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A Fascinator

A fascinator is a headpiece which is designed to be attached to the hair instead of a hat. Traditionally, fascinators are worn by women only, and they are typically associated with formal wear, although one could wear a fascinator on less formal occasions. Fascinators are beautiful headpieces that become jewellery for the hair.

A ‘Fascinator’ is a hair accessory, which is typically attached to the head with a comb, head band, pin or clip that is most commonly adorned with plumes of feathers. These hairpieces vary widely in size, shape, and style, from modest versions to decadent creations with feathers, silk, ribbons, tulle, straw, beads, pearls and crystals. They can be as small and delicate or as large and over the top as you like! The only limitation is your imagination! .In some cases, a fascinator looks more like a small hat and less like a hairpiece.

Large or small, traditional or abstract, structured or completely whimsical, fascinators are so easy and comfortable to wear. They can compliment your outfit, and your hair style, and they still allow you to make a statement in the same way a hat would.

Why wear a fascinator

Do you want to avoid ‘hat hair’? That tell-tale little kink in your hair around the circumference of your head after you’ve taken your hat off? Then wear a fascinator.

The wonderful thing about fascinators is that they provide a fabulous, fashionable and stylish option alternative to the traditional hat. Your outfit will still be perfectly finished and you will feel properly dressed, but you will also feel much more confident and comfortable than you otherwise might in a hat.

With fascinators, equally as important as finding the right style for you is ensuring the right fitting. Different fittings suit different hair types. Ensuring yours is on the right base for you, be that a comb, head band or small clip, will mean it is both comfortable and secure – leaving you feeling confident and free to enjoy your day without worrying about whether it will stay in place.

If you feel confident, you’ll look and feel fabulous too.

Where to wear a fascinator
Fascinators can be used to draw attention to unique or complex hairstyles, to complement fine formal wear, and to dress up a more casual look. Nowadays, women have fewer causes to wear a fascinator: They tend to show up at weddings and formal horse racing events more than anywhere else.

A benefit with choosing a fascinator is that you are more likely to have the opportunity to wear it again to other functions, as fascinators are worn, not just at weddings, but also at race days, christenings and black tie events.

More subdued fascinators, for example, can be worn to church, and some have partial veils attached, for women who like to wear modest veils while in mourning.

Fascinators can also be used as a substitute to long veils for brides.

How to wear a fascinator

In order to get the best from your fascinator, secure your updo or hairstyle with regular hair-pins and then have the fascinator added to ensure it will be secure throughout its wearing.

Or you can wear your hair down and add the hair pins to be used as an anchor for the hair-comb or crocodile clip to be attached to and if this is done properly, then it will stay throughout a long day or night.

Decide where you want to place the fascinator. If the fascinator is on a headband, then your choice of placement is limited. However if it is on a comb or clip, then you can place it wherever you want. It will look best placed to one side of the head or at the back. If you put the fascinator right on top of your head it will look like something sprouting from the top of your head.

If wearing one for a super smart function, then a good hairdresser will be able to safely place it and secure it for you.