04.12.2020

All about accessories: Hollywood’s go-to hairstylist Adir Abergel gives us a masterclass in dressing your hair

Fast forward to today, and GLAMOUR was lucky to steal a few hours of the celebrity stylist’s time (in between a flight from LA and a train to Paris) to create five fabulous hairstyles utilising the hottest hair pieces of the season.

From feathers to crowns and blingy bobby pins, ‘nothing is too much’ when it comes to Adir and accessories: “Don’t be scared to go Liberace on it.” And you’ll definitely want to steal his hair scarf hacks too…

Nothing is hotter than hair accessories right now. Whether it’s on the runway, streets or scattered across the ‘gram, more is more when it comes to bows, clips, pearls and scarves.

Virtue’s Creative Director & Celebrity Stylist, Adir Abergel, said it best as he dressed the back of Miley Cyrus’s messy bun with statement slides and chunky jelly cubes: ‘You can never over accessorise!’

Hairstylist to half of Hollywood, Adir also tends to the hair of Jessica Biel and Kristen Stewart; creating crown’s of glory with not much more than his hands and a hairdryer. He’s responsible for taking Charlize Theron from blonde to drop-dead-gorgeous brunette for that Oscars moment, as well as the edgy, architectural styles often spotted on Rooney Mara.

LOOK 1: Feather Fringe

Working with hair accessories is “all about finding your individuality”, says Adir. “The way you play with them should really be your own way of doing it.” You don’t have to spend on fortune for ‘on-trend’ pieces either. “Just take some feathers and double-stick tape from the fabric store…”

LOOK 1: Feather Fringe

Yellow Crystal Tiara, £295, Simone Rocha, Drop Earrings, £370, Simone Rocha, Swarovski Embellished Denim Trench, £370, Marco de Vincenzo, Feather details, Vv Rouleaux store.

  • The key to any look involving hair accessories is texture. “You need to create some kind of anchor at the roots and grit so it can actually stay in”, say Adir. Texturizing Spray, £17, Virtue was the first product pulled from his kit to do the duty and eliminate any slip.
  • Replace your fringe with feathers. “Double stick it [to your hairline] and throw the rest of the hair on top of it”, says Adir. “Now you’ve got this cool feather veil.” Keep scissors close by to make any necessary eye-opening trims.
  • You don’t always have to use a headband the way it was intended. “I like to put it to the side so that it’s a little off-centre”, says Adir, as he slides the yellow crystal Simone Rocha headband in place. “Then take some singular feathers to add some dimension and pops of colour everywhere.” The more adhoc you are with accessories placement, the better.

LOOK 2: Dripping In Detail

Subtle and understated? Not today. “Think outside the box”, says Adir. “Maybe get some cool blingy earrings that you can stick through your braid. It’s not just about what you can buy from a company that sells hair accessories.”

LOOK 2: Dripping In Detail

Elastic with all over Pearl, £19.95, Cara at Fenwick, Metal + diamantes CHA NEL earrings, £770, Chanel, Metal, pearl + calfskin hoop earrings, £1190, Chanel, Gold + crystal metal brooch, £380, Chanel, Navy lambskin jacket, £10.620, Chanel, Cotton bows, £120 each Emilia Wickstead, Pearl & Diamante Hair Slides, £8.00 Accessorize.

  • Mix up your styles as well as your accessories to add height and dimension. “I separated the hair into a half-updo first, and then the back I braided in a long braid”, says Adir, giving him plenty of choice for places to pin and clip accessories.
  • Next, go nuts. “Layering accessories and strategically placing them into one style will make it super cool”, says Adir, as he places a statement Chanel clip underneath the top section of hair, and black cotton bows by Emilia Wickstead throughout the braid.
  • Play around with accessories of different sizes to contrast with your statement pieces. “I’m going to use these little bobbies with pearls on them to kinda break it up”, says Adir. “Rather than going straight on a horizontal line, I’m playing with the angles and creating this cool architecture.”
  • Adir’s final masterstroke? Using the earrings CHA-NEL, from (you guessed it) Chanel. The CHA he places towards the top, just low and left of the half-updo. But rather than putting the NEL on the opposite side, which would be ‘too symmetrical’, “I’m going to put it here”, he says, as he attaches it to the tail end of the braid.

LOOK 3: Crowning Glory

Thought tiaras were only for the Royals? Think again. “We’re seeing a lot of bling and a lot of big statement pieces”, says Adir. Here’s how to pull it off your way…

LOOK 3: Crowning Glory

Tiara, £1,420, Denim Jacket, £1,800.00, T-shirt, £520, all Gucci.

LOOK 4: Modern-Day Frida

“Think of hair accessories in the same way you think of earrings, this is your new jewellery”, says Adir. “They’re pieces you can play with and incorporate into your outfit.” And scarves are the perfect way to introduce colour this spring.

LOOK 4: Modern-Day Frida

Multicolor silk printed headscarf, approx. £300, Versace, Lilac crystal Golden metal bobby-pin, approx. £250, Versace, Flower one Golden metal bobby-pin, approx. £150, Versace, Black one crystal Golden metal bobby-pin, approx. £250, Versace, 3 colours one Golden metal enamelled bobby pin, approx. £350 Versace, Leather Shirt, £225 Arket.

Turquoise/Navy Blue Foulard Scarf, £870, Hermes, Red/light Blue Cavalcadour Foulard Scarf, £340, Hermes, “Portrait of the Fin de Siècle” earrings, £415 Completedworks, V-Neck Dress in Faded Striped Cotton, £1300 Marni.

LOOK 5: Criss-Cross Crop

Want to add elastic without losing volume? “I’m going to show you a really cool way to use two headbands and criss-cross them over the right way”, says Adir. With this technique, you’ll never suffer from flat hair again…

LOOK 5: Criss-Cross Crop

Headband, £180, Earrings, resin and brass, £300, Vest, £2,350, all Dior.

SHOOT CREDITS:
Beauty And Lifestyle Director: Camilla Kay Bookings Director At Large: Amelia Trevette Art Direction: Abigail Volks Photographer: Fernando Gomez Stylist: Michelle Duguid Styling Assistant: Lisa Batkina Models: Verdiana, Celina, Razan @ Storm Management Hair Stylist: Adir Abergel Makeup Artist: Francesca Brazzo Manicurist: Cherrie Snow Cinematographer: Max Presky Gaffer: Jerzy Gudjonosson

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