The hype around hair accessories sees no signs of waning anytime soon, but what if you're not sure how to wear them? The secret to becoming a hair accessories person is to wear the hair accessories, not let them wear you. In other words, keep it simple, subtle, and most importantly, choose a clip, band, scarf, or scrunchie that you feel comfortable in. As celebrity hairstylist Dhiran Mistry quite rightly notes, "There are a million and one ways to use accessories and so many to choose from."
A cleverly placed hair accessory is also your friend when it comes to distracting from unwashed hair. "All of these looks can be created on clean or dirty hair, using a curling iron or wand beforehand if you want to tighten the look," he adds.
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Giovanni Vaccaro, the co-founder and chief brand officer of Glamsquad, agrees, noting that freshly washed hair can even be a hindrance. "If your hair is freshly washed, it most likely feels soft so accessories tend to move or loosen, especially for my fine-haired gals."
So if you want some inspiration on how you can add some fun accessories to your hairdo, keep scrolling for 11 more easy ways to wear hair accessories this fall.
Go Y2K with Baby Clips
"Let’s start with an easy and simple look," says Millie Morales, celebrity hairstylist and founder of BBella by Millie. "Part your hair in the middle and apply a stylish clip on each side. You don’t have to have your hair styled and think about it so much, which is why I love this look."
Olivia Rodrigo's front clips are too cute, but don't worry if you have trouble keeping them from slipping. Vaccaro suggests adding some texture to your strands first. "Use Glamsquad's Untamed Texturizing Spray ($27) to spray the root of your hair, as well as the accessory," he says. "This creates grit and keeps things in place!"
Embrace Lots of Barrettes
Another good tip when working with clips and barrettes? "I always recommend working in odd numbers," Vaccaro says. "Why? Well, it just looks better to the human eye. So think in threes, fives, and even sevens!"
Keep It Simple with a Headband
Sometimes, all you need is a headband to really complete your outfit. "What I love about hair accessories is that your hair doesn’t have to be perfect or styled," Morales says. "You can simply add a clip or wear a headband and it’ll complete your look.
"Headbands are also extremely current at the moment, and you will see a ton of girls using them not only to complete an outfit, but also to help keep hair off the face," Mistry adds. "And they come in a million colors and styles!"
Accessorize Your Parting
Adorning your part with giant barrettes, à la Georgia May Jagger, is a great way to add a bit of fun to your look.
Add a Scarf
"I think one of my most favorite, natural-looking things to do is to add material to your ponytail," says Mistry. "A high ponytail is a great option for day two or day three hair. Hair that isn't clean will have the most texture on the ends, so pulling back your hair in a messy pony will hide your roots. Then use a piece of cloth, fabric, or a silk scarf to tie a bow over your hair elastic, or even weave it into a braid, for a look that's super easy and very effective."
Play with Jewelry
You can also pin all kinds of jewelry into your hair, from chains to brooches. "Jewelry is a quick and fun way to add a stylish look to a ponytail or braid," Mistry says. "A thin necklace or chain wrapped around the base of the ponytail can make it look very chic."
Stack Bobby Pins
"You can buy a lot of bobby pins with jewels, or even without. I always liked the look of a few bobby pins stacked closely together to hold the hair off the face and placed above the ear on a hairline," says Mistry. "The ones from Kitsch x Justine are super fun and great for so many different occasions."
Try Elevated Scrunchies
The scrunchies from the '80s and '90s are coming back with a vengeance, but this time, they're way more elevated. Take a cue from Lupita Nyong'o and wear a sleek ponytail adorned with an oversized silk scrunchie. Bonus points—it also keeps your hair damage-free.
Claw an Easy Updo
"What's chicer than a French twist? A French twist with a claw clip," says Vaccaro. "Take your hair into one section and keep twisting, holding your thumb at the base to collect the hair, continuing to wrap it into a twist. Use a claw clip to hold your DIY twist in place. Voilà!"
"Butterfly clips can be used in all shapes and sizes and can easily be scattered throughout the hair," Mistry says. We do love a '90s vibe.
Add a Flash of Floral
"If you want to take it to the next level, add flowers to your hair," Morales suggests. "I love creating my own flower bands. I hot glue flowers to a headband or pins and add them to the side of my hair. It’s a fun way to dress up any look!"