Whether you're hitting up a trendy new restaurant or club, or ringing in the New Year at-home with friends, the right accessory can add just the right amount of glam to your holiday hairstyles. Hair accessories like barrettes, rhinestone bobby pins, and headbands transform a braid or ponytail into something spectacular — kind of like the ornaments on a Christmas tree. Holiday hair accessories are easy to use and can be added to any look; all while hiding unintentional bedhead and seeing you through second and third day hair. Whether you're a diamond and pearls kind of girl, or have a more minimalist vibe, there's a hair accessory to suit every aesthetic. And we’ve got all the inspiration you need. We’re breaking down the prettiest holiday hair accessories to try for winter, ahead.
There's no such thing as too much drama when it comes to holiday hair accessories. And that’s why the rhinestone barrette is next up on our list. What makes this a favorite is its versatility. Keep it simple with classic silver rhinestones, or brighten it up with gold. You can even throw colored rhinestones into the mix to add a punch of color. You can easily transition a casual day look to an elegant evening with this accessory. For a daytime holiday outing, use the barrette to sweep your hair into a half-up, half-down style for a playful appearance. If a more sophisticated scene is on your party calendar, opt for an intricate updo with the rhinestone barrette as the standout piece. Either way, rhinestones are a must in your holiday hair accessory rotation.
If you haven’t yet noticed coming on the runways or on your favorite celeb influencers, scrunchies are back! And that means they’re the next holiday hair accessory we’re obsessed with this season. Whether you're rocking a sleek ponytail, a messy bun, or loose waves, metallic scrunchies are the perfect finishing touch to make you stand out at your next holiday gathering. The reflective surfaces catch and play with the light, creating a festive sparkle that complements any outfit. Not only do they add a touch of glamor to your look, but they also offer a comfortable and secure hold for your hair, making them both stylish and practical. From classic gold and silver to bold hues like jewel-toned reds and emerald green, there's a metallic scrunchie to suit every style and color palette. Wear it as a bracelet, pull your hair back into a loose pony, or top it over a regular hair tie or elastic to add a little holiday sparkle to your regular ponytail or braid.
If you choose a chic updo or free-flowing strands, sparkling hairpins are an easy way to level up any hairstyle, making them an essential addition to your holiday wardrobe. Adorned with crystals, rhinestones, or pearls, these accessories catch the light and create an iridescent effect, adding a sparkle to your overall look. Fom delicate and understated designs to bold and statement-making pieces, there's a festive pin to suit every taste. Sparkling hairpins effortlessly blend function and style, ensuring you shine bright throughout the holiday season. Try the look by grabbing all of your hair in a low ponytail and gently twisting it all. Leave it loose, with a few pieces out in front to frame your face. Add a pair of statement earrings and you’re ready to go.
Part old world glamor and part boho princess, next up on our holiday hair accessory list is the crystal hair chain. Featuring delicate chains adorned with shimmering crystals that catch the light and create a dazzling effect, this accessory can be worn as a headband or intertwined into your hair. Whether you're opting for a sleek updo, loose waves, or a simple ponytail, a crystal hair chain effortlessly elevates your hairstyle to a whole new level. It adds a subtle sparkle without being overpowering, making it suitable for both casual and formal holiday occasions. Try repurposing an old necklace into a hair chain. Throw your hair into a high ponytail, finish with hairspray, and fasten your necklace and hang it over the base of the pony. Then wind the chain around the elastic to shorten the length of the necklace. The ends of the chain should graze the hair at the nape of your neck.
Of course the world’s most versatile hair accessory, the bobby pin, had to make an appearance on our list of holiday musts. Gilded bobby pins come in a variety of designs, featuring intricate patterns, delicate engravings, and even sparkling gemstones. These small yet impactful accessories can effortlessly transform your holiday hairstyle into a chic and polished look, whether you're attending a holiday party or celebrating with friends and family. Whether you prefer a classic updo or loose curls, strategically placing these embellished pins can instantly elevate your hairstyle, turning an otherwise simple look into a head-turning statement. Metallic tones add a touch of luxury, making them the ideal accompaniment to your holiday wardrobe, for just the right amount of glam.
The claw clip is another favorite accessory, and it’s made a major comeback in recent years, gracing the runways and the streets alike. The beauty of claw clips lies not only in their aesthetic appeal but also in their functionality. Like bobby pins, these accessories are multitaskers. They can effortlessly transform your hairdo from casual to chic in a matter of seconds. Perfect for securing both intricate updos and simple half-up styles, a claw clip embellished with rhinestones or gems is the ideal holiday hair accessory. Claw clips provide a hassle-free solution for those days when you want to look put together without spending hours in front of the mirror. Running out for holiday drinks straight from the office with no time to freshen up in-between? Twist your strands up into a metallic claw clip and you’re ready to rock.
Velvet has made a strong comeback in the world of fashion, and what better way to embrace this trend than by rocking a chic velvet headband for the holidays. The luxe texture of velvet not only adds a touch of opulence to your look but also brings a sense of warmth and coziness, making it ideal for the winter festivities. Whether you're attending an office party or celebrating with a night out on the town, a velvet headband effortlessly elevates any hairstyle. Choose a velvet fabric in the season’s richest colors, from classic burgundy and emerald green to rich navy and festive red. You’ll look incredibly chic, totally on trend and ready to party!
A sequin head wrap is another holiday hair accessory we’re loving for the season. They’re their perfect solution for bad hair days, as well as an easy way to dress-up protective hairstyles. Sequins add personality to any outfit and elevate every look for the holidays. For some head wrap styles, all you need to do is throw it on, add a red lip and head out the door. To change it up, style your hair underneath with a low-slung braid or ponytail. And for an extra boost of shimmer, finish your look with a shine mist spray. Whether you have long hair, medium hair, or short hair, a sequin head wrap will make you feel instantly festive.
Pearls are a classic holiday choice, whether worn around your neck, on your earlobes or in your hair. So why not try a pearl headband or hair ties this season? Whether you opt for a sleek updo or let your locks cascade in loose waves, pearl embellishments add drama to any hairstyle. They delicately catch the light and impart a subtle yet enchanting glow, making them the ideal accessory for parties. Pearl headbands and hair ties come in a variety of styles and materials, ranging from velvet to metallic finishes, allowing you to personalize your look to suit the occasion. From intimate date-night dinners celebrating the season to larger gatherings with friends and family, these versatile holiday hair accessories not only keep your hair in check but also make a stylish statement.
One of the reasons a satin ribbon stands out as a must-have holiday hair accessory is its incredible adaptability. From classic bows adorning a sleek ponytail to wrapping a headband with a luxe satin finish, the styling possibilities are endless. The smooth texture and subtle sheen of satin effortlessly complement a range of holiday hairstyles, making it a go-to choice for both casual and formal occasions. Choose from a variety of the season’s best colors and widths to easily customize your look to match the festive spirit of the season or coordinate with your outfit for a cohesive ensemble.
Whether you're celebrating at a hot new restaurant or club, or ringing in the New Year at an intimate gathering with friends, our list of holiday hair accessories will add just the right amount of glam. Still looking for a present for someone on your list? Check out our holiday gift guide! And remember to use only the highest quality hair products to bring your holiday hair looks to life, like the ones from Davines. Our hair care isn’t just good for your hair, it’s good for the planet.
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor