Okay, here’s a ’90’s trend comeback we can really get behind: headbands! They were everywhere on the fashion runways this year. Celebrities have been rocking this trend at awards shows, premieres, and just when they’re out and about.
There are a couple really big advantages to headbands. One is that it’s a great way to make your hair look polished and put together when you haven’t exactly spent a lot of time styling your hair (or washing it!). They work equally well with hair that’s pulled up or left down, too. Headbands draw attention to your face, so they’re perfect when you want to show off your new lipstick or fancy earrings.
The Right Headband
You can find a headband to complement any outfit. The trick is to make sure you don’t look like you just came from the gym—so think embellished, thin, or textured. Unexpected materials like leather are always chic.
If your hair is short, try a band with some vertical height to it (like leaves or flowers). This will help balance the length of your hair and create visual interest.
How to Style
Here are some ideas for styles that work perfectly with headbands:
- Messy updo: Headbands lend a polished touch that makes them the perfect complement to a messy, casual updo. Use a volumizing product (like Redken’s Triple Take 32 hairspray) to give you some lift at the crown, then gather your hair into a loose bun, ponytail, or twist. Place the headband near your hairline, or further back for a softer look.
- Half up, half down: This is about as easy as it gets. Just sweep the front pieces of your hair back, secure with pins, and add the headband!
- Loose and wavy: Headbands go perfectly with another hot trend—soft, loose waves. Use a large-barrel curling iron to create curls, then brush them out to form a gentle waves. Pull a few strands of hair in front of the headband to give you flattering, face-framing pieces.
Headbands are an easy, incredibly fast way to look put together and fashionable. You can find stylish headbands just about everywhere right now, so why not pick up a few and try them out?