I have a newfound love of putting things in my hair, which has come as a total surprise to me. I never did anything with my hair when it was long. A boring ponytail was my go-to hairstyle all through high school. Then I cut my hair into a pixie and continued to do nothing with it for years, because isn’t that the point of getting a pixie cut?
Time has passed, however, and the Internet has changed me. You can’t spend as much time on Pinterest as I do without eventually exclaiming aloud to an empty room: “I want stars in my hair, too!” If my boyfriend had been there, I’m pretty sure his response would have been, “I don’t even know who you are anymore.” Apparently, I’m now someone who enjoys spending hours in the arts and crafts store looking for things to stick in her hair.
So yeah, all of these hair accessories were found at my local arts and crafts store for mere dollars each and were probably not originally meant for hair. I’m crafty (and cheap) like that. I came up with five differently adorned hairstyles: three for long hair, and two that short-haired girls can do, too.
I’ll start with the ones for long hair, going from easy to slightly less easy to sort of impossible if you don’t know how to do a fishtail braid, I guess.
The first style couldn’t be easier. Take some pretty ribbon. Make a braid or a ponytail, fasten it, then tie the ribbon in a pretty bow over the hair elastic.
This is a great look to do if you just want to quickly dress up your usual hairstyle. It’s sort of a sweet country girl style, which suits my sister perfectly.
You could also get more grown-up looking ribbon (I saw black ribbon with gold fleur de lis) and wind it through a braided bun for a slightly more sophisticated look.
This second look is more twee than Zooey Deschanel and a bunch of puppies sitting in a boat in Central Park licking lollipops (yes, the puppies, too) while She & Him plays in the background, so you’ve been warned. (OK, I feel bad about dragging Zooey into this; I think she’s smart and funny and I don’t get the hate; she does wear a lot of twee dresses though.)
Alright, I think you’ve been sufficiently prepared so here it is:
I like to call this the twisted ponytail bird's nest. Doesn’t it sort of look like some birds just decided to use her hair as a cozy little nest? It’s really easy to do, too. I used to do this hairstyle all the time when I had long hair, minus the birds. It takes two seconds.
You can part your hair down the middle or not; it’s up to you. Then you just make a low ponytail, create a hole in the middle of your hair right above the hair elastic (I just stick my finger through the hair), then take the ponytail and feed the whole thing through the top of the hole and pull it out the bottom.
The last thing I stuck in my sister’s hair was a strand of tiny pearl clusters. This is my feeble attempt at a fishtail braid (she’s teaching me how, and I am a terrible student). If you’re not sure how to do a fishtail braid, check out this post of Annie’s or just do a regular braid.
In this case, I just attached the strand of pearls near the back of her scalp and wound it into the braid as I went. Pretty simple, unless you’re as bad as I am at braiding.
It definitely ended up looking very subtle, so you might want to use two or three strands of pearls for a more obvious effect.
Now for some short-haired fun. At this point, it’s basically just me sticking pretty things in my hair--no skill required. Of course, this works for any hair length, and you can use anything. I chose stars and flowers, but I was also tempted by the bag of tiny naked babies that I passed in the baby shower section. Next time, maybe.
I bought the stars because they reminded me of the ones in the models’ hair for Rodarte’s Fall 2012 show. These are much smaller, and kind of a pain to put in my hair since they were so tiny. Next time I’ll try to find bigger stars and attach them to a large barrette so it’s easier to just stick it in and go.
The flowers, on the other hand, were easy to attach to my hair because they had two pipe cleaners sticking out of the back of each one. I just wound the pipe cleaners around my hair and the flowers stayed in all day.
I know I’m pretty late to the whole “stick stuff in your hair” trend, but I’m too excited about it to care. I still refuse to wear headbands, though. It works for Michelle Williams, but it does not work for me.
Let me know if any of these looks inspire you to incorporate some pretty things into your usual hairstyle this week!