Add a little bit of flavor to your hair this year with the most popular hair accessories! The right accessory can make the difference between a dull bun and an elegant updo. The affordable accents to your look will add a little spice to your everyday appearance. These fun accessories highlight the elegance of your melanin and accentuate the beauty of your coils. Whether they save you three steps in your hair routine or pull your whole look together, these Black hair accessories are a perfect way to give you more confidence in whatever hairstyle you choose—they are our way of fostering an emotional hair bond.
Headbands and scarves are simple and easy ways to secure your afro back. Headbands allow you to add extra flavor and personality to your hair. This splash of color to your outfit adds an extra sense of vibrancy. They are effortless to throw on if you’re in a rush but still make it look like you are put together and in control.
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Gold cuffs seamlessly complement jewelry such as gold earrings and necklaces. This makes every woman who wears them look and feel like a Queen. Beads and shells can also be added to braids or dreadlocks to add interest and show individuality to your protective style.
Pearl Hair Clips
These unique accessories are on the shelves of most if not all major stores. Pearls are always classy and timeless but now they have a modern twist. The iridescent color of the pearl complements brown skin like no other. The contrast between the creamy off-white pearl and the rich chocolate melanin of a Black woman’s skin is harmonious.
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Pearl clips can be incorporated into any hairstyle. “I like to use pearl clips when the hair is wrapped around the head and secured with a few bobby pins. Then you can just throw in those pearl clips all-around at random, but always facing up,” said Ghanima Abdullah, a cosmetologist and beauty consultant at TheRightHairstyles.com.
Kitsch Hair Coils
Unlike a scrunchie or regular hair elastic, Kitsch hair coils hold your hair in place without straining and tightly pulling the roots. They enable you to make loose ponytails and buns without destroying the hairline. They can be found in most beauty bags and come in a variety of colors. “My favorite right now for natural hair are Kitsch hair coils. These coils are like catch-free scrunchies. You can use them whatever way you wish, and no hair comes out when it's time for them to be removed,” said Abdullah.
Silk Scarves, head wraps, scrunchies, and even silk pillowcases are so beneficial for Black hair. Silk helps reduce the static and frizz throughout the day and even while you sleep.
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“The good thing about using silk scarves and bonnets is that it doesn't inhibit my creativity in hairstyles. I can wear whatever style I want depending on my mood and keep it looking fresh,” said Rhea Chérie, founder of RheaCherie.com.
There’s a variety of ways to incorporate silk into your wardrobe making it simple fashion to protect your hair. Mackenzie Moore of Viva La Silk said, “I feel like a Goddess when I wear my Viva La Silk headwraps. I feel confident and beautiful when I wear my crown. It also gives me a mini-facelift!” Viva La Silk is made with 100% silk and blends cultural heritage into a wearable statement. This Black-owned business incorporates a part of your identity into your everyday attire.
Moore has over 30 scarves in her wardrobe. “I love my silk head wraps! I’ve been wrapping my hair in silk scarves since I was a young girl. It was a tradition that was passed down to me by my mom. I would say it has a lot to do with our Afro-Caribbean heritage.”
One of the best aspects of Black hair is that there’s so much you can do with it! Hair accessories are just the icing on the cake. Hair accessories are our way of fostering an emotional hair bond. Show your hair some love by displaying its true beauty. Every Queen deserves a crown.
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