How to: Wear A Headband And Not Look Dumb

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There is no getting around the fact that headbands are IN, in a big way. And, in fact, you shouldn’t get around it. They are one of the most useful bits of clothing ever invented. They keep hair out of your face while dressing up a dull  ‘do and giving you one more place to put something shiny.

The problem is, we live in the day of the Hipster Headband. So, how to take advantage of the trend without ending up on Look at That Fucking Hipster? Follow these three easy steps:

  • Choose a headband that fits your head snugly, but comfortably. If after thirty or forty minutes of wear, you have lost feeling in your scalp, TAKE OFF THE HEADBAND. Oxygen should be reaching your brain.
  • Unless you are a attaching a mirror to your head prior to exploratory surgery, sweating to the oldies, or Janis Joplin, orient the headband to follow the natural hairline given to you by God.
  • Make sure that your hair is lying smoothly beneath the headband. If your head in any way resembles Humpty Dumpty wearing a waist cincher, you’re doing it wrong.

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See how pretty and elegant these  models look in their Jennifer Behr headbands?

Knock It Off for less with some of these great Etsy finds:

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20 Responses to “How to: Wear A Headband And Not Look Dumb”

  1. Melikissblue Says:

    “If your head in any way resembles Humpty Dumpty wearing a waist cincher, you’re doing it wrong.” <– mahahahaha!!! Brilliant!
    :)
    Sadly tho… I've never been able to rock the headband… hipster fagishly or not.

  2. Stephanie C. Says:

    great post! good tips.
    that spiked headband is wickedly cool.

  3. Karen Says:

    Etsy has the BEST headbands, rock on etsy sellers!

  4. Kat Says:

    I just love the spiked one… Amazing. Great idea!

  5. Kaitlin Says:

    When I hear “headbands” I immediately think of Blair Waldorf, but these are far from Gossip Girl-esque.

  6. Ariane Says:

    ugh, headbands just remind me when I was growing up and every girl in school wore straight cut bangs with headbands. How other people can even make them look stylish is always somewhat beyond me but all the more power to you if you can pull it off I guess

  7. LovleAnjel Says:

    Where can I find the spiked headband? WANT.

  8. connie Says:

    cool headbands. love the lacey one…

  9. NixonSixx Says:

    LovleAnjel-

    The spiked head band, like the others, is from Jennifer Behr. But it is an easy DIY project, too. A bag of spikes, and either a leather headband tight enough to sopport the weight or a plastic one and a drill…..

  10. CynicalGrey Says:

    I agree with most of this, but I am still going to channel my inner flapper and wear it “in the hipster style.” Many of those kiddos don’t listen to fashion of yore and know that the hair shouldn’t be a giant mushroom poofball on your head. The hair should be smooth around the scalp and gently curled at the bottom to achieve the fun look. Follow the same rules, avoiding the too snug, and you won’t get mushroom head.

  11. RockLove Says:

    Etsy is a goldmine for headbands! How about a review of headwraps? How to look like a Goth-Goddess-Meets-Pocahontas rather than Hipster-with-a-Piece-of-Fabric?

  12. A Says:

    Where is the spiked one from!? MUST HAVE.

  13. A Says:

    Oh, I just noticed that you have already answered my question. I must learn to read..

  14. Samantha Says:

    I have so many headbands that I never wear. They always make my glasses sit funny and it makes me sad.

  15. Satanica Batcakes Says:

    Thanks so much for including me in your wonderful blog!
    xox

  16. Madzz* Says:

    Do want @ sexy spiked headband.

  17. Anastasia, Heavy Metal Fashion Says:

    Fantastic entry.

    I’m adding you list, you kvlt couture savy person, you.

    -A-

  18. moi Says:

    Well look at the pretty lass! She could probably wear the most retarded thing ever and still not look dumb. She’s a natural!

  19. Ashley Says:

    Affordable spiked headband

  20. Ashley Says:

    Affordable spiked headbands, similar to the Jennifer Behr one above, are available on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vertebrata

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