Hair accessories every woman should have

04-20-12 messy bun with headbands

As much as I love clothes – and my bursting at the seams closet is definitely proof of that – I’m a total accessory junkie.   Jewelry, scarves, shoes, and purses – I could shop for these goodies for hours and never get enough.  Maybe it’s because they let me give any outfit my own unique touch or their power to turn even a basic tee shirt and jeans into a totally chic, stand-out ensemble.

Or maybe it’s just because I never have to worry about whether my favorite accessories will fit if I’ve had a little too much chocolate one week. Whatever the reason, I’m obsessed with them for sure.

Hair accessories are no exception.  I love the way that they can compliment an outfit and turn a simple hairstyle into something special.  And while there are a ton to choose from, there are a few hair accessories that every girl should have in her collection so she can take her hairstyle to the next level no matter what the occasion.

Colorful Hair Ties

Let’s face it – a ponytail is an easy, foolproof hairstyle that we often rely on when our hair just won’t cooperate. But using a plain brown, black, or even clear elastic to tie back your pony or bun can leave your ‘do looking boring and drab.  Instead, invest in a few colorful hair ties made of a satiny elastic material.  Not only can they add a fun pop of red, pink, blue, or green to your hair, but they aren’t as rough on it as traditional elastics so you’ll get less breakage too.

By all means, please stay away from scrunchees.  They are evil.

Headbands

Whether you’re having a bad hair day, need to keep your bangs out of your eyes while you grow them out, or just want to add a little something extra to your hairstyle, headbands are an essential hair accessory.  The best thing about them is that they work with virtually any type and style of hair – long or short, curly or straight, your hair can look totally polished and put together with the right headband.  You can find simple plastic ones at the drugstore that are good for everyday, but look for a fabric-covered headband with a pretty pattern or sparkly sequins or bead when you really want to make a statement. If you like a funkier look, try a feathered headband to add a little oomph to your favorite little black dress.  You can also amp up a simple ponytail or bun with a satin or velvet headband for an evening out.

Embellished Clips

While a simple tortoise shell clip is fine to pull your hair back for the office or lunch with friends, it’s a good idea to have a few embellished options in your collection too.  Look for clips that feature rhinestones, sequins, sparkly beads, or anything that’ll add a little bling to your hair. You can add an embellished clip to the center of your bun or French twist to glam it up for formal event like a wedding or party, or use it to tie off a ponytail or braid for a night on the town.  Thinner crystal-embellished clips are perfect for pinning back smaller sections of hair like long bangs or creating a half up, half down ‘do.

Flower Hair Pin

If you’re the kind of girl who likes an ultra-flirty look, a flower hair pin is an absolute necessity in your hair accessory collection.  It’s an especially pretty option for spring and summer when it can add a little va-va-voom to your favorite sundress. Look for colorful flowers in shades like red, pink, or yellow to really turn heads, though a white flower hairpin is also a striking option, especially if you have dark hair. Slip the flower behind your ear or tuck in the center of a bun, ponytail or other up ‘do for a surprisingly sexy look.

By all means, please stay away from scrunchees.  They are evil.

 

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Jennifer Blair
By: Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a freelance writer and self-professed beauty junkie. A former beauty consultant for Clinique and Bare Escentuals, she enjoys road testing new products, recreating celebrity looks, and passing on tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way. Jennifer has written for several hair, makeup, and fashion websites, and maintains a blog, There's Always Time For Lipstick , to share her love for everything related to makeup, hair, and skin care. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in baseball and hockey games, and trying to convince friends that life isn't complete without a good red lipstick.