Ever feel like you're stuck in a hair rut? We've all had mornings when we've woken up and our hair just isn't coordinating with us. There isn't always time to relax with a hair mask or book in for hair colour with your colourist (hello, roots). But there is a quick way to make your hair look pulled together and intentional, even when you've pushed your hair wash back yet another day. (What would we do without dry shampoo?) Say hello to hair accessories.
Whether it's an oversized scrunchie, an embellished hairband, a velvet ribbon or a jewelled hair slide, hair accessories save the day when your hair isn't playing ball.
"Hair-accessory looks work well on all hair textures," says Zoë Irwin, creative director of John Frieda Hair Salons. "Some simple ways to experiment with hair accessories are to play with the placement," she says. "Try applying hair slides through the sides of the hair, plaiting ribbons into the hair or adding a silk scarf at the base of a ponytail. Hair accessories are great for second- and third-day hair when you would just like to use some dry shampoo and add a Parisian look to your outfit."
Not only do they distract from oily roots, but a lot of hair accessories work better on hair that's not shampoo-fresh (which can make hair too slippery to work with), helping to keep your look in place and instantly update your look. Hair accessories work best on hair that has some grip, says Zoë. "I like to use a texturising spray to add grip to the hair," she says, so if you're planning to use hair accessories on freshly washed hair, some styling product can help your look stay in place.
We've rounded up some of our favourite hair-accessory looks below. Bad hair days will now be a thing of the past.
BEST HAIR-ACCESSORY LOOKS
An oversized scrunchie that matches your outfit is always a winner.
Denim offcuts look so cool braided into the hair.
A half-up look is elevated with a plush hair bow.
Patterned scarves give a ponytail or braid an elegant update.