By Sarah Bacon

As a senior fashion-merchandising student, I have taken great interest in hair accessories and the crafting of them. “Flowers in Her Hair by Sarah Michelle” is a small company I created to sell my handmade flower crowns. They are sold at a small boutique where I interned, and I receive requests for weddings, photo shoots, concerts, and other occasions.

When someone mentions flower crowns or flower headbands, many people automatically think of raves, concerts, or hippies. My main focus is to create a sophisticated, one of a kind headband for any individual based on their fashion interest. Throughout history, many types of hair ornamentation and the materials from which they were made indicated religious significance, social class, age group, and level of fashion awareness. Hair ornaments are infinitely varied in shape, size, and materials and add pizazz to any outfit.

First, I start with abalone dyed Nubuck leather which gives off a natural look and is strong, easy to handle, and attractive. Second, the quality of the flowers I use is very important. Silk flowers are the best because they give a very realistic look and don’t fade or tear. When choosing the colors, you need to do your research to see what colors are trending for each season. Lastly, the beads I place at the end of each headband helps to anchor it and makes the headbands more appealing and personal. I will use glass or pewter beads to customize each headband with the individual’s initials or a phrase such as “I heart you”. Each headband takes great thought and patience while constructing it.