Skipping shampoo this summer? Add these minimalist pieces of hair jewelry to your locks and no one will be the wiser.
This morning I was quickly scrolling through photos from the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards and thinking, yup, cool, pretty, nice, eh, OK, until I came across a picture that stopped me in my tracks. It was the photo above, of singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe. Now, Janelle usually knocks it out of the park in the fashion and beauty department, so I certainly wasn’t surprised to see her looking gorgeous. What threw me for a loop about the photo were those super cool silver rings she incorporated into her hair.
I know that hair jewelry is by no means a new phenomenon, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone master the look in such a summer-appropriate and chic way. I’ve always associated hair jewelry as being a very “winter” sort of thing to do–it’s like, you grab your heavy, jewel-laden barrettes to give your holiday looks some sparkle–but Janelle’s minimalist rings are the perfect way to add a bit of something extra to your otherwise super simple (and let’s be real, usually several-days-unwashed) summer hair.
Now, that’s not to say that Janelle’s hair is unwashed or that her hairstyle was easy to do–I can’t even imagine the work that would have gone into it–but us lazy girls can still take inspiration from her look. If your typical summer hair routine consists of spraying on dry shampoo and not much else, consider adding one more step to the mix by incorporating any of these minimalist pieces of hair jewelry into your look. Oh, and prepare yourself for the onslaught of compliments, because trust me, they’ll be coming your way.
Limited Edition triangle headband
This triangular chain headband is perfect for the girl who wants to bring a little bit of Coachella to the real world.
H&M metal chain hairband
Draw eyes away from your greasy roots with this super simple but pretty silver headband.
Urban Outfitters cat pin
Cat ladies, gather around! This minimalist cat clip is your summer hair must-have.
Free People hair rings
Man, this was a huge missed opportunity on the part of Free People–those rings were made for a woman with dreadlocks or braids. Regardless, you get the point: silver rings are a super-easy way to add a bit of badassery to your hair.
Urban Outfitters gold ponytail holder
If you’re a lazy girl with long hair, chances are you’re well acquainted with the low ponytail look—jazz up the style with this pretty gold ponytail holder.
Forever 21 rose gold heart hair charms
OK, so this look might not be office appropriate, but it is perfect for the weekends. All you need to create this look is five minutes and a hair straightener (because, yes, you’re going to flat iron those charms into your hair).
Ban. do bobby pin
This bobby pin is giving me major ’90s flashbacks (and I mean that in the best way possible).
Free People half-up holder
The half-up, half-down hairstyle is a perennial favorite because it just looks so cool. Achieve the look easily with this cute arrow-shaped hair holder.
ASOS hair cuffs
How pretty are these gold hair cuffs from ASOS? Clip them into your locks and go.
Forever 21 draped hair chain
I wouldn’t be wearing this draped hair chain at the beach or at the cottage, but for a Sunday afternoon of window shopping? Absolutely.