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Accessory of the week – Headband

 Origin of headband

The origin of the headbands it’s still under discussion: some believe that the beginning of the headbands were the hair wreaths worn by Greeks and Romans at around 400 BC for special occasions, others believe that they slowly taken shape from scarves worn around the head, while others affirm they were modified from the band of hats tied under the chin. No matter the historical opinions, headbands were popular for such a long time so there’s no chance to become obsolete.

They are clothing accessory worn in the hair or around the forehead not only for fashion purposes but also practical ones such as holding the hair away from face and eyes.

Headbands usually consist of a horse-shoe-shaped piece of flexible plastic and they are also called Alice bands or of a loop or elastic material.

There are many types of headbands depending on the fabrics used and their purposes:

-         plastic Alice headbands are the most common and can have different shapes (straight, wavy, angled) and colors for casual outfits

-         fabric headbands do not dig into the head which makes them very comfortable, having an elastic band

-         leather headbands are usually glued on a plastic Alice band or they are hand-stitched

-         toothed headband ensure that the hair remains in place by their comb-like teeth that are connected to the top part of the Alice band

-         metal headbands can be decorated even with precious stones or just plain and are considered quite elegant

-         winter headbands are deigned to be worn by covering the ears and are made of heavier and broader fabrics like micro fleece, neo fleece and polyester in order to protect from the snow and cold temperatures. They are very useful when doing winter activities along with UGG boots , mufflers and winter coats

-         sport headbands or sweatbands are worn during sport activities such as running or tennis (folded bandanas), around the forehead in order to absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes

-         novelty headbands are mostly used for holidays and parties having funny decorations such as Santa Claus hats, bunny ears and so on

Headbands are easy to wear and can be declared a classic accessory which never grows old. No matter if they are wide or narrow, with prints or simple, retro or chic, headbands are extremely versatile and can be worn in different ways, with all types of hairstyles and all hair length. Due to all those things, matching them with all sorts of outfits isn’t a problem regardless if we are talking about going to gym or to the office.

If you don’t have the time to wonder which color will suit you best with your outfit, a headband in a neutral color will save your day: black, grey, beige, white. Anyway, there’s no need for the headband to match perfectly with your outfit in order to be visible so you can’t go wrong with them.

To get a different look every time, change your hairstyle and use the headbands accordingly. For example, if you have bang, you may wear the headband above it or under it by holding it back on the head especially when you want to let it grow long as the rest of your hair.

How to wear headbands according to your hairstyle

1. classic style

-         use the headbands on the natural style of the hair, regardless of its length

-         if you want a plus of femininity, make a few curls at the hair tips

2. casual style

-         wear a black textile headband to calm down rebel hair

-         if you have shorter hair in the front, leave some strands free to fall around your face and use a thin headband to hold the rest of the hair

-         for curly hair, wear the headband as a tiara as it will give you a very chic look

-         elastic headbands are perfect to hold up the hair no matter if you keep it tied up (for sport times) or free. Be careful on their elasticity in order to be comfortable and not to give you headaches if they are too tight

-         cheer up your outfit with a braided headband in bright colors or with atypical shapes

3. romantic style

-         use a very thin textile headband no matter your hair length

-         also, braided headbands are appropriate

-         Baby Doll headbands are very fashionable and will give your outfit a touch of femininity by their variety of colors and fabrics

4. elegant style

-         if you wear a loop hairstyle in the top of the head, then a simple black headband will be perfect or, if there is a special occasion, it may have attached some precious stones

-         for round or square faces, place the headbands to the half way between the forehead and the top of the head

-         for rectangular or heart shape face, place the headband exactly on the forehead line

-         for a dramatic look, tie up your hair in a pony tail or in a twisted loop and wear the headband by sliding it to the forehead in order to get some volume in the front or wear it like a tiara

In the end, it doesn’t matter your style because there are a lot of options of colors, shapes and fabrics to choose from and definitely there is at least one headband out there perfect for you. Hairstyles can change a lot your look and headbands are a unique option to add style and elegance to your outfit.

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