Quick How To Guide ~ Flower & Fascinator Placement by Vintage Box 1947

Creating my hair accessory business for over 5 years, I feel I’ve ironed out problems here and there; figured out ways to make something look and feel better and made sure my hair accessories look amazing when worn.

My ultimate “no-no” is a clip protruding visibly from any hair accessory. I won’t create anything that I feel won’t sit correctly and elegantly in my clients hair.  There is nothing worse than a hair accessory cheapening an outfit or a piece not sitting right or of poor quality. Go without if you don’t have the complimentary accessory. From choice of fabrics, attaching techniques to overall design and color pallet the final creation should showcase your outfit, not be so distracting as to notice nothing else…compliment each. Don’t let your hair accessory cheapen your outfit…I’d rather go without!

With all of that said here are four simple steps to get your hair accessory fixed to your hairdo and look fabulous:

Step 1.

Hair accessories, adornments (veils, fascinators, flower, bows etc) are not made to hold up your hairdo. This is not an uncommon idea but these are created to adorn your overall look. You want to first style your hair completely. Once you have the look you are after, let’s go to the next step.

Step 2.

Invest in quality hair bobby pins. I find the ones at Sally’s Beauty are the best. I buy by the 100’s and have always had success in having my accessories hold well. I have found the bobby pins purchased on cards are cheap and have no grip. The best way to see if your “bobbies” are good; do the “snap” test, if they bounce back and don’t stay open, they are good and will hold in your fascinators.  If they stay open with the bit of pressure on a “snap” test, they will fail miserably in your hair.

Step 3.

Crisscross the bobby pins in the location desired in your hair. One bobby over the other is a great foundation for your flowers or feather pieces.

Step 4.

ALWAYS place your flower or feather fascinator’s clips facing DOWN onto the already placed crossed bobby pins in your hair. This will eliminate the clip showing in the front and will always stay in longer as your fascinator; flower etc., is anchored down and won’t slip. I always place my clips in “upside down” as I feel it looks better. The pieces may not be easy to put in, but with a little practice, you will get it!


Nina Barton

Vintage Box 1947

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