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Hair Accessories for Girls: Vital Styling Tips

Updated on March 12, 2012

I absolutely adore hair accessories. Having now accumulated well over 30 different headbands, bows, hats, fascinators, and berets, I have stopped keeping count. Even though they take up nearly one fifth of my total closet space, I have absolutely no intention of giving up my collection. Hair accessories, are, after all, a splendidly inexpensive and playful way to spice up any outfit.

Are you interested in augmenting your personal hair accessory collection? If so, I've got some styling and shopping tips that can get you started on the right foot.

Wearing and Styling Tips

There are three primary pieces of advice I'd give to anyone rocking a hair accessory:

  1. Take risks: While you might not regret wearing a conservative, tasteful headband or clip, you'll probably not remember doing so, either. Every time you put on clothing and accessories, you have the opportunity to amuse yourself and others. Seize the moment and wear something daring! You may look like an idiot, but... let's be honest... you always look like an idiot. You're HUMAN.
  2. Coordinate with your outfits: Girls' hair accessories have a stronger impact when they tie together an entire outfit. Consider the color palate of your wardrobe when choosing headbands and hats to add to your collection, and select a day's hair accessory considering your overall ensemble- outer wear included.
  3. Go for black: When in doubt, wear black. It goes with the greatest number of outfits, and can be easily dressed up or down. I own a litany of hair accessories, and the vast majority of them are black.

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Shopping Tips

Depending on where you look, you may find headbands and hair accessories either incredibly hard to find/expensive or splendidly abundant/cheap. Here are my pointers on enjoying the latter conditions:

  1. Don't spend more than $20: Just like sunglasses, headbands come and go. They get lost, damaged, trampled, and outmoded. Additionally, most hair accessories are made with very cheap labor and materials, so if you're spending more than $20 on one, you're spending X-$20 on a whole lot of nothing.
  2. Pay a visit to Chinatown or Japantown (or better yet, China and Japan): Some of my best hair accessories have been purchased in China and Japan, but you don't have to travel abroad to find a fine selection of amazing headbands and fascinators. Just stop by your nearest Chinatown or Japantown and you shall be pleasantly surprised by both the selection and the prices.
  3. When it comes to chain stores, Forever 21, Icing by Claire's, and (sometimes) H&M are your friends: I'm not a huge fan of chain stores, but I am known for stepping inside Icing, H&M, and Forever 21 to have a look at their ever-rotating selection of hair accessories. I've found some real treasures in Forever 21 sale bins, and... who has to know where they're from?
  4. Make your own: Headbands aren't rocket ships. You can make them quite easily with some basic materials. To get inspiration, browse around Etsy- you'll find that many a $80 fascinator could be re-created with your own two hands using some lace, tulle, a comb, and a hot glue gun.

What to Look For

When you have the ability to physically inspect a potential purchase, especially a headband, you should look for the following things:

  • Glue: If you can see glue before even buying a headband, move along (unless it's not very visible and SUPER CHEAP).
  • Stains: A lot of headbands in sale bins (marvelous places) have seen a bit more action than shopkeepers would like to let on. Check the fabric (if there is any) for stains, tears, and unraveling seems... they're always a sign of more to come.
  • Pressure points: Before trying a headband on, place it on your head to see how it feels. If there are any pressure points at all, don't buy the headband. Even if it doesn't seem uncomfortable at the get-go, any pressure point put on one's head by a hair accessory can become absolutely excruciating over time. Believe me.
  • Glitter: Try to avoid headbands with glitter on them. Glitter is the herpes of the craft world. It will spread to your hair, your coats, your furniture, and even your food.
  • Rhinestones: Unless a headband is very inexpensive, avoid rhinestones. They tend to fall out pretty quickly and ruin the effect.

About the Music

The Public Domain music song I've used in this video is Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5. This particular clip was performed by the US Army Band and downloaded from

Fact: You Can't Go Wrong

Listen, as far as I'm concerned, if you're slapping something on your head, no matter how ridiculous it might be, you are a winner. So have fun with the headbands, hats, clips, combs, ribbons, and bows you make and buy!

If you're enjoying yourself and being creative, you're a true fashionista. End of story.


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      Laura Writes 5 years ago

      I definitely think the personal video made this hub. I was smiling and laughing the entire time during your "hair-accessories Opera"

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great Hub! Voted up and useful! I usually just put my hair in a clip but I have tried hats, I just usually feel strange and out of place. I'll try to find a bow like the one you have on at the beginning of the video. This would be great for my 80's party coming up in D.C.!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Love that bow! I do use hair clips or other accessories sometimes, but mainly just for keeping my hair out of my eyes! really enjoyed your video!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Amazing and Stupendous! Exactly the type of Hub I like to enjoy. Thank you many thousand times. Up, Awesome, etc.

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      Lela Bryan 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

      What if I have short hair? What type of hair accessory would you suggest? or is it best for only long hair?

      Also did you buy or make your trademark bow

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Oh Simone you are so fabulous girl!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      LOL I really love the first 10 seconds of the video!

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      savry 5 years ago from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      that good i should buy one..

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      I really need to start doing something with my hair. I mean, when I wear a pony tail it's a big change-up for me! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Awesome video - that did take a lot of editing, I can imagine. And you really do have that bow from your avatar. How often do you wear it out? I did wear accessories in my hair when I worked; I need to pull them out and wear one today.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You rock that bow Simone. The closest I come to a hair accessory is tossing my hair in a ponytail during a game of basketball or a run.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I LOVE your trademark bow. Your style and accessories are so fun! That's a great video, too - I love how you put all the different pieces on at the beginning and create a really professional-looking video. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love hats, but I don't wear much more than that. Maybe I will now! I love how you did the video! How the heck did you achieve the effects you did with the different accessories. Awesome! Voted up and many other things!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Simone, thanks for the great tips! I always put my hair up with boring black hair bands, so you've inspired me to be more creative now :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Entertaining as always! If ladies didn't want to wear hair accessories before, they sure do now. :)

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Simone for a great hub, I love your bow in your avatar as well.

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      Leroyworld 5 years ago from Texas, No place else

      I like this hub. The bow in your avatar really exists! I had my doubts; but, now I know better.

      My favorite hair piece in the video is the one with the red feather. It reminds me of the Three Musketeers movies. I can see you fencing.

      Too bad I have little use for the information. Like most guys, I cut my hair short and forget it is there. I hope it is still up there.

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      Trudy Cooper 5 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Fab, great ideas, hilarious way with words!

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      snow2010 5 years ago from New York

      thanks for sharing

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Simone, awesome hair accessory tips! I love hats, clips, headbands and flowers in my hair :) As far as I'm concerned, no outfit is complete without "slapping something on top of my head" (ha! I love the way you put it). Your video is hilarious.