18 Hair Accessories That Work After 30

Yes, you can wear hair accessories beyond your hopscotch days. We’ll show you how to pull off these super trendy hairstyles without looking like your niece

When you think of hair accessories, do you imagine a flower girl with a crown of daisies around her head? The blue ribbons you tied at the end of your pigtails before cheering at your high school’s football game? Or the pink polka-dot bow you begged your mom to buy you on that family trip to Disneyland.

While your choice in headbands may have changed, hair accessories aren’t just for kindergartners or the JV cheerleading squad anymore. In fact, Tina Dizon, owner of Beverly Hills salon The Private Room, says hair accessories are having a huge moment, showing up everywhere from runways to the red carpet, with leggy models sporting barrettes and A-list stars wearing headbands to the Oscars.

The key is to wear the right hair accessory with the right hairstyle. While a rhinestone-studded tiara may not be in your accessorizing future, a pretty, statement-piece barrette can make the two-minute ponytail you created in your car look chic and put-together. “Scarves, bows, and ribbons are about adding texture to the hair to give the eye something to look at,” says Dizon.

Which will keep you — and everyone who looks at you — from getting bored by your hair. “Whether women wear it long or short, they often don’t know what to do with it. Hair accessories can change up your look without you having to make a drastic change.”

Need some hair inspiration — but don’t have the time to get sucked into Pinterest? We did the dirty work for you. Take a look at these gorgeous hairstyles incorporating the best hair accessories to wear when you’re over the age of 30. And don’t worry, there’s no flower picking required.

Band Together

Band Together A simple headband can elevate an easy updo (and no, we’re not talking about the over-the-top Hot Topic headpieces you gravitated toward in the ’90s). To create this pretty look:

1. Start with straight, smooth hair. Place a flexible headband over your hair, angling it about two inches from your hairline. If you need to, secure it in place with a couple of bobby pins.
2. Separate your hair into three sections. Create two small sections near your face and one large section in the back of your head. Secure the very end of the back section with a rubber band. 3. Roll the back section of hair up toward the headband, and tuck it into the headband. Continue to wrap until you’ve successfully gathered all the hair in the back, and lock it in place with bobby pins.
4. Take one of the smaller sections of hair and twist it all the way to its end. Then, pull it across the back of your head and wrap it around your bun. Secure with bobby pins.
5. Repeat the previous step for the other section of hair. Finish your look with hairspray and slay.

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Goddess Headband

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Goddess Headband The Pick: Lulu’s Dawn of Silver Light Headband, $14.

To create this simple style, look for a headband that’s as flexible as it is cute. The engraved silver adds a dose of sophistication , and the stretchy material keeps it easy to work with.

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Runway Headband

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Runway Headband The Pick: Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling, $24

You’ll give professional cat-walkers a run for their money when you flaunt this ultrachic hair accessory. The black leather and clear crystals add edge to your look, while the adjustable band helps accommodate all hair types (we’re talking to you, fellow thick-haired ladies).

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Playful Headband

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Playful Headband The Pick: Capelli New York Head Wrap Stretch Mesh Grey Combo, $10

Prefer a wider headband? This sporty-meets-sparkle sequined head wrap could be your new best friend.

Top Knot-ch

Top Knot-ch Topknot buns are one of our favorite styles to rock — they fit our lazy-girl lifestyle, but look ultrachic when paired with a killer outfit. The only way our go-to hairstyle could be any better is with the perfect accessory. But before we dive into next-level bun cuffs, we must create the perfect topknot — because, duh.

1. Blow-dry your hair straight, using a KareCo Tangle Buster Brush, $12.50, to smooth and detangle your strands. For an even sleeker look (and to control pesky flyaways), apply a hair serum (try Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $40).
2. Once dry, flat iron your hair. Brush your hair into a high ponytail, and secure with a hair tie.
3. Wrap your ponytail around the elastic. Smooth it out with a fine bristle brush for a clean-cut look.
4. Secure the look with hairspray, and add your hair accessory.

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Bun Cuff

Hair Accessory Must-Have: The Bun Cuff The Pick: Chloe + Isabel Bun Cuff, $45

Get glam in seconds with this stunning bun cuff. Even though your ‘do only took you all of five minutes, this hair accessory makes it look like you spent hours contemplating your look.

Hair Accessory Must-Have: Bun Cuff

Hair Accessory Must-Have: Bun Cuff The Pick: Kitsch Full Moon Bun Cuff, $18

Capture that oh-so-trendy bohemian vibe by wearing this understated bun cuff around your topknot. Bonus: It doubles as an arm band.

Hair Accessory Must-Have: Bun Cuff

Hair Accessory Must-Have: Bun Cuff The Pick: Free People Engraved Bunn Cuff, $18

This engraved hairpiece will lend some artisan flair to your updo, while its hidden, built-in hair elastic guarantees a comfortable fit.

Half-Up Heaven

Half-Up Heaven The beauty of the half-pony: It’s polished, a cinch to do and universally flattering — even more so with the right embellishment. To create the look:

1. Air dry your hair, applying a lightweight smoothing cream to prevent frizz and keep every hair in its place.
2. Once your hair is dry, gently wrap a 1-inch section of hair around a 1-inch curling iron, leaving the ends out. Hold for three to four seconds before releasing. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl well, hold for longer and apply a lightweight hairspray as you go. Continue to curl the rest of your hair.
3. Create a half ponytail at the back of your head, using a brush to smooth it out. Pro tip: To crank up the volume, gently backcomb your roots at the crown of your head for more height as you’re pulling back your hair. Secure your ponytail with a clear elastic. Now you’re ready to accessorize.

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