How to Wear a Headband

Headbands are a wonderful option for pushing your hair out of your face without always resorting to a ponytail. And the thin headbands are so classic and chic. This tutorial is going to show you how to place a headband so it’s pretty but still functional.
It can be done on curly or straight hair, with or without bangs! 

The only thing you need for this tutorial is a headband! Mine was a gift from Gussy at Gussy Sews. It’s perfectly thin but adorned with a unique and adorable ruffle on one side. If you like what you see, here is where to get it

Refer to this post to see what’s in my hair. 

(shirt: j. crew, pants: j.crew, shoes: target fall 2011, jewelry: Elisabeth Ashlie {unavailable})

I store the headbands we make by placing 1 side of them in a mason jar! It’s a great way to see the adornment of the headband and still keep them organized! 

(none of the headbands you see here are for sale as we are getting ready for this! BUT there are 2 Gussy Sews headbands in there (the ruffle ones) and those are for sale here!) 

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  1. Anonymous says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    Were you spraying your hair with the normal Kenra 25 hairspray you use or was that something else? How much hairspray do you go thru? How long does a can last you? Love your hair & videos!!!! Thank you for taking the time!

  2. Anonymous says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    Can you tell us more about how this would work if we don’t have bangs? Or if we have long bangs?? I haven’t quite figured out how to do it without looking like my piano teacher from 1998! Thanks!! You’re adorable! Love your blog!

  3. Posted November 7, 2011

    I just love Gussy, but I don’t have any of her headbands yet… I love how headbands can add just the right touch to an outfit! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Melissa says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    I have never tried a head band…I am feeling very inspired to give it a go!

  5. Lindsay says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    Awesome tutorial! You are so, so cute. I say that every week though. 🙂 I love those headbands. I NEED some of those as well. 🙂

  6. Alexis says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    Oh, thank you!!! I’ve been trying to figure this out! I gave up and threw my headbands away! I’m going to have to buy some more now. 🙂

    I got Kenra 25 this week and it made the most fabulous difference in my hair. I’m trying to be stingy with it because it is way pricier than my other hairspray, but I LOVE it!!

  7. Posted November 7, 2011

    Cute. I love all your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Chrissy says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    I agree, I love your tutorials. Thanks for always sharing!

  9. Posted November 7, 2011

    You look absolutely adorable, as always! I really need to invest in some good, cute headbands. And yes I said invest, they are an investment, no?

  10. Tiffany says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    I LOVE you necklace, did you make it? Is it on your etsy shop?

  11. Amy B says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    I don’t wear headbands for two reasons….. if metal or plastic, I get horrible headaches (pinches behind the ears) or if elastic, they slide off the back of my head!!! HELP! they are soooo cute and I love the look, but I can’t seem to do it!

  12. Posted November 7, 2011

    Hi Amy — our headbands are so comfortable, they won’t give you a headache {promise!}. Our bands are fabric wrapped and are super lightweight!

    xoxo, Gussy

  13. Posted November 7, 2011

    I have one Gussy headband and just ordered that charcoal dot one so I was excited to see it used here.
    And yes Amy – these headbands are different! I have a big head and always get headaches but NOT from these.

    I do have a question though…how old is too old for headbands? Thoughts anyone?

  14. Shasta says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    Those headbands are way too cute!! Thank you for this post!! They can be worn with any style of hair right? Specifically, i’m talking about an A line cut.

  15. Posted November 7, 2011

    HI there! I found your Blog Via a photo of your hair on pinterest lol and I just wanted to say I adore your blog, it’s such a pleasure ot read, I always look forward to it!

  16. Anonymous says
    Posted November 7, 2011

    you have amazing hair! I love it! thanks so much for sharing! I love your blog! You should check out my mary kay page!

  17. Posted November 7, 2011

    I just found your blog and LOVE it already!! I cannot wait to read more!

  18. Amy B says
    Posted November 8, 2011

    Gussy – (and Molly) thanks!!! I will check them out!!!!! They are adorable Gussy!

  19. ashleyewarren says
    Posted November 8, 2011

    Love this blog, Kate. I’ve been an avid reader for over two months now thanks to Pinterest! Can you advise…I’m now using all of your “daily products” and love them, but I am getting a crease at my scalp when I flat iron. I think it has to do with having the uplifting foam in. Not planning to stop using that–it’s great, but I’ve tried holding the iron at different angles and still I get the line or crease. Any advice?

  20. Posted November 8, 2011

    Love the cute headband…. I’ve always felt like a teeny bopper wearing them but I’ll have to try again! It looks so cute on you with your perfectly curled hair 😉

  21. Posted November 8, 2011

    Bought a skinny headband today…with some feathers on it!!! Great tutorial! And I’m lovin’ my Kenra 25 hairspray, Aquage Uplifting Foam and Redken Conditioner…and my Hot Tools 1 inch curling iron is ordered! Thanks for being my ‘virtual’ stylist!

  22. Beth says
    Posted November 8, 2011

    Thank you for giving me some ideas on how to rock the headband!

  23. Posted November 8, 2011

    I just started reading your blog, I think it is so nice that you offer videos of how to do hair styles!! I am so terrible when it comes to my hair, so the step by step is awesome!! you have great style!

  24. Sarah says
    Posted November 9, 2011

    You hair looks adorable, such cute headbands!

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  25. Posted November 9, 2011

    This is cute on you! I always wished I could rock a headband like this…but it just doesn’t work right for me. Thanks for sharing your blog is really cute!

  26. Tenille says
    Posted November 10, 2011

    What a great tip for storing headbands. And thanks for the help with wearing headbands. I see everyone wearing them and just couldn’t figure out how to wear them properly. Hopefully I can be rockin a cute headband soon. I would love for you to link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  27. Posted November 10, 2011

    Hi Kate, I just wanted to say a huge thank you. I found your blog this week and sat and watched your hair-styling tutorials. I then followed your advice and for the first time ever have been able to style my hair into a beautiful messy bun, a gorgeous ponytail and a lovely straightened style. Normally I tie my fine, long hair into a simple pony tail as it tends to lose shape and style very quickly. But I’ve been able to follow your tutorials to the letter and it’s made a real difference to how my hair gets styled each day. I’m posting a blog post about your blog tomorrow (Friday, UK time) to let my readers know about you, alongside photos of my new “do”! It would be lovely if you wanted to pop by and take a peek at the miracle you’ve performed! Thank you Kate. Big hug, Em x

  28. Mel says
    Posted November 11, 2011

    You are a GENIUS love all your posts!

  29. Marie says
    Posted November 13, 2011

    You are so cute and always have the best tutorials! So glad you linked up with us! Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  30. Posted November 16, 2011

    Thank you for that awesome tutorial!! I’ve been trying to figure that out for awhile. I’ve followed you and pinned this! 🙂

  31. angiedf says
    Posted December 2, 2011

    I’ve got really thick full hair. It’s kind of impossible to do the sweet curls you have. Any info on dealing with that, whether it’s techniques or product would be greatly appreciated. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  32. Posted January 10, 2012

    Your hair is gorgeous! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial for those of us without bangs. I have curly hair and no bangs and I am not sure what to do with it so I don’t end up looking like my 8 year old daughter. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Thank you!

  33. Anonymous says
    Posted January 19, 2012

    I just LOVE all of your hair tutorials and pictures!…your so inspiring..

  34. Chelsea says
    Posted January 28, 2012


  35. Nancy says
    Posted February 20, 2012

    I love your blog!! You have shown me how to achieve several looks I had needed help with. Thanks!!

  36. Posted March 23, 2012

    Looks brilliant! Has anyone ever bought a deepa gurnani headband?

  37. Posted December 31, 2012

    Buy Hairbands – Hairbands are always in fashion, and that’s because there’s a huge range to choose from, Hairbands are accessories that sit around the head.

  38. Posted March 31, 2013

    Love this! You’d think wearing a headband is simple but no! I have this terrible sickness of picking up headbands wherever I go but never wore them because I didn’t think they looked right.

    Really, really grateful for this tutorial!

    Headband Convert!

  39. Posted May 21, 2013

    I can’t wear headbands because I wear glasses & the headband always sits right where my glasses are. But I love this dotted one, & you wear it so well 🙂

  40. Lidia says
    Posted May 30, 2014

    Hello there 🙂 I’m writing just to tell you that i love your blog!Really like your style 🙂 and your baby is sooo cute 🙂 Keep going with the site and take care 🙂 <3

  41. Posted June 26, 2014

    Buff Love this!

  42. Katya says
    Posted August 10, 2014

    These are very helpful tips and ideas – thank you! Recently I’ve found an additional way to hear headbands. Basically, I use any necklace that I like (preferably thin ones) and just fix them at the back with hair pins. Of course, in this case your headband will not be as stable as the real one, but it definitely gives you a lot of more options to play with. Check out how it looks here:

  43. Ishu says
    Posted August 22, 2014

    Amazing and great pics! I think its time that people should start giving a little more importance to this cute little accessory. In fact, some the cheap headbands out there can easily give tough competition to several high profile accessories. And the best thing about them is that you can easily match each and every dress in the wardrobe with just the perfect headband. Keep up the work in support of women’s headbands. Happy blogging!

  44. Posted December 19, 2015

    Looking nice. I like your guide. I will love to try this hairband on my hair. Thanks for sharing the post.

  45. Posted August 10, 2018

    My wife will amazed well i saw her these headband. well you looking so pretty.