Great Hair Accessories for The Budget Minded


Terrific looking hair accessories without breaking the bank

If you are planning to attend a formal event, such as a prom, wedding or special party, you surely have been thinking about what to do with your hair. You may have even stopped by one of those accessory stores in the mall. So expensive. I mean seriously, $12 for a barrette? There has to be a better way, right!

The great news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on hair accessories to really look spectacular for that formal occasion. There are many inexpensive options for dressing your “do”, and they will give you a unique and elegant look that will wow the crowd.


Dried or silk flowers make perfect hair ornamentation. The look is fresh and simply elegant. Use many flowers throughout the style, such as baby’s breath or choose one oversized flower to make a bolder statement. Large silk flowers are very trendy right now. While it is possible to use real flowers, they can tend to wither and turn brown suddenly. For longevity, it may be better to find a silk flower, maybe matching your dress or bridal bouquet, to make sure your look will last.

Decorative Buttons as a Hair Accessory


Yes, buttons, not the flat buttons with four holes, but the dressy buttons with the single loop in the back. These buttons come in many styles and colors, including gold, silver, pearl, and rhinestone. Usually found in the fabric section, these buttons come on cards in quantities of six or eight. With simple bobby pins, you can insert these buttons anywhere your style needs pop.

Velcro Rhinestones

Velcro Rhinestones

Stick them anywhere within your hair style. These work great to hide pins in the crease of a french twist. Velcro holds well in hair that has been prepped by teasing or backcombing. Finishing with a strong hold hairspray will help secure those little gems in place.

Hair Ribbons

Hair Ribbons

Ribbons can add texture and interest to an otherwise simple style. Carefully weave a ribbon throughout a finished style with a large crafting needle (the blunt kind). Or integrate a ribbon into a braid. Use a wide ribbon (in a color matching the dress) as a headband, designing the hairstyle around it.

So, if you are planning to attend a formal event and want a unique and elegant way to dress up your hairstyle, try one of these hair accessory options. There is an inexpensive way to add pizzazz, charm, and sparkle to your hairdo and stand out in the crowd.

*Salon Pro Tip: Plan ahead and visit your hairdresser before the event for a practice dry run session. If you are not sure about the accessories, bring them with you to the salon and let your hairdresser help you decide. A pre-event salon appointment can help save time, stress, and help you look your best!

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Guest Author The Beauty Lady is a 28-year salon professional and educator, based in California. She is the author of Go Inspire Beauty, where she offers beauty advice, tips, tricks, and product recommendations to help you look and feel your best.