Yes, you can still wear hair accessories without looking like your niece…  or Shirley Temple.  They’re a quick, easy, and often pretty inexpensive way to change up your look a bit, or take a ho-hum hair day to a feeling pretty fly hair day!  Hair accessories have moved beyond the ribbons at the end of your cheerleading pigtails days.  The secret?  Two secrets, actually:  find accessories and do looks that are age appropriate.  And wear the right kinds of accessories with the right dos.

What a twenty-something year old can pull off is not necessarily the same as what a 30, 40, or 50+ year old can rock without prompting raised eyebrows.   Look at the runways, any magazine full of A-list celebs, and you’ll see the gamut of accessories; barrettes, headbands, scarves, clips, feathers, and more.

For most, a rhinestone-encrusted tiara may not be in your future, however a pretty, statement-piece barrette can make the two-minute ponytail you created on the run look fabulously put-together and chic.

Or twist a scarf or bandana and wrap it around a bun, or further out, around the parameter of your hair.  Punch up a ponytail or braid with a wide metallic barrette at the end.  You can also sweep bangs or a section of hair to the side and secure with a pretty clip or barrette.

Headbands are fun too, and look especially good when you keep the headband simple.  They look especially great with short hair, or when you’re growing your hair out, but be careful when selecting one — anything too wide or too ornate could make you look like a third-grader.

If you have a barrette, headband, or other hair accessory you just HAD to have, but now find yourself unsure of how to style it, bring it along to your next visit to Health and Style Institute and we can show you flattering ways to wear it!