highly produced and strong, but I think the public wants a product that doesn’t weigh their hair down and does not make it greasy or sticky. You want it to do what it’s supposed to do but also be able to run your hands through it.”

“In fashion, we do a lot of very extreme looks, especially in my career. But when you start talking to real women, they want little tips for how they can make their hair look great or different without cutting it. Hair is a safety zone, and these products offer a noncommittal, user-friendly option.”

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