When it comes to our hair, there are some ladies who take the “less is more” approach and don’t do much with it, and then there are some women who use their hair to express themselves. The desire to make a statement with hair isn’t anything new—women (and men!) have been adorning their locks with jewels, feathers, and other embellishments for centuries. Why you could look at any painting from the Victorian era and see intricate hairstyles that have lovely trinkets tucked in the tresses.
This list is a compilation of our favorite hair accessories that women use to decorate their hairstyles. Some of the accessories are dramatically beautiful and are an idea for special occasions, while others are simplistic and perfect for everyday use.
1. Crystal Clips
Instead of putting a real butterfly in your hair, you could opt for a jeweled butterfly instead. Of course, the sparkly clips come in all sorts of designs, and if butterflies aren’t your thing, you could find something that better suits your aesthetic. For example, you can find dragonflies, birds, flowers, or just random jewels that make for decorative pieces. Whatever you choose, a sparkling crystal clip is a fantastic option when you want to make your up-do a little fancier.
2. Antique Hair Combs
If you have short hair, these combs can add a lovely feminine touch to your hair style. These combs can hold your hair back so it is out of your face. Of course, these combs can be used in an updo for long hair as well. An antique comb can be made from a variety of materials, many times they are made of plastic or metal, but sometimes you can find them made out of precious materials like ivory, or be adorned with jewels, glass, crystal, and other interesting things. A lot of people collect these antique hair combs, mainly because there are just so many different designs.
3. Feathered Headbands
There are so many different interpretations to a feathered headband. You could choose the Native American design, which sometimes features beads, feathers, and uses a leather cording and the feathers dangle behind your head. You could go the 1920’s flapper route, where the feathers lay across your head and are adorned with glittering jewels and sequins, or you can go the simpler DIY route where the headband is shaped like a feather out of leather or has feathers going across the crown of your head. Either style you choose, it is certain to make a statement.
4. Hair Ties
Where would we be if we didn’t have hair ties in our lives? Long haired ladies understand how frustrating it can be when you’ve got hair flying in your face—especially if you are wearing any sort of lip product and the hair sticks to your lips! Hair ties come in a massive array of colors, sizes, and even different materials. Some are elastics wrapped with fabric a la 90s scrunchies, some are basic ouch-less ties that have absolutely no metal that could potentially rip out your hair, and some are made of ribbon, which gives you another layer of “fashionable” choices.
5. Bobby Pins
Ah, the bobby pin. These are the Legos of their hair world. You can have a ton of them at the beginning of the week, but by weeks end, you aren’t going to know what happened to them all! Interestingly enough, these hair accessories can be essential when you’re trying to recreate that intricate hairstyle you saw on a YouTube tutorial. Just like any other hair accessory on this list, bobby pins come in a variety of colors and can be adorned with things like silk flowers, glitter, jewels, and even letters. Some patient hair stylists even use these accessories to create fun designs using the plain bobby pins. Oh, and just so you are in the know, the flat side of the pin goes on the top of your hair.
6. Claw Clips
Claw clips are great little gadgets, especially if you want a no-fuss updo that holds your hair in place. This clips can be used on wet or dry hair. Since these clips come in a variety of sizes, you have options on how you’d like to use them. People with an asymmetrical bob can use the small clips to pull the longer hair back and to make sure it stays out of your face, while others with long hair that is both thick and curly can use the biggest clips to hold everything up.
Although a fascinator isn’t the ideal accessory for everyday wear, these hair style embellishments are perfect for special occasions (such as an English wedding), the Kentucky Derby, or even going to church. These intricate hair pieces should be treated as an accent piece, meaning your outfit should be relatively plain, and the fascinator can be used to give your outfit a pop of color. It especially makes a huge statement when the fascinator is coordinated to match your shoes or handbag.
8. Head Chains
Head chains are a fun way to add some glamor to your hair while still leaving your tresses unrestrained and flow freely. Some people feel that these accessories are a little over the top, especially when they are intricate and feature jewels and numerous other chains which drape down the forehead or down the back of the head. If you can pull this bold choice off, go ahead and rock it with your fierce self!
There is something about a bandana that can make you feel either like a bad-ass chick or a free spirit that is just going with the flow. Interestingly enough, you can feel like both, depending on how you wear the square piece of fabric. We recommend that if you want to wear a bandana, keep them away from your boyfriend, lest he wants to start wearing them too! Yes, men can wear these as well. They are great for keeping hair out of your face and pulled back, but for keeping sweat from dripping into your eyes on those excruciatingly hot days. Score!
Much like the bandana, a hair scarf can be a cool way to wrap up your messy, second (or third) day hair and still go about your errands. Since the scarves are lightweight and can be found in a wide variety of designs, you’ll never run out of fun and interesting fabric options, regardless of the time of year it may be.
11. Bun Wrap
Anyone can do a top knot (bun), but sometimes you want to dress it up a little and make it look fancier than just a bun. You can use a bun wrap to dress it up a little bit. Many times these wraps use fabric flowers to decorate your hair, but you could use real flowers, feathers, wrap your bun with a thin braid of your own hair… Whatever you want! Be creative! These bun wraps can turn your everyday style into a snazzier, lovelier hairdo, too!