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Party Hair: Pro Tips for Using Embellished Hair Accessories

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Celebrities (such as I want to be Cat Deeley, above, at the 2009 Emmy Awards) stepped up their hair-glam game almost a year ago, says Hanoch Drori, who has worked with stars such as Jordan Sparks and is the hair stylist for "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" host Leah Miller. "Now we're catching up, seeing more decorative headbands and hair pins with feathers, crystal beads and full-size flowers. Hair this year is definitely more embellished." And while he notes that headbands tend to be more popular with the younger set and decorative clips and pins strike a glamour chord with an older crowd, age doesn't really matter when it comes to adding a little flair to your hair. Click here to watch Hanoch do a quick holiday chignon for Goody.

Jolie Hairpins from $4.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart

Eric Del Monaco, hair artist and colourist for L'Oréal Paris, likes a simple accessorized chignon for evening. "Make a ponytail, wrap it around to form a bun, secure with hairpins, then add a few sparkly pins around it." (Above: Jolie hairpins from $4.99 CAN) For day, he suggests creating a tousled texture by adding random curls with a hot iron, raking through a little wax or pomade, then pinning hair up loosely just below the crown. Finish with a wide stretch bandeau to encircle your head from just behind the hairline to under the pinned up part.

For Montreal-based Alain Larivée, Canadian creative consultant for John Frieda Professional Hair Care, jewelled or feathered hairbands are where it's at. "You have to be confident to pull the look off," he says. "Show a little attitude."

A crystal-encrusted or feathered band with swingy long hair or full, tousled waves and curls is easy for a night out: hold a band over the top of your head and simply slip it into place two inches behind your hairline. (It's about accessorizing, not about pushing your hair back off your face.)

Goody Prudence head band $4.99

When it comes to wire headbands with a single embellishment (above: Goody Prudence head band, $4.99 CAN), Larivée likes to hide the wire and showcase the decoration. Start with a low chignon, leaving a front section of hair free, as though they're long bangs. Slide the headband in, then backcomb the loose front section of hair "like you're back in high school," he says. Pull the hair back over the headband to conceal the wire (not the embellishment), and pin ends into the chignon.

Jolie Clips $12.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart

Clips (above: Jolie clips, $8.99 CAN each) are an easy way to secure a sweep of hair off to one side, or to add sparkle to a 'do à la Zooey Deschanel's pretty hair in the image below. Aside from accessories, your best hair friend this season will be Goody's easy-to-manoever Colour Collection Petite Bobby Pins -- they'll keep things in place and stay out of sight.


Jolie hair accessories are available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart. Goody hair accessories are available at drugstores and mass retailers. A version of this story appeared in the Metro News; celeb image courtesy of Metro/Getty Images.