Avoid Sleeping With These Hair Accessories

Women with beautiful hair looking in mirror

If you’ve never found yourself so annoyed by your hair in the middle of the night that you’d contemplated chopping it all off… right then and there, then please, tell us your secret. Women (and those Thor-like long haired men) have spent countless hours tossing and turning throughout the night out of annoyance of their strands. Chances are you’ve found yourself in this situation at least once or twice before. You use your finger to twist your locks around and around until the pseudo ponytail starts to coil around itself because maybe that will keep it out of your face. Perhaps you’re one of the gals who tries the roots-up method – you know, when you gather your strands together and pull them up above your head so that your hair has its own designated spot on your pillow. Both methods yield mediocre results until you decide to re-adjust and your hair pushes the last patience-button.

We all know how bad it is to sleep with hair accessories, which is exactly why you try to coil or flip your hair out of the way. But sometimes it seems like the only way you’ll get relief, and clock in on your beauty sleep is to find the strongest rubber band in the house and secure those tresses to the top of your head so tight that they’ll be unmoved by morning. Eeek! We can practically hear our strands pleading for mercy at the thought of it!

In honor of strands everywhere, we have put together a list of the best and worst hair accessories to sleep in. However, do understand that sleeping with any type of hair accessory is not ideal and here’s why: the root and hairline are the most sensitive areas of the hair when you pull your strands back into a ponytail, you’re literally doing just that – pulling your hair! Not just for a few moments either, because when your secure your hair with an elastic, you’re applying bungee-chord-like strength to keep it all up and out of your face. After time and time again this tension will damage the hair follicle and strands will begin to shed. Additionally, depending on the type of hair accessory that’s being used, it may be damaging the strand causing it to snap and break.

With that word of caution, we always promote wearing your hair down if possible – after all, you’ve spent months (maybe years?) growing it out for a reason, right?! However, we know that the mid-night shoulder tickles and neck sweat can be terribly annoying.

The Worst Of The Worst:

  • Water: It’s not an accessory per say, but it’s worth mentioning that when hair is wet it is at it’s weakest state, making it vulnerable to damage and breakage from just about any hairband or pillowcase.
  • Rubber-Like Elastic: Tthe more plastic-like the elastic feels, the worse. For some reason, the hair likes to cling to the rubber and it breaks with each and every pull.
  • Sock Bun Or Donut Bun: This popular hair curling technique looks pretty in the morning, but you are basically telling the hair and beauty gods that you want split ends. Just avoid this one altogether.

The Best Of The Best:

  • Oil: Again, it’s not actually an accessory, but it will protect and condition your hair from damage caused by tossing and turning on your pillowcase, as well as snagging from your hair tie.
  • Metal-Free: If you haven’t impulsively bought those bright colored flat fabric elastics that can be found in every checkout line, you’re missing out! Not only are they adorable, but they are much safer and gentler on your strands, ideal for those ponytail-needed nights.
  • Silk And Satin: Again, not totally an accessory, but typical cotton and polyester pillowcases also snip and snag at your strands, even when you leave your hair down. Avoid this by laying your head on a silk or satin pillowcase. Did we mention it’s also a great anti-ager too?

Dryer Accessory Know How

Woman holding a blow dryer and hairbrush

It’s always so exciting to open and unbox a new beauty tool, right?! But have you ever unboxed a new blow dryer, only to toss all those other attachments into the garbage can? You’re not alone, in fact, a large majority of women either throw them out or feel an unexplainable responsibility to keep them, so they find a place for them in the back of the towel closet, only to forget they even exist. Of course, the exception to this is those women who have been trained in cosmetology school just how important those attachments are and how exactly to use them. Well, you’re paying for the attachments that come with your new hair dryer, not to mention the fact that they’re provided because they should be used. Read on understand exactly how to use those bulky plastic dryer accessories in the back of your linen closet.

Just one side note before discussing the dryer attachments: if you are using a hair dryer, either regularly or irregularly you should always be using a heat protectant to seal in moisture and protect the hair cuticle from the damaging heat.

Concentrator Attachments
These are the smaller attachments that look somewhat like a long narrowing nose. Depending on the size and brand of the dryer the look and style will vary from one another, but they all have the same sole purpose: to allow you to specify where the hot air is blowing, or concentrating. This gives you greater control of the air and of your style. Anyone can benefit from this attachment by setting the dryer on lower speed setting and a higher temperature, this will speed up the drying process and prevent your hair from blowing into a tangled mess while drying.

Diffuser Attachments
These tend to come in one of two styles. The first one looks like a large, round spiky claw, and the second looks somewhat like a megaphone. Regardless of the attachment you have, they are ideal for those with wavy or curly hair. It works to reduce the intensity of the airflow, which means your hair will have less frizz and feel much softer when it’s dry. The claw looking attachment is more common of the two; when using it, you should grab small sections of your tresses and hold them up against the “fingers” of the claw. This will give you a softly sculpted but volumized look.

Pick Attachments
These dryer accessories also come in two styles: the first a rounded attachment with lots of long “fingers” poking up all around it, and the second looks just like a concentrator attachment with a comb fused to the end of it. Just like hair combs and hair picks are used to create volume, these dryer attachments work the same way but go a step further by forcing air into the style. Keep in mind that those with longer hair will need the attachment with longer “fingers” and those with shorter hair sill benefit more from the attachment with shorter “fingers.”

Beach Worthy Hair Accessories

“Palm trees, ocean breeze
Salty air, sun kissed hair
Endless summer, take me there” 
– Author: unknown. Source: Pinterest –

The weather is warm and the sky is clear, atlas summer is here! Those who live in a coastal state will undoubtedly make their way to the beach – if they haven’t already that is. Whether you leave your beach blanket in the trunk of your car because you head to the beach every weekend, or you are excitedly planning ahead for the beach trip you have this summer, you should most definitely test out the waters with some of the super cute beach worthy hair accessories below!

Starfish hair pin

Starfish Hairpins
These are perfect for the days when you want nothing other than to throw your hair in a messy bun, find your favorite pair of flip flops, and set your sights straight to the shore. When you crave the beach this badly, you probably aren’t too interested in how your makeup and hair look, but that’s no reason to skip these delicate hairpins! Not only will your inner mermaid be subtly on display, but you won’t have to repeatedly re-do your bun because the hairpins will hold everything in place.

Jeweled Barrettes
For those who are all about the bling, but chose to leave your glam accessories at home with the understanding (and maybe past experience?) that jewelry can leave some pretty strange tan lines you should absolutely get yourself some jeweled barrettes. You can use them to pull your hair out of your eyes, and you’ll be thrilled that you’re rocking your glam style at the beach!

Seashell Bobby Pins
No matter what your hair length or type, bobby pins always manage to make themselves useful. Why not accessorize your tresses with seashell accented bobby pins?! If you can’t find them at a local boutique or hair salon, you can easily DIY in less than five minutes! All you need to do is use a hot glue gun to adhere a tiny seashell (or a few) the end of a clean bobby pin. Just be careful not to glue it too close to the rounded edge, as the shells are more likely to fall off when they’re on that edge.

Woman wearing a sun hat

Big Floppy Sun Hat
Floppy sun hats are not just cute, but they are totally in right now! If you are worried about the sun getting to your hair color, or if your just having a bad beach-hair day, grab a big floppy sun hat!

Minimalism Inspired Broach
Gilded inspired accessories are super hot this season. The simplicity of a bronze or brushed silver broach allows the accessories to match virtually anything. A cute way to wear this is by securing it slightly above your ponytail holder.

Cuff Ponytail Holder
Similar to a minimalist broach, cuff ponytail holders can be worked into any style, from preppy to boho. Simply pull your hair up into a ponytail. Then slip your hair through the cuff, and slide it all the way up until the accessory hides the elastic holding your ponytail in place.

Romantic Pony Bow
Perfect for a moonlit beach walk, a romantic ponytail bow is simply made by tying a long piece of ribbon around a pony or half pony.

Style Your Hair Like A Geisha

Geisha

Geisha hairstyles are not only beautiful and intricate, but they hold a strong, special meaning; each and every style is given individuality, as admirers may be able to tell unique information about the girl wearing the special style. The talented geisha’s and kabuki actors of today wear many of the traditional geisha hairstyles that originated during the Edo and Meiji periods. Not a typical up-do, these styles tend to take hours to complete, much of the time filled with careful waxing and tons of teasing. That said, they are commonly designed to last for quite a few days. Originally, it expected of those sporting the style were to allow their hair to grow long, as they would use their own, natural locks. Of course, the idea isn’t the most practical, which is why those who wear geisha hairstyles today almost always wear a wig. If you’re interested in trying the traditional Japanese hairstyle for yourself, reach through the steps below to find out how you too, can style your hair like a geisha.

Before beginning, there are a few things you’ll need:

  • Hairbrush
  • Hair sponge (check out your local beauty supply store for one of these)
  • Sock bun/hair donut
  • Hair gel and hairspray (yes, you need both)
  • Large hair clip
  • Bobby pins
  • Small elastics
  • Natural or artificial flowers
  • Chopsticks

Once you’ve gathered all that you’ll need, follow along with these step-by-step directions:

Step 1: Begin by using the comb to section the hair into four sections: left, right, top, bottom. Use the hair clip to secure the top section for the time being. Use an elastic to temporarily secure the left, right, and bottom sections.

Step 2: Start at with one of the side sections, use the brush to smooth the hair before spraying it with hairspray.  Still holding the section, begin backcombing the hair, adding just a bit of hair gel while doing so, to add even more shine to the hair. Using one hand, grab the section between two fingers and create a wide loop with the hair, then secure the loop to the scalp – being sure that the remaining hair is down free – with two or more bobby pins. Once secured, repeat the process on the opposite side.

Step 3: Once both sides have been backcombed and pinned, unclip the top section of hair, and separate it into two parts: a top part and a bottom part. Re-clip the top part of the section so that it is out of the way.

Step 4: Now, take the bottom part of the section and repeat the process taken in step two, however, this time, do not use any bobby pins.

Step 5: Unclip the top portion of hair and – you guessed it – repeat the same process of brushing, spraying, and backcombing. This time, after you have added gel for additional shine, you will add additional volume by placing the hair sponge beneath this section.

Step 6: Now, remember the bottom part of the top section that you just left alone? You will rejoin the two parts with an elastic. If you need to, smooth the hair with the brush so there are no random hair bumps.

Step 7: Refocus your attention to the side hair that is remaining below the bobby pin. Grab the hair with both hands and wrap it around your fingers two or three times, creating another loop. Now, maneuver this loop inside of the first loop you made (it is essentially holding the shape of the outer loop). Use as many bobby pins as you need to be sure that the hair is secure and will not fall out.

Step 8: Continue by repeating the process in step 7 on the other side.

Step 9: Take the remaining hair from the top section (the hair that you secured with an elastic), and wrap it onto itself, creating an O-shaped-loop with it. Secure the loop to the scalp by placing bobby pins close to the elastic at the base. Once it’s secure, be sure it’s smooth and shiny by misting it with hairspray.

Step 10: Finally, take the remaining bottom section of hair and use your sock bun to create a nice full bun.

Step 11: Now finish the look by adding lots of hair spray, and sliding in the chopsticks and flower!

Hair Styles that Go From Work to Boho Party

Summer time is here and with it comes some of the most fashionable hairstyles that you can wear to work and out after leaving the office. Boho chic is a widespread fashion trend that many women desire to achieve – and when it comes to your hairstyle, boho is simple to achieve with some simple workplace styles. Below, Lionesse details how to get boho party ready from work.

Woman with wavy hairstyle.

Braid to Waves
Wearing your hair in a braid is great for daytime style to work. Create a braid from wet hair, and when it dries, your hair will be wavy and gorgeous. After work, let the party begin after letting your hair loose and rocking your perfect waves!

Woman with straight and braided hair.

Straight and Braided
Here’s a style you can wear to work and wear out to party after work. If you have straightened your hair, or you have straight hair already, simply add a couple of small side braids from the front of the hair, and pull them back around the sides of the head, pinning behind the ears. This style looks cute and fashionable for work and play.

Woman with wavy hairstyle.

Waves
You can choose to wear a simple waved style to work and out to have fun with friends after work. Waves are in, and are workplace acceptable. They look beautiful, fun, and beachy, yet conservative and nice. You can create waves with a flat iron, curling iron, curling wand, or from wearing your hair braided to bed the night before. There are even wave irons you can make use of.

Woman wearing a headband for a boho look.

Accessorize
You can rock this style simply by wearing your hair wavy, straight or curly. All you need to do is add a hair accessory such as a headband around your head after work. Depending upon where you work, it might even be acceptable to wear this style to work! Another option is to wear a braid headband, which is essentially a faux braid. Be sure to wear one that matches your hair color for a realistic look.

Woman with a colorful side braid.

Side Braid
This style is gorgeous and chic and is also workplace acceptable, taking you straight from the office to your party. Create a simple and beautiful side braid, keep it loose, and add a flower accessory or a headband around the front of the head. Or, for an extra boost of boho, create a small braid and wrap it around the front of the hair to create a headband look. Side braids can be loosened up a bit by pulling on sections with a bobby pin. This creates a fuller, more natural braid.

Boho style incorporates a lot of braided looks, waves, straightened hair, and hair accessories such as headbands, head wraps, floral décor, and long, flowy styles. Create your own boho look for work that you can quickly change up for your party nights. The great thing about boho style is that it’s generally easy to achieve, and doesn’t take any skill at all. Anyone can do it! We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide, and that you will have as much fun trying these styles out as we had putting them together.

Bobby Pins as Hair Accessories

Every woman in the history of women for as long as bobby pins have existed have relied on these handy dandy little contraptions to tame flyaways, pin back unruly bangs, create updo’s and much more. Bobby pins, for most women, are lifesaving devices – at least, in the beauty world. Today, Lionesse would like to talk about some of the different ways to use bobby pins as hair accessories – and yes, it can be done!

Decorative bobby pin

Decorative Bobby Pins
The most beautiful types of bobby pins that you won’t mind showing off or that you won’t mind showing through your style are the kind designed to do just that. The ones that have diamond or jewel studded embellishments on the pins, or glittery appearances, or maybe even metallic will always look fantastic showing through the hair style. Opt for these for fancy occasions, such as prom, a wedding, an evening out on the town, or even for a date night out to dinner.

Collection of beads.

Customize Your Own Bobby Pins
You can create your own bobby pin style with a hot glue gun and some beads. Choose whatever kind of bobby pins you like and bead colors that contrast with each other, or colors you just absolutely adore. Hot glue them to your bobby pins and allow the glue to dry completely before use. This is a fun afternoon project, and in the end, you’ll have tons of gorgeous bobby pins that you won’t mind sharing or wearing and being seen in. Use these for casual hair styles like buns, to pin back hair on the side of your face, or even in twists and to pin back the bangs.

Different types of bobby pins

Choose Varying Styles
There are many different styles of bobby pins in which you could choose to use to decorate your hair with, such as:

  • Jumbo bobby pins which are good for those with thick hair or for updo styles
  • Regular bobby pins which are good for average thickness and for simple styles like pinning back small braids, bangs, or keeping hair out of the face
  • Mini bobby pins, which are great for those with thin hair, children, and for dainty accessories to the hair
  • Hair pins – not to be confused as a regular bobby pin, hair pins are mainly used for loose hold styles and for buns and roll type styles

Varying the style of your pin in different colors and designs is always a good idea when it comes to switching up your hair style and looking for something different to accent your hair with. It also keeps things interesting with every new style you create and choosing the right pins for the job can help your style stay more secure all day – or night – long.

Lionesse believes every woman should have a bobby pin arsenal, so if you don’t, it’s time to get on the ball! Have some fun creating your own pins, switching up colors and styles, and learning about the different tips and tricks you can accomplish with bobby pins.