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Fall is here and it’s time to dress up in some new hats and hair accessories, while avoiding breakage. Personally, I like to wear hats. Besides keeping my head warm, I feel like they add a stylish touch to any look. The same goes for hair accessories – an embellished headband can make a seemingly simple ponytail look ultra-chic.
Granted, I have probably over 30 hats, from woolen beanies to wide-brimmed fedoras, and my collection of hair accessories is just as excessive. So you’ll understand how surprised I was to learn that some of the material used to make my hats and hair accessories could break my hair – yes, total shock.
My discovery made me realize that it is important to be careful about the type of hair accessories you wear, especially if you have natural hair. If you have to pull on your hat to get it off, or if you find your hair falling out every time you take off a headband, there’s a good chance you will damage it.
According to celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble, some hair accessories cause a lot of friction that pulls on the hair, drying out and damaging it. “It’s best to wear accessories lined with satin or silk, because silk smooths hair, helps reduce friction and locks in moisture,” she shares.
Enough said. And that’s why we’ve compiled a list of accessories that look fabulous and won’t damage your delicate natural strands.
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Blissy Silk Skinny Scrunchies
These skinny silk scrunchies are perfect for tying your hair back into a ponytail – no frizz, no tightness, no damage – just sheer silky softness. The three-pack comes with a gold, pink and black scrunchie, so you can match your outfit to whatever you want.
Shopping: $ 50; blissy.com
Kim Kimble Silk Rolls
These rolls are luxurious and delicate. Their silk coating minimizes friction and prevents natural oils from escaping the hair. Get ready to reveal smooth, shiny and bouncy curls.
TO store: $ 35; kimkimble.com
Sliding head turban
Turn and turn while you sleep? Believe it or not, the way you sleep at night can damage your hair. Even rubbing your hair against your cotton pillow can create a lot of friction. This double-lined silk turban is a fantastic way to protect your hair while you sleep – and it makes bedtime even more glamorous.
Shopping: $ 85; slip.com
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Rachel silk headband
Pull your hair back with this super soft and lightweight silk headband. Sleek bow design is gentle on your hair and helps protect hair from damage
Shopping: $ 29; rachelsilk.com
Grace Eleyae Moscato Wide Brim Hat
This stylish wide-brimmed hat isn’t just a fashionable way to protect your hair from the elements. The satin lining protects the hair from drying out, frizz and tangling. And if you’re worried that it won’t fit on your natural hair, you’ll be surprised: the hat is made with an adjustable drawstring that allows you to tighten the cut for your comfort.
Shopping: $ 100; graceeleyae.com
SILKE London Hair Wrap
This contrasting color silk turban is stylish enough to wear or to protect your hair at bedtime. Place it on your strands to help remove frizz and flyaways. Handcrafted from mulberry silk, it repairs and prevents breakage while balancing oily roots and dry ends.
Shopping: $ 65; net-a-porter.com
France Luxe Kings Road Pony Charmeuse Silk
Turn a solid ponytail into a headband with this silk scarf scrunchie. The stylish accessory is available in a variety of colors and prints, including vibrant solids and psychedelic retro swirls
Shopping: $ 72; franceluxe.com
Gucci GG floral-print silk headband
Effortlessly exude luxury vibes while protecting your hair in style with this silky soft headband. The trendy design is part of a special collection and combines two of Gucci’s most distinctive designs: the historic floral motif overlaid with the iconic GG motif.
Shopping: $ 450; gucci.com
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