Maura Higgins bejewelled ponytail is perfect for party season

When Taylor Swift wrote the song Bejeweled, we wonder if she had Maura Higgins’ latest ponytail in mind. The Love Island star is proving pearls might just be a girl’s best friend with a statement braided ponytail featuring dozens of applique pearls.

Her go-to hairstylist, Carl Bembridge, shared the look on Instagram, where Maura appears in the Reel with glowing soft rosy makeup, a slick and shiny braid and a pearl-adorned blazer.

“Ditched Curls For Pearls @maurahiggins,” Carl captioned the Reel, adding: “Secured in place with @colorwowhair cult favourite hairspray & finished with Extra Mist-cle shine spray.”

His followers have been as complimentary as ever about his work on Maura’s hair, with plenty telling him it’s one of the best looks he’s created on her yet. Others are keen to know how the pearl details were attached to her hair. We’re waiting to hear back because this pearly look is perfect for party season – if you have the patience to painstakingly apply each one, of course.

This pearl pony is an extension of this summer’s Y2K hair gem trend, which saw plenty of celebs like Laura Whitmore and Alicia Keys stick diamanté detailing on their hair for a festival-ready look. Maura’s pearls make the look more modern, though, and the plain white of them makes them wearable on all hair colours.

There’s also a trick that allows for jewels to be attached to the hair much quicker than individually sticking them on. TikToker Sophie Murray first broke the hack in summer when she shared how she used a hair stamping gadget to bedazzle her hair before a festival.

“Look, how fun! I’m going to a festival,” she says in the clip, before using a kid’s toy known as “The Blinger” to stamp tiny crystals into her blonde waves.

Followers quickly flocked to the comment section, with many reminiscing on their memories of using the gadget in their younger years.

We’re not sure if the stamping tool works on faux pearls, but if it does then we’ll be copying Maura’s magical pony this party season!


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