Ukrainian flower crowns: More than just a pretty hair accessory

Jeanette | 07 November 2016
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If you haven’t seen the beautiful flower crowns taking over Instagram recently, then where on Earth have you been hiding? For those of you new to flower crown trend, let us start by stating, that there’s more to these statement hair accessories than meets the eye. These floral crowns are, in fact, part of traditional Ukrainian culture, and is typically worn by unmarried girls and women on festive occasions and holy days. Pretty interesting, right?

So, if this sounds like a hair trend you want to get on board with, then scroll down to find out more, or click through our gallery to see the very best of these pretty Ukrainian hair accessories.

Ukrainian flower crowns (AKA the vinok)

 

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Ukrainian flower crowns: It’s more than just a pretty hair accessory. Credit: Instagram.com/_stefka_27

While it seems that these flowery accessories look like an interesting way to style your mane for a festival or an Instagram-worthy selfie – which, of course, they are – there is actually more to it than that. This traditional flower wreath (or crown, as it is commonly referred to) is, in fact, a symbolic headdress to the Ukrainian people. Credit: @_stefka_27

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The flower crown is also known as a ‘vinok’. Credit: Instagram.com/vinok_flower_crowns

The now trending flower crown aesthetic, known traditionally as the ‘vinok‘, has apparently been growing in popularity ever since the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, and is worn for special occasions as a symbol of purity. Credit: @vinok_flower_crowns

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Ukrainian flower crowns photographs by Treti Pivni. Credit: Instagram.com/third_roosters

However, these flower crowns aren’t just worn for festive occasions or holy days anymore – they are fast becoming an everyday way to pay respect to Ukraine’s folk traditions. And luckily for us, photographers, artists (like Treti Pivni), and Instagrammers are starting to take notice of these patriotic hair accessories, to show us all the beautiful ways it can be worn. Who knew that national pride could be so pretty, eh? Credit: @third_roosters

 

Have these stunning floral headdresses inspired you to rock a hot new accessory in your mane? Then take a look at this season’s coolest (and easiest) accessory, fresh from the Tibi spring/ summer 2017 runway!

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