Whether you’re a girl with her own makeup and hair YouTube channel or someone who has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to all things beauty, there are plenty of times when every woman feels like she’s in a styling rut. One of the best things to get you out of a hair rut is taking advantage of all the different hair accessories on the market, and trust us, there are tons, so weeding out what works versus what doesn’t can feel like an obstacle. We’ve taken the time to determine what you need versus what is a waste of money, so keep reading for the essential hair accessories to pull you out of your rut and give you the perfectly styled look you’re after every single time.
The Claw Clip
With all things Y2K on trend, you’ve likely seen the massive comeback of the hair claw clip over the last couple of years. The claw clip is not only functional but incredibly versatile as they come in the most minimalist styles to bedazzled and encrusted; they even come in different shapes! Investing in claw clips that suit your existing fashion aesthetic is essential, and mastering how to do a French twist, a messy bun, or an easy pin-up is easy with a claw clip large enough to hold all of your hair.
For women that wear their hair down most of the time, you’ve likely mastered how to blowout your hair perfectly, use your curling wand, or have been blessed with a hair type that dries beautifully. Even if you decide to air dry your hair, you’ll be using products, so no matter how you style your hair when you wear it down, sectioning hair clips are a must in your hair accessory repertoire. They make light work of blow drying and flat ironing, curling, and diffusing. They allow you to apply and distribute any hair product evenly, from curling gels, mousses, and bonding oils – some women even use them while using hairspray. Sectioning clips can make or break your desired style so invest in a set if you haven’t already.
When you were a child, you likely had barrettes in your hair at some point; your parent probably used them to style your hair because it made things easy, so why lose that mentality as an adult? Today’s hair clips have come a long way from those of yesteryear – just like the claw clip, they come in various colors, sizes, and styles. Barrettes can pull back sweeping bangs you’re growing out, hold tiny sections for more complicated styles, and larger clip barrettes can effortlessly secure a half-up style.
Scrunchies are essential for a girl on the go but not just a basic neutral scrunchie. No matter the season, some scrunchies will suit the weather and your vibe. From scrunchies with trailing scarves, scrunchies that have bows, velvety scrunchies for fall and winter, and others embellished with on-trend rhinestones and pearls for a more elevated look. Scrunchies can be used independently for a quick updo for brunch with your girls or added on top of a simple ponytail holder for a sleeker, more refined high-pony style.
Looking to get the beauty and femininity of wearing your hair down but hate your hair touching the skin on your face? The headband is your answer. From braided to bedazzled to acrylic in classic tortoiseshell, headbands are easy to throw on after you’ve given your hair a blowout or on days when you only have time to brush your hair before running out the door.
Hairpins can be used independently to make a statement with your style or to secure buns and ponytails. On trend in the hairpin world are crystal pins, tortoiseshell, glittery, matte pastel acrylic, and classic neutrals like gold or silver. Think of hairpins as the cherry on top of any curated hairstyle. It’s like adding a necklace or pair of earrings to your hairstyle; at least one set should find its way into your hair routine.
There is something for everyone on the above hair accessory list, but honestly, all women can benefit from owning them all. You’re not going to do your hair to the nines every day, but on the days that you do, each one of these holds a place in being the finishing touch that makes you look and feel your best.