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Dress Up Your Updo! Your Ultimate Guide to Wearing Hair Accessories this Summer, in 5 Easy Steps

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Tired of your go-to topknot? Elevate your updo this summer with gorgeous jewels, gems and flowers that work effortlessly in any style. We tapped celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess, who works with Lucy Hale, Lauren Conrad and Ashley Tisdale, for tips and tricks on how to decorate your do this season with romantic pieces fit for a wedding.

1. Search Your Jewelry Box for Accessories
If you’re not willing to drop some cash on delicate pieces for your tresses, Ess recommends trying jewels you already have — especially ones that aren’t in rotation anymore.

“You can repurpose broken jewelry and incorporate it to the hair,” she tells PeopleStyle. “My favorite thing for making hair pieces is still vintage costume jewelry. There’s so much of it out there for so cheap.”

2. Flea Markets May Surprise You
“Flea markets are packed full of pieces,” says Ess. “You can get anything from thin gold chain necklaces to thick crystal brooches to dainty colorful earrings — clip-on earrings fasten very well in updos!.”

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She adds that once you discover something you like, you can craft it into your own unique piece: “If you find a vintage necklace you want to wear as a reverse headband, hot glue or wire on two mini metal combs, one on each end, and make your own! Put it on backward — from ear to ear — like I did here.”

3. Check the Craft Store for Flowers
“Flowers give an automatic feeling of romance in the hair,” says Ess, who created the flower-adorned updo for Hale in the photo below.

Ess has tons on hand already, which proves you can never be too prepared: “I have hundreds of silk flowers in this craft closet,” she previously told PeopleStyle. “I’m a silk flower hoarder! Sometimes I use real flowers, but this was a nighttime event and I wasn’t sure how long she was going to be there, so it was better to go with fake than have them wilt!”

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4. Try a Comb — Backward!
A comb is the easiest way to give the look a shot. “There’s no commitment. You slide it into your updo or half updo (like I did for Lauren [Conrad]’s wedding reception) for a little sparkle and shine,” she tells PeopleStyle. “If it bothers you while you’re dancing or your hair starts loosening up, just slide it out and put it in your clutch.”

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5. Don’t Forget the Foundation
To keep your accessory in place, pick pins that will look invisible against the jewels or flowers. “Use the color closest to your hair and be sure to tuck them in,” says Ess about selecting bobby pins for your updo. “It’s tricky to learn how to hide bobby pins properly, but it’s worth the effort! There’s no particular trick other than tucking and pinning.”

For on how to elevate your updo, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now!

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–Sarah Kinonen