Calling all Blair Waldorf fans! Let’s talk headbands and how to wear a headband. It’s an easy hair accessory to throw on to instantly make any outfit a bit more polished, and works on long or short hair. There are so many cute headbands out there right now; I’m sharing a bunch of my favorites, along with a few ways to to wear them.
How to Wear a Headband
Long gone are the days when you’d put a headband on and push the headband to puff up your hair. Today’s headbands and hairstyles are much chicer, and there’s a headband style for pretty much everyone.
Headbands are the greasy and bad hair day saviors! If you have a video conference and didn’t have time to do your hair, just spray in some dry shampoo, throw on a headband and poof – instant virtual style.
Headbands are a relatively low on the investment level when it comes to accessories because they’re cheaper than jewelry, shoes, and bags.
Anthropologie always has a great selection of headbands. You can find a ton of different styles, colors, and prints there! Shopbop also offers a great headband selection, although they tend to be a little pricier than Anthropologie’s options.
How to Wear a Headband With Your Hair Down
For traditional headbands, AKA the he hard ones with the opening at the bottom – the easiest way to wear them is over your head with some hair in the front of the headband to frame your face.
Instead of inserting the ends behind your ears and sliding the curved part over your forehead, place your headband on top of your head without any hair tucked behind your ears. I know that sounds crazy, but your hair will fall natural in front and behind of the headband along the sides, and you can adjust accordingly.
You can also tuck some hair behind your ears after the headband is on; it’s must more effortless and rigid than that slicked back style you used to rock.
This hair style is better for middle parting or if your part is just off center, and looks great with loose waves for added volume.
CAMILLE’S PICK: This neutral woven knotted headband. The texture is a nice addition, but you can’t beat the color – it goes with everything.
For a turban style, you can still wear it like a traditional headband, but it may take some extra time to pull some hairs through the front. My favorite way to wear a turban headband, though, is full-on hippie style.
Just open it and pop it over your head, with the front knot/twist/bow detail on the front of your forehead. Then I like to push it up just a smidge so there’s a bit of volume and my hair isn’t so flat. It can be tricky at first, but practice makes perfect!
CAMILLE’S PICK: A black turban headband is always a classic.
Shop the full outfit of this look here.
How to Wear a Headband With A Bun
a sleek low bun
A sleek, slicked back low bun is always great for when you want to be a little on the fancier side with your hair.
Nobody does the slicked back low bun/headband combo better than Blair Eadie. She has perfected the perfect center part and low ballerina bun.
First, be sure to comb everything back and down in place to avoid bumps, then finish with hairspray to prevent flyaways.
This is a great headband hairstyle if you want to be polished but a little dressed up. For more formal occasions, try this look with an embellished headband.
a messy bun
Alternately, you can also do a low, messy bun for a bit of a more effortless feel. I love this headband hairstyle on lazy days when you also want to look put together.
To keep the easy vibe of this look, make sure your hair isn’t pulled too tightly above the ears, then grab a few strands and let them hang in front of your headband.
How to Wear a Headband With Braids
If you want to take your headband hairstyle up a level, try some braids with it!
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese incorporated a single French braid, then topped it off with her headband.
Similarly, you could also do pigtail French braids and if your hair is long enough, pull them into a low bun. Or if you’re really good at braiding, try a fish tail. So cute!
More Headband Inspo
Here are a few other girls to give you a few more ideas on how to wear a headband.