Amp up a soft bun with a headband for a dose of sophistication
Often we find ourselves sticking to the same old-hat hair routines, but with the popularity of headbands at recent awards shows and on fashion runways, we couldn’t help but notice how polished these childhood favorites have become. From Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams to Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2012 show, these bejeweled accessories are a must-do for a seasonal update to your hair. Mitchel Wilson, TIGI Talent BedHead stylist, says dressing up a headband is easy, with many available iterations that “create an area of focus with the hair behind the band. There is a multitude of options, from amped up volume to braids to buns,” he continues. “But placement is key—and always keep a mindful eye for balance.”
Wilson cites the aforementioned Dolce and Gabbana show, which utilized a “very ornate, almost crown-like headband reminiscent of Frida Kahlo,” as a more formal glamorous option. “They created a center part and pulled the hair up tight, then placed the ornate headband just in front of the crown.” Strategically placed, low, messy buns at the nape of the neck or that fall to the side are also attractive styles with a band, he adds. “Another option would simply be to get a headband that is already dressed up. A headband that adds a bit flash can always enhance your personal style.”
To achieve a beautifully messy look, Wilson suggests prepping the hair with TIGI Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray, then pulling the hair behind the headband into a ponytail. Loosely create a fishtail, twisting the final braid into a simple bun. “Any softness or ‘frizz’ will be advantageous to the look,” Wilson assures. Secure with pins and spray with TIGI Catwalk Session Series Finishing Spray for a red-carpet look.