How to wear headbands

How to Wear Headbands – The Ultimate Guide

Headbands are in high demand right now.

From 2020-2021, the popularity of headbands has skyrocketed.

Headbands are a must-have for many women and the fashion accessory seems to stand up to most fashion trends.

How to Wear Headbands

Wear a classic style headband, starting at the hairline and pulling it back. Or, pin the hair back and add an embellished hairband to make a statement. Part the hair down the middle and add a headband, or tie the hair into an updo and add a headband. Wear headbands with loose, wavy hair, or add a headband to a pixie cut hairstyle. Wear a headband with a curly updo or wrapped with braids.

Wearing headbands

The first step in wearing a headband is knowing which styles are available and what purpose each headband serves.

These are the most popular styles of headbands:

  • Fashion headbands
  • Turban headbands
  • Scarf headbands
  • Knit headband
  • Sweatbands

The key to the success of a hairband is the right hairstyle.

Hairbands go with a variety of hairstyles, from wavy, loose curls to upswept to a centre parting. The most important thing is to choose the right hairband for the right style.

How to wear knotted headbands

Knotted headbands are one of the hottest trends in headbands at the moment.

One of the styles of turban headbands is the knotted headband. Here are three ways to wear a knotted headband:

Top knot hairstyle

Pull up the hair and make a knot, pin the hair. Place the headband on the head instead of pushing it up so as not to disturb the hair.

Make sure the topknot is higher than the knot in the headband.

This hairstyle can be worn casually or as part of a semi-formal outfit.

With loose, wavy curls

The knot headband should be placed in the middle of the head. I find this style very versatile when it comes to parting the hair.

A centre parting or a side parting can work with this look. Also, the hair does not have to be wavy, it can be worn straight. It works as both an elegant and casual look.

Pulled back hair

Pull the hair back without a side or middle parting and carefully slide the headband into place. You can wear the hair straight or even in a high ponytail.

This look goes great with casual clothes. It also works well for windy days to keep the hair out of your face.

How to wear twisted headbands

The twisted headband is also known as the boho headband or the turban headband. This is quite possibly the trendiest headgear at the moment.

The turban works very well on both long and short hair. Here are four ways to wear the turban headband:


Wear your hair in an updo or high chignon. Pull a few strands out of the updo for a more effortless look. Place the headband along the hairline and just above the ears.

The endless headband is a great choice for this look. The look can be worn with a casual or dressy outfit.

Down and free

This is another classic boho look. Wear the hair either normal or with waves. Put the hair band on and slide it into place. Pull out a few strands of hair underneath to frame the face and create more volume.

This look is effortless, simple and keeps hair in place all day long. To remove the bangs from the look, simply pull the hair band closer to the hairline and pin the bangs underneath.

The headband should cover most of the ears.


Similar to the knotted headband, the twisted headband or turban can be placed in the center of the hair.

The hair can be parted in the middle or on either side for this hairstyle. Wear the head down as usual.

How to wear headbands with short hair

It may seem easier to wear headbands with long hair as opposed to shorter hair. But this is not the case. Headbands work very well with short hair.

It’s best to wear thin headbands with hair that is much shorter like the pixie cut.

The pixie cut

Headbands work especially well with the pixie cut. Wear a thin headband right before the crown starts. This creates a beehive effect.

Embellished design

Wear a thin headband with a larger embellishment such as a feather or unique pattern on the side of the headband.

The hair can be parted in the middle or to the side.

This creates an eye-catching look and finishes off any outfit nicely.

Create a boho look

By placing the headband across your forehead, you can create a boho look. The headband should be a continuous circle to make it work.

This look is trendy and creates a bohemian-inspired look that will transform any outfit. It is great for casual, relaxed outfits.

How to wear thick headbands

Thick headbands come in a variety of styles. Some work well with workout gear while others make statement pieces in a fashion ensemble. There are two ways to wear thick headbands:

Pulled back hair

Pull your hair away from the face and slide the headband on. Adjust it to sit just above the crown. The look can be softened by pulling out a few strands of hair to frame the face.

The classic style

Style the hair as desired. Add a centre parting or side parting. Add waves or leave your hair straight. This is up to the person’s preference.

Place the headband on the head and be careful not to disrupt the appearance.

This hairstyle is ideal for those who are wearing a hairband for the first time, as it is the easiest way to style hair bands.

Frequently Asked Questions About How to Wear Headbands

Can I wear thick headbands with short hair?

Both, thin and thick hairbands look good on short hair. Ideally, however, the thickness should not exceed 2.5 cm. If the headband is too wide, it will not look as flattering on short hair.

Can older women over 50 wear headbands?

Headbands are a great way to dress up any outfit. However, for more mature ladies, it is advisable to stay away from flowers or big embellishments. Keep it sleek, elegant, and simple for a more refined look.


Hairbands can be worn with your hair up or down. These fashionable accessories add a touch of glamour to any outfit. They can have the hair pulled back or worn as a centre or side parting. Headbands suit all age groups, although the design may vary from group to group.