The perfect holiday hair accessory might be lurking in your jewelry box. Allure has gathered some expert tips for creating the perfect hairpiece out of the baubles you already own.
December tends to be an expensive month. Instead of buying a new hair accessory for your party circuit, take a tip from celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak and dig around in your jewelry drawer. "I bring a slew of hair accessories when doing red carpet, but often times we end up using a brooch or a vintage earring that the stylist brought," she says. "You just need to have the right pins, and you can make anything work." Below, two of Roszak's favorite pieces to repurpose, plus one of my own.
A brooch. "These are the easiest to put in your hair," says Roszak, who used one in Nicole Kidman's updo at the Oscars last year. "There's usually a clasp at the back. You just weave it through the hair like you would a pin, and then secure it with a pin or two to make sure it won't slip out."
An earring. It's best to use dangly or clip-on earrings rather than studs. Clip-ons work just like a bobby pin or barrette, while dangly earrings with hooks need a bit of tweaking. "At the 2012 Golden Globes, Emma Stone's stylist brought these beautiful earrings and asked if I could pin them in her hair," remembers Roszak. "I removed the hook so that I could slip a pin through the top of the earring and tucked them into her low chignon."
A necklace. I love the look of a multi-strand necklace hanging from the back of a half-up hairstyle — it's a little bit Game of Thrones, but also really gorgeous if you pick a delicate-looking piece. Open the necklace and secure the ends over each ear, crisscrossing your pins so they hold better. If the necklace is on the heavier side, use a few pins at the middle of the back of your head so it doesn't drag all your hair down.
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