I had a shop stall this weekend and sold a few hair jewels. I realized that people don't really know how to put them on and will sometimes struggle with them as they are so long and intricate, it is not quite the same as sliding a bead up a lock of hair. It is actually very easy to do, once you know how.
I do have a hair jewelry tool that I sell in my shop but you can use a makeshift tool, all you need is a piece of string.
In the photo examples below, I have used a lock of loose hair but this is not advised as explained in the advice about wearing hair jewelry at the bottom of this article.
I will give you a quick demonstration using my tool but you can simply take some string and fold it in a loop. You may tie a knot to keep the ends together if you want.
First, you slide the jewel into the loop. The side that is closest to the loop will be the closest to the hair root, in case you are particular about which side of your jewel is up.
Then, you put the end of your hair into the loop. I suggest you first make sure that you are choosing a lock of hair that is not too big or too small compared to the inside diameter or your jewel. You can use a knitting needle gauge tool to measure the diameter of your lock of hair accurately, or just use the time tested method of trial and error.
Then, you gently push the jewel up the lock of hair...
...until it is inserted completely.
You can then slide the jewel up or down your lock of hair to where you want it to stay. If it is a bit loose and you are worried it might slip off, pinch the ends of the jewel onto the hair to make it tighter.
Some advice about wearing hair jewelry:
• Some of them will withstand water and moisture a lot better than others. Those with transparent beads may show some oxidation inside the bead if worn continually. I would suggest removing them to wash your hair.
• The jewels have many twists and turns in which loose strands of hair can stay stuck. It is ideal to wear these jewels on dreadlocks, braids or very tight twists. Wearing them on a loose lock of hair (such as the one on the pictures above) may result in the jewel being stuck and having to be cut free.
• It is also good to note that these jewels may slip off very straight or relaxed hair so you may wish to braid in some hair extensions into your own hair where you want the jewels to be
Now that you know how to put them on, have a look at the hair jewelry shop and buy your own !