The Prettiest Ways to Wear a Headband

Lauren Caruso
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We’d wager a guess that everyone’s had some juvenile experience with a headband before—and not in the way the models wore ’em at Margiela’s Couture show: Whether it was to keep your shrub-shaped hair under control throughout elementary school or to disguise an awkward stage of growing out your bangs—which, tbh, is all of the stages—a headband is usually a necessity while growing up. But these days, we’re making the case for it as an accessory for full-grown adults, especially after Ruth Negga and Janelle Monae sported them at the Academy Awards last month.

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“The first priority should still be the hairstyle, not the headband itself,” says Matrix celebrity stylist Nick Stenson, who also works with Ulta. “Be sure to choose one with a width that’s appropriate to your hair length and volume, and do choose a headband that fits snugly to the scalp. Though a headband works with braids and smooth straight hair too, I love a drama of a center part with lots of texture.”

The key to styling the headband in a grown-up way is to avoid pairing it with kitschy or costume-y accessories, like chandelier earrings. Still not sure if you can pull the look off? Ahead, 11 street style stars show you how to wear a headband no matter what vibe you’re going for.

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With romantic tendrils.

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Tied in a bow.

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Over a middle-part.

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To control volume at the crown.

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With a low ponytail.

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With a Peter Pan collar.

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Tied at the nape of the neck.

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With a half-up style.

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As a head scarf.

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With a low bun.

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With wispy flyaways.

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