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Dress Your Tresses: 11 Absolutely Stylish Accessories for Short Hair

11 Stylish Accessories for Short Hair
Does short hair need to look boring? Banish those thoughts. Make your hair look interesting every day by choosing to ornament it with one of these accessories.
Tulika Nair
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2019
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If you aren't too comfortable with over-the-top accessories, wear jewel-embellished or colorful bobby pins in your hair. These make for interesting additions and also keep your hair off your face.
Short hair can be quite the devil in disguise. Yeah, short hair is low-maintenance. Yes, it can make your hair look more voluminous (a blessing for those with thin hair). And definitely, short hairstyles are often more stylish when left in their natural state.
But, and this is a big but, short hair can often look and feel monotonous. There is no room for experimentation, because that's what has been done with the haircut itself. So, how do you make your look more interesting?
Well, meet your new BFF, stylish and fabulous hair accessories. There is a whole range of hair ornaments out there that make getting ready in the morning a whole new kind of fun. Surprised? Don't be. Styling your hair will never be the same again, thanks to the top 11 picks mentioned here.
Barrettes for short hair
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Many women prefer the simpler tic tac clip, the barrette allows for more stylish variations. From simple rhinestone-encrusted options to more elaborately-designed clasps, these accessories are suitable for a many occasions, and allow to tame your hair. And since they come in multiple sizes, they can work for your hair regardless of the length.
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Attach a bow to a simple barrette with a little glue, and wear it right above your ear for a whimsical I-am-revisiting-my-childhood look.
Thin Headbands
Thin headband for short hair
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Delicate, thin headbands can be the perfect accessory for someone with short hair. Regardless of whether you have a short pixie or a longer bob, this style could work for you. From thin metallic headbands to studded bands with rhinestones, or even classy braided ones, there are many options that you could try.
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Instead of wearing it as shown in the image, you can choose to wear the headband (if it has an elastic band), around your forehead for a Bohemian look.
Thick Headbands
Thick headband for short hair
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Conventional wisdom would tell you that you should avoid wearing heavy, thick accessories with short hair. But we believe that the contrast makes you look all the more gorgeous. So, go all out and opt for a turban-style headband.
Go retro with broad, sporty headbands, which are a kickback from the '80s and '90s. When wearing these, create a little volume at the crown by back combing your hair or messing your hair in an I-just-got-out-of-bed look.
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Make a statement with this style of headbands by attaching a brooch to them at the crown or at a side, to create a talking point.
Scarves for short hair
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Scarves are an integral part of every woman's wardrobe, and if you have these multi-purpose accessories handy, then there is little else you need. Take scarf and create a faux headband by tying it around your head. Or, wear it as a bandana by folding it diagonally, or wear it as a turban which ends in a voluminous bow. Your options are endless.
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Keep your look ramp-worthy by opting for a plaid scarf, which can be then tied in one of the umpteen scarf-worn-as-hair-accessory options.
Ribbons for short hair
Keep it Basic

If ribbons were a mainstay of your school uniform, then you would have gone through the phase where you experimented with ribbons to create new looks. Bring back the school girl in you, and use ribbons to create extravagant hair accessories.
From tiny roses to braided bands, and even over-the-top water lilies, your creativity can take you to new heights when using ribbons.

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Instead of using boring 'ol satin ribbons, opt for fabrics like organza, lace, taffeta, tulle, etc.
Flowers for short hair
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From big real flowers that you can wear behind your ear to multiple tiny flowers that you can pin in a pattern to the side of your hair, to a flower garland that you can tie around your forehead, there are multiple ways in which you can wear this gorgeous accessory. And you don't have to go all natural, too.
You can easily opt for the large(ish) fake flower clips that are available a dime a dozen in the accessory market.

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If a fake flower is what you have opted for, then add to its beauty by sticking on a big rhinestone for some added glitz.
Tiaras for short hair
Keep it Basic

Most people think that tiaras should be reserved for brides, but if you need to glam up your outfit for a party, then a non-traditional tiara may be the way to go. Instead of the all-sparkling Swarovski-encrusted tiaras that brides don, opt for a plain metallic one with an intricate design. Our favorites? Greek and Egypt-inspired tiaras.
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Instead of wearing it right at your crown, wear it at a slight angle and puff up your hair for a little volume.
Veils for short hair
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Another accessory that is considered a mainstay in the bridal armory of hair accessories, the veil is slightly tough to wear on a normal basis, unless eccentric dressing is your style statement. We suggest that while wearing veils, you restrict yourself to the bird cage style which is delicate and wispy, making it perfect for short hair.
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Instead of wearing a veil in mourning black or wedding white, opt for one in a brighter shade that will establish the veil for what it is―a hair accessory.
Fake Jewelry
Fake jewelry for short hair
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Whoever said that a necklace can be worn only around your neck. Welcome to a world where multi-purpose accessories rule the roost. Instead of wearing your fake pearl necklace around your neck, pin it to your hair to create a funky look. You can also do the same with pendants tied on ribbons, or even earrings just pinned to your hair.
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For a glam party, position and secure a sparkly necklace in such a manner that the pendant is bang in the middle of your forehead.
Feathers for short hair
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Most people may pooh-pooh the idea of wearing feathers as too quirky or whimsical (which it is) but if worn well, feathers can be truly stylish. Pin a long feather behind your ear, secure a couple of feathers to a ribbon, and tie it as a headband, or even attach them to hair extensions, and create a punk-inspired look; the options are aplenty.
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For a truly funky look, dip dye part of your feather in a can of neon paint. Let the feather dry and then wear it in your hair.
Fascinators for short hair
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Most people associate fascinators with royal weddings and race courses, but you can easily make one work for short hair. At the end of the day, it is just a piece of (large) decoration on a clip that you can just pin on for an exaggerated effect. When wearing fascinators, keep other jewelry to a minimum so that the attention is not divided.
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Opt for a fascinator that incorporates multiple elements but is scaled well. Pick one that has a miniature hat and even a few feathers for a show-stopping look.
The right accessories can take a look from oh-so-boring to hair-raisingly (in the good way) fabulous. From elegant to quirky, the kind of accessory you want to pick will depend on your style statement and your comfort level with donning the ornament.
Scaling down the accessory to adapt it to your level of ease allows you the opportunity to experiment with different accessories. A hair ornament is the perfect go-to accessory when you are in that in-between stage of hair length. It can take you from blah to wow in a jiffy.