Hair jewels have been gradually creeping up on us for the last few years; first in tiny increments, and now with all the enthusiasm of a full-blown trend.
I am fully, fully, here for hair jewels. They’re joyful, exuberant, opulent, whimsical, and tiara-adjacent. They’re also marvelously scalable: you can enjoy this trend at diamond or rhinestone prices, depending on your budget. You can rock one shimmering bobby pin or cover your head in glimmering, lustrous waterfalls of pearls.
This look is from Jennifer Behr. The individual elements are very simple – straight barrettes embellished with rhinestones or pearls – but the overall effect is stunning.
Sparkling hair clips and hair jewels are not a new idea, of course. They’ve been around for 100’s of years. What feels so new and thrilling to me is the volume and the artistry – in looks like these, hair clips create shapes in the hair, playing with negative space and texture to unite individual pins and barrettes into an dramatic overall look that feels as luxe as a genuine old school tiara.
Modern society might raise an eyebrow at any of us who actually realized our dreams of wearing a tiara everywhere all the time, but thanks to bejeweled beauties like these we can live our hair-adornment dreams out loud.
This is another Jennifer Behr look, because how could I resist this deliciously colorful jewel hair jumble?? This look is probably the one here Also, fun fact: I wore a Jennifer Behr clip at my wedding.
Kitsch is an OG of the bold bejeweled hair jewels trend on IG. They’re know for their large crystal clips and single word clips, which you can see here on the leftmost model. I love this extremely literal interpretation of the jewel hair trend. What can I say? I love words!
I actually posted another one of Kitsch’s designs on IG just a few days ago! See it here.
I discovered Heir Jewelz through an Instagram ad – one of the only times I’ve ever clicked through an ad in my IG newsfeed and been delighted with what I found. I included Heir Jewelz in an article I wrote for Instore Magazine in March and since then my love for them has only grown.
The designs are wildly exuberant – the adult version of standout, living life out loud hair clips that 8 year old you would have swooned over. I was worried that they were too fantastical to work IRL, but the high quality materials and well-engineered mechanisms of the clips mean that these dreamworld accessories are just as good in the street as on the ‘gram. They’re also very affordable for a piece that sparkles and wears like a luxury hair accessory: prices of Heir Jewelz designs start in the $20 range.
Heir Jewelz was kind enough to gift me some of their spectacular clips and let me tell you, those babies really stay put; even the ones dripping with rhinestones (I’ll IG mine, stand by).
Lelet NY is particularly known for their headbands, but they also do some incredibly cool things with hair clips and other hair jewels. I posted one of their pearl looks on my IG at one point and a lot of you went crazy for it – with good reason.
I love the way Lelet embraces the back view by styling down the length of the hair. I’m especially into those ponytail chains. Super cool.
Now THIS utterly exquisite hair jewel is truly the crème de la crème.
This elegant, understated, absolutely gorgeous hair jewel by Gumuchian take the jewel hair trend into true princess territory by using real gold and sparkling diamonds to make to-die-for hair decorations. Beyond perfect for a bride, or absolutely delicious as an everyday luxury.
When I started seeing bold hair clips show up on IG, the first thing I did was buy this ultra-cheap set from Amazon. They’re not high quality but they look cute and they were the perfect training wheels for me to learn that yes, I really will wear badass hair clips if I have them.
Sometimes for a bold trend like this, cheap is the perfect way to start. Sure, your accessory might not last and it won’t be as beautiful as a pricier incarnation, but it’ll be fun to play with and can be the perfect way to decide if you like a look enough to invest more money in it.
What do you think of these boldly bejeweled hair looks, my darlings? Do you like to wear jewels in your hair like you just don’t care? Do you rock the look for special events or in your day-to-day? Let’s discuss.
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