25 Accessories to Beat a Bad Hair Day

Try as we might, every day just can’t be a great hair day. On those mornings when beating the frizz/flatness/flyaway blues is a no-win situation, go ahead a fake it with some great accessories. We’ve rounded up hats, scarves, headbands, pins and sunglasses to help you claim victory over tress distress. Game on!

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Pony Up

Turn your everyday ponytail into a fancied-up ‘do with this oh-so-pretty printed silk scarf embellished with clear sequins for a little bling. Wanna let your hair down? Tie the scarf around your purse handle or even wrap it around your wrist. Flair isn’t just for the hair!

Coach Overlay Op Art ponytail scarf, $42, coach.com



Leather Lady

The preppy headband gets just a touch of toughness when it’s done in leather. Add in a soft suede underside and adjustable strap and you get comfort. Pick from 14 colors for extra versatility. We’re sold.

American Apparel leather headband, $12, americanapparel.com

American Apparel

Ssssso Chic

Leapin’ lizards! This stretchy snake-print headband will keep you looking polished whether you’re headed to the market, brunch or the pool. Spring break is coming up fast, you know.

Tavik headband, $35, neimanmarcus.com

Neiman Marcus

Build a Better Braid

If you prefer a natural look when pulling back your hair, try this braided headband. Available in four shades from blonde to dark brown, you’ll look polished and pretty. Perfect!

Tonytail Thin Braidies, $8, ulta.com


Flower to the People

Bring on spring with a sweet—but not too girlie—flower hair clip. This muted pink style comes in a pack of two, so wear one or both (as on this model) at the same time for a little more oomph.

Oasis flower clips, $14, asos.com



Say you’re past the bows and cutesy hair clips. No need to confine yourself to plain old bobby pins. These embellished pins are subtle, but still sparkle.

Rachel Roy skull and evil eye hair pins, $19, rachelroy.com

Rachel Roy

Haute Hippie

Head to yoga class in polished style when you toss on one of these bright tie-dyed headbands. You'd might as well just leave it on all day.

Natural Life tied-dye headband, $8, athleta.com


The Boys’ Club

Bad hair day? No sweat! Just pop on a classic men’s-style fedora for instant style and zero tress distress.

Theory raffia crochet fedora, $90, theory.com


Made in the Shade

Who needs an extra headband when you’ve got a cool pair of sunglasses to push back your locks? This fun, printed style in a classic shape gives your hair flair.

Ray-Ban Rare printed classic Wayfarer, $160, piperlime.com


Brimming with Style

Spring is so close we can feel the sun on our shoulders, and we can’t wait to bust out this perfect wide-brim beach hat. It'll bring a little glam to your day.

Bollman Hat Company hat, $175, ragandbone.com

Rag and Bone

Urban Turban

Ready for some statement-making hair? You bet, you are! Add this suede turban headband to your look and get ready to turn some serious heads.

Jennifer Behr turban, $265, saksfifthavenue.com

Saks Fifth Avenue

Work It

You’re ready to sweat and the hair’s pulled back in a pony; now, you just need a cotton headband to keep those flyaways from getting in the way of your workout. Here it is.

Pistil Aster headband, $20, athleta.com


Shady Lady

Add some whimsy to your spring style with this adorable straw hat embellished with cat-eye “sunglasses.” Yep, we’re smitten kittens.

kate spade new york Dunes Lane hat, $75, bloomingdales.com


Black Beauty

Looking for a hat that will go with pretty much everything this spring? Check out this black crochet fedora, which brings flirty sass to any ensemble.

Jessica Simpson fedora, $36, piperlime.com


Tie One On

Tired of plain and boring hair ties? jazz things up with these sparkly numbers that take a simple pony from bland to glam!

Multitude hair ties, set of five, $12, anthropologie.com


Shape Shifter

Love the turban look, but a little worried about pulling it off? Take baby steps with this cool turban-inspired headband, complete with geometrically shaped beads.

Geometric gems headband, $32, anthropologie.com


Pearls of Wisdom

Class up any joint with this pretty pearl-embellished headband. Bad hair day? Bring it on!

Jane Tran headband, $75, zappos.com


Polka, Anyone?

We just love a fab scarf in the hair for a look that would certainly appeal to Jackie O. This red and white polka-dot number is fun and flirty, but still classic and lovely.

Juicy Couture silk headband, $45, shopbop.com


Purple Haze

We use our shades as a headband pretty much every day, and with this bright, retro pair, we may just never set them down, like, ever.

Steve Madden sunglasses, $36, zappos.com


Blue Steel

Kick things up a notch with a jaunty Panama hat in “Island Blue.” Can’t you taste the fruity umbrella drink, already?

Collection XIIX Spring hat, $28, nordstrom.com


Cowgirl Couture

Get in the Western groove with this cool crocheted cowboy hat when you feel a little bit country, and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

Callanan Scala hat, $38, lordandtaylor.com

Lord & Taylor

Zig, Then Zag

Miss out on the Missoni for Target scramble? No worries. Here’s a Missoni headband that will surely be your go-to hair accessory this spring and beyond.

Missoni headband, $95, bloomingdales.com


Take a Bow

When you need to bring some Wow! to the party, turn to this large-brimmed hat with an elegant patent bow.

kate spade new york Dunes hat, $98, bloomingdales.com


Good Ad-Visor

Whether you’re heading out to the garden, to golf, to meet friends for coffee or any other sunny activity, you’ll want to bring this visor along. Wanna take it off? No prob. Just scrunch it in your bag -- it’ll pop right back into shape.


Eric Javits Champ visor, $145, neimanmarcus.com

Neiman Marcus

Rain Dance

Spring showers mean you need a water-repellant hat to keep from getting that oh-so-lovely wet dog look. This bright green number merges fashion with function. Downpour? Bring it.

Eddie Bauer Christine hat, $25, eddiebauer.com


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Eddie Bauer

First Published March 6, 2012

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Jill Forsythe04.24.2012

Too expensive

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