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Statement Barrettes Are The New Graphic Tees

Back in the day, making a statement with your hair meant mom tying plaid ribbon around your ponytail, tacking plastic bow-shaped clips on the ends of your braids, or lining them with beads. Now, the accessories from our childhood are all grown up and bold in a totally different way.

A new wave of hair jewels (including headbands, metallic clips, and even velvet ribbon) are emerging on runways, and on the heads of some of our favorite celebs. The latest adornment to steal our hearts? Blinged-out clips that send a sharp message. Last September, Selena Gomez was spotted wearing a crystal-covered barrette with the word "Ugly" in bold caps, a direct retort to Stefano Gabbana's notorious comment about her. Since then, we've seen plenty of stars follow suit with their own hair-clip messages.

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Proving that you don't need a graphic T-shirt (or a cheeky Instagram caption) to make a point, these barrettes reflect your mood without saying a word. The best part? They can make the most basic hairstyle look like a million bucks with half the effort. Check out our favorites, ahead.

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If you're hella bored with your braid or bun, tack this clip by Dolls Kill onto the base for an instant style upgrade. Looking for something a little more edgy (and a little less NorCal)? The brand has a variety of statement-making pins, including the always subtle, "Fuck Off."
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Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan teamed up with accessories brand Kitsch to release a line of bejeweled bobby pins for all your Instagram caption needs. "Drippin" and "Damn" are just a few of the rhinestone-covered words you can use to decorate your hair. Her collection also features dazzling pins — minus the vocabulary — so you can freestyle with your look.
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British brand Ashley Williams London makes a handful of blinged-out goods that will 100% have people staring at your hair. Its selection of hair decals are accented with Czech crystals and have been worn by celebrities like Alexa Chung.
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Think of all the sad, messy buns and slept-on ponytails you can make happy with this smile-emoji clip set, also from Ashley Williams London.
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