See what happened when the All Things Hair editors tried out the pearl hair accessory trend

Mother of pearl!   

This year pearl hair accessories have transitioned from being a niche high fashion and bridal hair trend to one of the hottest looks around. We’ve seen them all over the place and we thought it was high time we tried it out ourselves. Could we actually make it look as good as the Pinterest inspo pictures?

Whether you’ve got short, long, or natural hair, we’ve got all bases covered here, so read on to find out how we did it and how you can try it, too.

The pearl hair trend as seen on the ATH editors

all things hair editor beth wearing a pearl grey jumper with pearl hair slides in her blonde hair
Simple slides are an easy way to add pearls into your look.

Beth Strong, Junior Beauty Editor

“I loved the pearl encrusted hair clips at Simone Rocha’s SS18 show, so I tried to create something similar with these hair slides. One wasn’t enough (duh), so I layered up with 4 down the side of my head. This may sound like overkill,  but as they’re so minimal I didn’t feel like it was OTT.”

Editor’s tip: My hair has a natural wave to it, so I started by straightening my hair. I then added a spritz of the TIGI Catwalk Camera Ready Shine Spray before combing my hair back behind my ear, which gave me a sleek and shiny look.”

all things hair editor leona with her hair in double dutch braids with pearl embellished hair rings and heart shaped gold earrings
Give your boxer braids a fashion finish with pearl embellished hair rings.

Leona English, Junior Beauty Editor

Double Dutch braids are one of my go-to hairstyles for work, so I wanted to see how pearls could spruce them up a little. Even though this look has definite festive vibes, I think this would work equally well for festival season, too, so I’m sure I’ll still be rocking these once summer (eventually!) rolls back around.

Editor’s tip: I washed my hair this morning so it was almost too clean (first world problems, eh!), so I added some grit with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. This made it easier for me to work my hair into the braids and helped hold the look in place, meaning I could skip out on the hairspray.”

all things hair editor amra with her marley twist hair in a low ponytail tied with a pearl hairband
Thought ponytails were basic? Think again honey.

Amra Markic, Junior Beauty Editor

“When I first heard we’d be trying this trend I was a bit apprehensive about how I’d be able to work it. Why? Because I’m currently wearing my hair in Marley twists, so I’m a bit limited in what accessories I can use.
On days when I want my protective hairstyle off of my face I tend to go for a plain pony, but I think this pearl hair scrunchie adds a chic and sophisticated touch, meaning I can easily get in on the trend!”

Now that you’ve seen how we did it, check out more ways to wear the pearl hair trend…


blonde model with twisted low ponytail with pearl accessories placed in hair from back side view
There is no denying just how gorgeous pearl accessories can make your hair look. Credit:

Twisted updo

While this look is totally acceptable to rock on a daily basis, we think it would really shine at a formal occasion.

Consider this accessorised updo for your summer wedding, or even as a wedding guest looking to upstage the bride (not that we condone such behaviour, of course 😉 ). Credit: @allenthomaswood

Editor’s tip: Complete your look with a generous spritz of VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, which will give you 24-hour humidity protection and an all-day hold – jackpot!


Gucci 2018 - long brown hair model with pearls placed through the length of hair
Steal the Gucci look at home. Credit:

Braids and pearls

Sparking off the pearl hair accessories trend was none other than Italian fashion house, Gucci. To finish of the models’ looks, small braided sections were added throughout the hair, which were then threaded through small pearls.

As you can see, the outcome is simply stunning and gives a more ethereal feel than a headband. Brides-to-be and festival-goers should take note!

Editor’s tip: Recreate those effortless waves at home by using a few pumps of the VO5 Wave Creation Foam through your lengths, before blow-drying your hair to finish.

Chanel 2017 - model with grey headband encrusted with pearls
Chanel nails the pearl hair trend with an embellished headband. Credit:

Pearl headband

We all know fashion house Chanel is a lover of a pearl detail, but while their oh-so-dreamy pearl encrusted bags and jackets might not be attainable to us just yet *triple checks lottery numbers, just in case*, this pearl headband is a happy compromise.


Do you have a special occasion coming up and need a hairstyle to mark the occasion? Then swing on over to our Party Hairstyles page for all the need-to-know looks, from festival ready accessories to party season styles.

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