Looking for a way to work a fun and festive hair accessory for New Year's Eve? Never fear—we came up with three ways to try out the trend! No shade to Blair Waldorf, but hair accessories have come a long way since the statement floral headpieces of the Gossip Girl era. This season, we're feeling a more delicate, minimalist vibe that complements an already-sparkly outfit as opposed to dominating an entire look. We teamed up with celebrity hairstylist Mia Moore of New York City's Pierre Michel Salon to put a new twist on these gorgeous hair accessories, including one you can DIY at home. Keep reading to get the complete breakdown for each!
"Before you start any style, prep your hair first—even if you're working with second day strands, have a blow-dry, and concentrate on your ends to make them look polished," Moore says. Once the ends had been set, Moore then started teasing hair around the crown to form a solid base, and separated the backcombed area. She followed by placing the Colette Malouf Rhinestone Baguette Diamond Headstrap ($455; colettemalouf.com) at the front part of the head, and aligned the vertical section with the natural part. "Make sure your backcombing at the base is nice and tight so that your styles don't fall out as you do them," she adds.
With the headband secure, Moore created a slight Disney princess vibe by twisting layers around the strap. "Use bobby pins to secure the accessory, then take some strands and twist them around the headband itself," she says. "In general, less is more." Add more hair pins as needed to ensure the style doesn't shift over the course of the night.
Feeling more of an updo vibe? Just like the previous style, start by backcombing sections of hair around the crown to pump up the volume. "Tease your section at the top, then pin it away," says Moore. "Then, pull the un-teased portion into a high ponytail. You can use that top section to wrap around the ponytail and shape it into a bun." Anchor the bun into place with a handful of hair pins.
Armed with a sparkly headband by Dauphines of New York, Moore slid the accessory over the style, and pushed it into place from the bottom. "Pull out a few wisps to make it a bit messy and more evening," she adds.
What do you get when you cross a '90s-era claw headband with a broken necklace? One unexpectedly awesome hair piece, of course. "I had what I call the 'lost souls of jewelry' in a drawer at home, so I just took those and re-worked them," Moore says. "Take them apart, put them on the claw headband, but keep it simple." After you've completed your original piece, begin this style by teasing the top area of hair as with the previous looks, and slide the accessory into place from the bottom. "This one is probably easier to do on yourself because of the tension, or you can hold it and have your friend place it," she says. "It creates really nice height as you put the teeth into the backcombing." Two mini-plaits on either side of the head topped off the look.