Looking to create a headband braid? Then scroll down to discover our easy-to-follow hair tutorial and get the look now!
As you probably know, headbands are back in fashion, with some of our favourite designers exhibiting this classic style on the runway. But let us ask you: why wear a headband when you can create one out of your own hair? A headband braid is a perfect way to channel a boho vibe for your next festival, party or brunch – plus it can hide your grown-out fringe!
And the great news is, whether you have short or long locks, you can totally pull off this look. Want to learn how to make a braided headband? Keep on reading below to find out and get ready to meet your new go-to hairstyle!
How to do a braided headband: Step-by-step guide
Apply a heat defence spray.
Once your mane is fully prepped, blowdry until your hair is completely dry.
Section your hair.
This section should be approximately 3 inches-wide and should start from your deep side part and finish just behind your ear on the opposite side.
Get ready for braiding.
Now cross the left section over the middle section, before crossing the right section over the new middle section.
French braid your hair.
Pancake your braid.
Once you’ve braided your hair all the way down to the tail, secure your plait with an elastic band. Then pancake it to make it appear thicker and fuller. To do this, use your thumb and index finger to lightly tug at your braid.
Secure your braided hair.
Secure it to the underneath bit of your hair with some bobby pins every few inches to ensure it stays hidden under the rest of your mane.
Curl your remaining hair.
Working on 1-2 inch sections of hair at a time, use your curling iron to make loose waves. Only hold the curling iron in place for a few seconds, as you don’t want to make ringlets, here!
Set with hairspray.
Once you’ve curled all of your hair, gently run your fingers through your mane to loosen the curls and give your ‘do an undone feel.
Then it’s time to set the whole look in place. We always put our trust in the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray to ensure our style is sealed in all day long!
How to braid your hair like a headband with short hair
Think that short hair can’t be braided? Well, think again, because the good news is that the headband braid can be done on short tresses too. Yes, you heard us correctly. This is because the headband braid is a flat plait and doesn’t require lots of length. Neat, eh?
So, want to know how to braid your hair like a headband on short tresses? Easy! Just follow the steps above and braid until you reach just above your ear. Then use a bobby pin to discreetly secure your braid behind your ear like our model below.
Enjoyed our how to do a headband braid tutorial, but still on the hunt for more simple plaiting hacks? Then, don’t forget to check out our Braids page, for all the best ways to weave your mane!