On the runway: Both Oscar de la Renta and Dior favoured low ponytails effortlessly tethered with ribbons at their spring presentations.DIY:...
On the runway: Both Oscar de la Renta and Dior favoured low ponytails effortlessly tethered with ribbons at their spring presentations.
DIY: Calling all lazy girls: This one’s for you, because it doesn't get much easier than wrapping a bit of ribbon around the base of a basic ponytail.
Keep things simple with a bit of solid black trimming, or choose a pretty satin pastel or a fun print. Any type of flexible textile is up for grabs: Redken Canada’s lead artist, Jorge Joao, currently favours leather.
“When it comes to using ties, you don't want them to be too long or floppy," says Joao. "Focus on how you’re tying them and how creative you can make your knots or bows."
Be sure to keep your ribbon ties handy for days when you’re inspired to try something more involved. “Using them to secure a ponytail is great [but] you can also integrate them into braids and twist,” he says.
Johnnie Loves Rosie Circle and Bar Hair Clip, $27, ASOS
On the runway: At Chanel, models were adorned with silver metal headbands in a mix of sleek and corrugated textures.DIY: A headband is certainly...
On the runway: At Chanel, models were adorned with silver metal headbands in a mix of sleek and corrugated textures.
DIY: A headband is certainly a commitment to a look, but you can control the volume of your style statement.
“[There are] lots of options here in terms of colour, texture and shape,” says Joao.
Sleek styles in subtle finishes, like leather, suede, tortoiseshell or pony hair, are ideal for every day or if you’re partial to an understated vibe. For more drama, enhance your mane with an architectural headband silhouette in glimmering metal.
Jennifer Behr Eris Headband, US $295, Jennifer Behr
You also have the power to put a headband on full display — or not, depending on how you style your hair.Slick hair will show off the accessory...
You also have the power to put a headband on full display — or not, depending on how you style your hair.
Slick hair will show off the accessory more fully, while peekaboo effect can be achieved by nestling the headband within tousled waves, voluminous curls or kinky ringlets.
Let’s not overlook the functional benefits of this fashion must-have. “A hairband is not only a stylish accessory, it's a great way to keep hair out of your face,” says Joao.
J.Crew Skinny Tortoise Headband, $18, J.Crew
On the runway: Hair accessories have become a signature for the sisterly design duo behind Rodarte. This season, rows of bronze flower hairpins...
On the runway: Hair accessories have become a signature for the sisterly design duo behind Rodarte. This season, rows of bronze flower hairpins capped off their collection.
DIY: Flowers aren’t the only pretty options for hairpins. Geometric shapes and tiny gems rule this category, lending a cool aesthetic to everything from dainty bobby pins through to larger clips.
To find the perfect hairpin for you, keep an eye on size and colour, says Joao.
“You never want anything that is too big or will overtake the look of the hair. You also want to ensure that the colour doesn’t clash with your hair or with your outfit. Remember it's supposed to be an accessory, not the main look,” he says.
In terms of, well, where to stick it, there’s no wrong answer.
As the finishing touch on a half-up hairdo, for example, pins worked well for Brie Larson on Oscar night. But you’ll earn bonus style points (and compliments) when you get more creative with hairpin placement.
“It's always nice when it's offsetting the look, like asymmetrically. Or using it as negative/positive space to fill or highlight spaces,” says Joao.
Serefina 6 Pin Star Hair Set, $45, Shopbop