Festive Hair Accessories

I know I’m not the only person who wanders round the high street picking up and putting down various hair accessories thinking ‘yes I like them, but I would I wear them?’ As I get older, I seem to be very lazy with my hair, rather than take a risk with things I tend to stick to what I know suits me - and where is the fun in that?! As it’s Christmas I thought it about time I finally road tested all those pretty things my inner magpie lusts after, all in name of research on your behalf, you understand. The lovely hair stylist Alice Lindsay came to work her magic, showing me just how easy it was. Get ready to add some extra sparkle to your Christmas outfits this year! 

Velvet Hair Bow, £9.50  | Oliver Bonas

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Eden Embellished Hair Band, £36 | Anthropologie

Before you start sticking butterfly clips in your hair like it’s 1997, you’re gonna need to prep it, it helps the accessories stay in and prevent your hair from looking flat. To start with, Alice created some soft hair waves with the GHD Classic Curl Wand (Santa if you’re reading…). Turns out every hair stylists secret weapon is dry shampoo, I knew it! Alice used Colab Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo and sprayed in at the root to add body and grit for the accessories to cling to. To add definition and texture to the curl, Alice added Ouai Wave Spray. For shorter hair, you can use volumising powder sprinkled into the hair, again to create texture to give the hair accessories something to hold onto. Basically clean, neat hair is out, and dirty messy hair is in - I knew I liked Alice for a reason! 

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Silver Moon Beaded Hair Clip, £9.40 | Oliver Bonas

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Velvet Bow Hair Elastics (pack of 2), £12 | Oliver Bonas

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Star & Moon Clips, £10 | Aldo

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Pearl Hair Swirls | ASOS (Sold out, similar here

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Astral Star Headband, £32 | Anthropologie

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Star & Moon Hair Clip (pack of 2), £12 | Oliver Bonas

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Gold Hair Pin, £12 | Orelia

What do you think? Do you wear more or less hair accessories than you used to? Let me know if there's anything else you want me to try out on rainy Saturday afternoons in the name of research - I had so much fun!

Thank you to Alice Lindsay for doing a wonderful job on the hair, and to Rosie Papworth & Anna Willat for being our lovely models.