Forget diamonds, pearls are a girl’s best friend. This understated piece of jewelry has graced the necks, earlobes, wrists and rings of socialites and celebrities for decades, lending an essence of royalty to wardrobes the world over. This season, we’ve seen this timeless staple repurposed in the most interesting and eye-catching way: as a hair accessory. From bead-laden clips to braided embellishments, here are 10 unique ways to wear beads in your hair. For a ‘do it’s even classier than you.
1. Smooth and stylish
Pearls can be classic, but they can also be bold. This Alexander McQueen-inspired style encompasses both of these traditions. Studded with pretty beads, these sleek, sculpted strands are modern and timeless.
2. Pearly Pony
This pearly pony looks like a million bucks, but it only costs a few bucks to put together. A simple low pony is instantly dressed up with a few cleverly placed craft store sticker beads.
3. Beachy Embellishment
Channel the origins of this ocean-created gem with a set embellished with textured waves. A handful of pretty pearl pins add a touch of elegance to an undone outfit. These gorgeous accessories will make you look like deep sea royalty.
4. Bedazzled Braid
Take a chunky braid from casual to chic with an eye-catching set of pearl bobby pins. Simply insert each pin an inch or two apart along the length of your mermaid braid. Go for a pulled fishtail to really nail that beach goddess vibe.
5. Pearly Edges
You don’t have to be larger than life when you incorporate pearls into your hair. These rare pearls are just as effective with a minimalist approach. Hairstylist Justine Marjan knows exactly how to work these tiny pearlescent adhesives to create an intricate look that’s both understated and high-impact.
6. Pins in braids
Tessa Thompson can pull off just about any hairstyle. Here, the actress adorns her gorgeous box braids with a few beads, precisely positioning the accessories on just one side of her hair. These glitzy pieces give Tessa’s retro locks a totally glamorous overhaul.
Of course, there’s no need to run to the craft store or spend hours placing pins. You can rock the pearl trend hassle-free with a chunky headband. Slick back those locks to give this standout accessory the attention it deserves.
8. Classic barrette
You can’t go wrong with a timeless barrette. Another alternative to a more intricate bead-laden look, a single sparkling barrette on a wavy bob is the kind of beauty that never gets old.
9. Top Knot
Take your casual sweater from day to chic by night with just a few pearlescent pieces. You don’t have to go all out with the embellishments for this cute look. A few pearl trims at the base of the bun can amp up a basic style.
10. Wedding ornament
Are the wedding bells ringing? Forget flower crowns and opt for a pearl-rich accessory this season. This gorgeous set of pearls looks simply stunning wrapped up in an expertly designed updo.