Curly Hair accessories come in lots of different shapes and sizes. All curly girls know that having dependable accessories is half the battle, especially for curly hairstyles for long hair.
The right hair accessory can stave off a hair disaster and rescue you from a catastrophic hair day. Many are perfect for securing your hairstyles, some are a good way of getting your bangs off your face, and others work just as well as hair adornments.
Let’s take a look at some of that hair day saving accessories that everybody with short curly hair or long lock should have.
Hair Pins and Bobby Pins
Pins are thin metal, curved at one end and open on the other. These accessories are marvelous. They magically create updos, salvage hairstyles that didn’t go as planned and hold portions of hair in place so that, the rest falls just the way we want it to.
Another thing about hair pins and bobby pins is they disappear in your hair.
You can never have too many hair pins or bobby pins because before you know it, you will be searching underneath the sofa cushions to find that last hairpin needed to complete your hairstyle.
One last thing, they work even more efficiently with a gel or styler.
How to Use and Tips
If you are going to pin your hair into a bun, you need a medium to long hair (but if you have short hair, and would like something like a chignon, you can always try a hair piece).
Hairstyles like buns and chignons, created by pinning the hair, are lovely for special occasions because, like other updos they effectively show off your neck, shoulders, and cheekbones. A “classic chignon” and Chanel are supposedly synonymous, and with this style, the bun is worn a little lower on the neck. You can also make a bun look more casual simply by selecting some pieces of hair and pulling them out for a messy effect.
Satin Scarf and Satin Bonnet
Keeping hair moisturized and tangle free is a common concern for all naturals. Keeping hair covered with a scarf or bonnet while sleeping helps prevent hair from drying out, and becoming a tangled, matted mess. No one wants to wake up and have to deal with that.
We may not wake up completely flawless, but satin scarves and bonnets ensure we do not wake up a hot mess.
Goody Bands and Hair Elastics
Hair elastics are the quickest, simplest and cheapest way to get your hair out of your eyes, but they can make your hair look great too. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! Sometimes the last thing you need is hair in your face, on your neck, or down your back. It could be because the weather is hot, or you are attending an important affair.
Whatever the case may be, sometimes you just need your hair out of the way. Now, while those tiny ponytail holders do serve a purpose, few of us (especially those of us with kinkier textures) can fit all our hair in these ponytail holders.
This is where goody bands or stretchy hair elastics come in. They stretch wide enough for us to get all our hair in and robust sufficient to hold hair securely in place without snapping. These are also perfect for creating traditional hairstyles for short curly hair like the Afro puff.
Many naturals make sure always to have a goody band, and a few bobby pins tucked away in their handbags, to complete their “hair emergency” first aid kit.
Ok. So as stated above, many naturals cannot get their hair in a ponytail using these small holders, but that does not mean ponytail holders are not handy for curly hairstyles for long hair or short.
When separating hair into small sections or handling the twists and braids, these are pretty great.
Flowers, bows and headbands as beautiful as the rainbow are an excellent way to add a little bit of flair and flavor to otherwise simple and basic hairstyles for short curly hair and long tresses.
They can dress up or dress down a look; they provide lots of versatility and utility.
They can be as bold or subtle as your mood, event, or personality, and can add femininity to shortcuts.
Beanies and Knitted Hats
In cold weather, these are a godsend. These are also perfect for those occasions when you are giving your hair treatment but need to be out and about running errands while at it.
Just slap on one of these over your plastic cap and go on about your business with no one the wiser. Amazing!
The variation in fabrics and textures make head wraps a great accessory to go with curly hairstyles for long hair as well as short. Like beanies, these are perfect for protecting hair in cold weather, and can conceal a treatment in the process; a hairstyle went wrong, or a head of hair that is still (gasp) un-styled.
Head wraps can be tied in so many different ways that you are unlikely to get bored of them.
Butterfly and Duck Bill Clips
All that naturally curly and kinky hair can be intimidating. It looks much more manageable when sectioned. When fixing curly hairstyles for long hair, it helps to keep done parts separate from those strands we are yet to do. Butterfly clips and duckbill clips make it easy to keep things organized when styling and take no time at all to insert or remove.
Wide Tooth Comb
Whoever came up with the idea to make wide tooth combs is owed a debt of gratitude we cannot repay. It is true that we could use our fingers, but we may not have the time, patience or inclination to do that. This is where wide tooth combs come in. They provide gentle and efficient detangling of all types of curly hair and do so quickly. When used with a leave-in detangler like Crème of Nature Argan Oil detangling textured hair with a wide tooth comb is so much easier.
These are the little plastic combs that you insert into your hair to lock it into place. Make those two debts we will never be able to repay. Detangling comb not only helps get rid of knots and tangles in curly hairstyles for long hair, but some of them are also excellent at getting curls to clump together.
This spells fabulous to those who like to wear their hair in its naturally curly, “wash and go” state. Variations are mainly in size- a bigger comb obviously been a better choice for longer, thicker hair. Hand sawn combs are more hair-friendly but tend to be expensive.
Getting to know our hair and learning what works best with our hair type is a lifelong journey that requires much patience, and while we will always have our bad hair days, “Understanding your curls, and all its eccentricities should be fun,” as we like to say.
Just as our body shape demands appropriate clothes and accessories for the most flattering silhouette, our hair can be just as picky regarding the tools needed to give it the boost it deserves.
What’s your favorite hair accessory for curly hairstyles for long hair or short hair?