Glow in the Dark Hair Gel




I will show you how to make really cool glow in the dark hair gel.
The steps are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to obtain.

Step 1: Assemble Ingredients

Things you will need:
Hair Gel
Glo Powder, (I bought mine from glonation on e-bay for a really good price)
Container to mix it in,
Radioactive Sticker
1/2 tsp measuring spoon

Step 2: Make the Gel

Fill the container with about (measurements not even close to accurate) 1/2 cup of gel, next add 1.2 tsp of glo powder, Put lid on container and shake it vigerously,
Charge the gel mixture in the sun or under a bright light (black light). Put it on your hair and voila, glowing hair gel.



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    64 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Why not just break open a glow stick, mix it with stiff hair gel and put it in the hair? I think it would last at least 6 hrs. right? I think the glow stick stuff is safe and non-toxic (pretty sure anyway).

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    glow sticks are very toxic so I suggest that you don't do that ?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for your concern, I appreciate that ;-)

    I just googled 'are glow sticks safe?' and it states it's not dangerous, just mildly toxic (as in, it will cause a burning sensation of the skin on some people and would have the same feeling in the mouth and stomach if swallowed). I would only put it in the hair, so as long as it doesn't touch the skin in any way, I think it would be okay, but one must always use caution in anything you try (always good to be extra cautious). Here's what one website showed, thanks again:

    Are Glow Products Safe?

    Items that glow have delighted children and adults for years. The
    question surrounding the safety of the liquid inside glowing sticks,
    bracelets, and other glow novelties often arises among concerned

    People aren't just worried about their children either. The Animal Poison Control Center
    of the ASCPA receives masses of similar calls from concerned pet owners
    each year. With this overwhelming concern for public safety, it's a
    surprise that glow products are such big sellers.

    Glowing novelty products, such as bracelets and sticks, are safer
    than the common household cleaners you find in a typical home. Your
    young child is far more likely to be seriously hurt from choking on a
    small glow toy than by splashing herself with the liquid contained

    What Creates the Glow?

    The liquid inside of some glow products is a chemical called dibutyl
    phthalate. Glow products that don't use dibutyl phthalate use a small
    glass ampoule that contains a mixture of hydrogen peroxide dissolved in
    phthalic ester. Surrounding the glass ampoule is another chemical called
    phenyl oxalate ester.

    Dibutyl phthalate, widely considered the more dangerous of the above
    components, is used to manufacture plastics, glues, nail polish,
    leather, printing inks, safety glass, dyes and is used as a solvent for

    Poison Control Comments

    None of these chemicals are deadly dangerous, according to The National Capital Poison Center

    The advice from poison control for ingestion of the so-called
    glowing toxic liquid chemical is much the same. Rinse your mouth out
    well, drink a little milk, and call poison control, which will again,
    stay in touch to make sure you're fine. Poison control encourages people
    to stay in touch often because different individuals can have various
    reactions to chemicals.

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Comments

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is considered one of the
    best children's hospitals in the country, possibly the world. The
    hospital's poison control center reports that, "dibutyl phthalate is not
    a poison; it is an irritant. The best treatment for any exposure to
    dibutyl phthalate is water."

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Uhhmmm.. Does Glow Stick Smell??.. Cause I Think It Does.....


    11 years ago on Step 2

    How long the stored gel will retain it's glow? This is an interesting instructable I must say :) Btw, after you try this, you still have all you hair intact right? Just checking :)

    10 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hair still here. The glow can be seen for hours, this batch of glow powder didn't seem to last as long as usual and the plunger for the gel container got bunged up by the larger than usual granuals of powder... I am wondering if I can use a pedistal and morter to grind the crystals finer.... also wondering where I can get a pedistal and morter to carry out aforementioned grinding.


    Reply 3 years ago

    If you grind the larger waterproof granules, they will lose their waterproof properties & it will damage their effectiveness in glowing.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    i know you asked this three years ago, but check ebay or you can go to any cooking store and get one,


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 2

    Mann i hate commenting on old ibles because it feels like i missed all the action

    Important information - As a general The smaller the glow pigment size (granule size) the lesser the glow effect. In other words the finer you grind the glow pigments the lesser the glow.
    Here something else to try.
    In you hair gel  mix in fluorescent powder, as this will glow - fluoresce under uv black lights as is used in most decent night clubs.
    If you can not obtain fluorescent powder, you could get some fluro ink or extract the fluorescent ink for a Fluro Highlighter pen.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i believe it is mortar & pestel, and i just saw both wood and marble ones at TJ Maxx/marshalls, if you are in the U.S. oh...this is an older post, oh well. very cool, cool outcome.


    Keep in mind that Phosphorescent Powder is manufactured in grades. The vast majority of powder sold on the Internet is Grade 5. This is why some powders outperform others. Here is an article that offers various comparisons:

    Glow in the Dark Powder

    There is also a forum that discusses these powders in detail at:

    Glow in the Dark Forum

    Run by your local wal-mart and put out $10-$15 into a Coffee Grinder. I doubt it would be too abrasive for the powder, but try it with a small batch first :)

    If I can post URLs this is the sort of grinder you'll want to look for (one in which the powder is loaded in the top and grinds until you stop it, the more expensive ones will pass the powder through a sieve down into a receiver - this second class will only take more time to get any similar results):

    A coffee grinder is excellent step up from pestle+mortar and a quicker (cheaper) alternative to a ball-mill when it comes to granulizing or mixing powders. Additionally it's easier to find too :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty cool!!!! I'm about to do it, so i'm probably going to make another comment


    5 years ago on Introduction

    that stuff will kill ya if it get in ur body so don't if ya do ur funeral


    8 years ago on Introduction

    where would you find glow in the dark powder? :)