It’s officially summer and you know what that means. Long hair is going up in knot on your head and more or less staying there for the season. But now, there is no reason why it can’t look chic. Lots of jewelry designers are making bejeweled hairpins, ties and one has even done a silk scrunchie.
Of course, there is a long history of jewelry designers making elegant hair ornaments. Just look at the vintage Cartier diamonds Rachel Weisz wore in her hair at the Oscars. It also makes perfect sense for them to create a tie or scrunchie, because we all know those often end up on your wrist like a bracelet when you are ready to let your hair down.
The controversial scrunchie was the first hair accessory to make a big statement on the red carpet this Awards Season. I say “controversial” because, of course, it is the hair décor that was famously dissed by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Remember the episode when she loved what her author-boyfriend had written, but pointed out the one error in his story: no stylish woman who lives in New York would wear a scrunchie. Well, now they would and do.
The impossibly chic stylist Kate Young sports them and she put one by jewelry designer Sophie Buhai on her client Dakota Johnson for the Independent Spirit Awards. For the record, the pink velvet scrunchie Jason Momoa wore a month later at the Oscars was a custom piece from Fendi made to match his suit.
Looking for something fancier and colorful? Irene Neuwirth has introduced a glorious gold and gem-set line of hair pins. The designer says she was inspired to make her own out of necessity. “Every time I got my hair done I was asking for jeweled pins and I was constantly thinking about how to make my own,” Irene explained. “Finally I thought, I’m a jewelry designer, I can do this! Now I’m obsessed,”
Irene’s hairpins showcase her signature precious gems such as Kingman turquoise, watermelon tourmaline, flower carved opal and a pavé diamond flower bud set in 18K gold. A few are available online others can be found at her Melrose Place flagship store or the Capitol-Irene Neuwirth boutique at the Brentwood Country Mart.
For the minimalist who wants maximal style in their hair accessory, Jill Platner’s hammered sterling silver extra-long pins are a stunning choice. Her magnificently hand crafted pieces with whimsical names, Curly Q, Horseshoe and Wavy Legs can even be engraved with a personal thought. The designer said that hairpins are the most elegant and safe way to put your hair up. They are so smooth, especially since elastics can break your hair. Jill said,“I basically use mine every single day!”
Jennifer Fisher’s version on the trend is her Hair Pin Set. “I wanted to create a non-damaging simple hair pin that would work for any look,” explains Jennifer. “The Clean Hairpin was born from my thought of less is more when it comes to hair adornment.” The pins are made in silver-rhodium plated brass, or 10K yellow gold-plated brass options. Jennifer helpfully recommends using hairspray before putting the pins in place.
Deborah Pagani, who started her career styling hair in the late 90s knows about hair AND accessories. Hair Objet, a bridge to her past, is a newly launched accessory collection. The elastics have a metal motif that make them look just as cool on your wrist as in your hair. It’s the perfect solution to the plain black elastic worn as a bracelet.
Sold individually, the collection ranges from $70-$110. It comes in a cool package with a wide comb that is the perfect item to pop in your purse. Like other designers, the hairpin in Deborah’s line came as a result of a personal need. She was always looking for the perfect non-pliable piece to elevate her topknots. “It’s the chicest item for a woman on the go, whether she’s working, traveling, taking her kids from one activity to the next or doing her nightly skincare routine,” Deborah said.
Watch Deborah’s beauty video to discover a way to put a long hair pin in your updo.