There was very little not to love about iconic beauty Iman's look last night. The model was glowing on the red carpet of the New York City Ballet's Fall Gala with smoky eye makeup and tousled curls. Her style was capped off with a sparkly hair accessory, adding just the right amount of brightness to her elegant black gown; the juxtaposition of her dark eye palette and dressed-up barrette worked beautifully. Like Iman proved here, the right hair accessory can add instant glamour to your entire ensemble. So brush up on your Veronica Lake waves styling know-how, and shop for your next formal event hair clip below.
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Ponytails wrapped in leather are super sexy, make no mistake. But they don't always have to be casual encounters-sexy (hey, unless that's what you're into). Like sky-high stilettos, leather is one of those materials that can either look rich or racy depending on where and how you wear it. And the same applies for leather ponytails. I talked to celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson for three ways to wear the trend depending on your personality. And if you rock the hair whip to meet his parents, don't say we didn't warn you.
If You're: A Good Girl
You don't have to be wearing a corset to pull off a leather ponytail. Just keep it low and sleek. "The lower the ponytail, the more sophisticated and chic you look," says Gibson, who recommends parting the hair to one side, brushing it straight back, and securing it at the nape of the neck. I recently rocked a Goody DoubleWear studded leather ponytail wrap this way at church (yes, you heard that right), and got more compliments than concerned looks. Those hit Target stores in September, but you can also purchase similar ones from Jennifer Behr in a variety of pretty colors.
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"I used accents of black leather in my A/W12 collection and so wanted to create a hairband for Tigi that had the same attitude," Kane explained. "A double strand in soft, mock leather adds toughness and strictness and keeps the hair controlled and modern." The limited-edition headband will be available with the purchase of two Catwalk by Tigi products at participating Tigi salons next month. Wear the sweet but sultry accessory with a tousled updo for cool-girl appeal, or with a ponytail for a crisp, sophisticated style.
Accessories can be your best friend when your hair just refuses to cooperate the day after a wash. There's no shame in just throwing on a hat and calling it a day, though, especially when your chapeau is as adorable as Alicia Keys's. But believe it or not, once your cap is on, there are ways to style your mane so it doesn't have to succumb to being smushed. An extra minute is really all you need to get hat hair as chic as Alicia's. Get tips for creating this easy style when you keep reading.
Keep your sweet girl's hair in the right place with adorable hair accessories that complement her style. No matter the length of her lovely locks, these hair adornments are perfect for adding a pop of color or a little sparkle on her head. Along with being absolutely darling, these hair clips, headbands, and ponytail holders are all handmade by some of our favorite Etsy sellers. Click through to find the perfect hair bling for your little girl.
To adopt the look into your beauty routine, give a classically sweet ponytail an element of surprise by topping it with a spiked hair band, like the gold-toned Asos Spike Ponio ($10) elastic. And for a truly fashionable approach, try a bedazzled turban, such as the Gold Saturn Studded Turband in Black ($59). Ease into the trend with Topshop Spike Kirbies (six for $18) hair pins, or channel your inner cool-girl with Urban Outfitters Westside Spiked Hair Comb ($19), affixed off to one side. Whatever route you choose, you'll be pointedly in the know. Heh.
Get a similar look by spritzing damp strands with a sea salt-infused beach spray, such as Josie Maran Bohemian Waves ($22). Then scrunch your hair with your hands as you blow-dry to create a carefree effect like Emma's. After loosely tossing hair back into a messy bun, top the style off with a golden headpiece to add glamour to an otherwise casual style. Try this Made Swallow Head Band ($41), or add a pop of color with this turquoise-toned Grenada Goddess Headwrap ($19). Just be sure to secure your hair jewelry with bobby pins so it will stay put through any Summer day (music festivals, here you come).
Gold prices may be down in the stock market, but in terms of beauty, the yellow metal is faring a whole lot better. Earlier this year, we saw the gold nail polish trend sweeping the nation, and now we're seeing the precious metal pop up in hair accessories from elaborate brooches to simple headbands. Want to strike gold? (Who wouldn't, really?) Get inspired by these five stars' auriferous hair ornaments.
Tied correctly, a scarf can jazz up short, long, curly, or straight strands in less than a minute. This trendy turban look is worthy of the mosh pit, or it can help you disguise a less-than-fabulous hair day. Add this stylish hair accessory to your music festival travel packing list, and see how to create it step-by-step now.