Are you stuck in a boring hair rut? Day after day wearing the same-old “do” can make you feel pretty frumpy after awhile. If you’re itching for a new look, don’t rush off to the salon and do anything drastic. A few new hair accessories may be all you need to get back into a good-hair groove.
You might think of colorful plastic clips holding back a kindergartner’s wispy side bangs when you hear barrettes, but these handy hair accessories have come a long way since your school days. Available in endless designs, colors and sizes, barrettes can add instant sophistication to a plain-old ponytail, a sexy look to a short cut or a little playfulness to a proper up-do. Just swipe back a small section of hair, clip and voila! New year, new you.
If you have long hair, jaw clips are perfect for putting it up without having to resort to the sloppy scrunchy or elastic band. Simply gather hair in a low pony, twist and lift, securing at the top back of your head with a medium or large jaw clip. Smaller decorative jaw clips can be both functional and fun, letting you clamp twisted sections of your tresses away from your face while adding a little color or sparkle.
Never underestimate the power of a handful of bobby pins. These trusty metal fasteners have been around longer than even your grandmother can remember, and they’ve rescued countless women around the globe from bad—and boring—hair days. Use them to secure a simple bun or a fancy French twist. Hold carefully crafted ringlets in place. Keep a slipping braid from slithering apart. The best part? They make hair look perfectly primped, yet no one has to know they’re there.
Elastic bands, a.k.a. pony tail holders, do their duty making unruly manes manageable, letting you leave the house and look presentable without so much as a comb through. But, there’s no need to confine them to this role! Try something different, like braided pig tails, a messy top knot or a French braid, and use a No-Slip Grip band to keep that new style in place all day.
The Beauty Boss is written by our staff editors Rebecca Chopin and Katie Kaleita, who work closely with the Vitacost.com beauty department experts to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information on natural beauty and antiaging tips and trends. Have a beauty question or want to suggest a product for Vitacost.com to carry? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.