Whether you want to look glamorous for a special evening or you want to experiment with the latest trends, hair accessories are a fun and easy way to spice up your hairstyle.
One of the easiest hair accessories is a basic headband. A headband is an option that is easy to slip on with virtually no other styling required, whether thin or thick; plastic, fabric or metal; patterned or solid. If you're willing to spend a few more minutes, try tying a scarf around your head. While the style isn't as professional as a traditional headband, a pretty printed scarf can be a wonderful way to keep hair tame at the beach or on a weekend afternoon.
Barrettes are another classic hair accessory. Again, they come in all shapes and sizes and can be made out of a variety of materials. You may want to use a small and subtle barrette to pull up your hair up and away from one side of your face or tame bangs that you are growing out. Alternatively, you could use a bigger barrette to pull half of your hair up or even pull all of your hair back at the nape of your neck.
For more formal occasions, you can use a pair of hair sticks to create a quick up-do. They are often adorned with jewels to give your look instant glam. Pulling your hair into a twist and secure it with a pretty hair comb will accomplish similar results; these elegant metal hair tools will keep your hair in place and often are accented with crystals or other pretty stones.
If you have very short hair and think your accessory options are limited to headbands, think again. You can try hair magnets and snaps that look like tiny rhinestones. Attach them to your hair near the hairline or scalp for a hint of sparkle.
Buying a prom dress can be tons of fun, but make sure whatever you buy is acceptable for any dress codes or dancing. Try sultry instead of skimpy, and pick the styles that flatter your figure instead of following the trends. If you want to make your own dress, stick to techniques you know so you don't risk ending up with an ugly gown that doesn't even fit.
Elegant updos don't require a trip to the salon, but they do take research and know-how. By considering how the hairstyle will complement your dress and finding a style that suits your hair type, you can save yourself money and still feel like the belle of the ball.