10 Headband Hairstyles for All of the Parties

Eunice Lucero | 05 August 2019

Instant mood-lifter too!

There’s no time like the present to up our hair game, and even if you’re not usually one to accessorize, it’s the best time of the year to try all those cute headband hairstyles and still be on point. Whether you’re treating them as your outfit’s pièce de resistance, or simply as an afterthought or to give your ensemble a last-minute trendy touch, it’s undeniable: Headband hairstyles are a keeper! Scroll down for some super-pretty looks featuring both headband and bandana hairstyles and even some bows in hair, and prepare to be the cutest in the room!

1. Skinny Leather Headband

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Skinny, scrunchy, terracotta leather—SO chic. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Anchoring that modern baby beehive got just a tad more elegant with this charming, vintagey bun with headband throwback. A thin headband (you can opt for an elastic version or an actual half-moon band) nestled right at the seam of your bump is a clever way to add on to the mod feel of your look, while still looking and feeling effortless. For the updo-phobic, it can also be used to actually give the illusion of a faux bump itself: Worn a bit closer to the crown and away from your temples, it nudges the hair up to create a slight beehive effect that’s adorable as it is chic.

2. Sequined Headband

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Sequined headbands get muted down when done in dark colors.

Add a bit of pixie-ish appeal to your style and wear your headband higher up so you have room to style your fringe area with a few curls and a visible side part. Pair with some shiny studs and you’re sure to catch the light in the classiest way. Spritz with a fine-mist hairspray, like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra-Fine Mist Hairspray, for easy control.


3. Goddess Headband

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Call it the holiday floral crown. #FestivalBest

Headband hairstyles that make use of gilded accessories are oh-so-perfect for any occasion. Styles like skinny, gold-plated ivy wreaths and glittered floral-encrusted bands offer a boho-chic exclamation point to your white and neutral outfits. Fans of music festival floral crowns will also appreciate the Greek-goddess feel, which, when worn with middle-parted waves, redefines #FestiveBest.

4. Embellished Headband

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An easy, modern update to the vintage fascinator. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

A simple fabric ribbon gets a holiday-worthy upgrade with some ornate embellishments. It gives a shot of glam to an otherwise everyday top knot or ponytail, and, depending on the material used, can actually brighten up your countenance as well! This über-flattering headband design can be worn as thin or thick as desired; keep the accent piece off at an angle though, for a pretty, side-swept effect. Pair with your fave cozy cable-knit sweater, a Peter Pan collared top or anything girly.

5. Angelic Headband

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Why, halo there: There’s nothing a pearlized hair accessory can’t prettify. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’ve been looking for an occasion to bust out those diamonds and pearls, this is it. Gem-encrusted headbands are the definition of glam; worn with some rich-girl waves and some minimalist makeup, it’s the epitome of citified party style. Inject a downtown ethereal feel by wearing these headband hairstyles in a more unconventional manner—with loose, kinda messy hair, and a bit past the temples—so the effect is fun and flirty, particularly when teamed with that A-line tulle skirt and a glass of bubbly.

6. Sexy-Princess Headband

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Tiara-like accessories call for some regal (and reckless?) behavior. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, they say, but not in this case. A two-pronged wire headband (brought to new sparkly, rhinestone-embellished heights) is a lighthearted nod to a more regal style. The seriousness of the look highly depends on how polished your updo is: Casual and a bit loose, as shown, and it’s more fairy-nymph; taut and sleek, and it’s beautifully ecclesiastical. Sport this queenly accessory unironically, together with a high-necked lace blouse and motorcycle jeans for a wild night out on the town.

7. Ribbon Headband

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What’s the best gift s/he’s ever received this year? Why, you, of course! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Remind your S.O. that you, m’lady, are the best gift there is with a deep, jewel-toned strip of ribbon tied around your head. We love these kinds of headband with bun situations, as they are equally as stunning for both casual and work parties.

8. Tiara Headband

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Have fun with your short hair with a sparkly accessory.

Not one for sporting a high bun with headband? Have fun with short hair instead and accentuate those ringlets with a sparkly, light-catching accessory akin to a modern-day tiara. We love the formal, ornate details in a Victorian-inspired thin headband, which instantly jazzes up your outfit and makes your look more evening-worthy. Don’t forget the hairspray, like TRESemme TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray to keep those curls on point.


9. Rococo Headband

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A little drama never hurt anyone.

A headband hairstyle that features large, OTT floral appliqués, dark feathers and satin ribbons have a bit of a sexy Rococo mystery to them that’s in tune with the decadence of any party. A bit of shine hairspray, like Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece, helps maximize the impact.


10. Hair Sticks

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Having a cozy night in? A folksy, equally quirky hair accessory is just the thing.

These Eastern hair accessories have evolved into modern, easy-to-use versions that, when used correctly, can keep even the thickest of hair snug and budge-free. The trick with hair sticks: Coil hair around its base to form a bun, and spear the stick through middle to outward layer. Lastly, spear it through the area beside your bun (as above), to anchor it down.

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