When it comes to summer weddings, music festivals, and well, any other outdoor happenings, flower crowns have been the hair accessory du jour for quite a few years now. Sure, they’re pretty, but after reaching peek Instagram, they’ve kind of gotten a “been there, done that” rep.
Knowing this, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the time has finally come to toss those daisy-adorned crowns aside (or at least take a small hiatus from them), and try out the newest hair piece that’s more or less guaranteed to take over as the cutest, most social media-worthy accessory for summer 2016—mermaid crowns.
The trend all started with 27-year-old Chelsea Shiels, a Melbourne-based florist, who admits her inspiration comes from her love of both the beach and Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Cosmopolitan reports. Shiels began crafting mermaid crowns herself a few years ago, using seashells, pearls, gemstones and other ocean-obtained treasures, to create the intricate crowns that are clearly fit for any (mermaid) queen.
From elaborate and complicated, to elegant and simple, Shiels has created it all. Check out a few of her best examples, below:
“I was scared of people’s opinions,” Shiels said, explaining why she held off on putting her crowns on social media. “I thought people would think it was dumb to put shells on your head.” Ha! As if.
If you’re not exactly the DIY type, you’re in luck because Shiels puts her works of art up on her Etsy page to buy. But you should probably act fast. Nearly her whole shop has sold out since her crowns have gone viral. Until she re-stocks, though, there are always these cute no-crown-needed festival hairstyles you can copy. Or you can rock a Dinglehopper. You know, either/or.
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