What’s old and uncool is new and cool again. Case in point: claw clips, snappy clips, and even the stretchy hair comb. Hair accessories that once wouldn’t leave the safe spaces of bathrooms and yoga classes were a major beauty statement on the fall 2018 runways—and we’re thrilled to see them back. More than just subversive and nostalgic, these hair pieces are functional, too. Get your credit card ready: these are the essential hair accessories to have on hand for fall 2018.
You can find plain black or silver snap clips at any local drugstore (or on Amazon for $1)—but we’re partial to this ultra-luxe version done in silver and faux pearls.
An updated take on the traditional clip shape, we love these stars for a night out.
Hiarstylist Justine Marjan loves to play with these throwback tortoiseshell hair clips from Gucci. The whole purpose is to show them off, so use the clip as a focal point in any voluminous hair look.
With a price tag that could buy a case of ten billion bobby pins, this is one statement-making hair clip you won’t want to lose.
There are the scrunchies you wear at home while washing your face, and then there are the scrunchies just begging to be shown off to the world. Leave the ratty ones at home and instead pick a scrunchie in a stark white, fuzzy texture, fun print, or with glittery embellishments.
Nothing is more ’90s than a scrunchie done in plaid. Pair it with hoops, plenty of jewelry, and an outfit in a similar color scheme to nail the look.
To keep this velvet embellished scrunchie from looking too youthful, wear it in a low and loose ponytail instead of a super-high top knot or cheerleader bun.
On Tom Ford’s fall 2018 runway, hairstylist Orlando Pita pulled hair into messy, rumpled updos held together with a sleek black leather headband. Paired with oversized hoops and statement sunglasses, this headband is less Blair Waldorf and more badass.
Designers don’t always put the accessories you see on the runway into production, so it’s a real treat to have access to the exact leather headband from the Tom Ford runway.
A more affordable option of the look, done in an easy-to-wear machine washable fabric rather than leather.
“I love the way that something that’s been around and has a funny connotation can come back,” hairstylist Guido Palau said backstage at Alexander Wang of the designer’s claw clip. If you remember the clips from the first time around—and perhaps still have a few of your own—Palau wants to make you feel really, really old: “Also, you’ve got to remember, lots of girls probably don’t remember what the banana clip is. There’s an 18 or 17-year-old girl, they don’t know it has a funny connotation to it. They may just think it’s super cool to do that in their hair.”
Alexander Wang hasn’t started selling his branded claw clip just yet—but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for a plastic version from the drugstore (though we love those too). These metallic clips done in cool geometric metal look a little more updated and fresh.
We never thought the stretchy hair comb of our youth would ever be spotted on a designer runway during NYFW—and on models like Bella Hadid and Ashley Graham, no less. “Every morning, I see these cool girls in London going to yoga. I was in love with their hair,” hairstylist Anthony Turner told reporters backstage at Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2018 show. “I thought, we should put a ‘yoga bun’ on the runway. Get it off their shoulders and necks to really showcase the clothes, then let the hair just escape in the bun any way it wants.”
Turner acknowledged that the runway-ready combs are available at any local drugstore or online. “It’s kind of throwback but it’s so useful that I think it’s really cool,” he said.