Holiday Hair Accessories
For Long Hair
The possibilities for accessorizing long cuts are endless. A good rule of thumb is to work on “second day” (rather than freshly washed) hair; otherwise the accessories will slip out. (A little grease is good.)
- For this look, twist numerous small sections of hair until they coil around on themselves, forming chignons.
- Secure each chignon with a different clip, pin, or band. “The less matchy, the more impactful,” says Kristan Serafino, a celebrity hairstylist in New York City, who created the hairdos in this story.
Counterclockwise from right: Radokri Elizaveta feather hair piece. Night Storm Kanzashi-Flower bobby pins by Petal Mix. Ann Taylor hair ties.
For Short Hair
With this length, aim for one small, subtle accessory, lest a grouping overpower your face. Keeping it in the same color family as your hair ensures a natural, tasteful effect.
- Apply a quarter-size drop of thickening serum to damp hair to “give it some texture and body once it’s dry,” says Serafino. Blow-dry with a flat brush, smoothing down bangs.
- Distribute a dime-size amount of pomade through the ends of the hair for separation and to add shine.
- Sweep your bangs to the side and, using the outer corner of your eyebrow as a guideline, secure them with a clip or a bobby pin.
For Medium-Length Hair
What your hair lacks in length it makes up for in body, since it’s less weighed down than longer strands. Harness that fullness with accessories such as headbands and combs, which can bump hair up to new heights. And remember: Every piece need not be in place. Messy is modern.
- Prep damp hair with a golf ball–size pouf of mousse.
- Blow-dry straight with a round brush.
- With a fine-tooth comb, tease hair at the crown.
- Smooth the teased portion carefully with a flat brush, then gather all your hair into a low ponytail. Twist the tail upward toward the crown and secure loosely with bobby pins.
- Slide in a headband two inches from the hairline.
Colette Malouf headband.
Slip one on top of your head bandanna-style or right at your hairline for a sleeker look.
1. Ginger headband by Eugenia Kim.
To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available, but find other options at eugeniakim.com.
2. Metal Nudo headband by Carolina Rodriguez.
To buy: See similar options at bycarolina.com.
Try a twofer: Secure one pony at your crown and the other at your nape for an extra-full tail.
1. Ann Taylor pavé-ball hair tie.
To buy: $24, anntaylor.com.
2. Renée Rivera silk-knot ponytail holder in slate and bisque.
To buy: $38, 800-797-7786.
Slide into one side, an inch below the part, or use to secure the end of a braid.
1. Tarina Tarantino medium grosgrain-ribbon bow clip with crystals in nude.
To buy: $40, 877-827-4628.
2. Marlene clip by Pluma.
To buy: $45, plumashop.com.