20 grown-up Christmas hair accessories for 2021

Chic Christmas hair accessories to deck your 'do this season

Three Christmas hair accessories, a velvet bow by the uniform, oliver bonas pearl slides and a tatiana burgundy headband
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Let’s talk Christmas hair accessories. Now that 'tis officially the season, what better way to get into the festive spirit than with a sparkly new hair adornment. 

From big velvet bows to crystal hair slides, the humble hair accessory is an easy, failsafe way to elevate any Christmas hairstyle—up, down, high or low. “This Christmas season, expect to see lots of hair accessories,” says Samantha Cusick, Redken artist and owner of Samantha Cusick London. “Dominating London and Paris Fashion Weeks, bows are set to be big, spanning everything from silk and velvet to chic leather hair ties.” And now that stores have dropped winter collections with glitzy clips, silky scrunchies and stylish padded headbands, we're spoilt for choice.

Whatever your festive season holds, it always feels cheering to get glammed up with Christmas makeup looks and Christmas nail designs. So why not take things up one more notch by shopping our round-up of the best Christmas hair accessories?There’s a sparkly something for everyone. 

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Best Christmas headbands

Headbands are having a moment and we are here for it. They take a full five seconds to put on, come in an array of sophisticated styles and flatter every hair texture, from curly hairstyles to beach hair waves or a pixie haircut. What's not to love for holiday season?

The Uniform Velvet Padded Headband

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1. The Uniform Velvet Padded Headband

Best padded headband

Specifications

RRP: $58/£40
Material: Velvet, Grosgrain ribbon lining

Throw it back to the '90s with this padded, sumptuously soft velvet headband, which is available in five colors, including this classic olive green. Not sure how to wear headbands? Try this one with hair pulled back or let loose to elevate your everyday look.

Shrimps Antonia Headband in Cream

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2. Shrimps Antonia Headband in Cream

Best pearl embellished headband

Specifications

RRP: $230/£150
Material: Faux pearls, silver-tone metal base

Inspired by the London-based label’s cult Antonia bag, this luxurious headband features smooth faux pearls on top of a silver-tone metal base that looks classy and chic. This is definitely a special occasion style, so team it with your best Christmas party dress. 

Oliver Bonas Madonna Knot Top Studded Velvet Black Headband

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3. Oliver Bonas Madonna Knot Top Studded Velvet Black Headband

Best top knot headband

Specifications

RRP: £22
Material: Polyester

Make a statement with this luxe black velvet and gold-toned studded headband. As well as being affordable, the knotted style adds height to any ‘do, so would suit anyone who's always striving to create a bouncy blow dry

Tanya Litkovska Velvet Headband in Burgundy

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4. Tanya Litkovska Velvet Headband in Burgundy

Best velvet headband

Specifications

RRP: $295/£305
Material: 20% silk, 80% viscose

This plush velvet headband from designer Tanya Litkovska is set to make a big statement this festive season. Featuring a plaited design on a padded base, wear it with a hair up style or down and complete the look with a slick of black liner. 

Eugenia Kim Birdie ruched velvet headband

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5. Eugenia Kim Birdie ruched velvet headband

Best ruched headband

Specifications

RRP: $85/£72
Material: Velvet

Made from high-quality velvet backed onto a soft felt, this playful Birdie headband has been carefully folded to create a ruched effect that’s inspired by the feathers of tropical birds. Soft and feminine, this is perfect to make a statement in chic short hairstyles.

Best Christmas hair bows

Big bows, pretty bows, and DIY bows are all set to make an appearance this party season. Get ahead of the curve and treat your tresses to a plush velvet or satin ribbon that will make a statement. Top tip? Go for festive colors like dark green, ruby red, or glitzy gold. 

Henriette von Gruenberg velvet hair clip

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6. Henriette von Gruenberg velvet hair clip

Best oversized bow

Specifications

RRP: $66/£55
Material: 100% cotton
Fastening: Barrette

Available in red, green, and navy blue, this handmade velvet bow elevates any ‘do. Clip it on as part of a half up half down hairstyle or try securing it on the base of a plait. So chic. 

Jennifer Behr Perlita bow hair clip

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7. Jennifer Behr Perlita bow hair clip

Best pearl bow

Specifications

RRP: $208/£236
Material : Pearls 100%, velvet 100%
Fastening: Clip

Pearls are perennially chic and never go out of style. Wear them on your ears (perhaps with Kate Middleton's earrings)  and match up with your hair by wearing this beautiful black velvet and pearl embellished bow clip. 

Free People Rumi Velvet Bow

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8. Free People Rumi Velvet Bow

Best slouchy bow

Specifications

RRP: $16/£15
Material: Velvet
Fastening: Scrunchie

A small bow can still make a big impact. The trick? Contrast the color of the bow to your hair so it stands out. Free People's Rumi Velvet Bow is available in Blush, Black, and Emerald. 

NA-KD Satin Hair Bow

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9. NA-KD Satin Hair Bow

Best satin bow

Specifications

RRP: $16.95/£10.95
Material: 95% Polyester, 5% steel
Fastening: Barrette

If you're not a fan of traditional Christmas colors, turn your head to this lilac satin bow that looks far more expensive than it actually is. Style with a romantic wavy hairstyle or a sleek up-do. 

ASOS Design hair bow in white with pearls

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10. ASOS Design hair bow in white with pearls

Best affordable bow

Specifications

RRP: $11.50/£8
Material: Sheer chiffon
Fastening: Slide

This diamante and faux-pearl embellished bow is the perfect pick for party hairstyles. Dress it up with the best red lipstick or keep it casual with cosy knitwear and straight jeans. 

Best Christmas hair clips

From crystal claw clips to statement slides, these hair accessories are a fun, fresh addition to any party style.  Clips are some of the easiest Christmas hair accessories to wear because they can be as subtle and understated as you like. Take your cue from our round-up below. 

Boohoo Embellished Pearl Hair Clips

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11. Boohoo Embellished Pearl Hair Clips

Best affordable hair clip

Specifications

RRP: $8/£4
Material: Metal

Dial up you 'do this festive season with a sparkly brand-new hair clip. It would work perfectly for holding a layered hairstyle in place, or just to breathe new life into classic tousled hairstyles. Wear on its own or layer with multiple slide clips for all out party hair. 

Jennifer Behr Perla set of seven faux pearl-embellished gold-tone hair slides

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12. Jennifer Behr Perla set of seven faux pearl-embellished gold-tone hair slides

Best stackable hair clips

Specifications

RRP: $218/£150
Material: Faux pearl

Handmade in Brooklyn, this beautiful ‘Perla’ set comes complete with 7 gold-tone hair slides, adorned with various-sized faux pearls. They would make one of the best jewelry gifts for anyone who wants to give an updo a glamorous edge and we’re adding this to our wish-list, pronto. 

ZARA Pack of Bejewelled Hair Clips

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13. ZARA Pack of Bejewelled Hair Clips

Best diamante hair clips

Specifications

RRP: $19.90/£14.99
Material: 40% steel, 30% glass, 30% brass

Invest in a pack of diamanté slides so you can stack and layer them down one side of your parting for an easy, stand-out style. We adore this metallic hair clip set from Zara featuring two larger style clips and two slides—perfect for a natural hairstyle

Valet Lulu Beaded Barrette Hair Clip

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14. Valet Lulu Beaded Barrette Hair Clip

Best beaded hair clip

Specifications

RRP: $38/£27
Material: Beads, stainless steel

Add a playful touch to any outfit with these barrette hair clips from Valet. The gold-tone stainless steel fastening is topped with a geometric assortment of multi-colored beads. Try yours gripped to the side with hair down or up. 

Oliver Bonas Ella Star & Moon Gem Detail Hair Slides Pack of Two

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15. Oliver Bonas Ella Star & Moon Gem Hair Slides

Best celestial hair clips

Specifications

RRP: £12.50
Material: Alloy, iron, acrylic

Sparkle and shine with this set of two hair clips from Oliver Bonas. Featuring one gold-toned moon and one star, the slides can be worn alone or together to elevate any hair ‘do.  

Best Christmas scrunchies

Out of all the best Christmas hair accessories, a scrunchie is by far the simplest option to elevate easy hairstyles. Simply slip it on a messy bun or ponytail hairstyle and voila—you’re good to go. What’s more, many scrunchies (especially silk) have hair-health boosting abilities, including retaining moisture and reducing snagging. 

Silk Works London Pack of 3 Christmas Scrunchies

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16. Silk Works London Pack of 3 Christmas Scrunchies

Best silk scrunchies

Specifications

RRP: £32 (UK only)
Material: Silk

Spruce up your ponytail this season with Silk Works London’ Christmas hair accessories. As well as looking pretty, the silky scrunchies reduce hair breakage and split ends while helping hair retain its natural moisture. The best part? They have a loose grip which means no more kinks or creases.  

Slip Crystal Scrunchie Set

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17. Slip Crystal Scrunchie Set

Best embellished scrunchies

Specifications

RRP: $45/£45
Material: 100% silk

Cleverly crafted from mulberry silk, Slip’s sleek scrunchies reduce tangling and breakage while adding a festive adornment to your everyday hairstyle. Treat yourself or give it to someone you love (it would definitely make one of the best Christmas gifts for friends)

AllSaints Kettu Oversized Scrunchie

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18. AllSaints Kettu Oversized Scrunchie

Best sustainable scrunchie

Specifications

RRP: $15/£9
Material: Recycled fabrics

If you’re on the hunt for a sustainable scrunchie, turn your attention to AllSaints new collection. Named Kettu, this gold accessory covered with animal print is made from off-cut, recycled fabrics to avoid textile waste. Style with a messy bun and big chunky earrings. 

Lele Sadoughi Pearl Scrunchie

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19. Lele Sadoughi Pearl Scrunchie

Best pearl scrunchie

Specifications

RRP: $38/£36
Material: Velvet

Understated yet chic, this velvet scrunchie features a knotted bow detail, embellished with pearls, to finish off the perfect party ponytail. 

The Uniform Velvet Bow Scrunchie

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20. The Uniform Velvet Bow Scrunchie

Best velvet scrunchie

Specifications

RRP: $35/£25
Material: 100% velvet

More Christmas hair accessories from London-based label The Uniform. Made from 100% sumptuously soft velvet, these plush scrunchies featuring an oversized bow make a great whimsical accompaniment to any ponytail or bun. Pick between blush pink, olive green, pale blue, or black. 


woman&home thanks Samantha Cusick for her time and expertise. 

Emma Stoddart is a freelance beauty journalist and self-confessed skincare aficionado with over five years’ industry experience. Emma has worked for some of the UK’s top women’s titles including Net-A-Porter, Stylist and Grazia. Her experience spans online and print as well as producing editorial shoots with some of the industry’s biggest artists, including Val Garland. Asides from working with them behind the scenes, she’s also had the chance to interview the likes of Patrick Ta, Pat McGrath, and Sam McKnight for all their insider tips and tricks.