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Never give up on you love for great hair jewelry

#hairjewelry mature woman with studded headband
#hairjewelry  mature woman with studded headband
Studded headband to pull the hair back

Hair jewelry is the next big trend

Hair jewelry will be a big fashion thing this coming cold season. The models doned not just one hair pin, barrette or headband on the catwalks, but wore them in multiples. There was no way to not notice that adding hair accessories is supposed to be a big trend. The good thing about this trend is that it is fun and in summer very welcome. 😉 Thus, why waiting until fall?

#Fashionover40 mature woman wearing a half updo with barrette
Pulling the hair back with a barrette with green semi-precious stone

Girly summer braids are a no-no over 40

August brings the hot heat of the dog days. When it gets hot we like to get our hair out of our face and neck to stay cool. Sweating like a pig is never in style. 😉

#updos blogger knot with barrette
Blogger knot with barrette

While as little girls, mom braided the hair or made a nice pony tail or ballerina knot using plastic pins, barrettes, and rubber-bands with little plastic animals, fruits or just beads, this look is ridiculous on any woman over 14.

Be aware of ageing up-dos

Fighting the summer heat with an updo is not only difficult with respect to the hair jewelry and/or accessories needed. Any French knot or low ballerina knot can easily look matronly and aging after 40. Fabric headbands may help to absorb sweat, but keep the skin from being ventilated which may end up in feeling uncomfortable despite the hair is out of the face and neck.

#fashionover50 ageless updo accessorized with barrette
Medium high ballerina knot with barrette for accessorizing

How to fight summer heat with long hair in style

One of my readers asked me how to cope with this problem without going to the radical solution of chopping the hair off or anything in between.

#accessories #over40 mature woman with hair clip
Square hair clip with half pearls as decoration

The solution: Upscale the hair jewelry

We may not admit it, but mom’s solution wasn’t that bad at all. We will just have to upscale the pieces. In this post, I show you my barrette collection that I edited over the years to illustrate what I mean with upscaled pieces. The photos also share examples how to use them or similar types of barrettes to look ageless when getting the hair out of your face.

#updoover50 mature woman with effortless updo
Long wooden hair needle pinned to hold a messy updo

The updo in the photo above is inspired by the movie Twister. Professor Harding made her updo with a pencil while hunting tornadoes with her students. Of course, you can also use nice painted chop sticks.

An important trick is to not have the updo look like your mom did it. Go messy.

The pony tail grew up

The Duchess of Cambridge made the high pony tail a classic. She often wears this type of updo at official events.

#styleover40 mature woman with high ponytail hold by a barrette
High pony tail with ethnic barrette

The modern French knot

The French knot – the old way – had all hair ends properly pulled underneath so they wouldn’t show. The new way to style the French knot is to exactly avoid that neatness. Instead, let the ends stick out as if you had just put your hair up on the go like in the photo below.

#styleover50 mature woman doning a modern French knot with barrette
Modern version of the French knot with wide barrette

What are your tricks to stay cool during the dog days? Will you jump the bandwagon on the hair jewelry trend this coming cold season? Have you collected hair pins, hair clips, hair sticks, and barrettes over the years? What are your favorites? Let me know by email, I am curious. Also please feel free to email me whenever you have a styling or fashion question. I love to hear from you.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)

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