Statement earrings are big news—about as big as, well, they are. Not only were they spotted on the Versace and Dolce and Gabbana catwalks this season, but they're all over Instagram too. Investing in a knockout pair of ear adornments is just good sense since, like a swipe of red lipstick, the right pair of earrings can make you look polished, without very much effort at all.
The thing is, though, whether you choose a chandelier style, an oversized tassel or something altogether more architectural, the question is how on earth do you wear your hair? There's little point in weighing down your ears with some hefty gems or a mega ear cuff, just to let your hair hang like a curtain over them. And on the flip side, some days you don't just want to fall back into simple topknot territory. No, you want a hairstyle that frames your earrings in the best possible way.
We're not the only ones pondering the question. In fact, having also spotted the trend, Redken has just launched a whole new blow dry menu set to provide answers. Ear Candy features a line up of four seminal, catwalk-inspired but fundamentally wearable hairstyles to show off your statement earrings. The service starts at £35, and is currently only available at Lockonego in Chelsea, London although the brand is hoping for a nationwide rollout in due course—watch this space. Let's take a look at some of the best hairstyles to show off your new statement pieces.
The first of Redken's new looks, the Supermodel Sweep is all about volume—but sweeping it all to one side, with a deep side parting makes way for your fancy earrings too.
Low Wispy Bun
A low bun with a wispy texture is a great way to show off elaborate dangling cross earrings like Jasmine Sanders. Re-create the texture by working V05 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder ($19) through the roots and mid-lengths before pinning up.
Sleek Side Part
A sleek glossy side part works to show off a chandelier earring, especially if you tuck the low side behind your ear like Kerry Washington.
We don't know what to look at when we see this look from Alicia Keys: her perfectly-executed curly updo or her statement-making golden hoops. Either way, we're digging how she paired both with a floral bomber jacket and matching head scarf.
The affectionately named Sideshow Bob has got to be our favorite of all the Redken Ear Candy looks. All it requires is simply separating the hair at the ear, tucking half behind and pulling the rest out in front. It looks great with a slicked bob but would work equally as well with any other hair texture or length.
Alternatively, make like Jourdan Dunn and opt for a center parting with one side tucked behind the ear to let your earrings do all the talking.
Jasmine Tookes shows off her facial features by pulling her hair back into a sleek ponytail, which works especially well with her ornate dangling earrings. To create that sleek, high-shine finish, spritz your roots with some of the Paul Mitchell Firm Style Freeze and Shine Super Spray ($12).
For a look that screams retro, channel Marni's decade clash with a '20s Marcel wave (made modern by wearing it oversized) and '60s lashes. Choose architectural-style resin earrings for this look.
Thick Braided Bun
Want to ramp up your top knot? Add a thick braid from the nape of the neck and tie the end into the bun.
Deep Side Part
The pretty pale jade green earrings soften the overall look of Lily's severe side parting. The dark berry lip is the icing on the cake. Get the look with Topshop Lips (£8) in Inhibition.
Zendaya shows how a simple topknot can be elevated from off-duty hairstyle to party-appropriate with the addition of a pair of statement earrings.
At the Oscar de la Renta show, freshly washed hair was pulled into a low ponytail for a super-wearable way to show off statement earrings.
Where once we all shied away from hair gel, it's finally coming back to the fore, mainly as it's the best thing to create a chic slicked back style like this one from Redken's Ear Candy menu. We've got more wet-look hair inspiration over here, too.
Who says you can't double up on accessories? Here the black ribbon and the black earrings work with—rather than against—each other.
Stella McCartney proves that both hair and earring can be elaborate. Of course, re-creating this look is dependent on your braiding skills.
Chanel Iman keeps her hair sleek and simple to show off her earrings. A little volume at the top and movement at the sides keeps this hairstyle super flattering.
And finally, want to go all out? Dolce & Gabbana show that if you want to be dripping in jewels—tiara, check, statement earrings, check, jeweled top, check—then why the heck not? Just keep your hair undone and au naturel.
Feeling inspired to wear your statement earrings tomorrow? We certainly don't blame you.