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Hair chains all the rage

A screenshot of the social media post by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel of the hair chain comb worn by actress Vanessa Kirby.
A screenshot of the social media post by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel of the hair chain comb worn by actress Vanessa Kirby.PHOTOS: ADIR X LELET NY, ASOS, KARAANDKATE, MODCLOTH, TOPSHOP
A screenshot of the social media post by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel of the hair chain comb worn by actress Vanessa Kirby.
1) Asos Occasion Faux Pearl Back & Front Hair ClipPHOTOS: ADIR X LELET NY, ASOS, KARAANDKATE, MODCLOTH, TOPSHOP
A screenshot of the social media post by celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel of the hair chain comb worn by actress Vanessa Kirby.
3) Look And Glisten Headband from ModClothPHOTOS: ADIR X LELET NY, ASOS, KARAANDKATE, MODCLOTH, TOPSHOP

Glam up your hairstyle with a chic hair chain or comb, which is now all the rage

Two months ago, style fanatics did a double take when Israeli celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel posted a photo of actress Vanessa Kirby's hair for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan 29.

Glittery metallic chains embellished her braided updo, cascading down her back like a shimmery waterfall. Hence the newest hair trend of this year was born.

Hair chains may have been around for a long time, often adorning the foreheads of bohemian babes.

However, the Los Angeles-based Abergel took the bohemian out of hair chains by weaving thick, chunky metallic strands into braided updos, adding a touch of edgy glam instead.

Riding on the trend, the 39-year- old Abergel, who has styled the hair of Hollywood actresses Kristen Stewart and Reese Witherspoon, launched his own hair chain for sale. The A x L Liquid Chain Comb costs US$548 (S$764).

Here is how to get the look without the strain on the wallet.


2) Chain And Leaves Hair Comb from Karaandkate on etsy.

HAIR COMBS

What: These combs not only allow you to tuck the chains into your hair with ease, but they also secure them in place so they do not fall out.

However, for these hair combs to be worn more securely, you need to use hairspray on the hair before fitting the combs in place.

Wear these chains draped across the back of your head just above a low, messy braid or above a head of flowy curls.

The chains add just the right touch of edge to an otherwise laidback, bohemian look.

Try: Asos Occasion Faux Pearl Back & Front Hair Clip (photo 1), $12, from Asos; and Chain And Leaves Hair Comb (photo 2), $37.40, from Karaandkate on etsy



4) Star And Chain Drape Alice Band from Freedom at Topshop

HEADBANDS

What: Headbands are an effortless way to incorporate chains into hairstyles.

Weave the loose chains into a side braid and wear it as it is or pin up the braid at the side for a chic updo.

If this is too much of a hassle, go with a foolproof headband with golden braided wires and gemstones.

Pair this with a parting in the middle of your hair or with loose curls for an ethereal yet fashionable look.

Try: Look And Glisten Headband (photo 3), $9.80 (usual $21), from ModCloth; and Star And Chain Drape Alice Band (photo 4), $26.90, from Freedom at Topshop



5) DesignB Chain Headband from Asos

PINS

What: Integrate chains into your hair with hair or bobby pins. Pins can be more secure than combs, especially if you have finer hair, as they provide a stronger grip on the hair and help to keep the headpiece firmly in place.

For a more stylish look, add a pin onto the start of a ponytail and weave the chains into a braid, ending off the look with another pin at the bottom of the braid. For a low-maintenance style, drape the chain across the back of your head above a low braid.

Try: DesignB Chain Headband (photo 5), $16.90 (usual $31.70), from Asos

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2017, with the headline 'Chain reaction'. Print Edition | Subscribe