5 Retro Hair Accessories And Their Trendy 2014 Counterparts

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Designer Nicole Richie arrives at Beverly Center Fashion's Night Out 2011 held at The Beverly Center on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for The Beverly Center)
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When we weren't experimenting with terrifying DIY tricks to color our hair back in the day, we were jazzing up simple hairstyles with a plethora of accessories. Before YouTube tutorials or Pinterest boards to teach us how to create the latest braided style, we had to rely on our narrow skill set. That usually meant sticking to a simple ponytail or bun with a thick scrunchie or set of snap clips. It added color, set the style and helped us hide a bad hair day — or at least we thought so at the time. 

We admit that the butterfly clip reigned supreme as our favorite everyday style. With metal and colorful plastic varities, the options seemed endless. We clipped back our bangs, created designs with the placement and if we were feeling extra daring, sat them smack dab in the middle of our heads. A look to say the least.

Thankfully, today's hair accessories have a more sophisticated aesthetic. The snap clips that saved us from that awkward stage as our bangs grew for the umpteenth time has been replaced by modern and playful bobby pins. Yet as the tools themselves change, one thing remains the same: a bad hair day can always benefit from a well-placed accoutrement. 

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Then: Scrunchies

The true ’80s and ’90s must have hair item.

Now: Hair Bangles

These hair ties look like bracelets.

Then: Snap Clips

Where would our bangs be without these?

Now: Bobby Pins

The lowly bobby pin has gotten a stylish makeover.

Then: Butterfly Clips

Colorful and cheesy, we loved this look in the ’90s.

Now: Hair Brooch

This sophisticated accessory enhances any hairstyle.

Then: Claw Clip

Twisted updos had a serious moment.

Now: Hair Doughnut

The topknot made simple.

Then: Claw Headband

This piece left harsh ridges for days afterward.

Now: Hairband

Add extra special flare with a band over the hairline.