Hair bows and barrettes are adorable accessories for little girls, but they don’t always translate well past the age of 12. A 30-year-old in a set of pom poms is just…wrong. However, don’t let the youthful nature of those accessories put you off from hair accessories for women altogether. There are plenty of elegant, mature hair accessories for women that won’t look decades out of place on your head.
Headbands are a great option for women of all ages. If you’re attending a formal affair, try Anthropologie for an intricately beaded, sparkly option. For statement headbands (think oversize and look-at-me options), hit up Ban.do, a hair accessory company that sells pieces spotted on the heads of stars like Taylor Swift and Kourtney Kardashian. Headbands can be used to dress up outfits or camouflage a bad hair day, and can be added to any hairstyle — short hair, long hair, updos, you name it. Just don’t take it too far — for example, like these celebs did with these OMFG hair accessories.
Bobby pins are one of the most useful hair accessories for women. Without them, we wouldn’t have French twists, chic chignons, or convenient lock picks always on hand. But when you’re not using them for an updo (or to break into your apartment), there’s no reason you can’t add a little flair to make them "pop" in your hair. Bejeweled bobby pins can be found in stores like Urban Outfitters and Claire’s. If you’re looking for something really specific, try Etsy. If you’re feeling crafty, break out your glue gun and some rhinestones and jazz one up yourself. (Just make sure it dries before trying it out.)
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