22 Metal Hair Accessories to Amp Up Any ‘Do
Whether your go-to ‘do is beachy waves, funky braids, messy topknots (or low buns), a slicked back pony or your natural curl, adding an embellishment can take your tresses over the top. And the great thing is, it doesn’t matter what color, cut or style you’re rockin’. Pick any of these accessories in shades of classic gold, rose gold and silver to turn up the volume on your signature style. Rock on!
1. Flower Pearl Hair Crown ($19): To add a subtle touch of grace and femininity to your tousled top knot, simply add this elasticized flower crown. The combination of petals and pearls linked together with a delicate chain add a certain je ne sais quoi to any outfit.
2. Karen Hair Clip ($55): Stella and Bow must have their Mean Girls confused because we’re pretty sure it was Gretchen’s hair that was so big it was full of secrets. Maybe they have a personal mean girl in their lives named Karen? Either way, grab your teasing comb and start going to work before clipping in this 14k gold plated barrette.
3. The Tusk Comb ($120): Spotted on Chrissy Teigen at this year’s ESPY awards, this safari-inspired 24-karat gold plated hair comb is a chic, sleek way to sweep back your tresses while making a statement.
4. Brigette Hair Chain ($36): This clip-in is the perfect addition to a tousled hairstyle, adding a classic flash of glamour in diamante crystals. Dress up a daytime look or wear with your party dress for an instant wardrobe update.
5. Punk Stud Cluster Comb ($165): It’s easy to channel your inner punk rock princess with a rose gold studded cluster comb. Also available in gold and antique silver, all three add an angsty touch of class to any special occasion.
7. Capsule Ponytail Clip ($18): Perfect for a five-minute pony, this insanely rad gold ponytail clip amps up your plain black rubber band and features a clean, cylindrical design. Slick back your hair and add this for a sleek, minimal look!
8. Goddess Leaves Hair Crown ($28): Friends, Romans, country(wo)men, lend us your ears! Sport this structured headband in polished goldtone metal. Set atop your head, it features sculpted leaves near the front for a modern-day take on the laurel wreath.
10. Metal Flower Hair Tiara ($48): The pearl center of these goldtone peonies just pop! We love flower crowns for spring, summer or fall, but this metal piece will last through all seasons and definitely won’t wilt on your wedding day, especially if you’re planning wintertime nuptials.
12. Spike Chain Headpiece ($120): Good things come in threes! We love a statement necklace to add flair to our wardrobe basics, and this clip-on spike accent gives half-pony and full-pony styles an edgier look. We’ve also got a DIY-chain necklace ponytail style for you to check out!
14. Preforated Metal Barrette ($12): The tiny cutout detailing of this sleek hair clip in polished metal is ideal for a #wokeuplikedis ‘do — especially handy for mornings when your alarm clock doesn’t go off.
15. Annie Crystal Crown ($128): This is our kind of tiara! We adore the center stone of hand-cut Arizona turquoise accented on both sides with Arkansas quartz crystals. American made with an adjustable leather cord, it can also be layered atop your favorite hat to add a boho accent.
16. Gilded Glow Hair Tie ($11): The gold bar detailing and mega stretch elastic of this hair tie is the perfect way to update your pony!
17. Party Time Girl Talk Headband ($15): We don’t care if it’s our birthday or just Wednesday. This is becoming our signature accessory.
18. Little Leaf Headband ($14): Delicate and dainty, this sleek metal headband features a sculpted leaf crown to adorn your tresses, long or short. We love it with a gossamer, flowy top or simple shirtdress.
19. Geo Metal Goddess Chain Headwrap ($19): Paired with a maxi dress, could this look get any more effortless? This featherweight headpiece is the perfect go-to look for outdoor music festivals or the farmers market.
20. Cara Vintage Crystal Hair Comb ($39): The darling pink and amber sparkly stones set in a curved leaf design of this whimsical, ultra-girly gem-encrusted hair slide would add the right amount of glitz and innocence to an updo or low bun.
21. Stud Muffin Ponytail Holder ($6): We have a feeling this is the kind of scrunchie Carrie Bradshaw wouldn’t mind wearing! Take your ponytail to the next level with this amazing silver studded ponytail holder with a hinge closure. Looks great with a bold lip color and winged eyeliner!
22. Ban.do Girl Talk Bobbi Pins ($15 each set): If boots were made for walkin’, these bobbi pins are made for talkin’! All good things come in threes, just like neapolitan ice cream! Each set comes with three bobbi pins that speak for themselves. Don’t forget to check out other Ban.do hair accessories in the B+C shop!
This Jewelry Designer Infuses ‘90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
This Jewelry Designer Infuses '90s Hip Hop, Caribbean Spice + Vibrant Hues into Everything She Makes
Vibrant hues, '90s-era boldness, and raw artisanal beauty — these are just a few of the characteristics that make the work of today's creative crush truly swoonworthy. Named for a potent Caribbean pepper, Tracey-Renee Hubbard's Scotchbonnet is a gorgeous line of earrings and accessories made by hand with love, thoughtfulness and a resolute passion for the art of making.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and super fan of Scotchbonnet! Like so many creative connections these days, I first connected with designer Tracey-Renee when she DM'ed the @britandco IG account and we featured her work in a story roundup of BIPOC makers. A few weeks later, she applied and won a scholarship to our first session of the Selfmade program where Brit and I both had the privilege of mentoring and working with Tracey-Renee on her brand, her business plan, and her mission. Since then she's been awarded a minority creative grant from JOANN Fabrics, and seriously upleveled her production process thanks to a collaboration with Glowforge. (PS: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Now I am thrilled to be able to share more about this brilliant maker's journey, inspiration and creative process in this edition of Creative Crushin'.
Anjelika Temple: Before we get into learning all about your creative inspiration, tell us a little about your background.
Tracey-Renee Hubbard: I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Yep, lots of cheese and cows. Growing up in Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee provided me with a surprisingly diverse and eclectic foundation. My parents stressed the importance of academics, but they didn't believe that excelling at school needed to come at the expense of creativity or other hobbies. Art, music, books and softball were a big chunk of my childhood. Crafting and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
One of my favorite shows to watch when I was growing up was "A Different World." It was about the college experience at a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College/University) called Hillman College. Watching that show inspired me to go to Florida A&M University (an HBCU) where I received a BS in Business Management and an MBA.
The world changes quickly and I love learning new things! After completing my MBA program, I studied graphic design, multimedia art and completed the Merchandise Product Development program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Francisco. My academic and professional experiences have given me the opportunity to live and work in lots of interesting places; but for now I am based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Anj: Did you always know that you wanted to be a professional artist/creative?
Tracey-Renee: Yep, but for a long time I was afraid to do it because of the "starving artist" stigma (all lies, btw). I tried to compartmentalize my creative practices as just a "hobby", but when something is truly in your spirit the desire never really goes away…and so now here I am!
Anj: What do you love about making things? What keeps the spark going for you?
Tracey-Renee: I've been inspired to create for as long as I can remember! I've always been fascinated by color, texture, travel and cultural connection. I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, sew and mend garments, I saw my Mom create beautiful home décor and heirloom holiday decorations and spent time in my Dad's workshop. Being surrounded by unique handmade items that hold special stories has fueled my passion for being a designer and maker.
Anj: Like so many artists, you've got a day job in addition to your creative hustle. Tell us about your career path.
Tracey-Renee: My first "real job" was in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. I loved the left brain/right brain mix of processing all the data and scientific information and then finding creative ways to relay that information to doctors and health care providers. That role really opened my eyes to the power of messaging and visual communication tools which ultimately led to me returning to school to study digital design and multimedia arts. I've had fun using my marketing and digital design skills in several different industries. I currently work as the Director of Marketing and Creative Strategy for a candy company. I spend a lot of time working in the digital realm – I think most of us do- and that makes me really appreciate the time I spend making handmade jewelry for Scotchbonnet.
Anj: Tell me more about your brand Scotchbonnet! How would you describe your brand's mission?
Tracey-Renee: I want to make pieces that are cherished - special but not so "precious" that they sit in a box stored away for special occasions that are far and few between. My accessories are known for their bold shapes, bright colors and eye-catching patterns. Each piece is handmade with love (I hope my customers can feel it when they wear their Scotchbonnet accessories)!
Scotchbonnet jewelry has been described as "conversation starters" and I love the fact that they connect people and get them to start conversing. I am excited about elevating those conversations by creating capsule collections connected to social causes; that way the chat can go beyond just "cute earrings, where'd you get them?"
Anj: At Brit + Co, we are enamored with bright colors, patterns and geometric shapes -- and clearly, you are too! How did you hone in on your aesthetic?
Tracey-Renee: I chose the name Scotchbonnet for my jewelry brand because scotch bonnet peppers add a distinctively potent spice to Caribbean food and I feel that my jewelry has the same vibe. My accessories are known for vibrant hues, bold shapes and eye-catching patterns. I am inspired by the flashiness of 90s hip-hop, the simplicity of modern luxury, and the raw beauty of artisan goods from the African Diaspora. My aesthetic continues to evolve based on the things I love, the places I've been and the community I want to serve.
Anj: We LOVED mentoring you + helping your business grow during our first Selfmade session. What were your main takeaways from the program and experience?
Tracey-Renee: Selfmade helped me understand the importance of having a clear vision and trusting my intuition. It can be inspirational watching other entrepreneurs "hustling and winning" on their social media feeds, but without clarity about my vision that "inspiration" can be overwhelming and make things confusing. It's easy to confuse movement with progress – Selfmade helped me craft an action plan that ensures each step builds momentum and accelerates me toward my goals. Selfmade also provided me with a vibrant, uplifting community of founders, entrepreneurs and go-getters.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Tracey-Renee: I take a break. We're inundated with "hustle culture" that can make us feel guilty for taking a break, but at the end of the day we're of no value to anyone when we're burnt out. When I have a creative block I usually log off for a while… there's this duality with the internet where on the surface it seems to be an endless pool of inspiration, but in reality everything that's on the internet has already been filtered or curated by someone else. Sometimes it's helpful to see things through a new lens and find inspiration in ("real" physical) books, at a museum or out in nature. Seeing things in a new light from a different angle can be a really refreshing creative jolt.
Anj: What does your workspace look like? What tools do you use and how has it changed over the years?
Tracey-Renee: I'd describe it as "choreographed chaos". It's organized enough so that I can be efficient with the administrative parts of my business like: inventory management, packing and shipping. It's creative enough so that it still feels inspiring, and it's tidy enough that it doesn't feel overwhelming to sit down and start working. It smells like coconut or tropical fruit (thanks to my candles) and it sounds like hip-hop, dance hall, soca or afrobeats.
The primary mediums I work with are wood, paint, glass beads and recently brass. With that being said my paint brushes, needle & thread and jeweler's saw are always within close reach. The most recent addition to my studio is my Glowforge Pro 3D laser printer; it is a game changer! It shrunk my product development cycle time infinitely. Prior to the Glowforge the process was time consuming and costly; now, I can literally "print" a new design within minutes of sketching out an idea. It's also been awesome when it comes to inventory management and sustainability. I no longer have to worry about over-producing or wasting materials; I can make exactly what I need right when I need it without any waste. The Glowforge can make millions of things and I'm excited about trying new design ideas in the future. I have a ton of sketches and inspo photos on my magnet board and in my notebooks waiting to be explored. (ICYMI: B+C readers can get 20% off their own Glowforge Pro by clicking here!)
Anj: What advice do you have for emerging artists and designers just getting started? What advice do you have for creatives struggling to find their unique voice?
Tracey-Renee: Start with your "why" and not your "what". Your "why" will be the secret weapon that competitors will never be able to touch. Once you have that part figured out; dive in! I think that now is a really exciting time for creatives. The rise of entrepreneurship powered by social media has removed a lot of barriers that used to make creative careers seem out of reach. Protect your work, but don't be afraid to put yourself (and your stuff!) out there. Connect with other artists and build a community, it's so important to have a sounding board for difficult times and a crew with whom you can celebrate your successes.
Anj: What's next for your brand?
Tracey-Renee: Scaling and growing in a way that feels authentic. I have new colors and new products coming soon and I am super excited about that! My upcoming premium capsule collections are close to my heart; designing jewelry inspired by social causes and having a "give back" component means the world to me. I want to keep having fun with my brand, sharing joy with fun colors and patterns and infusing love into each handmade piece.