Spring is the season of romance -- blooming flowers and warm nights, weddings and proms.
It's a perfect time for curlies to try out the many new hair accessories. The jeweled clips, headbands and ponytail holders, adorned with a rainbow of gems and stones, are a fun way add spice to kinks, curls and ringlets. With so many new products on the market, one needn't spend hundreds of dollars. There are accessories available for every budget.
For short curls, Christo likes little combs to pull the hair back, adding a fashionable flair. For longer hair, he uses a bobby pin, pulling back the hair, criss crossing it, tying it into a knot and using a jeweled bobby pin to accessorize it. Accessories adorned with pink, green and orange crystals are hot for spring. Jean Shan of XShan hair accessories says the type of accessory depends on the customer's hair. Those with long hair might opt for claws and banana clips to pull the hair up. For fancy events, customers opt for higher-end items such as jeweled ponytail holders and barrettes.
Dana Kaplan of M Salon in Cambridge, Mass. likes to use fun barrettes to create a fun twist. He twists up pieces of hair and clips them, twists up more hair and clips them, continuing the process until the client gets the desired look.
New York stylist Antonio Soddu, creator of the CurlFriends line of products, believes the most difficult thing for many curlies is to put up their hair in a way that looks natural. He likes to use fun barrettes and clips to pull up some pieces of hair while leaving others loose.
Soddu also suggests putting a series of beautiful clips around the face to flatten it out, leaving the rest loose and curly. He likes to use a variety rather than putting in identical accessories.
In addition to the many barrettes, bobby pins and combs available this season, Valerie Stoneking of Steam Salon in Los Angeles is a big fan of scarves, 'especially when it's a fuzzy day.' She wraps them around the head, from halfway up the forhead to the top of the head for a Bohemian look. She likes to let the scarf flow long behind the neck.
Christo suggests using fabric that coordinates with an outfit as a headband or to decorate a ponytail.
Curl master Amie Zimmerman of Dirty Little Secret Salon in Portland, Ore. likes to use multi-colored hair extensions in spring colors like fuschia, yellow and lime to accessorize.