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A curated list of the best hair accessory brands in Australia

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WORDS BY TESS FISHER

Scrunchies, headbands, hair clips and more.

From the elusive bobby pin to the much-loved claw clip, hair accessories are a low effort way to add a little flair to your look. Channelling your inner Blair Waldorf? There’s a headband for that. Living your ’80s fantasy? A scrunchie should do the trick. Getting on board with the butterfly clip revival? Ditto.  


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In Australia we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hair accessories brands, so the FJ team put our heads together to compile a list of our favourites. Why? Because s-hair-ing is caring. 

Scrunchies

Damn Gina

Damn Gina is an Australian hair accessories brand that makes 100 per cent mulberry silk ‘thicc scrunchies’ that are low impact and high hold. Wide, strong and sexy, these silky bad boys are custom-designed for kink-free ponies and look just as good on your wrist as they do in your hair. 

damngina.com.au

Slip

Want to join the ranks of Hailey Bieber, Shay Mitchell and Kourtney Kardashian? Time to invest in a Slip scrunchie. Known for creating the ‘OG silk pillowcase’, Slip also has a selection of high-grade mulberry silk scrunchies in a range of sizes (my pick is the Minnie, perfect for space buns).

slip.com.au 

Valet Studio

 

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Wearing a Valet Studio scrunchie is like fulfilling your childhood fantasy of sticking your head into the cotton candy machine (with all of the sweetness and none of the tangles). My current crushes are the oversized satin scrunchies in pastel pink and purple, and the Roxette mini pack, made of chiffon gingham (two words I’d never seen together before, but am officially obsessed with).

valetstudio.com 

Bar None 

Aussie waste warriors Bar None make it easy to do good while looking great. The brand’s signature sustainable $5 black scrunchie is made from cotton fibres and the sap of rubber trees, promising zero waste, zero snags and zero bad hair days. And, if your scrunchie goes rogue in the wild (a là bobby pin), Mother Nature won’t mind: they’re totally biodegradable.

bar-none.co 

Strands of Silk

After years of battling (and damaging) their humidity-teased, naturally curly locks, the girls at Strands of Silk knew it was time to start being kind to their hair. Their solution comes in the form of sleek, low-friction silk sleeping caps, pillowcases and slim scrunchies. Available in a four-pack, the thin scrunchies are made of soft mulberry silk that’s gentle on your hair and easy on the eyes.

strandsofsilk.com.au

We are Nidra 

Bondi-born We are Nidra launched its line of 100 per cent peace silk pillow slips to help boost beauty sleeps nationwide and raise awareness for ‘non-violent’ materials. In another step forward on Nidra’s eco-conscious journey, you’ll now find those pillow offcuts in a range of silky hair ties. Scrunchie production that’s circular? Sustainable and punny, we love to see it. 

wearenidra.com 

Collective Closets 

FJ devotees will know we love Collective Closets. Founded by sisters Laurinda and Fatuma, the Melbourne-based womenswear brand is a vibrant union of Australian and African aesthetics. If you’re a fan of CC’s seasonal apparel, complete the look with its matching, generously sized, show-stealing scrunchies.

collectiveclosets.com.au 

From Druella 

Having grown up grappling with her own curls before fully embracing them, From Duella founder Maryssca Dugasse is serious about advancing the natural hair movement. From Druella not only stocks clean beauty products for curls, coils and kinks, it’s a one-stop shop for silk scrunchies that promise strong support and minimal breakage. 

fromduella.com 

Headbands

Reliquia 

Reliquia is the gold standard for statement headbands. We’ve given you the tip, now it’s on you to choose between disco sequins, organza ruffles, glittering beads and 3D satin puffs. 

reliquiacollective.com 

Clothing the Gaps

Clothing The Gaps is a social enterprise that puts Indigenous people and culture first. If you’re looking for a hair accessory with a statement, check out the Buff Headband, which comes emblazoned with the words ‘Always Was Always Will be Aboriginal Land’ and can be worn in 13 different ways. This product is ally friendly, meaning non-Indigenous people can wear the design too.

clothingthegaps.com.au 

Ford Millinery

 

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Ford Millinery divides its extensive headband range into two categories: minimalist and embellished. The stripped-back collection includes a range of thatched straw headbands, as well as satin styles in eye-catching colours. A personal favourite is the pink and red colourway.

fordmillinery.com.au 

Gorman

A homegrown success story, Gorman doesn’t just make its colour-drenched, eye-popping prints for apparel, homewares and doggie couture, it creates very nice headwear too. The brand’s line of elasticated bows are the perfect accessory for relaxed outings, while its padded silk headbands are sure to become a go-to.

gormanshop.com.au 

Hair clips

Valet Studio

 

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Valet Studio has you covered when it comes to clips, too (particularly ’90s and early 2000s inspired claw clips). There’s a pleasingly wide array of colourways and styles on offer, including checkered, bedazzled and flower-shaped clips.

valetstudio.com 

Haus of Dizzy 

Looking for pink candy heart hair clips that say ‘Fuck the patriarchy’? Same. Helmed by proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson, Haus of Dizzy makes a habit of flaunting political messages on its pieces, which are all designed, laser-cut, hand-painted and assembled in the company’s Fitzroy studio.

hausofdizzy.com

No Thank You 

 

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No Thank You? More like Yes Please (Sorry. What can I say, I’ll be a great dad). Spotted on the likes of Rowi Singh, this Depop-run business creates the kitschest hair clip charms that’ll have you flashing back to your bedazzled 2008 Motorola Razr, in all the right ways.

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Mimco

Whether you’re wanting a simple tortoiseshell hair claw clip, a shimmering blingy barrette, or a high-shine hairpin, this Melbourne-founded brand has you sorted. Mimco ensures its suppliers adhere to strict ethical, social and environmental standards, so you can rest assured your prized piece won’t cost the earth.

mimco.com.au 

Apricité

 

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Female owned and self-funded, Apricité comes from the word Apricity meaning “the warmth of the sun on your skin on a winter’s day”, and how did I not know that? The brand wants you to find beauty in the little things, which is easy with its curated line of bio-acetate hair clips. This material, created from the natural fibres in wood pulp and cotton, is not only sustainable, but it’s also durable too (aka drop-proof). 

apricitestudios.com 

Tibbs and Bones  

Melbourne brand Tibbs and Bones is all about maximalism and doesn’t shy away from colour. Its selection of hair accessories is particularly fun – think noughties-inspired fairy hair clips and diamanté slogan barrettes. 

tibbsandbones.com 

A few cheeky extras

Attacher

These Australian-made, monogrammed satin ribbons just ooze “I own 51 per cent of this company” energy. Every ribbon is made to order, with your choice of font, initials and colour, making each product truly one of a kind. 

attacher.myshopify.com

Zyumaya

 

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To not include French-Senegalese artist Zeïna Thiboult and her brand Zyumaya in this round-up would be criminal because her pieces are works of art. Zeïna individually handmakes every one of her wooden hair sculptures, which make the wearer stand out (and tall) in a crowd. The Zyumaya website is launching soon, so watch this space!

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