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The weather has finally warmed up and it’s time to trade in those jackets and boots for sun dresses and sandals! Spring brings a whole new vibe, and that means new styles and new accessories.
Hair accessories like scrunchies, headbands, scarves, and clips have been making their way onto the scene over the last couple of years, and as people are coming out of COVID hibernation and hitting the streets this spring, get ready to see hair accessories galore! Scrunchies made an epic comeback recently (thanks to 90’s trends coming back into style), and the trend is continuing to evolve. Whether your hair is long, short, layered, or colored, the styling options are endless.
Here are the 12 best hair accessories for a multitude of spring hairstyles you will want to continue rocking into the summer season!
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12 BEST HAIR ACCESSORIES FOR SPRING & SUMMER
1. CLAW CLIPS
Claw clips are BACK and they’re no longer just for a modest, workplace-appropriate look. New, trendy, flashy claw clips have made their way back on the scene in a big way. Whether you’re wearing a claw clip with a low ponytail, bun, or a half-up look, feel free to get creative! For spring, think minimalist styles with gold and silver, negative space, and unique geometric shapes. Or, make a statement with oversized, dramatic acrylic claw clips!
Shop Claw Clips
Kari’s Pick: ASOS DESIGN hair claw in triangle design in tort (ASOS, $9)
SAVE: Metal Hair Claw Gold Hollow Pearl Shell Hair Claw Clips (Walmart, $10)
SPLURGE: Alexandre de Paris Jaw Hair Clip (Shopbop, $55)
2. CROWN HEADBANDS
Any trend with Princess Diana vibes is one that I can get on board with, TBH. Crown headbands crept onto the scene last season, but not many trends gained too much traction because of COVID-19 lockdowns. Well, they are back this season, and, the bigger the better! Try out colorful pastels for spring with embellishments like pearls and gems to embrace your inner princess!
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Kari’s Pick: ASOS DESIGN crown in burnished silver tone (ASOS, $20)
SAVE: ASOS DESIGN metal headband with crystal and pearl detail (ASOS, $14)
SPLURGE: Lele Sadoughi Oversized Pearl & Crystal Headband (Revolve, $195)
Florals are a classic spring trend that certainly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. For an understated, minimalist look, try out small floral clips scattered throughout your hairstyle. For a more dramatic flair, look for strings of faux florals to weave into your hairstyle however you want! Now is the time to embrace your inner flower child!
Kari’s Pick: colorblock floral hair tie & bandana set (Kate Spade, $48)
SAVE: Two-Pack Daisy Hair Pins (Madewell, $13)
SPLURGE: Jennifer Behr Lilianna Silk Flower Headband (Saks Fifth Avenue, $425)
A little sparkle never hurt anybody. Or a lot, if that’s your style! Think of this hair accessory like jewelry for your hair. Whether they’re scattered into your ponytail, peeking out of a messy bun, or practically covering your entire head, gems will turn any spring hairstyle into a festive look that is sure to turn heads.
Kari’s Pick: Hudson Hair Pins (Olive + Pepper, $54)
SAVE: Long Rhinestone Hair Vine (Etsy, $24)
SPLURGE: Jennifer Behr Alia Gem Bobby Pin (Bergdorf Goodman, $175)
5. HAIR SCARVES
If you are a Pinterest, Instagram, or Tik Tok enthusiast, chances are you’ve seen a “how to style your hair with hair scarves” tutorial video. People are getting super creative this season with hair scarves and how they are styling them. Wrap your hair scarf around your head like a headband, simply hang it from your ponytail, or weave it into a braid for a unique, boho look. For spring, think patterns like animal print, pastels, and neons.
Shop Hair Scarves
Kari’s Pick: Fritz Bandana Scarf (Bohme, $16)
SAVE: Bandana (Madewell, $12)
SPLURGE: Gancini Print Silk Scarf (Salvatore Ferragamo, $250)
6. LAYERED CLIPS
Clips, clips, and more clips, please! With this hair accessory trend, less is definitely not more. Hair clips made their way onto the scene last year, but this year, the more clips the trendier. Feel free to mix and match clips, stack them and layer them wherever you’d like, in neat rows or randomly dispersed.
Shop Layered Clips
Kari’s Pick: Two-Pack Happy Face Beaded Hair Pins (Madewell, $18)
SAVE: Wide Hair Clip Set of 5 (BaubleBar, $12)
SPLURGE: Prada Set of 2 Hair Clips (Farfetch, $420)
7. MESSAGE CLIPS
When it comes to fashion and beauty, everyone wants to stand out while remaining on trend. Luckily, message clips are here to help you do that! Keep with the hair clip trend while expressing yourself with a unique message. Some of my favorites that I’ve seen lately are messages like “Whatever,” “Queen,” and even “Vaccinated!”
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Kari’s Pick: Kitsch x Justine Marjan Glam Word Rhinestone Bobby Pin (Ulta, $29)
SAVE: 18 pieces Letter Rhinestone Bobby Pins (Amazon, $13)
SPLURGE: Gucci Crystal Hair Barrette (Nordstrom, $400)
8. MINIMALIST HEADBANDS
If oversized headbands and hair scarves aren’t your thing, have no fear. Minimalist headbands are here…and trendy! Minimalist jewelry is a trend that’s been around for a while, but is especially hot right now and for spring/summer. While bringing that energy to your hair accessories, think super-thin gold or silver headbands with small embellishments for a sleek, minimal look that still stands out.
Shop Minimalist Headbands
Kari’s Pick: Halo Headband (BaubleBar, $28)
SAVE: Butterfly Rhinestone Headband (Forever 21, $6)
SPLURGE: Gaios Contemporary 2-Piece Tiny Windy & Milkmaid Headband Set (Saks Fifth Avenue, $145)
9. OVERSIZED BOWS
Think back to when you were a little girl and your mom put a ridiculously large bow on your head, despite your objections. Well, for spring 2021 trends, Mom knows best, I guess! The bigger the bow, the better this spring. Experiment with different patterns and materials, as well as placement. Stick with the simple bow around the ponytail, or switch it up by placing a bow under a bun, on the side of your head, or behind your ear!
Shop Oversized Bows
Kari’s Pick: Oversized Bow Hair Clip (Nasty Gal, $5)
SAVE: Bow Barrette Hair Clip (Forever 21, $5)
SPLURGE: Donna Bow Barrette (Jennifer Behr, $225)
10. OVERSIZED SCRUNCHIES
Just like the bow trend, scrunchies are BIG in more ways than one this spring. Again, the bigger the scrunchie the better. For the best scrunchies this spring, think patterns like florals and polka dots and experiment with materials like faux fur or silk!
Shop Oversized Scrunchies
Kari’s Pick: Reclaimed Vintage Inspired oversized seersucker scrunchie (ASOS, $13)
SAVE: Mesh Daisy Scrunchie (Forever 21, $4)
SPLURGE: Sophie Buhai Oversize Silk Organza Scrunchie (Nordstrom, $220)
11. PASTEL SCRUNCHIES
Whether your hair scrunchies are oversized or on the smaller side, you can’t go wrong with pastel colored scrunchies this spring. The best scrunchies for spring will be pastels like green, pink, yellow or blue. And if you want to mix it up a little, double up or triple up on colors! I’m predicting stacked scrunchies as the next best scrunchies trend!
Shop Pastel Scrunchies
Kari’s Pick: Daisy Street scrunchies in tie dye (ASOS, $13)
SAVE: Small Pastel Rainbow Hair Scrunchies (Claire’s, $5)
SPLURGE: Shayne Set of 6 Silk Jumbo Scrunchies (Verishop, $105)
12. PERSONALIZED CLIPS
Last but not least, one of my favorite hair accessory trends this spring is personalized hair clips! Like message clips, personalized clips take the hair clip trend and take it to the next level with personalization. The possibilities are practically endless…from your name, your beau’s name (or dog’s name if you’re single like me!) to things like your zodiac sign, or your favorite social cause! This is definitely your chance to get creative and add a personal flair to any of your spring hairstyles.
Shop Personalized Clips
Kari’s Pick: Custom Name Hair Clips with Pearls (Etsy, $14)
SAVE: Gold Custom Hair Clips (Etsy, $12)
SPLURGE: Wide Custom Hair Clip (BaubleBar, $32)