Hi, my name’s Meg, and I’m a chronic over-committer.
The below post was due… hmmmmm… lemme see…. over six months ago? Yeah, maybe longer… #worstbloggerever

I’m going to spare you the whining about my guilt and remorse, and just get to the good stuff about fricken’ awesome hair flowers.

So, I’m crushing harder than ever on all things pinup (I think we’ve moved past ‘phase’, through ‘obsession’ solidly into ‘lifestyle’). Along with pretty pouffy skirts, red lips and winged liner, hair flowers are a pretty integral part of the look. It took me a little while to figure out how to style them right – running the risk of looking like I’ve plopped some sparkly plastic on my head – but now that I’ve kinda got the hang of it, I’m beyond smitten with them and don’t feel like my outfit is complete without some pretty foliage. Naturally I’ve needed one of every colour ever to go with any conceivable outfit, and so began  the early days of a pretty robust collection.

Here are some of the awesome places I’ve discovered to get hair flowers from along the way:

Lady Flamingo Boutique

This be-you-ti-ful online store is run by the outrageously creative SA pinup bombshell, Miss T Bird.  Her artistically assembled flowers have a fresh, realistic look to them – like they’ve just been plucked from the most exotic jungle, or generous garden. Because of how lifelike they look, I find they’re some of the flowers I wear the most – they’re that perfect touch to complete an outfit and take you to bombshell level, without pulling all the focus and looking gaudy. The white orchid especially seems to go with just about everything ever, and the pink camellia perks up drabbest of outfits.

Hair flowers from Lady Flamingo Boutique on MindtheCurves.com
Some of my favourite hair flowers from Lady Flamingo Boutique
Hydrangia hair flower available from Lady Flamingo Boutique on MindtheCurves.com
Hydrangia hair flower available from Lady Flamingo Boutique.

Lady Flamingo Boutique hair flowers are available both via Hello Pretty and on Facebook. Lady Flamingo also does custom orders – perfect for bridesmaids and bachelorettes!

MissHapp

MissHapp has long been the one-stop pinup shop for all things scene-related in South Africa, and hair flowers are certainly not an area that this brand disappoints on. This summer has seen designer Mandy bring a touch of fruit to her fresh, funky designs. I love the funky tropical vibe of them, and the texture of the different elements – truly miniature works of art! Cherries remain a personal favourite of mine, so I adore her options which include this fruit.

Hair flowers from MissHapp on MindtheCurves.com
Hair flowers from MissHapp.
Beautiful blue hair flower available from MissHapp
Beautiful blue hair flower available from MissHapp
Having fun getting my hair styled for pinup at Fringe Retro Hair Salon
Having fun getting my hair styled for pinup at Fringe Retro Hair Salon

MissHapp hair flowers are available via their website and at Retrospective stores.

Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa

Calling all geeks and fangirls! Another of South Africa’s incredible pinup ladies, Cherry Lady Lisa (who I have profiled before here), is the creative genius behind Frockabilly, an artisanal hair bow business. She caters to a very wide array of cute and geeky proclivities (from Pokemon, to Harry Potter, to Disney, to oh-so-many more). I was super, super excited to discover some of her spooktacular Halloween-themed goodies (my personal brand of geekiness), which are super cute to wear in your hair – or add to your outfit. (I’m actually pretty tempted to order a pair of something and see if they work as shoe clips!)

Hair bows from Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa
Geektacular hair bows from Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa

Frockabilly hair bows are available for order via the website. 

HellRazor

I was totally smitten from the first moment I laid eyes on HellRazor‘s designs on Instagram. The combo of fun, funky colours and spooky black cats, eyeballs and Dias Los Muertos paraphernalia had me from the get-go. Lovely creator Jen describes her goods as ‘retro pinup goth style’, which strikes me as kind of perfectly accurate.

Retro goth pinup hair flowers from HellRazor
Wish my hair looked like this every day.

HellRazor is US-based, but ships worldwide via etsy.

Sunkissed Handmade

When I spotted these gorgeous paper flower clips at a local market, I quite literally couldn’t resist. The fine details and delicate colouring give these flowers a delightful vintage feel. Designer Samantha, who is also an incredible wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer, handmakes a huge variety of quirky and unusual designs.

Delightful paper hair flowers from Sunkissed Handmade

Sunkissed Handmade flowers are available via Facebook and at the Palms Market in Woodstock, Cape Town.

A massive thanks to Chantal at Fringe Retro Hair Salon who did my gorgeous pinup style for these photographs.

Did I miss anyone?

I would love to make this a comprehensive list of awesome hair flowers (and bows!) available in South Africa, so if you know of someone I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments, or via email at mindthecurvesza at gmail.com.

4 Comments on The best places in South Africa to buy hair flowers

  1. Love them all! I see them pinned to ribbons strung across a picture frame, hanging next to your dressing table, while they are waiting to be taken out for the day….. Bedroom feature too…

  2. Such a gorgeous line up of vendors! I am thoroughly in love with the first two makers. All those designs you posted are so pretty and like you said such works of art <3 I also really like the paper flowers you found at the market. Such a great find! And wow, those hair bows as shoe clips <3 I think that would look so cute 😀

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