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    May 8, 2020

    27 Hair Accessories For Anyone Who Doesn’t Wanna Do More Than A Ponytail Or Bun

    Turns out, you can fancy up that messy bun.

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    1. Glitzy hair pins made for babes with curly natural hair, meaning they won't snag!!!

    Amazon, Swirly Curly

    FYI, this is a black-owned brand and you can check out more cool finds in our story on cool products from black-owned businesses!

    Promising review: "I like the look of decorative pins but avoid them due to fear of breakage. These were designed specifically for curly hair so there are no worries. They glide smoothly onto hair and can be removed without causing damage. They're also really cute." —Antoinette

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in 12 different styles).

    2. Mulan replica or Gryffindor Sword sticks to amp up your messy bun and sharply show off your fandom.

    Hot Topic

    Get them from Hot Topic for $14.90 each: Mulan, Harry Potter Gryffindor sword (also check out the Harry Potter Elder Wand and Frozen snowflake sticks too)

    3. Velvet hair scrunchies in fun patterns primed to bring the focus to your high messy pony, instead of your freshly dry-shampooed roots.

    Promising review: "These scrunchies are awesome! Great quality material. Velvety and thick. Gorgeous colors!" —LL2300

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.97.

    4. Or a trio of silk scrunchies to be super gentle on your strands. You know how sleeping on a silk pillowcase can keep your hair moisturized? Well these bbs will also help you during your waking hours. Plus, they look so fancy!


    Promising review: "I LOVE these scrunchies! They are so soft on my hair and are also cute and stylish. I am always putting my thick, curly hair up during the day when I’m working or cooking, and these scrunchies don’t tug or pull at my hair. Also works great at night, not leaving any creases. Highly recommend!" —ragazzasiciliana

    Get them from Nordstrom for $39 (available in two color combos).

    5. A 20-pack of stylish hair clips you hypothetically COULD wear all at once if you really wanna come up with an exciting new lewk. Or just one or two at a time to tame that weird lock of hair that won't stay up in a pony.


    Get them from Amazon for $8.49.

    6. Or a bigger variety of geometric alligator clips you can use to keep your hair out of your face in a low-key but incredibly glam way.


    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. A six-pack of wrap headbands to help liven up your go-to leggings and plain white T-shirt while keeping your hair out of your eyes.


    Promising review: "Theses headbands are sooo soft and I love the fact that they stay in place. I have bought other headbands from different places and they all tend to ride up my head but these actually stay on my head, without riding up, all day. Great buy and I love all of the colors!!!" —sandra

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99 (available in nine style combos).

    8. Or a button headband that'll be just the thing for a healthcare worker who's constantly wearing a face mask. Or for when you head out with your own face mask.

    The B Mill Co / Etsy

    My colleague Marquaysa Battle included this clever headband in a roundup of gifts for healthcare workers. Someone gave one of these to her friend who's a nurse, who loved it! She's found it also super helpful to keep mask strings from irritating her ears.

    Promising review: "Thank you so much!!! The headband is great and saves my ears during a long shift!!! It's great quality and it arrived fast! <3" —StePHaTron

    Get it from The B Mill Co on Etsy for $14 (available in eight prints).

    9. A trio of neon scrunchies with a gingham standout in case you're a little bit country, but also a little bit rock 'n' roll.

    American Eagle

    Get them from American Eagle for $6.96.

    10. Knit fruit pins sure to become your main squeeze on those days when you wanna throw your hair in a low pony and call it.

    Dolls Kill

    Get them from Dolls Kill for $10.

    11. A couple of floral hair pins that'll add an unbeleafable twist to your I-woke-up-10-minutes-ago 'do.


    Get them from Asos for $13.

    12. A pair of barrettes in case you're feeling half up/half down for the day (which takes just like a smidge more effort than a messy bun).


    Promising review: "Very elegant, well made, sturdy, and unique. Just what I was waiting for, I will absolutely be purchasing more, I have a tough time finding clips and barrettes for my thick hair. The tortoise shell looks stunning with blonde hair especially." —Trixie Treat

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six style combos).

    13. A ruched headband as a gorgeous pop of color that won't compete with your even more gorgeous visage. Plus that texture will work beautifully with a bedhead pony!

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $4.99 (also available in pink).

    14. A six-pack of scarf scrunchies for a one-and-done task of putting up your hair and adding a glam touch., Amazon

    Promising review: "I wear ponytails a lot as I transition to a natural gray with my curly hair. Using 'unique' hair accessories helps with making a plain boring and simple hair care routine way more interesting, and the material is a welcomed safety to help reduce breakage when wearing ponytail scrunchies. I plan on ordering other colors in the near future. You can't go wrong with this purchase!" —Tru

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. Plaid snap clips because your yellow plaid suit skirt set is at the cleaners. Jk it's hanging up perfectly clean in your closet but you're giving it a breather (along with spending more than five minutes on your hair).

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $2.99.

    16. A four-pack of sparkly alligator clips you can use to pin back half your hair or cover up the bumpiest parts of your mirror-less messy bun.


    Promising review: "I love these clips! They transform a boring hairstyle. I get lots of compliments. I have A LOT of hair and they manage to hold my thick hair in place all day without slipping. I choose to wear two for extra support. They are well-made and are comfortable to wear. I'm not crazy about the gold color, I would prefer silver but when they are in your hair you can hardly notice the color." —Bree H.

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in seven style combos).

    17. A five-pack of chic hair elastics perfect for any pearly risers with a no-frills hair routine.


    Promising review: "Super cute for when I wear my hair up for work! Definitely a must have." —marissa migliore

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    If you love the pearl look but the above is a lil' overload in your opinion, check out these similar hair ties.

    18. A Stitch bun pin for anyone who's been left in stitches from the charming alien in paradise (it me).

    Hot Topic

    Get it from Hot Topic for $11.90.

    19. A three-pack of ponytail cuffs that'll give you an editorial look your dog is for sure going to appreciate.


    Promising review: "I have been growing out my hair and experimenting with different ways of keeping it under control. These are fun and I have received compliments about them. Most of the women want to know where I bought them. I had no problems putting them in place and didn't have to worry about them slipping. So it is most definitely a win-win for me." —V. Goldberg

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in silver).

    20. A four-pack of snazzy hair claws to grab lil' sections of your hair back and give your work nemesis something to wonder about during your afternoon video call.


    Get them from Nordstrom for $28 (available in two color combos).

    21. A 10-pack of dreamy minimalist clips that won't hold up all your hair, but sure will serve as a gorgeous lil' accent.


    Promising review: "These clips are really cute. They stay put and and dress up hair in a very chic way. And such a good value for 10 clips, highly recommend them." —H

    Get them from Amazon for $8.59.

    22. Sequin mouse ears to wear now to keep virtual happy hour lively and don on your next Disney World trip.,

    Promising review: "These ears are stunning! I wore them on a field trip and they stole the show! They fit snugly enough that they didn’t fly off my head on the fast rides, but not so tightly as to give me a headache. Highly recommended!" —Tissan Howard

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 18 color combos).

    23. A rhinestone floral headband that'd look so lovely with a low messy bun. But it's your headband, do what you want with it!


    Get it from Asos for $23.

    24. A stylish felt hat with a nice lil' horse bit-like accent on the trim, which will distract from your hair that you most defintely haven't washed since who knows when.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 15 colors/styles)

    25. Or a big straw hat (with a handy size adjustor!) that'll cover up the majority of your hair and make you look extremely mysterious.


    Get it from Asos for $35.

    26. A trio of bright pearly clips to help brighten your look — and perhaps even your outlook.

    Hot Topic

    Get them from Hot Topic for $9.90.

    27. And a Simone Rocha headband in case you're in the mood to splurge and look dang good doing it.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $341.98.

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