Friday, 4 July 2014

DIY Hair Rings

 I'm quite lazy with my hair in the winter months and often just leave it to all hang loose, but when it comes to summer I get more adventurous.  Braids and buns are my go-to summer hairstyles, sometimes mixing it up with a few hair accessories. I came across hair rings whilst having my daily dose of Pinterest. The pin led me to Regal Rose, an on-line jewellery boutique that has a band of followers from celebrities such as Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora to fashion bloggers alike. Their style is feminine, vintage inspired style with an edge of grunge and hardware. Alongside moonstone rings and semi-precious stone necklaces, they stock Hair Rings. I instantly loved these (partly due to the really cool looking hair do and model...and secretly wishing I was that cool). They really add an interesting feature to pretty much any hair style and toughen up girly braids. They range from £8 for short hair to £12 for long hair, with the option of gold or silver, receiving between 10 and 20 in a pack depending on price/hair length. Considering the £12 price tag and £2.95 delivery, It seemed pretty steep. With this in mind I set out to find a cheaper, DIY alternative. My hair rings cost me a total of £3.18 to 'make' for 50 hair rings...not bad huh?!

You will need:
Jump rings in your chosen colour and quantity (size dependent on hair thickness) 
Charms or beads (optional)

I wasn't sure of the size that I would need so I purchased 16mm and 18mm Silver Plated Jump Rings. I thought it would look nice to have some sort of charm or bead on the rings so they wouldn't look so plain. I picked up these Tibetan Silver beads from Ebay too, with a 1.5mm hole big enough to slide onto the rings.

This DIY is so simple, it will take you all of 2 minutes! Simply open the ring by pushing/pulling the ends apart, slide on the bead(s), insert into hair and close.

Here's how I'll be styling mine this summer

This is one of my favourite summer outfits. Easy breezy silk blouse, maxi skirt and tan sandals. I made this skirt from some traditional batik fabric that I picked up whilst travelling around Indonesia. Seeing as the outfit is quite soft and drapey, I the hair rings add a 'tough' edge.There are so many possibilities with hair rings...the size, colour and how many you use. You could add a flourish of tiny ones or go full-on with an army of them. I think a big fat fishtail braid with a tonne of these nestled in would look so impactive. I can't wait to try out some different hair styles and throw in a few of my new hair rings.  

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