Shimmer & Shine [Tegen Accessories] 

As a vintage style lover, I’m always drawn to beautiful hair accessories, whether that be vibrant hair flowers or twinkly combs and barrettes, but I realised towards the end of last year that I actually rarely worn any adornments in my hair. The realisation surprised me somewhat, so I made a non-official new year’s resolution (more a goal, than a resolution, really) to make more of an effort to do new things with my hair and to accessorise more, both in my hair and elsewhere on my outfits. It was perfect timing, therefore, when I was contacted for collaboration by Tegen Accessories, a small UK company specalising in handmade and luxury pretty things for, you guessed it, your hair.

I’d been aware of Tegen Accessories before as they have a store in Brighton, a city not very far from where I live. They carry all many different styles of accessories, from hair flowers and crystal barrettes, to bandanas and garlands, beaded headbands, bridal accessories, and straight-up attention-stealing stunning fascinators. They even carry some jewellery, not just for brides.

The selection of products they sent me was varied. The capettes are perfect accessories for a 20s inspired look, the hair comb and barrette are timeless twinkling glamour; the sparkly brooches function two-fold as hair clips as well, and the french pleat comb is handmade in France in a painstaking 10-step process to provide the most flexible and durable comb possible that will stay in place all day without your hair drooping.

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Items featured above C/O Tegen Accessories
Black & Gold Rose Lace Capette Headband – on Sale £7.46
Vintage Style Crystal Flower Lace Capette Headband in Ivory – on Sale £11.21
Ooh La La! 12cm French Pleat Comb in White Tokio – £19.95
Navy Crystal Brooch/Hair Clip– on Sale £7.46
Velvet Crystal Crown Hair clip/Brooch – on Sale £7.46
Crystal Swirl Hair Comb – £9.95

At Tegen Accessories their focus is truly on quality, with their handmade house range Ooh La La! being made in France by a family business that has been honing their craft since 1892. These clips are lovingly designed and hand-cut by lasers from high quality resin, producing combs which are infinitely more durable than the cheaper injection moulded combs readily available online and at your local beauty store, those combs whose teeth are prone, as I’m sure we’ve all experienced, to snapping in our tresses. They’ve even designed the teeth to be wavy in order to grip the hair better and allow for improved, lasting hold, which means I can now get practicing my chignons without worrying they might come undone halfway through my workday.

Their selection of hair combs is downright gorgeous, whether you’re a bride or part of a bridal party looking to polish off your outfit for the big day or just a pinup looking to turn up the glamour on a night out. I love that their range of fascinators varies from small pretty netted pieces to the large, wild and flamboyant–they even carry hats, from wedding appropriate to woolly. I spotted a handmade grey wool beret trimmed with a cluster of adorable felt and beaded flowers which made me go ‘awww!’

Overall, they’re a company of variety and excellence, and I look forward to experimenting more with my hair with all these goodies.

For those in or near the Brighton area you can pop in to their Brighton Lanes store (19 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HB) to see their full range in person. For everyone else, you can find them online at TegenAccessories.co.uk, as well as follow them on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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