I Tried Bedazzling My Baby Hairs and I’m Obsessed — See Photos
In the 2000s, rhinestones could be found on nearly everything. Jean pockets. T-shirts. Headbands. With the handy BeDazzler, you could embellish your own clothing and accessories in the comfort of your home. The adornments also made their way to the runway thanks to legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, who showed us how to combine the gems with high fashion. Most recently, we’ve been spotting rhinestones and embellishments on people’s hairlines.
Embellished hairlines have popped up on some of our favorite celebrities this year. In January, Alicia Keys hosted the 2020 Grammy Awards wearing straightback cornrows with little gems in the swoops of her slicked baby hairs. That same month, singer Tinashe showed up to the 2020 Roc Nation Brunch with her take on the look which included a long, twisted ponytail. Instead of gems, her hairstylist affixed silver hollow triangles and circles along her baby hairs and a bit past her hairline. They shined subtly from afar but made a major impact up close.
The jewels were even spied on the edges of one of America’s most famous children: North West. In early March, her mother Kim Kardashian West shared the photo of the 6-year-old to Instagram with the caption, “Paris hotel shenanigans.” West wore two cute tousled space buns with styled edges. Along her middle part and hairline, you can see the expertly-spaced gems.
Decorating your hairline like this is an easy way to elevate a simple style. All you need is a good edge control or pomade, adornments of your choice, and an adhesive. For the latter, there are different options to choose from. Hairstylist Nigella Miller recommends Got2b’s Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel to ensure that whichever appliqués you use stay put. Makeup artist Rahnell Branton, who has done many of these bedazzled hairline looks, likes to use lash glue, specifically Duo’s Brush On Striplash Adhesive.
Because I like experimenting with my hair, I wanted to try the trend on myself. I started with a 2-day-old wash-and-go brushed up into two high puffs, a pretty standard style for me. I grabbed my tools — edge control, tweezer, and gel — and got to work.