2019’s trending hair accessories, and how to wear them

Leona | 01 January 2019

Check out the most dazzling hair accessories of the year!


Are you looking to spruce up your everyday style with one of the latest hair trends but don’t know where to begin looking? From catwalk trends to blogger faves, we have rounded up the need-to-know hair accessories that are sure to jazz up any hairstyle – not to mention you will look totally chic!

So, are you dying to see which dazzling looks we’re currently crushing on? Then have a scroll through our gallery above, or simply read on for all the sparkling details and style tips.

The ATH hair accessories 2019 report


2019 Hair accessories: Model on the runway with dark brown hair with '90s hair slides in it, wearing all black on the Versace runway
’90s hair slides are taking over. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. ’90s hair slides

The hair accessory:

’90s hair slides.

How to wear it:

Depending on the occasion, you can team these simple hair slides with any hairstyle! But if you really want to channel Versace supermodel vibes, you’ll need to grab your favourite straighteners and recreate this sleek, polished look, above.

TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray

Editor’s tip: We suggest you prep your hair with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray to help avoid heat damage.

This mane-saviour protects you against 7 types of styling damage, including damage done through heated tools, leaving with you frizz-free and shiny tresses that are ready to be shown off.

2019 Hair accessories: Model on the runway with a clear alice headband, wearing small glasses and wearing all black
From see-through bags to see-through hairbands! Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Clear headbands

The hair accessory:

From the catwalks to the street style stars, last season’s hottest accessory was clear handbags. And, guess what? This trend has filtered up into the hair world (via the runway), meaning its one to watch.

How to wear it:

If you want to give any of your updo hairstyles an edgy, unique makeover, just wear them with a clear Alice headband, like this.

2019 Hair accessories: Joanna Newsom with a dirty blonde flipped long lob with a golden seashell hair accessory, wearing feathery dress and posing on the red carpet
She sells sea shells by the sea shore. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Shell hair accessories

The hair accessory:

Reminiscent of the beach-y bits you pick on holiday, shell hair accessories  are the unexpected trend we can’t get enough of (just imagine how they’ll cool they look with your bikini!).

How to wear it:

Take a page right out of Joanna Newsom’s and wear this delicate hair accessory on your preferred side. Honestly, its exactly what you need to take your hair game to mermaid-worthy heights.

If you’ve got box braids, try attaching cowrie shells to your protective style to instantly give them a tropical Island feel.

2019 hair accessories: Sarah Paulson with triple buns with neon hairbands, wearing a green earring and posing on the red carpet
Brighten up your daily look with a pop of neon. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Neon hair ties

The hair accessory:

After hair accessory that’s been inspired by fashion? Neon hairbands, of course! With neon tooted to be one of 2019’s hottest colours to covet, you can easily work it into your mane life.

How to wear it:

Heading to the gym? Or, do you just want to make your work hairstyles stand out more? Instead of opting for clear hair ties, take inspo from your sharpie and go for something vibrant.

2019 Hair accessories: Amandla Stenberg with auburn braided crown with a tiara hair accessory
You don’t have to be a royal to sport this look! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Tiara hair

The hair accessory:

A tiara.

How to wear it:

With festivals and spring events coming up, you can certainly give your mane royal touch with a tiara. Try one with a braided updo, like Amandla Stenberg has done, and you’ll get all the likes.


The fun doesn’t have to end there, keep scrolling to see the hair accessories that took over 2018!

The ATH hair accessories 2018 report


solange knowles at CFDA X Vogue Fashion red carpet with brown hair in low bun updo with snap clips along the front hairline
This ’90s trend is back… yes really! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Snap clips

Trendsetter and hair icon Solange Knowles rebooted this trend way back in 2016 and we have to be honest, when we first saw it, we weren’t quite sure. Being a kid growing up in the ’90s we witnessed this look the first time and while we may have thought we looked cool back then, quite frankly we didn’t.

Fast forward to 2018, however, and snap clips are everywhere – and needless to say our opinion on the style has changed massively! What we love most about this ’90s trend revival is the versatility. Whether you want to go for Solange’s full line-up or Elsa Hosk’s simple clip on each side of your style, it’s a simple yet effective way to up your ‘do in a pinch.

Try it in the gym (the ultimate way to pin back unruly short strands), for a summer festival (mix and match your colours for extra style points) or a sassy date night look. We’ll race you to the shops…

kaia gerber on tom ford runway with brown hair in updo with large black leather headband and large hoop earrings
Kaia Gerber rocks a headband at Tom Ford. Credit: indigitalimages.com

The headband

Leave it to Tom Ford to bring back a forgotten look and make it feel new again. In general, headbands are often reserved for our at-home spa treatments (AKA Sunday pamper sessions with a fluffy white robe), but that certainly wasn’t the case on the New York runway.

This popular ’90s and ’00s hair accessory was given a ’60s punk makeover with wide black leather headbands teamed with mussed-up hair. The best way to wear this trend? Sweep your hair back and up using your fingers, before adding the pièce de résistance: the biggest headband you can find.

Try leaving a few strands out for a modern mullet finish if you’re feeling daring or, alternatively, draw from Bella Hadid (who only weeks after the show was already championing the style at the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump event!) and wear your hair with a loose wave, swept back with a simple black headband.

back view of model with auburn hair in updo with hair claw backstage at fashion week
Alexander Wang threw it back to the ’90s with the hair claw. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The hair claw

Alexander Wang is bringing back the much-loved hair claw and we are so here for it. No longer just reserved for keeping our tresses pinned back when washing our face, the nostalgic hair claw – which has been on hiatus since the ’80s and ’90s – is now a totally acceptable hair accessory to be spotted wearing.

Along with chokers and the scrunchie, we expect the hair claw to be one of the biggest accessory trends for 2018. So what are you waiting for? Grab yours and wear it with pride.

bella hadid brown hair in updo with '90s accordion headband on catwalk
Bella Hadid leads the way with the according headband trend. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Accordion headband

Another ’90s trend making a comeback is the accordion headband, as seen at the Prabal Gurung catwalk show. Whether you were a fan of this style the first time around or not, there is no denying just how practical the accordion headband can be.

Need to keep pesky flyaways or bangs secured for a high-intensity class? Why not add an accordion headband to your gym ‘do, as Bella Hadid shows with her messy bun.

And calling all curly-haired ladies, this is also the perfect hair hack to make your curls pop. Slide on an accordion headband and it will push your curls back, making them appear fuller and extra bouncy – yes, really!

TONI&GUY Sleek Definition Cream

Editor’s tip: Get Bella’s smooth and sleek finish with the TONI&GUY Sleek Definition Cream. Simply apply a small amount through the lengths of damp or dry hair for a sleek and shiny finish.

hailey baldwin blonde shoulder length hair with jewelled hair slides on catwalk
Dazzle them with jewelled hair slides this year. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Jewelled hair slides

Jazz up your everyday style while turning heads on your daily commute with jewelled hair slides. Hailey Baldwin strutted her stuff on the Zadig & Voltaire catwalk show with her wavy tresses pinned back with crystal embellished hair slides.


The ATH hair accessories 2017 report


side view of dark brown hair in low sleek bun with pearl hair accessories
Mother of pearl.Credit: Instagram.com/leletny


Not just reserved for weddings and high-fashion affairs, 2017 was the year that pearl hair accessories became one of the hottest styles around.

Now if you loved the pearl hair colour trend (that was also huge in 2017), but want something with a little less commitment, pearl hair accessories are for you. See how the All Things Hair editor’s tried the trend, hereCredit: @leletny

VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

Editor’s tip: For a super shiny look, like this pearly updo, be sure to spritz your mane with the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.

side view of light blonde hair and black baker boy hat
The baker boy hat trend is a recipe for success.Credit: Instagram.com/londonblogger_

Baker boy hats

Need a new way to tame your windswept hair while looking good at the same time? Then you’re in luck, as the super stylish baker boy hat trend is the best way to stay warm and cosy, while looking super stylish ofc! Credit: @londonblogger_

back side view of long blonde hair in high bun with butterfly hair accessories
The butterfly trend has been fluttering up everywhere. Credit: Instagram.com/treasure_am


Back and better than ever, butterfly hair accessories have been fluttering across all our social media feeds and at all our favourite events. Perfect for a festival or wedding, once you see just how pretty they look you’ll be sure to try the trend next. Credit: @treasure_am

side view of dirty blonde hair in low ponytail with deep red velvet ribbon around base of ponytail
Unwrap this look. Credit: Instagram.com/moderosiee


Looking for last-minute festive hair inspiration? Then use the one thing you always have lying around: a pretty ribbon.

Effortless and simple, adding a strip of ribbon to your tresses has become one of the chicest hair accessories of 2017. So why not make your tresses the best gift this year by unwrapping the ribbon hair trend with some of our inspirational styling ideas, hereCredit: @moderosiee

back view of brown long wavy hair with star hair accessories pinned back hair
Starry nights, starry hair. Credit: Instagram.com/sohohairco


Show off your festive spirit with some seriously sparkly star hair accessories. Give this Instagram-worthy hair trend a whirl by adding star hair rings to braids or by adding a scattering of stars on your hair, like this Instagrammer above. Credit: @sohohairco

front view of blonde model with long hair in high ponytail with pink scrunchie
90s lover rejoice. Credit: Instagram.com/0885thelabel


’90s hair scrunchies are back with a bang this year and we mean it when we say, we couldn’t be happier!

If you have ’90s fever and the ‘mom cut’ and crimped hair trends weren’t enough for you, scrunchies will certainly give you that sense of nostalgia – especially if worn with retro space bunsCredit: @0885thelabel

front view of wavy blonde hair with red beret
Ohh la la! Credit: Instagram.com/cheraleelyle


The beret is back and cooler than ever! Spotted on Sofia Richie and Rihanna (and all our fave bloggers), berets are fast becoming the hottest hair accessory to be wearing, giving you ultimate cool-girl style points.

Not sure how to wear it? Then you’re in luck, as we have all the beret styling inspiration you need, hereCredit: @cheraleelyle

VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Thinking of styling your tresses with chic waves? If so, be sure to seal your style with a generous spritz of the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray.

front view of blonde model with hair down and gold foil roots
If you can’t go bold for the festive season when can you? Credit: Instagram.com/metallixuae

Gold leaf

Go heavy with the glitz and glamour next year with the gold leaf hair foil trend.

Drawing inspiration from the glitter roots trend, hair foiling (as it has become known) quite simply involves applying small pieces of metallic foil onto your tresses. Honestly, no Christmas outfit is complete without a dusting of gold foil. Credit: @metallixuae

side view of green braided hair with hair rings
We credit Ariana Grande for the hair rings trend. Credit: Instagram.com/glambyshelby

Hair rings

While many hair trends require their fair share of maintenance, the hair rings trend is simple and boy does it pack a punch!

No matter your hair type or length, hair rings are one of the best ways to give your style a bit of edge, and you can even merge it with the star or pearl hair trend, to really up your mane game. Credit: @glambyshelby

back view of brown hair and blonde hair model with medium length hair styles into low ponytails with gold hair cuffs
Metal hair accessories have been sweeping social media. Credit: Instagram.com/vanidayaustralia

Hair cuffs

Does your everyday ponytail need an update? Then hair cuffs are the most effective way to ensure your tresses never look dull. Wear in a plain ponytail or messy bun and you’ll take your everyday style to stylish new heights! Credit: @vanidayaustralia

If this wasn’t enough hair accessory inspiration, then see how the celebrities adorned their tresses with hair accessories in 2016 with our A-list loved hair accessories round-up, below.

2016 hair accessories report


hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles updo wavy boho flowers
Vanessa Hudgens is boho-chic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Vanessa Hudgens

Queen of the boho chic aesthetic (and our favourite milkmaid braid wearer) Vanessa Hudgens stepped out with this floral updo, and made us all swoon with hair envy! Her balayage brown braid was peppered with delicate, dainty red flowers, which made for a truly stunning, festival-worthy look.

TIGI Catwalk Firm Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To recreate this style at home, get your flowers and TIGI Catwalk Firm Hold Hairspray at the ready, and check out our tutorial on how to create the milkmaid braid.

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Andra Day wavy bob
Andra Day loves an eccentric hair accessory. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Andra Day

American singer Andra Day never makes an appearance without a quirky, eccentric hair accessory pinned to her mane.

And for one of her most memorable red carpet looks, the star styled her bob into gorgeous vintage waves, and affixed a very colourful, bejewelled hair accessory to the right side of her head. After all, she never was one to shy away from the spotlight!

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Brie Larson half-up half-down waves
Brie Larson weaved her own tresses into a brooch for a unique spin. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Brie Larson

If you’re concerned that your hair brooch will overpower the rest of your look, then take a leaf out of Brie Larson’s book and interweave your strands around a hair accessory. By looping your tresses around a brooch, you’ll create a beautifully unique and detailed look that’s ideal for any formal event!

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Allison Williams updo
Marnie got fancy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Allison Williams

Allison Williams, who is known for her role as Marnie Michaels in the hit TV show Girls, sported this utterly stunning braided updo on the red carpet, which came complete with pearl and diamante embellished hair clips.

To tie her evening look together, Allison accessorised it with some droplet earrings and a deep red lip – if this isn’t the most dazzling ‘do you’ve ever seen, we don’t know what is!

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Kelly Osbourne purple silver wavy updo
Fit for a Queen. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Kelly Osbourne

Who said that you have to be a real princess to be able to rock a tiara? Not Kelly Osbourne, that’s for sure!

With her violet locks and edgy undercut, you may think that a tiara would seem a little out of place, but in fact, the contrast in her look totally works in her favour. After all, she wasn’t a member of the Fashion Police for nothing!

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Lupita Nyong'o afro hair
You can always turn to Lupita Nyong’o for good hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Lupita Nyong’o

Thought that mega-babe Lupita Nyong’o had exhausted all of her best styling ideas? Well, you’d be wrong, because her simple and classy headband choice has instantly elevated her look from everyday afro to evening elegance!

By wrapping a tight-fitting headband around the front section of her hair, the back of Lupita’s ‘fro is free to be as bold and voluminous as it wants – just what we like to see!

TIGI S Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray

Editor’s tip: If you have a tightly-coiled mane like Lupita’s, make sure to give it a few sprays of the TIGI Papaya Leave-in Moisture Sprayas this will help keep your ‘fro fully hydrated!

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Sia black blonde hair two tone fringe
Sia’s go bold or go home style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Sia Furler

Chandelier singer Sia Furler has been hiding her face for years under an ultra long, blunt haircut.

But it’s not her monochrome ‘do that has the All Things Hair team interested: it’s her choice of extravagant, oversized hair bows that have! Come on, she has to be the only person brave enough to rock such a massive white hair accessory.

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Simone Cook braids cuffs
Simone Missick spruces up her box braids with hair cuffs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Simone Missick (née) Cook

If anyone can rock hair cuffs like a pro, it’s Simone Missick. While she may wear her hair into an afro when filming for Luke Cage, she certainly isn’t afraid to experiment with her locks off-screen.

For a red carpet event, Simone’s hair was styled into long box braids, which had been adorned with silver hair cuffs (AKA one of the most popular hair accessories of the year!).

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Alicia Keys headwrap
Stripped back Alicia Keys. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys made waves in the beauty industry when she made the declaration that she would be stepping out sans make-up. And seeing as she wouldn’t have the assistance of make-up to enhance her look, she opted to do it with hair accessories, instead!

Our favourite Alicia hair accessory of the year has to be this metallic head-wrap, which has been tied into an oversized knot.

hair accessories 2016: All Things Hair - IMAGE - celebrity hairstyles Denise Van Outen blonde braided updo hair rings
Denise van Outen was ahead of the trend with this hair rings style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Denise van Outen

British presenter Denise van Outen rocked up to a red carpet event this year working a pretty braided updo, that had been made ultra edgy thanks to the addition of several silver hair rings.

We know, you may not have thought about wearing rings in your hair, but as Denise has proved: they look utterly stunning!



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