17 stylish headband and bandana hairstyles we’re loving

All Things Hair | 06 July 2018

Looking to upgrade your everyday style? With headband and bandana hairstyles, it couldn’t be simpler!

With festivals to attend, beaches to enjoy and plenty of sunshine to soak up, it’s not surprising that bold, bright hair accessories often make an appearance during the summer months. And thanks to the latest runways and red carpets, it’s the turn of headband and bandana hairstyles.

We’ve turned to our favourite celebs, bloggers and street-stylers who have sported various bandana and headband hairstyles to pick up some unique styling tips. So, if you want to jazz up your bun with a headband, or just want to hide some hair sins, we’ve got the best styles on offer right here!

17 super cute bandana and headband hairstyles we love


Side view of a woman with long golden light brown hair styled in a single braid, with a headband and black embroidered dress
This stylish look is bound to get you street style spotted. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. The single braid

Looking like she has just stepped off the Dolce & Gabbana runway, this stylista wore her golden brown hair in a simple single braid and topped off her textured ‘do with a gold jewelled headband.

VO5 Dry Texturising Spray
VO5 Dry Texturising Spray

Style tip: For a regal look with a contrasting twist, add texture to your strands with VO5 Dry Texturising Spray and be sure to leave any loose strands to fall along the hairline. The juxtaposition will rack up those Instagram likes.

Singer Rita Ora with blonde hair in bun updos wearing a black new veil headband, looking at the camera while applying red lipstick
Naughty and nice. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. The bun + veil combo

If there is a style to be tried, you can bet that Rita Ora has tried it. The singer and actress loves to push the limits with her look and we think this headband veil updo is one of her best yet.

Teaming her cute ’90s messy buns with a black lace veil headband is giving us all the style inspo we need for a sassy Halloween or Valentine’s Day look. 😉

Side view of Sienna Miller on the red carpet with her blonde hair styled in a bun with a peach coloured headband
This might just be the best bun upgrade we’ve seen yet. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. The messy bun upgrade

Go from gym hair to red carpet hair in an instant with a little help from your fave headband, like actress Sienna Miller who upgraded her messy bun with headband by simply opting for a floral Alice band.

Street style picture of a woman with long straight brown hair wearing a Louis Vuitton logo print bandana standing against a green backdrop.
Logomania is back with a vengeance. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. The ’90s throwback

This stylish ’90s look is one that we are more than happy to come back around.

So what do you have to do to get the look? No fancy frills here, simply wrap a printed bandana around the top of your head, securing at the back.

Bee Shaffer on the red carpet at MET Gala with her brown her styled in a chic updo with minimal headband.
With Anna Wintour as a mother, Bee is like fashion royalty. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. The elegant updo

With Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour as her mother, there is no wonder Bee Shaffer looked incredible at the MET Gala. Wearing her brown locks in a chic updo, Bee completed her red carpet look with a simple silver jewelled headband.

Style tip: We think this elegant style will be perfect for a wedding or prom hairstyle, don’t you?

Neon Hitch with bubblegum pink hair styled in a updo with a black bow headscarf in retro style
Get major pin-up vibes with this headscarf ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. The bandana pin-up

Is Grease your fave movie? Have you always wanted to rock those retro hairstyles like The Pink Ladies? Then this pin-up style on singer Neon Hitch is perfect for you retro lovers out there.

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TRESemmé Superior Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Seal in your Rosie the Riveter style with a generous spritz of TRESemmé Superior Hold Hairspray. With superb hold that lasts all day, this ultra-fine fast drying spray is the essential product you need in your arsenal.

Close up headshot of DeWanda Wise at the Black Panther premiere with long dark brown tight curly hair worn with a jeweled leaf headband
When it comes to hair accessories, she’s gotta have it. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Red carpet curls

The She’s Gotta Have It star went for a glitzy look at the Black Panther premiere but it wasn’t just her sequin dress that stole our attention, we are completely obsessed with her curly hair and headband combination!

Pia Mia on the MTV Music Awards red carpet with her long platinum blonde wavy hair styled in a ponytail with a lilac bandana used as a headband
Pia Mia completes her red carpet look with a colourful bandana. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. The bandana headband

This super cute look has really got us reaching for our bandanas! Combining a bandana with a wavy ponytail, the neat accessory complements her edgy sense of style and gives off tonnes of cool-girl vibes.

Close up headshot of a asian woman with dark brown straight hair style in pigtail braids with a black satin strip of ribbon used as a headband
Going to the gym with a headband will help keep flyaways at bay and keep you looking style savvy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. The sports luxe look

Planning on heading to the gym this weekend wearing an army of bobby pins? Reach for a classic black headband instead to keep shorter strands safely tucked away from your face and to tap into the sports luxe trend.

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TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops

Editor’s tip: Tame frizz and flyaways while giving your tresses a glossy high-shine finish with TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops. Work 2-3 pumps between fingers and smooth through the lengths of dry, styled hair avoiding the roots.

model on chanel fw17 runway with short hair and embellished headband
Have short hair? Headbands are about to become your BFF! Credit: indigitalimages.com

10. The short hair hack

Looking for a new way to style short hair? Elevate short crops in a jiffy with a dramatic embellished headband (a la Chanel) and you won’t need to worry.

Maisie Williams with medium brown shoulder-length wavy hair wearing a pearl headband
Make like Maisie and rock a pearl headband. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. The luxe pearl update

Heading to the office? Why not mix things up a bit like Game of Throne’s star Maisie Williams and rock a quirky, pearly studded headband? This edgy, yet feminine hair accessory still brings heaps of luxe to the table but also gives off cool, rock-chick vibes.

Cara Delevingne on the Valentino runway with brown hair styled in a smooth and sleek low bun with tan brown leather headband
Smooth and sleek wins the race at the Valentino show. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

12. The smooth and sleek updo

You can always turn to the runway for hair inspiration, and this smooth and sleek ‘do from the Valentino runway is ticking all our hair boxes.

Hailee Steinfield with long chocolate brown tousled eavy hair with crown headband on the red carpet wearing dark berry lipstick
Show-stopper hairstyle anyone? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Tousled waves

If you want a headband hairstyle that shows off your long tresses, turn to actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld who opted for this glamorous ‘do for a red carpet event.

Get the look by using a curling iron to create effortless waves, give your tresses a spritz of a shine spray for a silky sheen and complete your look with the crowning glory that is your headband.

Two models backstage at Elie Saab runway with golden blonde hair with loose waves wearing pastel coloured headband and dresses
Headbands can work for fancy occasions too! Credit: indigitalimages.com

14. The couture look

This sophisticated and elegant hair accessory we spotted at Elie Saab Haute Couture works a charm for long hairstylesPsstHollywood waves are also a great one to try for an ultra glam look, too! So, if you fancy impressing your date or friends, keep this mesmerising look on your style radar.

Lily Collins long wavy light brown hair with turban style headband at red carpet industry event.
Join the turban headband life. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

15. The vintage turban

How amazing does Lily Collins look here? The soft loose waves, the minimal make-up, the vintage glam dress and of course the pièce de résistance; the turban headband. Looking like she has just stepped off a film noir set, this look is giving us Grace Kelly, Hitchcock heroine vibes we just adore!

Sydelle Noel at the Glow premiere with her dark brown natural hair styled in a updo with a wire style headband.
Fierce and fabulous. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

16. The Glow factor

What better way to manage natural curls then by teaming them with a headband? Instead of wrapping curls away, show them off like Glow star Sydelle Noel.

TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream
TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream

Editor’s tip: Give your curls or waves extra definition while fighting frizz with TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream.

Dorit Kemsley with blonde straight shoulder-length hair, styled with a black headband
Prim and polished to perfection. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

17. Prim & proper look

Make like the Upper East Siders with this Blair Waldorf-inspired headband hairstyle. Mixing preppy and polished, this will appeal to all you Gossip Girls out there.





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