If there was any doubt that hair accessories were not on the SS17 beauty agenda then Chanel’s Cruise Collection was solid confirmation that you shouldn’t be seen without them. Models sashayed down the runway with various takes on the headband that included silky black ribbon, embellished bandeaus, chiffon plaits and gold leather braids.
If you’re wondering whether hair accessories can work off of the catwalk, the answer is yes. But before you adorn your crowning glory with metallic cuffs or bold barrettes, take note of our expert tips. Here the backstage superstars, Anthony Turner, Guido, Luke Hersheson and James Galvin, reveal how to style your hair using accessories.
The rule: “Keep it simple. The secret to pulling off a hair accessory is to balance it with your hairstyle. The rule of thumb is to keep your hairstyle ultra-relaxed if you’re wearing a fussy band, fascinator or clip but if you’re planning an intricate up-do, stick to a simple, elegant accessory to complement the overall look,” says Luke Hersheson, creative director of Hershesons.
The speed styler: “For a super quick and chic look, pull hair back into a slick ponytail and secure with Hershesons Clear Snagless Hairband (£6.50) then accessorise with a wide barrette, fastening it close to the nape of the neck,” explains Hersheson. Try Lelet NY Crinkle gold-plated hairclip, £110.
The festival ticket: “You can also incorporate material into think chunky braids, this is perfect to festival season . Head chains have also been huge and can be worn in loosely styled waves or slightly dishevelled Up-dos,” says James Galvin, Kérastase Ambassador.
The easy version: “Hair can be kept as simple as possible by simply combing your hair neatly into a side parting and tucking your hair behind your ear. Secure with a grip or two just in front of your ear and lightly spray hair to give a polished sleek affect,” says Galvin.
Bows, barettes and jewels: “A very effective look would be to brush all your hair on top of your head and tie into a ponytail, then just simply secure to the side of your head with a delicate accessory.” says Galvin. Accessorize Crystal and Pearl Hair Pins, £8, are perfect for recreating the looks seen an Bottega Veneta and Custo Barcelona. “You can also brush your hair back with your hands and fingers (doesn’t have to be too perfect) and twist into a very very tight chignon and secure. You can add very pretty jewels in the crease of the chignon. Another very effective look would be to tie hair back into a low pony. Secure. Then add a leather barrette to give a tight secure finish. Very easy and super chic!”