The best hair accessories for girls 2021

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    Whether your little one has long, mid-length or short hair, it’s easy to create some fun styles by using the best hair accessories for girls. From hairbands to bows and coloured extensions, keep your little one’s hair neat and tidy, while still showing some personality. There’s nothing more bothersome to a little girl than having hair in her eyes so if your child has a fringe that needs cutting, a couple of cute clips or stylish headband will be a boon to sweep it off the face. 

    If you’re after a rainy day make with your little girl, you could sit down together and learn how to make hair scrunchies. If sewing’s not really your thing, there are plenty of options online and on the high street to whip long hair into a cool style.

    Pre-schoolers will look adorable with a side-swept parting held down with a pretty bow slide, whilst older, more adventurous girls might like to try clip-in coloured extensions. They’re a zero faff, no-commitment version of the latest colour craze, tissue paper hair dye.

    ‘I have a pre-schooler who adores hair accessories,’ says Beauty Editor, Stephanie Maylor, ‘but I’ve learned that not all hair clips are created equal. For example, anything on a slide slips around in her young, fine hair, and although there are some amazingly cute snap clip designs, her hair just seems to get caught up in the metal, so these are definitely better geared towards older girls, perhaps with thicker, coarser hair,’ suggests Stephanie.

    Whatever your little girl’s hair texture, length or personal preference, the best hair accessories for girls don’t need to cost a fortune, so to help get the most for your money, we had a look at the hottest deals around…

    Top tips for choosing the best hair accessories

    Natasha Hodson, Creative Director & Founder of Mimi & Lula, shares her expertise in picking the right clip, grip or hairband for your little one’s hair type.
    1. Long, thick hair needs a super strong clip! Our kirby grips have a really strong hold and are even more effective when used together. We also find a large salon clip or a couple of clic clacs (aka snap clips) do the trick.
    2. Fine, flyaway hair usually needs something small but mighty with a good grip, such as our Martha bow salon clips or a sturdy clic clac-style clip.
    3. When it comes to curly hair, we find an alice band is a perfect quick fix. A bulldog clip is also great for a part up, part down style.

    The best hair accessories for girls

    1. Claire’s Rainbow Unicorn Foil Knotted Bow Headband

    There are always great deals to be had at Claire’s Accessories, especially when you’re stocking up in bulk. Unicorns and pastels make for a winning combination for any little girl in this bow headband. Practical and pretty, this Alice band style will keep hair out of eyes and off faces.


    Claire's Unicorn Bow Headband is one of the best hair accessories for girls

    Claire’s Rainbow Unicorn Bow Headband

    VIEW NOW – Claire’s | £3.60

    2. H+M 3-pack Scrunchies

    Yes, the 90s called and scrunchies are back in a big way, which is good news for little girls as the soft material means they won’t catch or snag on hair when it’s time to remove them. This 3-pack is great value, and the bow detailing adds extra cute points.

    H+M leopard scrunchies are one of the best hair accessories for girls

    H+M 3-Pack Scrunchies

    VIEW NOW – H+M | £2.99

    3. Mimi & Lula Martha Bow Salon Clips 5pk

    Any parent who has tried to get a hair clip in and out of a young child’s hair will know the trauma when they snag, catch and pull. That’s why these are so genius. Not only do they look beautiful, in a ‘goes-with-anything’ dusky pink palette, but the whole clip is covered in ribbon so gentle on fine little hairs. And they really stay put!

    Mimi & Lula bow clips are one of the best hair accessories for girls

    Mimi & Lula Martha bow salon clips

    VIEW NOW – Mimi & Lula | £8

    4. Accessorize Pom-Pom Cat Hairbands

    These fluffy kitty-cat bobbles are so darn adorable, you might find yourself pinching these from your daughter’s hair accessory collection. Tie up her hair into bunches, space buns or pigtails and secure with these elasticated hair ties for guaranteed cuteness.

    Accessorize cat hair bands are one of the best hair accessories for girls

    Accessorize Pom-Pom Cat Hairbands

    VIEW NOW – Accessorize | £4.50

    5. JoJo Maman Bebe Kids’ Alice Band with Bow

    If you just can’t get a bow to stay put in your little girl’s hair, then this headband is the answer. Suitable from three years of age, it comes in four colour ways – red, navy, cream and of course, pink – to match her wardrobe. The whole headband is wrapped in ribbon so it’s nice and gentle on the scalp.

    Jojomamanbebe alice band with bow

    JoJo Maman Bebe Alice Band with Bow

    VIEW NOW – JoJo Maman Bebe | £4

    6. Monsoon Glitter Bow Hair Clips

    Little girls love bows and we can’t get enough of these glittery designs. They’re really easy to put into the hair and are the perfect addition for any special occasion when you might need your little one to look a little more put together. You get 6 for £6 and they’re really easy to ‘click’ into the hair, keeping fringes or shorter layers out of their face. If your child has Rapunzel-length locks, these glittery clips look amazing dotted through a French plait, too. 

    Monsoon glitter hair clips are one of the best hair accessories for girls

    Monsoon Glitter Bow Hair Clips

    VIEW NOW – Monsoon | £6

    7. Claire’s Pastel Blue & Pink Ombre Faux Clip-in Extensions

    Save a huge 40% on these pretty blue and pink clip-in extensions from Claire’s. Just lift up a section of hair, put the sliding clip in and ‘click’ into place. They’ll stay put for hours and your little girl will love the pastel colours.

    Claire’s Pastel Blue & Pink Ombre Faux Hair Clip-in Extensions

    Claire’s Pastel Blue & Pink Ombre Faux Hair Clip-in Extensions

    VIEW NOW – Claire’s | £3

    8. Next Multi Bright Unicorn, Shooting Star & Pom Wrapped Hair Clips

    Bravo to Next for making a practical clip that looks lovely, appeals to little girls, keeps fringes and flyaways safely tucked away and won’t catch when you take them out. They come in a three pack so you can pop them in one at a time – your little girl will love choosing each morning – or wear them all together.

    Next unicorn clips

    Next Unicorn, Shooting Star and Pom Clips

    VIEW NOW – Next | £6

    9. Matalan 2 Pack Floral Headbands

    For very little ladies, these stretchy headbands are a lovely way to let everyone know you have a baby girl and avoid any confusion! An over-the-head, elasticated headband is one of the best hair accessories for girls. These ones can be worn from newborn to 12 months, and are made from super stretchy, super soft cotton. They come in a pack of two – one plain pink, the other a pretty floral print.

    Matalan floral headbands

    Matalan Girls 2 Pack Floral Headbands

    VIEW NOW – Matalan | £3

    10. Evie Michelle Liberty Bow

    This Etsy shop is a bit of a hidden gem. The Liberty print material is so beautiful and is set on an alligator clip so you can sweep your little one’s hair to the side or finish of a ponytail.  They also run a £12-a month subscription service at, where you’ll receive three surprise designs a month, on your choice of headbands or alligator clips, so your little girl will never get bored!

    Evie Michelle hair clip

    Evie Michelle Liberty Bow

    VIEW NOW – Evie Michelle at Etsy | £5

    11. Rockahula Secret Garden Garland

    Your little one will love wearing faux flowers in her hair, all secured on a ribbon-wrapped garland with stretchy gold elastic at the back. The pink ribbon at the base allows you to adjust the fit, too. If you’ve got a wedding or special occasion coming up, dress her hair in this pretty headband and she’ll be the most beautiful flower girl at the ball!

    Rockahula floral garland headband

    Rockahula Secret Garden Garland

    VIEW NOW – Rockahula | £12

    12. Claire’s Club Butterfly Ombre Faux Hair Clip

    If your little one is always dressing up, she’ll love these clip-in, coloured hair extensions. They’re a little more suitable for use at home rather than school but add something extra special that your little girl will adore.  Tie her hair into a ponytail then clip the barrette in at the base to give her a pretty pastel swoosh.

    Claire's Club Butterfly Faux Hair Clip

    Claire’s Club Butterfly Ombre Faux Hair Clip

    VIEW NOW – Claire’s | £4.80