Accented Glory’s “Love Duo” with Akwati Style is back just in time for Spring! We partnered with Angel Jordan; an amazing fellow black designer for the collab. In the duo, our Cowrie Tassel Hoop Earrings are paired with an off the shoulder white shirt. Matching Ankara fabric directly from Nigeria was used to create the set.
Accented Glory’s Cowrie Tassel Hoop Earrings are all that and then some! The African print center and cowrie shell tassel gives it an Afrocentric vibe that exemplifies our brand energy. They are light weight, so no worries of stretching your earlobes. The hoops are also lead and nickel free and are available in both gold and silver color.
What makes this earring design even more fabulous is that we also have customized matching headbands. These sets are available in our Etsy Shop’s bundle section. The headband designs are satin lined to protect natural hair from drying out and breakage. In addition, all of our headband designs are adjustable. What does that mean for you? No more headband headaches; you control the tension. Our bundle pairings are great gift sets for some self love or to bestow upon someone else.
So, what are you waiting for? Express your African heritage with Accented Glory’s Cowrie Tassel Hoop Earrings. No look is complete without great accessories!
Click Akwati Style to order Love Duo from their website.
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Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
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Accented Glory designs are created for Naturals by Naturals. My team consists of myself and three daughters; we all are Naturals! Our brand demonstrates our firsthand understanding of natural hair care needs through our quality designs and services. Below are 5 reasons why our customers LOVE Accented Glory's designs!
Our customers love the Afrocentric Vibe of our hair accessory and jewelry designs! The majority of our designs are created with cowrie shells. Cowrie shells have African roots and portrays a message of respect, honor, and inspiration. The shell is the first symbol of money and wealth known to mankind. Cowrie shells are also believed to be a gift from the goddess of the water Mami Wata. She's the most celebrated mermaid like deity from Africa. You too can feel like an African Goddess by rockin' Accented Glory's designs!
Natural Hair Friendly
Our hair accessory designs are created with fabrics and materials that minimize damage to kinky, coily, and curly hair. We try to avoid coarse fabrics that can cause friction with natural hair and lead to breakage. Many of our designs are created with satin fabric to evade hair breakage and drying out of natural hair. Because most natural hair care regimens includes oils, we also avoid using adhesives when possible and reinforce design with hand stitching. Oils can break down adhesives and affect durability. Durability is a top complaint from Naturals when it comes to hair accessories!
Another concern we hear about from Naturals is headband headaches! These headaches are known as compression headaches caused by constant pressure on forehead, crown of head, behind the ears, and nap of neck. All of Accented Glory's headband designs are adjustable and provides a remedy for these headaches. Our adjustable headbands allow our customers to control the tension!
Team Save Edges
Accented Glory is Team Save Edges! Often times hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing damage. Yes, all hair accessories aren’t created equal, BUT most damage comes from simply wearing too tight accessories. We put the tension control back into the hands of our customers with our hair accessory designs. Pretty shouldn’t hurt!
We wear test all of our designs to ensure that they are not only stylish, but also comfortable. One of the most common styles worn by women with natural hair is the Afro Puff. Many use an elastic band, ribbon, and even pantyhose to create this style. Sometimes these methods can be painful and cause headaches. Our customers avoid the pain with Accented Glory's signature design Afro Puff Holder! It holds your Afro Puff in place and accent your hairstyle at the same time. It's also made with ouchless bands to protect natural hair from damage!
So, what are you waiting for? Join our Accented Glory Fam and experience first hand the LOVE our customers have for us. You can start by shopping with us on Amazon for some of our top sellers below. Click on photo to buy!
Tonya Cross - Accessory Designer of Accented Glory
Accented Glory’s hair accessory and jewelry designs can now be purchased at the Community Arts Gift Shop! The shop is located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and is operated by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The shop address is 251 North Spruce St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. You can shop for pieces by local artist Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm.
We customized a necklace and earring set for the shop. Currently this accessory set is exclusive to the center. And of course it has the signature Accented Glory Afrocentric Vibe. This design set features cowrie shells, wooden beads, and silver accents. Whether your look is dressy or casual this set would be a great accessory!
Accented Glory has both headband and earring designs at the gift shop. All of our headband designs are adjustable. What does that mean for you? NO MORE headband headaches! We also have our NEW Cowrie Tassel Hoop and Cowrie Shell Tassel Earrings that were featured on Essence in the gift shop. If you’re in or visiting the Winston-Salem, NC area be sure to swing by and support us by making a purchase! Your support is truly appreciated. No look is complete without great accessories!
Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
Other Gift Shop Designs...
Comfortable, Stylish, and Natural Hair Friendly Designs
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Accented Glory listens to our fans, followers, and customers! Many complaints against hair accessories, especially headbands, is that the constant tension cause headaches. Headband tightness also place stress on hairline edges. Our goal to provide quality designs lead us to our design station. We asked how can we resolve these problems?
Accented Glory's solution is stylish adjustable headband designs that allow our customers to control the tension! Not only did we solve the problems of tension headache and hairline stress, but we took it to the next level and used materials that don't cause damage to kinky, coily, and curly hair. Our Double Cowrie Shell Headband is our latest design and is created with satin ribbon. Accented Glory's African Print Headband designs are also satin lined. Satin lined headband designs don't dry out or cause breakage to natural hair.
Our adjustable headband designs are also created with closed knit elastic. When the elastic is stretched you don't have to worry about your hair getting caught in the elastic. Having natural hair friendly designs are very important to us. Plus we're team Save The Edges!
Is avoiding headband headaches and wearing natural hair friendly designs important to you too? We got you covered! Check out Accented Glory's handcrafted designs on Amazon.
Click Styling With Hair Accessory Guide for more styling advice and tips on Etsy!
Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
This guest blog post by Accented Glory's visionary was originally shared in Curlebrity online natural hair community! Click name to check out this new online community.
Too often, hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing damage to hair. One of the primary suspects is the headband. As a hair accessory designer and natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for when purchasing and styling with hair accessories. So for the record, it's not the headband that's the problem. It’s the misuse of it, bad fit, or material used to create it that’s an issue.
As naturals, we must be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges. Often times we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, which cause damage to our hairline. I recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories.
So how do we know if our hair accessory is a proper fit? The accessory doesn’t hurt - our headbands should not cause pain or headaches. Many people experience headband headaches, because their hair accessory is too tight. Headaches caused by headbands are known as external compression headaches that are the result of continuous pressure on forehead, scalp, and behind the ears.
Naturals need to also avoid headbands created with fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out the hair. Course fabrics, such as tweed, can cause friction and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics have a tendency to dry out hair as well. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because they don't cause friction or dryness.
Adjustable headbands are a great solution for headband headaches because they allow the wearer to adjust and control the amount of tension placed on their head. Also, being able to control the tension protects the hairline from stress. In addition to adjusting headband tension, we should always moisturizer our hair before wearing hair accessories. This too will minimize damage to our hair. As naturals, we can safely rock a cute headband and save our edges at the same time!
Tonya Cross - Hair Accessory Expert | Accessory Designer | Natural Hair Enthusiast
You can shop for "natural hair friendly" adjustable headbands at Accented Glory! Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for great content relating to natural hair and natural hair accessories.
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Our visionary, Tonya Cross, is now a regular contributor to Dear Curl Friend. Dear Curl Friend is a digital platform for women to connect about their natural hair and receive beauty tips. See excerpt from her article below titled "The Three H’s for Fall – Headwraps, Hair Cuffs, and Headbands".
Fall is upon us and soon the leaves will be changing colors! The changing of seasons also brings an opportunity to dress our natural tresses with hair accents. For Fall accessorizing, I recommend the three H’s – Head wraps, Hair Cuffs, and Headbands! Click here to read why these are great Fall accessories.
Click Styling With Hair Accessories to purchase Accented Glory’s styling e-guide!
Accented Glory is highlighting our Fall designs this month. These natural hair friendly designs will be great accents for your Fall look. What makes our designs natural hair friendly? Accented Glory has three requirements for our hair accents: fabric, fit, and durability.
Naturals need to avoid fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out hair. Coarse fabrics such as tweed can cause friction with textured hair and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics has a tendency to dry out hair. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because it don't cause friction or dryness.
As naturals, we must also be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges with the baby hair. Often time we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, all along causing damage to our hairline. Unfortunately, hair accessories get a bad rap because we choose to wear too tight styles. How do you know if your hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt. Your hair accessory should not cause pain or headaches; it should be a comfortable fit. We recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories. We're for team save your edges!
Another feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is durability. The hair care regimens of naturals includes various oils. These oils can breakdown many adhesives and rubber materials used to create hair accessories. The less rubber and adhesives used to create the hair accent the better! The hair accessory will last longer and endure natural hair care.
Accented Glory's Fall designs meets all the requirements mentioned above! Shop at our online store to purchase designs.
The last feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is style. At Accented Glory, we’re aware that everyone has their own unique style. With style, there are three factors of influence: taste, age, and look.
Taste – Whether you're a flower child or like bling we have something for you. Our Floral Hairpins are perfect for updos or a side swoop style. For our earthy naturals, we have our Cowrie Shell Headband and shell Hair Cuff designs to accent your locs, braids, or twists. Our Rhinestone and Bohemian Headbands add just enough bling to accent your style and not take over. Our accessories allow your beautiful tresses to be the main attraction.
Age – At Accented Glory we believe that you’re NEVER too old for hair accessories! One never age out of style; it’s just a matter of finding hair accessories that fits your personality. If you LOVE hair accessories or considering using accessories to accent your natural style, remember age is just a number. EXPRESS YOURSELF!
Look – With our accessories you can go from elegant to casual; the look you create depends upon the hair style you choose. Our accessories are very versatile and can be worn numerous ways. For example, our head wraps are 14" x 72", which provides various style options (see slide show below). Multiple styles from a single product are a plus!
Whatever your taste, age or look you want to achieve, Accented Glory has something for you! Our designs were created with naturals in mind. Shop at our online store for the style that works for you!
Regaining and maintaining hairline edges is all the “buzz” in the natural hair community. As Naturals, we must be mindful when choosing hair accessories to protect our hairline. We don’t want to choose accessories that can damage our hair. Accented Glory’s blog series of best hair accessory features for Naturals will assist in choosing proper accents.
We all desire those “fleek” edges with the baby hair and lying flat. Often time we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, all along causing damage to our hairline. Unfortunately, hair accessories get a bad rap because we choose to wear too tight styles.
How do you know if your hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt. Your hair accessory should not cause pain or headaches; it should be a comfortable fit. Our adjustable headbands at our online store allows you to control the tension. You avoid headband headaches and protect your edges with our hair accessory design. With Accented Glory’s designs you can be stylish without pain and keep your edges.
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a millennial who's currently navigating adulthood. Click Not One Of Your Little Friends to check out her podcast!