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Hair Flower Bible

Introduction

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Hair Flowers have been around since the beginning of time when Eve tucked a beautiful flower from the Garden of Eden into her long flowing locks.

What possibly can add a more beautiful touch to a fabulous hairstyle than one of nature's hair accessories?

Just like everything else in the world of hair and fashion, trends cycle in and out but hair flowers hold their own in the popularity sweepstakes.

Nothing defines your own personal style more than your accessories. This includes your hair accessories which encompasses flowers for your strands.

Why are hair flowers so popular? There are so many reasons, many listed below: 1. Hair flowers can be worn with every possible hair length, type or hairstyle, for any age, from Babies To Boomers.

2. They can instantly ride the wave of a hot new fashion trend. Or they can be worn as classics that never ever go out of style.

3. Whether nature's authentic product or the gorgeous silk kind that looks real, even close-up, hair flowers are easy to wear.

4. Since hair appropriate flowers come in all sizes, shapes and hues, they can be used to dress up or dress down a hairstyle or overall look. They also can make an instant statement ranging from "I'm an exotic beauty" to "I'm young, fresh and innocent".

Age barriers have mostly fallen by the side in the hair accessory world. However, there are still some basic rules of thumb regarding wearing hair flowers for women of different ages.

While every female of all ages can wear flowers in their hair, there are still some general rules of fashion consideration.

Clean lines and smart designs are always the ultimate rule of thumb when selecting any hair accessory for your age group.

5. While garden variety flowers will eventually wilt and die, the well-made silk versions will last through many hair wearing seasons.

6. Celebrities adore hair flower accessories (real and faux) and use them to make their own personal statement.

Drew Barrymore created a furor when she tucked a daisy in her blonde locks some years ago. Joss Stone adorned her shimmering blonde locks with one simple white daisy worn flirtatiously over one ear at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

Joss' flower choice tracked perfectly with her ongoing "flower child" image that she constantly portrays to fans which her long flowing locks and bare feet.

White Gerber Daisy From Karen Marie Le Fleur Collection Available at HairBoutique.com

7. Silk hair flowers, depending on the designer, come in a dizzying array of options from high quality versions (designed to mimic the real floral variety) or floral designs adorned with crystals, semi-precious stones, feathers, sequins and lace. The embellished flowers are created to jazz up the accessory from Nature's Gardens.

8. Silk flowers are available for every budget ranging in cost from a few dollars to the hand made versions that can scale up to over $100.

9. Celebrity hairdressers have "secrets" on how to attach hair flowers for maximum longevity and beauty.

Rules For Selecting Hair Flowers

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Regardless of your age or fashion signature, if you love wearing flowers in your hair then go for it.

Every hair accessory you wear, whether it includes flowers or not, is ultimately a reflection of your personal style.

At the end of the day, only you'll really know what you enjoy wearing and what makes your feel beautiful. Women can break all the rules in favor of wearing fashions and accessories they enjoy sends the message that they are confident and have a great personal style.

General rules for selecting hair flowers for your tresses include:

1. Don't worry whether flowers for your strands are hot or not. Since flowers always retain some level of popularity, if you love them and they look great on you, develop your own flower power style.

Whenever you can, personalize your flowers to make them truly yours. Or buy from a designer who embodies your ideal flower statement.

2. Since flowers are available in a wide range of sizes from very small to super sized, select a flower that works best with your current hair length, texture, type and style.

If you currently sport a short or uber cropped style, opt for a small flower clipped over one ear or worn at the top of your bangs to hold them softly off your face.

Although hair flowers are designed for adornment, since many come attached to either salon clips or pony elastics, you can utilize them as hair tools as well.

Scaling is everything. The scale of your silk flower should be in balance and harmony with your body size and proportions.

Tall and voluptuous ladies with medium to thick locks that are shoulder length and longer can go with larger, more vibrant flowers. Take advantage of your body type by selecting a strong, oversized piece that flatters your hair and overall look. Stay away from tiny or delicate floral accessories that will get lost.

Petite ladies or those with thin or fine strands should select flowers that are small, delicate or have crisp, clean lines. Avoid overpowering your frame or hairstyle with gigantic floral pieces.

3. Although one of the most popular placements of a hair flower is on one side in the vicinity of your ear, there is no reason you can't wear matching flowers on either side. Even better, group smaller flowers in an array over one ear for a unique look that is all your own.

4. Consider your hair color when selecting your hair flowers. Although the general rule of thumb is to select a flower in a hue that contrasts your natural hair color, you may want to break from traditional ranks and wear a flower that matches your current hair color. Regardless of what path you take, keep in mind that flowers worn near your skin will impact your overall make-up and skin tones.

5. White flowers, when positioned near the face, can show off gorgeous bronzed skin and can look stellar against darker hair colors.

If you have your heart set on a white flower and you have blonde or platinum tresses, you may want to clip your snow white floral adornment on top of a darker headband in the same color as your gown so that the white flower stands out against your light colored strands.

Or do as Joss did with her white daisy worn against her golden blonde tresses, position the flower near the darker sections of her strands so that the flower stands out.

6. Match the quality of the flower accessory to the event. When celebrities match a flower with a Red Carpet couture gown, they select the highest quality flower available. For fun at the beach you can work with inexpensive versions.

Avoid mixing floral accessories inappropriately.

Finding Quality Silk Flower Accessories

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When selecting silk flower accessories consider these tips:

1. Check for unraveled edges or loose centers.

2. Look for attention to detail.

3. Buy based on good designs. 4. Choose natural fibers.

5. Avoid designs with messy glue spots.

6. Look at the small details.

7. Select nature's natural colors that are soft and naturally vibrant.

8. Make sure flower is carefully anchored to its salon clip, pony elastic, bobby pin or other "finding". Make sure any crystals or stones are firmly secured to the flower.

Material Considerations

If you are applying fresh flowers to your hairstyle, wait and pin them in right before you walk out the door. This prevents the flowers from wilting.

If you are going to use flowers to adorn your style, be aware if the flower you have chosen will "shed" petals or buds. Some flowers like roses, daisies and baby's breath are better choice than other flowers that leave a trail of buds or seeds.

Price Categories

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Regardless of your age or fashion signature, if you love wearing flowers in your hair then go for it. Every hair accessory you wear, whether it includes flowers or not, is ultimately a reflection of your personal style.

High End - Designer

This is also known as the "Better Market" and is the part of the retail market inhabited by top designers.

Silk flowers in the High End would include limited edition designs from top designers such as Prada, Chanel or Calvin Klein. Bridge or Mid-Point

The concept of bridge is to offer consumers a middle ground between the very high end designs and the bargain or inexpensive designs.

Bridge accessories are often very high quality with a more affordable price tag. These would include Michelle Roy, Karin's Garden and Karen Marie. Bargain/Good Buys

HB Hair Jewels, Lucy

Inexpensive

Karina, Camilla

Trend Proof Flower Hair Accessories:

Hermes silk design Classic black silk or tuxedo flowera

When To Dump Your Hair Flowers When the color no longer works. When the trend has shifted. If it just feels wrong. You have an identity crisis and are so over the floral trend. Road weary, stained, faded, frayed around the edges.

Summary

If you are applying fresh flowers to your hairstyle, wait and pin them in right before you walk out the door. This prevents the flowers from wilting.

If you are going to use flowers to adorn your style, be aware if the flower you have chosen will "shed" petals or buds. Some flowers like roses, daisies and baby's breath are better choice than other flowers that leave a trail of buds or seeds.

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