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This year may not have the same line of fancy holiday parties to attend, but that doesn’t mean a need for stylish hair accessories isn’t top of mind for the fashion and beauty junkies in your life. Giving the gift of a good hair day is truly a gift that keeps on giving, as hair accessories can be used well beyond the virtual work parties and COVID-safe New Year’s Eve festivities. Knowing where to find the most unique, affordable and trendy hair accessories could take countless hours scanning the web for inspiration. But lucky for you, we’ve done the research and are ready to share our finds.
So grab your gift-giving list, check it twice and pick out the best accessories for your friends and family who struggle with being both knotty and nice.
There’s no arguing this 2020 was the year of at-home fitness, and that means your friends and fam who have embraced perfecting their downward dog from home are likely in the market for a good headband. The Fly Away Tamer Headband II Luxtreme is a Lululemon cult classic that has stood the test of time, or at least stood the test of keeping flyaways and sweat from interrupting a workout. The Lycra fibre provides an ideal amount of stretch while maintaining shape retention, while velvet inside the headband ensures hair will stay in place without compromising its health. It also comes in a variety of colourways to suit the receiver’s unique style.
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $12
Headbands made a major comeback this year since the ‘90s all of a sudden came back into fashion. We aren’t talking about your basic plastic headband; most often used to hideaway bangs going through their tender growing out stage. The modern spin of the classic headband now includes a variety of textures, fabric, hardware, and accents pieces that can make anyone look put together from the neck up on a video call. The NamJosh January Embellished Headband from Anthropologie is an ideal choice for those on your list who love to dress up. However, if you have others on your list who prefer a less busy look, Anthropologie offers a bunch of styles ranging from over the top to tame, making it easy to shop for everyone.
SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $48
Another major comeback in ‘90s hair accessories is the return of the hair clip. These snappy little clips are perfect for securing bangs or moving hair away from the face while still looking cute. If hair woes aren’t a concern for the person you have in mind, they can still clip in these accessories strictly for the look. The resin hair clip options from Night Moves Atelier are handmade gems that come in a few colours and designs. If someone on your list loves to support local businesses and appreciates the effort involved in DIY products, you need to order them this retro throwback.
SHOP IT: Night Moves Atelier, $12
For those in your life who prefer to make a more subtle statement, a dainty barrette or hairclip might be the way to go. Hello Happy Originals is a Canadian company on Etsy that specializes in boho-inspired small-batch accessories. The shop owner hosts a few different hairpins and combs, but these gold geometric hair clips totally feel on-trend. And thanks to their design, these little beauties could be worn for a fancy occasion or causal day, making them a versatile option for those on your list who enjoy versatility.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $12
Looking for something a bit flashier for a pal? Search no further than Mocha Mane. Founder Helecia Williams has been a natural hair content creator and YouTuber for more than a decade, where she documents her natural hair journey by sharing tips, tricks, trials and fails. Seeing a need for better representation in hair accessories for women of colour, Williams began creating designs for hair pins and clips that delivered bold statements for folks with kinky textured hair. The result was Mocha Mane, and now, Williams serves up unique and stylish hair pins like this rhinestone stunner—perfect for a friend or family member who wants to stand out from the crowd.
SHOP IT: Mocha Mane, $12
There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect headwrap or band only to have it shift around in place and mess up the look. Luckily, Oh My Bō creates headbands with a bendable wire to help keep everything intact. But that’s not the only cool thing about these stylish headbands. The bendable wires inside the fabric allow the wearers to create many fun looks by twisting, bending and wrapping the ends based on style preference. There are a ton of fun prints to choose from for kids and adults. You can purchase a think or thick headband, depending on the deserved coverage.
SHOP NOW: Oh My Bō, $25
Leave it to Disney to create an adorable headband that can be worn by adults and children alike. The rose gold ears headband made waves when it originally came on the market, and it’s still going strong as one of the most popular Minnie Mouse ears available. It’s perfect for dressing up with the kids, but adult Disney fans covet this headband as a means of expanding an ever-growing collection of memorabilia that will forever stand the test of time.
SHOP IT: Shop Disney, $30
The scrunchie is still having a moment, and perhaps that’s why brands are working hard to come up with new and inventive ways of keeping this trend alive. With a variety of textures, fabrics and prints already competing in the space, it’s hard to believe that something new could still come along, but H&M nailed it with this unique spin. The elasticized scrunchie in velour comes with a metal ring and three rhinestone-embellished pendants. The pendants easily attach to the metal ring with a trigger clasp, providing the option to switch out pendants depending on the mood or specific look the lucky receiver is trying to achieve.
SHOP IT: H&M, $20
Attempting the perfect ribbon-bow is not without its challenges, but this hair tie is a great way to secure the look every. time. This specific ribbon-bow hair tie from Old Navy comes in mustard yellow, a colour that is still thriving in 2020 and is available in a 2-pack. That means your friend, cousin or sibling can share the wealth with another or expand their hair creativity by doubling down on bows with pigtails, fishtails, intricate ponytails and more.
SHOP IT: Old Navy, $8
For the pal who loves to feel their feelings, the Kitsch X Justine Marjan rhinestone VIBES bobby pin is the ideal holiday gift. It’s certainly a statement pin, so make sure you give careful thought to its receiver. The crystal rhinestones create a bold look that works with all hair types, including straight, wavy, curly and kinky. It looks great securing loose strands but can also be placed strategically on the hair to send a message to those who are quick enough to catch a glimpse of it.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $27 (originally $39)
Getting caught in the rain after getting her hair done was a no-no for Tracey Pickett, so she decided to do something about it. She tried everything from plastic shopping bags to shower caps, but it seemed nothing could keep her mane sufficiently dry. After creating several prototypes, Pickett finally landed on a fool-proof design and thus, Hairbella was born. It’s a fashionable hat that protects various hairstyles, lengths and textures from rain and humidity. If you have someone on your list who is always fighting against a bad hair day, this hat could save them on a rainy day.
SHOP IT: Hairbrella, $39
Give them more than one option to add some flair to their ‘do with a three-pack hair clip set from Nordstrom. This particular selection features faux pearls and sparkly crystals on easy-to-secure hair clips that are perfect for people of any age on your shopping list. Let them accessorize regardless of their hair length and gift the gift of value and variety with three adorable hair clips to complete any style long after the holidays are over.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $12