16 Chic Ways to Wear Hair Accessories This Summer

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.

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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

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@bettinalooney

An oversized scrunchie that matches your outfit is always a winner.

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@zoeirwin

Denim offcuts look so cool braided into the hair.

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@bettinalooney

A half-up look is elevated with a plush hair bow.

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@zoeirwinhair

Patterned scarves give a ponytail or braid an elegant update.

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@andreasteen

We can't get enough of claw-clip looks.

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@michellerosedrumm

Ponytails needn't be boring. Try tying a silk scarf into the base of your ponytail for an instant update.

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@anaasmood

Embellished hair slides are not going anywhere. Mix and match with different colours and textures.

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@zoeirwinhair

Velvet ribbon looks so cool braided through the hair. Pull out sections to add volume and keep the look modern.

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@Eniswardrobe

A single pearl hair clip elevates any outfit.

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@andreasteen 

Upgrade your everyday bun with an organza scrunchie.

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@missenocha

We're so here for this linen headband for summer.

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@andreasteen

Experiment with plaiting your hair and twisting the bottom into a low bun before securing it with a scrunchie.

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@ missenocha

A black Alice band ties any outfit together, no matter the season.

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@andreasteen

Go minimalist with a half-up, half-down look and a statement hair slide.

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@kitkeenan

A bow tied at the base of a ponytail looks so cute with a summer dress.

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@champagnemami

A claw clip is a failsafe look. We love this summery pastel hue.

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Can you ever have enough claw clips? We love this pastel blue one.

This scrunchie has a bow built in—no hair skills required.

A linen headband will see you through the summer.

Velvet ribbon is so Parisian. Braid into the hair or secure a ponytail with a bow.

Give hair accessories grip with a root-lift spray to add volume.

Use a silky scarf to breathe new life into second-day hair.

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