The Beauty Memo

The 4 Prettiest New Hair Accessory Trends To Wear Now

From statement bows and sparkling slides to luxe headbands and standout scarves, striking hair adornments are turning heads this season. MALENA HARBERS discovers how to wear these high-impact, low-maintenance accents like a pro

At the 2021 premiere of The Great in Los Angeles, Elle Fanning showed the power and punch of an oversized bow (or two)

The latest slew of hair accessories is prettier and bolder than seasons past. “Post-pandemic, we all want to go out and celebrate – and dramatic hair accents reflect this sentiment,” says celebrity hairstylist Zoë Irwin. But, despite their seeming lavishness, these accessories don’t require a hairstyle with much up-keep or preparation and often work best with day-two hair. Here, Irwin gives us the lowdown on how to style them…

Oversized bows

This summer’s iteration of the classic hair bow tends to be larger and more structured than before. “You can wear it in a variety of ways, depending on its placement,” says Irwin. “Paired with a side parting and used to secure hair up and back on the opposite side is a real statement and great for hot climates.” If you have fine hair, prep is key for this look – spritz strands with Hair By Sam McKnight’s Easy-Up Do before blow-drying, tease the section you’re pulling up and twist it to clip the bow at the side of your head. “A great alternative for fine hair is to secure the bow at the base of a sleek, low ponytail.” If you have very curly or Afro hair, a half-up, half-down style works best, advises Irwin. “Pull the top section back as sleekly as possible and leave curls free-flowing underneath.”

Danai Gurira (left, in 2022) and Margaret Qualley (right, in 2021) both went for full Hollywood headband glamour at their respective Met Gala attendances

Headband hits

Oversized; rich, satiny textures; bejeweled, or saturated in pearls – next-gen hairbands offer a heavy dose of polish to vacation hair. “My clients are snapping up these show-stoppers to take them from summer through to party season,” says Irwin. Whereas the thicker bands tend to suit thicker hair, those with finer strands or short styles look better topped with this season’s ’90s-inspired, super-skinny options. “For either version, simply drag the hair back and set in place,” says Irwin. They’re ideal if you’re at the beach or poolside to instantly upgrade wet, sun- and salt-soaked hair while keeping strands in place.

Next-level combs and slides

Eschewing their dainty reputation, new-season combs and slides come in showy gilded tones, overtly crystal-embellished resin, or are wrapped in jumbo-sized logos for maximum impact. “Keep them in your handbag for when you need to instantly dress up an outfit, but equally to hold your hair in place in the heat.” Irwin also suggests adding them to a simple updo. “Divide a ponytail into two or three sections and twist them tightly. Wrap each section around the base of the ponytail and secure it with the slide or comb. For extra hold, add bobby pins first.” For shorter hair, create a mini ponytail and place the slides at one side to keep strays in place.

Viola Davis gets a firm and fashionable grip on her choice of hair accessory while attending this year’s Top Gun: Maverick screening in Cannes
Lily Aldridge positively sparkled at this year’s Met Gala, where she wore an eye-catching, crystal-embellished headscarf by Khaite

Maximalist headscarves

Whether in a bold, block color or brightly patterned print, more is more when it comes to this versatile accessory. “[To make a statement,] wear wrapped around the whole head and tie at the nape,” says Irwin. “For an equally bold, summery vibe, braid into a low ponytail [to keep it] sleek and glossy.” Plus, Irwin points out it’s great for fine or thinning hair, as the scarf serves to bulk out the braid. Be mindful that your hair could look dry next to any accessory in a luxe texture like silk or velvet, though, so it’s so important to up each strand’s shine. “Use a high-shine hairspray rather than an oil or glossing serum to ensure hair has hold,” Irwin adds.


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