Where to Find the Best Hair Ties for Spring

This spring dress up your ponytail with on-trend ballet-style headbands and fancy silk scrunchies, says SARAH HALLIWELL

Margaret Howell

I’ve always used any old band or bobble to tie up my hair – it’s a purely practical thing for when playing tennis or Marie Kondo-ing the house – but increasingly we are getting notions about the humble hair tie. Hair accessories have been big on the catwalk for a few seasons now, and while we’re not about to go all Dolce & Gabbana and start sporting sparkly clips and tiaras, I’m taken with the ballet-style headbands on the SS19 catwalks (including Dior and Fila) – try H&M, for various colours at €5.

L – R: Dior SS19, Fila SS19 photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans

I also have a weird hankering for the fancy silk scrunchies I keep seeing around the place. Silke London‘s pretty silk bands keep selling out online; I like the idea that they’re better for your hair, though I’m doubtful that they prevent frizziness as they claim to. I’m not convinced, though, about returning to big 1980s-style scrunchies; not when you’ve worn them the first time round (we matched them to our cardigans and legwarmers). Plus they still feel very Fergie. Surely the one 1980s accessory that should be brought back is the pashmina – remember when every glamorous person interviewed would mention the pashmina they travelled with at all times? They add a bit of colour and feel lovely, and we should forget their erstwhile Sloaney associations.

Lou Brennan

Back to hair: I like the idea of dressing up ponytails with grosgrain ribbons (try WM Trimmings in Capel Street), or a silk scarf for a dressier look (I’m obsessed with Lou Brennan‘s exquisite Irish scarves at the moment). For more daily duty, check out Look Fantastic for a good range of basic hair ties (eg Popbands), and Boots.ie has plenty of good options.


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