Five Easy Hairstyles With a Headband

So I’m kind of into headbands at the moment. I used to love to style my hair in braids around this time of year (when it gets warm and windy!), but after chopping a lot of my hair off last fall, most of my favorite braided styles are beyond me right now. Headbands are kind of filling that hole and keeping things interesting. I mean, I can basically roll out of bed with messy hair, stick a colorful headband on and make everything look intentional. They look chic with your hair down, or a bit of flair around a ponytail, but if you’re interested in a few more interesting styles that can be styled in no time at all, then maybe these easy tutorials will get your creative headband juices flowing!This is a super easy bouffant style that doesn’t call for any teasing. Start with brushed hair and separate a small section of hair on top of your head. Tie that off with an elastic. Take the small ponytail and roll it under, and then tuck that up under your elastic; this will push the top of your hair up into a bouffant. Move the hair around a bit to get it even and to sit the way you want, and then use a few bobby pins to keep everything in place. So easy and perfect when you want to channel that Brigitte Bardot look for summer without the pain of teasing! You can find a more detailed tutorial for this no-tease bouffant here.  This is a simple style that I come back to again and again. Start by placing your headband on top of your hair. Use a few bobby pins towards the front of your face to hold your headband in place if it is sliding around too much! Take a small section of hair, pull it up over the headband and then down and through the headband—you’re basically looping your hair around the headband. Keep taking small sections of hair and looping them around the headband. Add a few bobby pins inserted horizontally to keep everything in place. That’s it! This is definitely my favorite style. I wear my hair like this at night to give me a little natural curl and bounce in the morning. It’s also a great style to keep you cool on a hot summer’s day.  These are seriously the easiest milkmaid braids ever! Start by dividing your hair into two even sections. Lay the headband across your shoulders so that it is even on both sides. Braid one side of your hair, including the headband in one of the sections of your braid. Tie it off with a small elastic. Repeat on the other side so you have two braids with your headband woven through both. Pull the braids to the top of your hair and twist the headband together to hold the braids in place. That’s it! Easier than even the usual milkmaid braids style—I don’t even need any bobby pins to make this style last all day. This is really just a bit of a dressed up take on those super popular “fun buns” everyone seems to be styling these days. Start by dividing your hair into two sections and tie each section off in a high pigtail. For a full bun, tease your pigtails a bit, and then loop them around and pin in place. Tie your headband on top (either tied in the front or with a bow lower in the back), and you’re done! I like to think the headband keeps it from looking too juvenile, but since everyone I know is doing this style right now, who really cares if it does look a bit young?!Start by making a couple of small braids in your hair. These will add some texture and interest to the finished style. Then place a headband on top of all of your hair; you might need to use a couple of bobby pins to keep the headband from sliding around! Take small sections of your hair and loop them around your headband. Repeat the loops with your small braids and use a couple of bobby pins to keep the loops from coming undone. You should insert the bobby pins horizontally or parallel to your headband. This style looks nicest when you only use small sections of hair and leave open areas for the headband to peek out.

That’s it! Another fun style pulled together with a simple headband that shouldn’t take more than five minutes to do. I used a wire headband for these styles, but you could easily make them with a simple scarf (rolled into a headband) or even a flower crown. Which style is your favorite? Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom