Many of us have a ‘signature’ hairstyle, one which we have been sporting for years, maybe even decades. And some of us wear that hairstyle in the exact same way, day in, day out. Well what if you fancy a change? Maybe nothing as drastic as a radically different haircut but just ways of making it look a little bit different. This is where hair accessories come in. Every woman should have a variety of accessories on standby for when you want to add a little bit extra to your hair. I have compiled a list of popular hair accessories which I think every woman should own, whether your hair is long, short or somewhere in between.
Alice bands – These aren’t just for little girls. Practical as well as stylish, they are great for when you want to wear your hair down but kept away from your face. They are available in lots of different sizes, styles and colours and can compliment the rest of your outfit whether dressed up or casual. Popular for many years now, Alice bands are often associated with the ‘Sloane Ranger’ look – a velvet Alice band teamed with pearl earrings. But don’t let that put you off.
Kirby grips (Bobby pins) – When found on carpets and under beds, these have been puzzling men as to what they actually are for decades. In the right hands, kirby grips can be used to transform hair into beautifully sculpted creations. Personally, I hate them. I find them fiddly to use, they don’t stay in place after I’ve put them in and I end up pulling out hairs when I remove them. But…so many other girls find them easy to use and create all manner of beautiful, innovative styles with them. So if you haven’t tried them, see if you are more skillful with them than I am.
My hair on my wedding day, a French twist created using kirby grips. Not by me I must add, this is the work of my hairdresser Hayley Gage
Claw clips – Ah now these are much more like it. Just snap in and go. No frills, simple to use, these are a must for every woman.
The classic claw clip
Fascinators – Faintly ridiculous for everyday use but a must have for a wedding or a day at the races. When choosing a fascinator, consider your hair colour and face shape as well as your outfit. If your outfit is relatively plain, fascinators can be used to add a burst of colour, especially when matched with shoes.
Wearing a fascinator at my brother’s wedding
Hair bows – I quite like these. They snap in easy (always a good thing), they come in lots of colours and styles and are a nice little touch to compliment the rest of your outfit. Black and polka dot ones are my favourite
Snap clips – These are handy for controlling lumpy bits of hair or nasty flyaways. The only problem with them is they are pretty damn ugly. No matter what colour you buy them in, they just never seem to look nice in my opinion. They are cheap and practical though so I still think they deserve a place on the list.
Hair flowers – Like hair bows, a strategically placed flower (or flowers) is a pretty way to jazz up your look.
Elastics – Ah where would we be without the good ol’ hair elastic? Make sure you always keep a plentiful supply of these, preferably ones without metal as they are less likely to damage your hair.
Hair elastics, an everyday essential
Head chains – I have included head chains in the list as I’m seeing more people wearing these now. They’re not something which I would personally wear, I tried one on once and to say it didn’t suit me is putting it mildly. But if you have the style and confidence to wear one and pull it off – good on you!
Headbands – I like fabric headbands for all the same reasons that I like Alice bands. What I don’t like however is the way they always end up pinging off my head. Usually at inappropriate moments. Maybe it’s just the ones that I’ve tried or perhaps it’s just me.
Headscarves – Like head chains, I think these take a certain panache to pull off well. But if you are one of those women that can, they can look seriously cool.
Nicely coordinating scarf, lips and nails
Mini claw clips – The miniature version of the ever popular claw clip. I don’t see people wearing these as often but I find them a useful, easy alternative to kirby grips for a variety of hairstyles.
Scrunchies – Yes, scrunchies. I would actually like to see these make a comeback. I like them as they are softer than many other hair ties and less likely to damage your hair. They were all the rage back in the 90’s but they seem to have fallen out of favour in recent years. I have noticed gymnasts have been wearing them a lot lately though so maybe with the forthcoming Olympics in Rio, maybe we will see a scrunchie revival. I hope so.
Barrettes (hair clasps) – Easy to use and available in so many different colours, materials and styles, these are the classic, go to accessory for many women who want to inject a bit of sparkle to their hair.
Tiara – A very formal hair accessory, unless you are royalty, most women will only have the opportunity to properly wear a tiara on your wedding day. If you are choosing one to wear, make sure it compliments the rest of your jewellery and doesn’t clash. Consider your hairstyle carefully and make sure the ends of the band of your tiara are covered. There is no excuse to wear the naff, plastic tiaras ever. Even if it is your birthday or hen do, don’t do it. They look cheap and common and I’m sure that you are neither.
Coordinating jewellery with a tiara
Bun ring – It has taken me almost thirty years but I finally know how to use one. I find them fiddly but I think a pretty ballerina style bun looks chic and elegant so I think it is worth the time it takes to master.
So there you go. Have a rummage around and see how many of these you are missing 🙂