Haute Hair Accessories For Every Occasion

Don’t sweat the humidity and keep your strands in place with a fashionable hair accessory. Take a peek at the hottest headbands, clips, head wraps and barrettes that will help you beat the heat in style. Let’s us show you how to add a touch of glamour to your do. By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 27, 2009

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The last thing you need to worry about this summer is your hair not lookin’ fly. Don’t sweat the humidity and keep your strands in place with a fashionable hair accessory. Take a peek at the hottest headbands, clips, head wraps and barrettes that will help you beat the heat in style. Let’s us show you how to add a touch of glamour to your do.

By Qianna Smith

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Actress Gabrielle Union has jumped on the headband trend and rocks a textured band that adds sex appeal to her tousled hair.

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Looking for a stylish way to pull your hair back? Try wearing a headband that will not only flatter your face, but also will add decorative statement to glam up your overall look and appearance.

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Hairbands are back with renewed style and refined designs. Head-to-toe trendsetting style starts at the top, so get your head game on track with a headband decked out with zipper accents, feathers, rhinestones, floral, bows or woven details.

Top (Left to Right): Dainty Zipper Flower Headband, $4.80, forever21.com; Marc By Marc Jacobs Skinny Hairband, $88, bloomingdales.com; Feather Plume Headband, $18, fredflare.com
Middle: Fabric Chain Stone Headband, $22, topshop.com; Eugenia Kim Portia Headband, $165, barneys.com
Bottom: Cara Accessories Chunky Stone and Crystal Hairband, $54, bloomingdales.com; Veronica Floral Headband, $8.80, forever21.com

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Supermodel Chanel Iman shows the versatility of headbands and the many wearable options, from classic to Boho chic. This braided style is sexy, summery and so right now.

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Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon keeps her stands from frizzing up with this two row jeweled hairwrap at Sean “Diddy” Combs’s White Party in the Hamptons.

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Whether you wear your hair up or down, experiment with feather-accented hair accessories. Feathers are a must-have this season and look ultra feminine on everything from headbands to hair clips.

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Talk-show diva Tyra Banks dons a butterfly hair clip covered in rhinestones that adds just the right accent to her classic hairdo.

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Complete your hairstyle with a gorgeous polished hair comb, clip or barrette. These radiant hair essentials can be worn both day and night.

Top (Left to Right): SERENITY CRYSTALS Hair Clip H88 Butterfly Wings, $10.95, amazon.com; Betsey Johnson Bow w/ Heart Charm Barrett, $25, betseyjohnson.com
Middle: Jennifer Ouellette Metal Flower Barrette, $115, barneys.com; Karina Pearl Barrettes Autoclip, $6, ulta.com
Bottom: Full Bouquet Clip, $18, anthropologie.com; Rhinestone Hair Comb, $4.80, forever21.com; Bejeweled orchid hairclip, $18, bananarepublic.com

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Simple and chic are summer’s buzzwords when it comes to hair. Take a basic ponytail and whip it into shape with fab ponytail holder that will give your do some extra polish and sophistication.

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Oscar-nominated actress/singer Queen Latifah goes for a party girl do at her birthday bash this past March. A leather strap was wrapped around her ponytail to give this simple style some edge. Head to a fabric store and make your own one-of-kind ponytail holders.

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Turn your simple ponytail style into a fashion-forward creation by wearing a stretchy band adorned with a handcrafted hair ornament. Ponytail holders just got a major makeover and your tresses will never look better wrapped around these embellishments.

Top (Left to Right): Karina Black Hard Candy Ponytail Holder, $6, ulta.com; France Luxe Melrose Ponytail Holder, $23, amazon.com; L. Erickson Quilted Pearl Ponytail Holder, $18, amazon.com
Middle: France Luxe Ginger Pony, $32, amazon.com
Bottom: L. Erickson 30mm Ponytail Holder, $14, amazon.com; France Luxe Cone Ponytail Holder, $16, amazon.com

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Get ready for a “Head Trip” in the August issue of ESSENCE magazine (page 36) featuring the hottest trends in hair accessories. Try on the looks you see both online and in the issue with the ESSENCE Makeover Magic tool today!

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