8 Hair Accessories That are Actually Cool

By Tara Thompson Rasmus

I’ve always been a less-is-more kind of person when it comes to holiday outfits and decor. While I’m all about the occasional sequined skirt, space in an NYC closet is precious and I don’t want to fill mine up my with things I can only use during the holidays. My solution? Finding ways to be festive with my beauty products and accessories instead. Example: Take your favorite black sweater and pair of skinny jeans, add an amazing red lipstick or plum liquid eyeliner and a fab pair of shoes, and no one can accuse you of being a Grinch. Another way to embrace the season in an affordable and low-footprint way: hair accessories. Yes, they’re back—and truly cooler than ever. The key to getting them right this time around is texture. Either wear them with your hair simply air-dried (whether it’s straight, curly, or anywhere in between), or go with sleekly flatironed or extra-messy waves. What you want to avoid is any hint of a curling iron, which will take your look from effortlessly cool to well-rehearsed Rockette (no, thank you).

Click through to check out my non-cheesy picks, right this way—and enjoy creating the easiest holiday hair looks in no time at all!

featured image via dolce & gabbana

faux snakeskin barrette

A classic yet unexpectedly cool barrette—the snakeskin texture adds just enough edge to make a French twist cool again.

golden pyramids headband

Add lots of salt spray to your hair and scrunch before haphazardly slipping on this sparkly band—the texture will make the look nonchalantly pretty, rather than prom-like.

mosaic bead alice band by her curious nature

If you’re feeling brave, go for an all-out thick embellished headband, a la Dolce & Gabbana. The center part is key to avoid any potential schoolgirl vibes—a nice flick of liquid eyeliner would nicely add to the Italian-royalty look!

asos 70s jewel hair turban headband

Calling all rock star groupies: this amazing jeweled turban is so Bianca Jagger.

red variety bobbing pins

Full disclosure: I helped to launch this new women’s accessories brand, and I am completely obsessed with their packs of colorful oversized bobby pins. Wear one color at a time or stack all three for a modern statement look.

twist scarf in metallic gold

I love this little gold scarf for its versatility: tie it around a topknot as shown, wear it as a headband or turban, or tie around a ponytail. The possibilities are endless!

mokao snake hair pin

Ok, so this snake hair pin is a little weird, but I kind of love it. Plus, it’s a little Medusa-sexy, right? Talk about a holiday-party conversation starter…

starburst bobbies

I love the deco look of these black starburst pins—stick them into one side of a messy chignon to instantly elevate your look.