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The very best hair accessories: 2016 Celebrity styles

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Check out the most dazzling celebrity accessories of the year!

The year is almost officially over, and to celebrate, we’ve decided to look back and do a retrospective round-up of the very best hair accessories of 2016 that we spotted on biggest A-list stars. From princess tiaras to embellished hair pins, and everything in-between, there’s a whole host of utterly stunning red carpet ‘dos, that have been made a little more special with the use of some jazzy hair accessories.

So, are you dying to see which dazzling looks we fell in love with this year? Then have a scroll through the gallery above, and read on for all the sparkling details!

Hair accessories: 2016 Celebrity styles we loved


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The best hair accessories: 2016 Vanessa Hudgens. 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.

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.

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Andra Day. 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!

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Brie Larson. 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!

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Allison Williams. 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!

Editor’s tip: For a super shiny-looking updo like Allison’s, be sure to spray your mane with the VO5 Classic Styling Smooth & Sleek Tame & Shine Spray.

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Kelly Osbourne. 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!

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Lupita Nyong’o. 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!

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!

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Sia Furler. 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.

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Simone Missick. 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!).

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The best hair accessories: 2016 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. Honestly, Alicia slays even without the slap!

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The best hair accessories: 2016 Denise van Outen. 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!


Loved these celebrity hair accessories from 2016? Then you’ll want to check out the super cool hairstyles you can create with bobby pins – trust us, everyone can work a fresh and fashionable ‘do with a few of these versatile pins!

25 December 2016