11 hair accessories to change up your look
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By Zoe Schaeffer
When your workday ends at 6:30 and drinks start at 7 across town, who has time to redo their hair before heading out? To glam up your look in an instant, here are 11 style-changing accessories for your strands.
With the Band2 of 12
The secret to finding just the right headband? Look for one in a size that matches your hair's texture, says Gretta Monahan, celebrity stylist for the Yes To brand. For example, fine-haired girls benefit from slim bands like a classic tortoise style while those with thicker hair should choose a chunkier width. Creating a loose bun at the nape of the neck will give the demure look a casual chic twist for after-hours events.
SHOP NOW: J.Crew tortoise braided headband, $16
Leather Look3 of 12
To make a headband look less precious and more edgy, play around with different ways to wear it. Hair doesn't need to be gelled back and ultra-polished. Instead, try pulling a few pieces of hair free and letting them hang loose. Or if you prefer the traditional headband look but want something more dramatic, try this faux-leather studded style.
SHOP NOW: L. Erickson studded safari head wrap, $32
Ahead of the Pack4 of 12
Eddie Parra from Sally Hershberger Downtown says that day-to-night headbands should focus on texture. "Refrain from bright colors and look for earth tones such as browns, maroons and emerald greens," he says. "Just make sure it's got tons of design elements," he adds, like with this stunning headpiece that's worth the splurge.
SHOP NOW: LAND by LAND Old Rose and Lake Odette headband, $134
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"A side braid is a great way to add texture to your hair," says Parra. "It's a breezy, effortless style for day and then you can set it loose later." Securing it with a cool hair band will make the style pop.
SHOP NOW: Sonia Kashuk Studly Haute Set, $10
Head Games6 of 12
This season, try wearing a scarf a new way: Wrap it twice around your head and tie it in front for a flirty, cool look. Monahan suggests letting the ends hang loose during the day and then tucking them in to create a small turban: a super-chic look for evening.
SHOP NOW: Eugenia Kim "Alexis" suede turban, $121
A Fast Clip7 of 12
To kick up your pony for nighttime, snap on pretty hair clips all over your head. "You can pin them at the crown, in the middle or at the nape of the neck," she says. "Sturdier styles can sometimes hold all the hair together, which can take a ponytail from standard to sensational."
SHOP NOW: Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski Crystal hair clip, $325
Pretty Pins8 of 12
Bobby pins work with every hair type: They make thicker hair look more polished and can add texture and shape when used to pin up finer hair, says Monahan. A few strategically placed pins are a sweet look for day, or you can take a cue from the runway and wear them in multiples to make a real style statement at night.
SHOP NOW: Remington metal bobby slides, $5
Get Pinned9 of 12
Bobby pins are great for going from day to night. If you curl your hair in the morning, Parra suggests twisting it up halfway, securing it with pins that match your hair color for a sexy nighttime bohemian moment.
SHOP NOW: Topshop spike kirbies, $18
Tucked Under10 of 12
Parra says that the newest way to wear barrettes is to tuck them into your hair when it's in an updo. "Pull all of your hair up and place them gracefully underneath," he says. He adds that decorative barrettes make for a gorgeous evening look.
SHOP NOW: Topshop studded bow clip, $20
Upward Spiral11 of 12
Parra says that, while it's not the newest accessory, when it comes to creating classically pretty looks, there is no substitute for a spiral hairpin. "You can make a perfect bun by twisting these pins directly across from one another," he says. "Each one takes the place of about 20 bobby pins."
SHOP NOW: Goody Spin Pin, $6
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If your pony looks sad at the end of the day, there is an answer. "I like to keep at least one clip option in my handbag for hair emergencies," says Monahan. "In a pinch, run by a drugstore—the options keep growing and you can't beat the prices."
SHOP NOW: Goody ivy claw clip, $4