Just because you have bangs and/or short hair doesn't mean you can't have fun with headbands this holiday season. All you need to wear a headband is a head--and a headband, duh. The glitzier your headband, the better (stretchy gym headbands need not apply). I found mine at Ulta for $10.
For the styles I’m about to show you, gather up the following.
- A mini straightener
- Heat-protectant spray
- Styling products of your choice
1. The Straightened, Side-Swept Bang
This is the easiest way to wear a headband: you just plonk it on your head. If you have a micro-pixie, that’s it. You’re done. If you have long bangs you can use the mini-straightener to style the front so it’s swept neatly to the side. Always use heat in conjunction with a heat-protectant spray. I used Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion.
I used argan oil to make my hair shiny and smooth; then I picked a few pieces of hair out from under the headband to add texture. If your fringe is long enough you can pin the ends into the headband, or you can use bobby pins or hairspray to hold it to the side.
2. The Voluminous Bang
If you prefer to have your bangs out of your face, brush them back (I used my fingers), use the headband to pin them down, and then pull them forward slightly to create some height. This is very fast and simple; the tricky part is that sometimes bits of hair tend to come out of the headband. Again, hairspray is your friend here. I also like to use a bit of Bumble and bumble Styling Creme in my wet hair to give styles like this more hold.
3. The Curly Bang
This is another one that you need a little bit of length for. Start by coating your hair with some heat-protectant spray, then use the mini-straightener to create fairly tight curls. If you want to avoid heat you could do this the night before with rag curls. I couldn’t do the sides or back of my hair properly because it was too short, so I concentrated on the top and front. Then I ran my fingers through the curls lightly to loosen them a bit, and sprayed a generous amount of my Aussie Sun-Touched Shine Hair Spray.
You’ll look a little Helena Bonham Carter crazy at this point. That’s good, it means you’re on the right track.
Once you’ve got your loose curls, you can either place the headband right on top of them, leaving the curly bits in the front to bounce around on your forehead thusly...
...or you can push the curls away from your head and pin them down with the headband, letting a few tendrils come loose here and there.
Either way is very pretty and romantic--very Pride and Prejudice.
- Which way is your favorite?
- Any DIYs or where-to-buys for fancy yet not-crazy-expensive headbands?
- Do you style your bangs and/or short hair with headbands? I’d love to see pictures in the comments.