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Vintage Headband Hairstyles for Long, Medium, and Short Hair

By Becky from SLN More Blogs by This Author

[vintage]: adj., representing the high quality of a past time; being the best of its kind.

There’s a reason the 1920s Great Gatsby-esque and Rosie the Riveter-inspired hairstyles are making a resurgence in the fashion world. They’re simply marvelous. Did you catch that? They’re simple. Headband hairstyles work wonders if you’re in a pinch for time or lack the patience and talent required for an incredibly complicated updo. Whether you’re headed to a wedding or class, a headband is the perfect accessory for hair of any length.


1. Boho Braid

Experiment with side braids and hair knots, finishing the look by strapping an elastic headband or ribbon across your forehead.

2. Headband Braid

No headband required. Begin by taking a section of hair from behind your ear. The size of the section will depend on how thick you want the braid to be. Braid the section until you reach the end and secure with a small elastic. Use a few bobby pins to secure the braid behind your ear and along the top of your head to keep the braid in place. Repeat these steps on the other side for a double headband. Perfect with a fun updo or flowing tresses.

3. Hippie Headband

Channel your inner flower child by placing a colorful headband with a color-popping flower into your wavy or curly hair. Great for summer events and beach outings. Substitute jeweled or woven headbands for alternative looks.


1. Headband Tuck

The up-and-coming hairstyle. Take an elastic headband and place it over top of your hair. Beginning with the hair in front, take a section and wrap it over the headband. Continue doing this until all your hair is tucked in the headband. Complete video tutorial here.

2. Wrap Headband

Perfect for a casual get-together with friends or a day around the house. Take a piece of cloth or ribbon, placing the midway point in the cloth at the back of your head. Pull the two ends forward and cross them at the top of your head. Bring the ends back to the base of your head and knot them.

3. Soft Side Bun

Use a jeweled headband with soft, framing waves and a side bun for a simple, elegant look. Great for weddings, proms, or fancy dinner parties.


1. The Bowed Bump

Pull your hair back with a cute bowed headband. Add a little height with a bump (with or without teasing) and finish the look with curls or waves.

2. The Simple Slip

A great way to dress up your hair with minimum effort. Find (or make!) an elegant, decorative headband and simply slip it in your hair. For an extra splash of color, use a headband in a contrasting color to your hair.

3. The Layered Look

Double the headband fun by layering them! Use a solid colored cloth headband underneath, layering a metallic one on top. The solid band not only emphasizes the metallic design, but it prevents the metallic headband from blending in too much with your hair.

Simple, right? I'm hooked.

Photo Credit: Summer Must for Long Hair: The Headband Braid 10 Stunning Updos for Medium Length Hair beach waves boho Cute, with headband Easy up-do The Pearl I Love Headband wrap headband Hair pin-up: why we love this Vintage Queen's retro hair-dos

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