05 June, 2013

DIY Balenciaga halo

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The glint of the Balenciaga backwards-worn gold halo caught many an eye at their Paris Spring/Summer '13 show. A few months on, and it's now one of the hottest hair accessories for summer; my bet is that high-street versions will start flooding in before too long and we'll be seeing imitations on the racks of Topshop and H&M. The halo has been mentioned on blogs here, there and everywhere recently, from The Daily Makeover to Rumi's outfit post, sporting an original Balenciaga, on Fashion Toast. Surprisingly, though, there don't seem to be any DIY versions out there yet!

Geneva from A Pair & A Spare posted about the halo a couple of weeks ago, pondering whether it would be worth making a DIY version - would she get any wear out of it or would it just be for the sake of following the trend? I've decided that I love this hair piece, though, and it is definitely something that I can see myself wearing all summer long. So I've jumped right in and created my own DIY halo hairband...

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The necklace I used for this DIY was just from Forever 21. I can't find it online but they have a couple of other very similar ones like this and this.

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Attaching the halo to your head could not be easier. The original Balenciaga halo has slide grips; I was considering gluing two of these on but decided there was no need, bobby pins do the job just fine! Also, this way I can still wear the bar as a necklace, which is ideal.

So all you need to do is hold the halo in place with one hand, whilst sliding a bobby pin into one of the hollow ends. The top of the pin should be inside the halo, whilst the bottom should be gripping your hair underneath, keeping the halo in place. Add another bobby pin to the other side and you're done! If you have thick hair you may need to use two or three bobby pins on each side to make it secure.

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I love how effortless and classy this hair piece looks. I'm still searching for a curved bar that is a bit longer, though, so that it reaches around my head further, similar to the Balenciaga original. Then again, this is perhaps a more subtle, wearable alternative. It could be interesting to try wearing the halo in up-do as well, the possibilities are endless! 

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