From style icons to minimalist queens, everyone loves a good hair slide. Here’s how to style this accessory and tips for picking the right one for you.
If you’re not quite sure how to style a hair slide but you love the decorative touch it adds to your look, then this article is for you. We’ll cover everything you need to know about hair slides, including how to style them and how to choose the best one for complementing your hair and your look.
What is a Slide for Hair, AKA a Hair Slide?
A hair slide is a small decorative accessory that holds your hair in place. It includes two elements for styling the hair: a straight bar and a decorative ring. The hair is gathered into a section, the decorative shape is placed over the section, and the bar is woven between to secure it in place.
At Adorn512, each of our hair slides is crafted from gorgeous polished brass and formed into geometric shapes or celestial favorites. Simple and minimalistic, these accessories are perfect for elevating your everyday wear but can also be used for understated glamor for a wedding or party wear. Let’s explore how you can style yours.
How Should I Style My Hair Slide?
There are several ways to style hair with a hair slide, depending on the desired look, length, and type of hair. Here are a few examples:
Frame the Face
Create beautiful face-framing layers by gathering some of your hair into a half-up, half-down look. Simply gather the top half of your hair as if you are going to make a half pony and slip the hair slide into the section near the back of the head. If desired, gently pull out any face-framing layers to create a loose and natural look. This style looks beautiful on all hair types.
To create a ponytail, gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure it with the hair slide for a decorative touch. This works best for those with fine hair, as it may be difficult to fit the full width of a pony if your hair is on the thicker side. If you have thicker hair and want to achieve a similar look, opt for the Buckle Hair Tie instead.
Add the Drama
If you have extra long hair, play around with two or more hair slides, creating a super chic stacked look. Starting at the top, pull your hair into a high half pony and secure it with a hair slide. Next, gather the midsection of your hair and secure it below the first slide.
At this point, you can leave the remainder of your hair down for a pretty half-do or gather your hair into a low pony, securing it with a third and final slide for a dramatic look.
Helpful Tips for Styling Hair Slides
- Hit snooze. Not a hair wash day? No problem! A hair slide works best one or two days after your last wash because the natural texture helps keep it in place. Use the extra time you’d save washing your hair to snag a few extra zzz’s in the morning!
- Get a grip. If your hair is super fine (or super clean), consider adding some texturizing mousse or a few spritzes of hair spray to keep the slide from slipping. This will make your hair a little more “grippy” and ensure the hair slide stays in place.
- Practice makes perfect. You may need to adjust the placement of the hair slide a few times to get it just right. Experiment with different sections and volumes of hair to find a look that feels most like you.
How to Choose the Right Slide
Now that you know how to use a hair slide, here’s how to choose the right piece(s) for your look.
Accessories for specific hair lengths and textures:
- For short, fine hair, try the Eclipse Hair Slide. It adds an ethereal touch to your look and is one of the smaller pieces in our collection, making it ideal for fine hair.
- For thicker hair, opt for the Oval Hair Cuff or the Rectangle Hair Slide. These styles are a bit larger than the Eclipse Hair Slide, which allows you to gather more hair for styling. These also work well when you want to add an extra element to your look that adds thickness, such as a braid.
Accessories for desired styles:
- If half-pony is your thing, try the Oval Hair Slide or the Square Hair Slide.
- Hair pins work similarly to slides. Simply twist your hair into a bun and slide in the pin to secure it. For this type of style, we love the Oval Hair Pin or the Crescent Moon Hair Pin for a half-up, half-down style, particularly with a bun.
- Though not technically a hair slide, the Buckle Hair Tie is excellent for styling a low pony, whether you have long or medium-length hair.
Remember, the key to styling hair with a hair slide is choosing a slide that best complements your hair length and texture. Click here to explore our entire collection, and have fun experimenting with different styles and techniques to find your favorites.