How to add a festive touch to your look
That’s a basic calculation: any hairstyle + an accessory = a party-ready outfit. (If parties always happen, that is. Honestly, what the hell is going on?) Regardless of how we end up toasting on the holidays, a little bit of disguise should definitely be the order of the day. . And there is no easier way to do it than with a fabulous hair accessory. Let the stars manifest.
Alicia Keys’ crystal encrusted bun was dazzled at this year’s Met Gala. Each gem seemed to have been carefully glued to the musician’s hair, but you can recreate the look a lot faster (and less engaging) by simply twisting a few old-fashioned (really early!) Hair jewelry.
The arc bar
Infusing instant romance, a black bow barrette is the kind of accessory that never goes out of style. Secure it at the base of a classic updo to embrace her old fashioned trends or take a cue from actor Lucy Boyton and contrast it with a more relaxed tousled style.
The padded headband
Dame Helen Mirren is in a serious headband phase right now (sequins, prints, knots – you name it, she rocked it) and we’re, as the kids say, really here for that. Follow her lead and pair a classic black quilted version with a low pony or loose strands.
The claw clamp
Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner all agree that the coolest way to get your hair out of your face is with a pair of nail clips. What’s not to like? It’s nostalgia for the 90s with a generous side of casual “I just did my hair”. For a party vibe, swap out the classic turtle for something with a little sparkle, like this mother-of-pearl option, which is both chic and versatile enough to wear all year round.
As we love a statement scrunchie, let’s count the ways! Loosely wrapped around a low pony (chic!), Securing a towering bun or, like Lizzo, serving as a border between sleek roots and a cascade of curls (glorious!). From silky to glittery and everything in between, there is no shortage of scrunchies on the market. But let’s stop for a moment to appreciate the sight that is this sparkling tulle number, like a tutu for your hair.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o knows the power of a certain strategic sparkle. With the addition of a few embellishments to the braids around her face, her entire ensemble takes on a fun and festive look as her face is bathed in a flattering light.
The butterfly clip
Yep, butterfly hair accessories are back! Raise your hand if you used to stocking up at Claire’s. Instead of the pink plastic versions of yore, this is now a high butterfly. Take Saoirse Ronan, for example, who rocked a jeweled creature in her hair at the Oscars last year. It was probably encrusted with real diamonds, but for something a little more affordable, hang up these adorable slides from Garage.
The tied headband
Fun fact: Ciara’s stylist Maeve Reilly decided at the last minute to take a piece of fabric from the singer’s dress and tie it in her hair. Paired with his curly bun, he had an almost ’80s fun feel (like a glam aerobics instructor, right?). Recreate the effect with this Stretch Bow Tie Headband from Old Navy.
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