Headbands are one of the most universal and cool accessories you can ever imagine when creating some interesting combinations with your hair. They will help you style any simple hairdo without extra efforts. They will also help you accentuate your unique style and your personality as such, and will secure the different and equally impressive hairdos for every day. Of course, all this will be possible if you master all the know-hows and the nuances connected with how to wear a headband and that’s what we are going to speak about right now.
Choosing the Right Type of Headband
This is the primary and one of the most important steps for you to style your hair correctly and beautifully. Picking the exact form, shape, size, and style of a headband is what will decide the outcomes of your look later. The next facet of headbands’ universality is expressed through their compatibility with any face shape, any garments and hairstyles. You can style your hair with a headband both if your hair is styled into a ‘do or just left hanging freely, using it above or below the bangs either for fixing it to the forehead or for opening it up, matching it with an updo like a bun or just hiding the hair underneath the band.
One important thing that you need to remember about headbands is that their looks and styles may vary depending on the season and you need to know the details about each to be able to pick the right type. For instance, for summer months it would be better to pick some subtle metallic headbands and sheer scarf variants so that you don’t feel hot with it. As for the colder months, going for furry options is a great do, in case of which you will also preserve your ‘do as it is and keep your ears safe and warm against the winter frost. During the transitional seasons it is rather easier to come up with an exact form of a headband. The choice here mainly depends on the style and the type of the garments you pick.
Types of Headbands
There are many different headbands for any taste and preference. They may be narrow and wide, textile and elastic, metallic and furry, combined and leather type, etc. Thus, you can also easily come up with the color and the form you like. Discussing the peculiarities of each, we can speak about the following options!
How to Wear Narrow Headbands
Mainly saying narrow headbands we mean the forms of chains and braids. They can be created of any material. They should be worn over the hair along the line of the forehead. They are also of the universal type and will be completely compatible with any length of hair and for any apparel options.
How to Wear Wide Headbands
As for the wide headbands, we should say that they need to be worn under the roots of the hair, not totally covering the front of the face. They are especially suitable for longer hair. They may be worn with casual clothing. They can also be replaced with some subtle kerchiefs. They are also ideal for the sporty style. Apart from being a cool accessory, wide headbands can also keep your hairdo safe and undamaged for a long time.
How to Wear Glam Headbands
Coming to glam and romantic headbands, we can note such options as the ones having some additional accessories or details like flowers or brooches. They accentuate your femininity and charm and are ideal for the straight or wavy hair both of medium and long lengths. They may be all-covered with expensive jewelry for the extra glam feel. They may be worn both over and under the hair. Still, the best variant is wearing them over the hair.
Coming to the various styles that can be created with headbands we can point out the following options!
How to Wear a Headband for Boho or Hippie Styles
Both the boho and hippie styles are the source form where the tradition of wearing a headband originated. If you want to combine your headband with the vibes of any of these styles, you’d better wear it the way that with your hair is left loosely hanging. The position of the headband needs to be in the center of the forehead over the hair. As for the garments, options like long skirts, dresses, shirts, blouses and jeans will all do here. Any size of the headband will also be suitable, including both narrow and wide options. The most important thing is the right pick of the hairstyle and the garments.
How to Wear a Headband for the Retro Style
In order to create a retro look with a headband you need to choose a monotone piece according to the color of your garments. You can gather your hair from behind and wear the headband on the central part over the ponytail you might want to create. Otherwise you may tease the crown or bangs and fix it there, where it should stay with the help of the band. Minimalistic and simple combinations are especially suitable for this kind of looks. The most important thing is that their shades need to coincide with each other.
How to Wear a Headband for the Sporty Style
As we’ve already noted, headbands are really suitable for the creation of the sporty style. They need to be wide enough. Still, if they aren’t, you may use pieces like scarfs or kerchiefs. They may be worn both under and over the hair. This kind of options fit technically any look and apparel options. You can use the headband for removing the hair from your forehead thus creating a cool personal sporty style. Sweaters, shorts, jeans and jackets are especially suitable for such looks. The basic color for this kind of looks is white, but you can surely experiment with other colors, too.
How to Wear Headbands for Bridal Looks
You can also use headbands for the creation of festive looks and bridal ones as well. Such pieces are generally decorated with expensive jewels and details like pearls or flowers. They are selected according to the shades of the appropriate looks or according to the shades of the other accessories. Feathers and other elements of that type may also be used. You can put on such headbands over the hair fixing them on the forehead. They can be both narrow and wide and it should definitely match the dress you pick.
How to Wear a Headband for Vintage Looks
As for vintage vibes, you can pick headbands being made of leather, combined styles, metallic details or textile. They need to be narrow and subtle and can be worn a bit higher the central line of the forehead and definitely over the hair.
How to Wear a Headband at Home
You definitely need to be beautiful at home as well. So for this case you may also style your looks with a headband. Before putting it on you need to make a small braid and wrap around the head, gathering the rest of the hair into a ponytail. Pick the headband you like and put it over the hair. It will help you look charming at home, securing the perfection even there.
Finally, the last but not least important factor about wearing a headband is keeping its position on the forehead. Thus the height of the forehead is important to be taken into account when picking a headband. For those having a low forehead it is recommended to wear the headband along the line of the hair. It will help them make the forehead visually higher. For the rest, central positions are recommended.
Thus here were the basic style tips and tricks for wearing a headband that we would like to share with you. So if you are planning to have some style changes, going for headbands is a nice option to think over.
Photos courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue
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