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Gold headbands, diamond clips or embellished pins, pick your favourite hair accessory and get your crowning glory a tinge of sparkle this season, says Surekha Kadapa Bose
The mantra of looking good is to dress well from top to toe. So when you take extra care to step out with a Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Fendi or some other top brand adorning your toes, why not some equally pricey accessories from famous brands for the top, your hair?
Take your pick from an Anna Khouri hand-crafted gold clip, Miu crystal and pearl hair band, Tara’s white diamond and ruby hair clips, Mirari’s gold and diamond hair clip or some other designer accessory and make your hair sparkle.
For ages, we have depended on flowersto add that extra zing to our look. That is true of the world, not just India. If natural flowers were not available, one simplyopted for artificial flowers of plastic, fabric etc. Now, high-profile designers are replacing flowers with precious metals and gems.
Anna Khouri’s hand-beaten 18ct gold hair clip costs $27,771 (` 17,04,000) while Dolce and Gabban’s embellished headband costs $2054 (` 1,26,000). At home, Mirari diamond hair clips by Tara Jewellers, or maang tikka by Alpana Gujral costs upward of ` 5,00,000.
Says Delhi-based jewellery designer Annu Chadha of Jewels by Annu Chadha: “These are limited editions or collector’s items. In the west, hair accessoriesare a big trend. Though left loose, hair is adorned with tiny clips, hair bands or even a small tiara to increase the glam quotient. In India it is catching up, especially with young girls. They are willing to experiment with their looks and accessories.”
The traditional maang tikka—the long piece worn on the central hair partition by most married women in north India— has now got pan-India recognition thanks to TV serials and Hindi films. From a traditional and religious ornament, it has become a fashion statement for all young brides. Maang tikkascome in simple gold or may be studded with diamonds, polki style.