Hair Accessories – Spring/Summer 2012

Hair accessorising has in the past meant plastic banana clips and dreadful 80’s hair scrunchies, but there’s something of a revival happening as people are returning to hair accessorising again, realising the versatility they can add to their look and freedom of expression it gives.

You can easily create some drama and add lots of personality and there have been a number of different trends coming through on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2012.

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At Chanel they used twisted in pearl hair grips to add an ethereal beauty to their updos. You can easily buy similar products that mimic these on the high street –  they are small pearls (or imitation pearls) mounted on a spiral and easily twist in and out of your style. Try a topknot with a few of these twisted in for a sweet and simple evening look.

You could also try raiding your local haberdashery; at Emilio Pucci and Viktor & Rolf we saw the use of ribbons as a way to add interest – at Pucci they side parted the hair, then gathered it in a super low pony and the ribbon tied at the ends. At Viktor & Rolf there was a more girlish take on the same trend, with ribbon tied into a cute bow on a very loose pony.  To wear this look yourself, roughly dry hair and put it up into a loose and low messy ponytail, then wrap ribbon around to cover your bobble.  Try a pastel shade ribbon for day, or a vibrant red for evening, and trim the ends of the ribbon at a 45 degree angle to avoid fraying.

We also saw the return of hair paint at Thakoon’s NYFW show.  Not a look for everyone – they used clay powder sprinkled into the wet hair, then painted on this to give it a a bright, edgy, raw look.  This trend also emerged at Julien Macdonald where hair was slicked back before being coated in red, white or black paint, and at the Topshop Unique show where they opted for gold.

If you are off to any festivals this summer you could easily nod to this trend by using hair paint or clip in hair pieces to streak through one or more colours which you wouldn’t want to commit to full time, but would like to try on for fun.  Try it with beachy waves and a pale lilac or baby blue colour streak.