How to Make Beaded Hair Barrettes

Groovy Jeweled Hair Clip

This jeweled clip and hairdo is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.
This jeweled clip and hairdo is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

This groovy jeweled hair clip is the focal point in this glossy, smooth style. Groovy, baby!

Simply follow the steps below to learn how to make this beaded hair barrette, and the hairdo too!

What You'll Need:

Hair snap clip

30 translucent small pony beads

1 yard nylon line


Step 1: Thread the beads onto the line. You will have to hold 1 end of the line while you string on the beads. When the beads are all strung, hold the ends together and place them around the snap clip. You may need to add or subtract a bead to fit your clip.

Step 2: Once you have the correct number of beads, tie the ends of the line together so you have a long tail and a 5-inch tail. Open the snap clip. Thread the shorter tail through the hole in the tip of the clip, and tie the beads to the clip.

Step 3: Place the bead circle on the top of the clip, fitting it to the shape of the clip. Using the long tail of line, wrap around the beads and the top of the clip. Wrap the line around every other bead.

Step 4: At the back end of the clip, wrap around every bead to hold them in place. Continue wrapping around the top of the clip. When you've gone completely around the barrette, tie the 2 ends of the nylon line together. Trim the tails. Adjust the beads around the clip.

Now that your jeweled barrette is complete, it's time to create that smooth hairstyle.

Step 1: If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, use a smoothing gel for this style. When you blow-dry your hair, the gel will make it easier to get your hair straight.

Step 2: Massage the smoothing gel through your hair.

Step 3: Dry the hair with a large round brush and your hair dryer. To get the hair as straight as possible, work from the bottom layers upward, section by section.

Step 4: To make the top as smooth as possible, stretch and smooth the hair along the top by following the heat of the blow-dryer after the brush. Keep the brush moving.

Step 5: When your hair is dry, use a pomade, sometimes called wax, to add shine and keep the hair smooth. Use the pomade sparingly.

Step 6: Work a small amount of pomade between your palms, and smooth it over the top surface of your hair.

Step 7: Gather the hair from the top front area of your head, and direct it back and away from your front hairline. Place the gem clip barrette to secure the hair.

Step 8: Take a section of hair behind the barrette, and lightly back comb the hair to give it some fullness. Gently fan the back-combed hair over the back of your head. Then gently smooth over the top of the hair. Spray with a bit of hair spray to hold.

Ready for more? Great! Continue to the next page to learn how to make a few sassy spangle dangle barrettes.

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