As you embraced your silver hair did you suddenly notice hair accessories were only available in the almighty four colors of black, brown, blonde, or red. I sure did. It took me a while to find pieces that complemented my gray hair.

As someone with delicate hair, I’m always on the lookout for lightweight gentle accessories that won’t cause damage. From snap barrettes to silk scrunchies to jaw clips, I’ve found accessories that are both stylish and functional. Fortunately, as the times have changed a little since I ditched the dye in 2015, gray hair accessories are a little easier to find. So, let’s dive in and take a closer look!

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Silver Hair Accessory Collection

As someone who loves hair accessories, I have built up quite the collection over the years. When I started embracing my gray hair, it was difficult to find accessories that complemented it. However, through lots of searching, I have found some great pieces that I love to wear and thought I would share with you.

I have always loved hair accessories. I still have pieces from my childhood, I have a few of my sister’s pieces from the 80’s, and I have a collection of pieces of my mom’s from the 60’s and 70’s. I might have a hair accessory hoarding issue…don’t tell anyone.

My main criteria for hair accessories are to protect my very delicate fine hair. I look for damage-free options that help prevent breakage that can lead to frizz and that are comfortable to wear with my sensitive scalp. When I ditched the dye, I added another criterion of matching or complementing my silver locks.

Snap Barrettes

Snap barrettes are one of my favorite hair accessories. They are easy to use, comfortable, and can create a quick, pretty style. The extra-large snap barrettes from Kitsch are my go-to for a simple yet stylish look. I have them in rose gold, but they also come in silver.

I like to wear them in various ways, such as on each side, doubled up on one side, or snapped together across the back. They are great for delicate hair like mine, as they do not have any parts or mechanisms that can tangle or break hair.

Snap barrettes are a versatile, comfortable, and affordable accessory that can enhance any hairstyle.

My silver wavy hair with extra large Kitsch rose barrettes together on one side

Oberon Leather Covered Barrette

Leather Covered Silver Barrette

When it comes to barrettes, I am very selective as they can be damaging to hair. However, I recently found a leather-covered silver barrette from Oberon that I love. It is about three inches long and has a typical barrette mechanism.

The leather inlay adds a nice touch of elegance to the accessory, making it perfect for a more formal occasion. It comes in several colors and looks great with silver hair.

I don’t wear barrettes very often because they can have a lot of parts and mechanisms that can tangle and cause issues with my hair. However, this barrette is smooth and doesn’t tangle or pull my hair. I only wear it on occasion because I don’t want to damage my hair.

I highly recommend this leather-covered silver barrette from Oberon for anyone looking for an elegant and high-quality hair accessory. It’s perfect for any occasion and moderately priced.

Nylon Metal Free Ponytail Holders

If you can get your hair into a ponytail, then I always recommend it be with metal free ponytail holders. Years ago, I found these nylon ponytail holders, and I have always had them since. At one point, I couldn’t find them anywhere, so I bought a pair of baby tights and cut little rings to make my own. Now they are widely available in most stores and Cyndibands makes them in several silver matching colors.

Another metal free ponytail holder is the clear polybands. I find these to be great for braids.

Cyndibands Gray Seamless Hair Ties

three curlfriend collective scrunchies in black, dark green, and print

Curlfriend Collective Silk Scrunchies

Silk Scrunchies For Silver Hair

As I mentioned earlier, silk scrunchies are one of my favorite hair accessories. They are gentle on delicate hair and help prevent breakage and frizz. The Curlfriend Collective silk scrunchies are my go-to choice because they are extra-large and have a lot of silk, which provides extra protection for my hair.

I wear them to bed to protect my hair and also use them as a bun holder. They are versatile and come in many different colors and patterns to match any outfit. I have had three of them for over a year and they still have their elastic and feel great.

You can get them from Curlfriend Collective and get 10% off with code QUICKSILVER10

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If you prefer a smaller silk scrunchie, I have included some options in my Amazon shop. These are better for ponytails or for those with shorter hair. They are also great for protecting your hair from frizz and breakage.

Overall, silk scrunchies are a great investment for anyone who wants to protect their hair and add a touch of style to their look. They are gentle, versatile, and come in many different colors and patterns to match any outfit.

Buffs and Bandanas

I love wearing buffs and bandanas, especially when I’m doing outdoor activities like gardening, walking, or puppy training. They’re a great way to keep my hair out of my face and protect my scalp and hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

One of my favorite buffs is from Buff, which offers UV protection and is made from high-quality materials. I also like to wear standard bandanas, which I tie in a knot at the end. These are great for hiding a bad hair day or for hiding the demarcation line if you are transitioning to gray hair. Especially easy to carry with you anywhere you go, unlike hats.

Both buffs and bandanas are versatile and easy to wear. They’re also great for protecting your hair from breakage and frizz. I highly recommend adding a few to your hair accessory collection.

You can find buffs and bandanas in a plethora of fabrics, patterns, and colors, making it easy to find one that matches your personal style. I’ve found some great options at Target and Amazon, so be sure to check those out. And a new woman owned business has some super soft head bands and a wide variety of colors and styles.

I think buffs and bandanas are a must-have for anyone with silver hair who wants to protect their hair while staying cool and comfortable.


If you want some ideas on ways to wear a buff, I did this fun video on 9 Ways to Wear a Buff.

Great Jaw Clips for Gray Hair

Jaw clips are my favorite and probably most used hair accessories, and I wear them almost every day. They are a great way to quickly and easily pull your hair back, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors to match any outfit.

I particularly love the France Luxe for their smooth teeth and high-quality construction, the come in different sizes and beautiful colors to complement gray hair. They are a great way to get my hair off the back of my neck and cool off in hot weather.

A jaw clip can help with almost any hairstyle (even if you have short hair) it’s all in the size of the clip and how you use it.

How to Wear Jaw Clips

One of the easiest ways to wear a jaw clip is to gather your hair into a ponytail or bun and then twist it up and clip it in place. This is a great style for hot days when you want to keep your hair off your neck. You can also use a jaw clip to create a French twist by gathering your hair at the nape of your neck and twisting it up into itself and then clipping it in place.

Another way to wear a small jaw clip is to use it to pull back just the front pieces of your hair. This is a great style for when you want to keep your hair out of your face but still want to show off your hair’s length and texture.

Small and Medium Hair Clips

In addition to larger jaw clips, I also love using small and medium-sized hair clips. These are great for creating half-up styles or for clipping back just a small section of hair.

Small and medium hair clips are also great for adding a pop of color or pattern to your hair. I love finding clips in fun colors or with unique designs to add a little extra flair to my hairstyles.

Jaw clips and small and medium hair clips are versatile and practical hair accessories that every woman with long hair should have in her collection. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy way to style your hair or just want to add a little extra something to your look, these clips are a great choice.

Price points vary dramatically depending on the quality of the piece.

 Check out this channel to learn multiple ways to wear different jaw clips:

Hair Sticks for Silver Buns

As someone who loves hair accessories, I have a special place in my heart for hair sticks. They are a great way to add some elegance and sophistication to your hairstyle. Here’s how to create a bun with hair sticks:

How to Create a Bun with Hair Sticks

  1. Start by gathering your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Hold the ponytail with one hand and twist it around itself to create a bun.
  2. The trick is rolling and tucking the bun in on itself once you have it in place where it would hold on its own, then you add the stick or sticks.
  3. Hold the bun in place with one hand and take the hair stick in the other hand. Insert the hair stick into the bun, going in at an angle and then turning it so that it is perpendicular to your head. If your bun was a clock imagine you are placing the sticks at the 10 and 2 positions.
  4. Push the hair stick through the bun until it comes out the other side. Make sure that the hair stick is secure, and that the bun is held tightly in place.
  5. Repeat the process with a second hair stick, inserting it into the bun from the opposite side. Cross the two hair sticks over each other to create an X shape.
  6. Adjust the hair sticks as necessary to make sure that the bun is secure so that the hair sticks are evenly spaced and not pulling your hair.

Hair sticks come in a variety of materials, from wood to metal to plastic. They can be plain or decorated with beads, crystals, or other embellishments. Experiment with different types of hair sticks to find the ones that work best for you and your hair type. With a little practice, you’ll be able to create a beautiful bun that will stay in place all day long.

Hair sticks are usually priced under $20 depending on what they are made of. Etsy has some great handmade options.

Silver hair in a bun secured with hair sticks

My Favorite Brands to Shop:

Cyndibands: they make snap barrettes, nylon ponytail holders, and bobby pins to match different shades of silver hair.

France Luxe: they make amazing jaw clips and hair sticks in unique gray complementary patterns and colors.

Buff Brand: they make their buffs out of UV fabric to protect your hair and scalp.

The Curlfriend Collective: A small woman owned brand with beautiful extra-large silk scrunchies.

Bizzy B Crafts: a woman owned business with super soft head bands and a wide variety of colors and styles to fit any head size or hairstyle.


If you want to see all the pieces I discussed in this post, head over to this video and check it out.

If you would like to shop all the pieces in this collection and more check out my Amazon shop of accessories.

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