Pick a relaxed look – no severe updos or perfectly styled curls
“The key is to balance your accessory of choice with an easygoing hairstyle that doesn’t feel too laboured,” says Sam. We recommend a messy bun, loose braid, soft French twist or rumpled mermaid waves.
Go for tons of texture
“Mussed-up or day-old hair keeps accessories from looking too girlie or overly romantic,” Sam adds. It also holds hairpins and clips better than super-clean hair does.
If you’ve just shampooed, work a mousse, like (R220), into damp hair, and rough-dry it with a blowdryer to bring out its natural waves.
If your hair is stick-straight, wrap big sections around a large-barrel curling iron in alternate directions to create messy texture; then add your headband or hairslides.
Get creative with your placement
Sam’s number-one rule for placing add-ons: “Use accessories in place of or to hide hair elastics or bobby pins. Don’t put them in symmetrically – that vibe is too schoolgirl. The best result is when everything looks eortlessly chic and thrown together.”