Blue Owl Hairbow & Barrette Holder
Storing your Hair Accessories with Style
I have never, ever, ever been a girly girl. The gene for “accessorizing” wasn’t on my XX chromosomal structure (that’s science talk for girl dna) so I have always just embraced “simplicity of style.”
So imagine my joy when I gave birth to two sons. No accessorizing necessary. Oh, I occasionally threw a matching baseball hat on their little heads, but that was really all that was required. I loved it. I used to watch as my sister-in-law accessorized her daughter with the craftsmanship of a fashionista. We used to tease her because she even changed her daughter’s hair bows to match her pajamas! (true story)
And then the curtains of heaven parted and bestowed upon us twin girls. Not only twin girls, but twin girls with ethnic hair that required more care than I remotely knew how to give them. So you know what I did? I educated myself. And, I not only learned how to care for their hair, putting in cute little braids and puffs, styles that required anywhere from eight to twelve hair bows in one head of hair, I learned how to accessorize it (holla)! That’s right, I became a hair accessorizing fashionista.
But with my newly acquired accessorizing skill came a whole lot of hair accessories that quickly became a mess in my bathroom. I mean, a mess. I had bows, and beads, and bands, and bands with balls on them, and headbands, and headbands with bows on them, and on and on and on.
If I am nothing else, I am organized. So the clutter of that mess just about made me crazy. Do I organize by style or by color? Do I organize in baskets or bins or with hair bow holders? And don’t even get me started on what to do with all the hair products!
So here’s how I tamed our wild hair accessory mess.
Step One: Get Your Containers
You will need two or three small plastic containers with lids. (You can use the Rubbermaid kind or something cute and decorative.) You will determine the size based on the quantity of rubber bands you have. But it’s nice (in my OCD head, at least) to have them all be the same size so they stack neatly.
You will need at least one, possibly two, plastic fish hook containers (the kind fishermen sort their hooks in).
You will need one, two- three drawer plastic containers. This will be for all your headbands.
You will need a hair bow holder. The kind that hangs on the wall with ribbons on them works best. This allows you to hang your hair bows without squishing them. (It also lets you organize them by color! Oh yeah!)
Step Two: Sort by Type
I tried sorting a number of different ways and discovered this to be what worked the best long term.
Small Plastic Containers
Put all the plain rubber bands in a small plastic container with a lid. This keeps you from getting rubber bands everywhere, and also keeps them at hand when you need them. I also keep a small pair of scissors in this bucket for tangled rubber band extractions.
Put all the “adorned” rubber bands in a similar container. (These are rubber bands that have beads and bows on them.)
Plastic Fishing Hook Containers
Put all your hard plastic barrettes and decorative bobby pins in one of your fishing hook containers. This way, you can sort these by color and don’t have to waste time sorting through a bucket of them for ones that match!
Because my daughters have ethnic hair, we often adorn their twists and braids with beads, so I use my other fishing hook containers for their beads.
Just a note that these come in many different sizes. Choose according to your needs.
Put all the hard plastic headbands in a plastic drawer-style container. I actually use a stacking one that fits on my shelf.
Put all the soft headbands in another drawer. Pretty simple sorting here folks!
Hair bow Holders
And last but not least, you want hanging hair bow holders. I’ve seen these in very ornate, decorative styles and very simple styles. But whatever you choose, you’ll want enough to hold all your bows, and enough to sort them by color. I even have one I use to sort for specific holidays!
Okay, there you have it! All my wisdom on the best ways to keep your hair accessories well cared for and organized! Now go, accessorize to your heart’s content!
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