18 Types of Headbands for Women (can’t believe there are so many)

A close look at a couple of headbands for women.

It’s not just modern, snooty, uber-rich girls, like Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen in “Gossip Girl,” who can pull off headbands. This classic hair accessory has been around since before Christ!

Historians believe headbands have been around for at least 2,500 years, with ancient Greeks and Romans, who wore hair wreaths. At that time, hair wreaths were worn during special occasions and were even bestowed upon the winners of the Olympics. Roman and Etruscan nobility used to don hair wreaths made of gold, silver, and adorned with precious gems.

These days, headbands are back in fashion and they are cooler than ever. These wonderful accessories do not just serve as the latest fashion trends; they are quite functional as well.

Types of Headbands

Fabric Headbands

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The most popular fabric headband is currently the sweatband, which is worn around the forehead during physical activity so that hair and perspiration do not get into your eyes. It is very popular among athletes. This headband is usually made of terry cloth that has absorbent properties but there are other sweatbands that are made from microfleece and polyester.

There are several other different types of fabric headbands including the turban headbands, bow headbands, and knitted headbands. These serve as fashion accessories as well as functional hair anchors. They come in a variety of different color and their material can vary from pastel-colored cotton yarn to paisley printed silk. Because of their versatility, they are all the rage.

Plastic Headbands

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Plastic headbands are usually worn by children and adolescents, though lately, they have become famous with older women as well. The headband comes in a signature horseshoe shape or can be wavy or round with a 10 percent cut. Plastic headbands can be matte, glossy, in a single color or pattern. Some plastic headbands also come covered in fabric, which is more elastic and hence, more comfortable to wear.

Toothed Headbands

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Some of the best headbands come with metallic wiring, with the prongs either protruding to one side like a hair comb or completely encompassing the length of the headband underneath. These headbands are really great for holding hair tightly in place and also for creating a fabulous look because the prongs create a wavy pattern.

Styles of Headbands

Embellished Headbands

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Do you know there are headbands you can actually wear as jewelry? Embellished headbands are decorated with bright jewels, colorful beading, and shimmering crystals, which catch the light and brighten your entire face. These embellished headbands come in all shapes, color, and sizes and can be heavily ornate or just lightly sprinkled with beads. The best part is they can be paired with any outfit. Whether you want to attend a wedding or go out shopping, embellished headbands can be your statement accessory.

Velvet Headband

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These super-soft and stretchy headbands are easy to wear and so, so comfortable. Not only does the velvet material lend an air of elegance to the accessory, but it is also extremely durable and can last you for years. Another great bit about a velvet headband is that you can wear it underneath a silky, slithery headscarf and the scarf won’t fall off. That’s fashion with function!

Knitted Winter Headbands

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Winter is here — but do not fear. Enter the warm and cozy headbands. These knitted accessories are made of cotton and are thick and wide. Not only do these knitted headbands push your pesky bangs away from your face, but they also lend some warmth to your ears. What’s great about them is that they can easily be knitted at home with some yarn and elastic. You can make knitted headbands in several different colors, matching all your winter outfits.

Bowknot Headband

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This fun type of headband was first popularized by the beautiful actresses of the silver screen. Decades later, these headpieces are still in style in Hollywood and are great for a retro look. You can also wear them to a themed party to give you that 60’s heroine vibe. The bowknot can be adjusted on top of your head or tilted at a jaunty angle.

A great function of these bowknot headbands is that you can wear them when you need to get your hair out of your face during a shower or when you are getting a facial. They are soft, easily washable, and very comfortable to wear.

Turban Headband

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The ultimate fashion trend, you can create a turban headband out of any length of cloth and wear it with several different twists. Just grab a piece of silk, cotton, lace or velvet material, fold it in half, place the center of it at the back of your head and bring the ends to the front. Knot the ends and then bring them again to the back and tuck them in or make a final knot.

You can wear these headbands to the beach or a party or just while you are working in the kitchen or garden. They make up lovely hair wraps.

The Alice Headband

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The skinny, plastic, horseshoe-shaped headband is popularized by the titular character in Alice in Wonderland. Since it is so thin, the headband used to serve as more of a fashion accessory rather than a functional one. However, now they come with inner teeth to keep the accessory in place on silky hair.

These super-skinny headbands are available in several different colors and patterns. Some even have interesting embroidery or appliqués on them. What’s great is that these headbands are not just reserved for little girls. You can make a simple bun look extremely chic and sleek if you add an Alice band to it. Conversely, you can leave your locks loose, flowing, and tousled and add a skinny band just to pull your bangs from your face. It looks super trendy and cool.

The Polka Dot Headband

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Once upon a time, people used to tease you endlessly when you wore polka dots. Now, they are back with a vengeance — take it from Taylor Swift, lover of all things polka dot.

Today, polka dot-patterned headband is not just something Minnie Mouse would wear. These fun headbands can be worn for school, when you are out shopping or at a party or even at night.

Glitter/ Sequins Headband

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You can transform virtually any headband into a glittery headband. These great accessories are not just for kids but can be worn by older women when they are out at a party, wedding, or a night of some fun. These are great to add a bit of sparkle to your simple updo. Some women also wear wide sequin-laden headbands on their foreheads to bring out their inner Nefertiti.

Faux Braid Headband

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If you are not great at twisting your own hair up but want to make that perfect braided hairstyle you saw on YouTube, a faux braid headband is a perfect accessory for you. Buy a braided headband that is in the same color as your hair and pull it a bit further back on your head for a natural look. This great headband does wonders for thin hair and makes it appear fuller and thicker. The awesome part is you don’t even need to have long hair to pull this look off.

The Scarf Headband

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The great thing about a scarf headband is that you can come up with dozens of different ways to tie it around your head — and every time it looks versatile and cool. You can choose one single color-block cotton scarf for a simple yet elegant look or a printed silk scarf for a more boho-chic look. The scarf headband looks equally fabulous on women of all ages and hair of all sizes and texture.

Golden Laurel Headband

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Foliage headbands were once flaunted by the ancient Romans, whether man or woman. Now these flower crowns are popular with ladies, who want to create a romantic, unique look to their outfit. A golden headband featuring tiny leaves, flowers, and a scatter of diamantes, placed on top of your head over loose waves or fixed underneath an elegant hair twist, is all the accessory you need to be dressed for a dressy event. Flaunt the Greek goddess look!

Ponytail Headband

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Don’t want to make an updo on top of your head. Try the ponytail headband, which also serves as a ponytail wrap. A ponytail headband has a hole cut out in the back, specifically for your ponytail. These headbands are stretchy and warm and your no-fuss, go-to accessory for a jog out in the chilly morning.

Black Satin Headband

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You must have seen the slim black satin ribbon on the heads of many Hollywood A-list ladies, including Rachel McAdams and Lily Collins. These satin headbands are pretty much what you used to wear in elementary school. Turns out, you can wear them when you are a grown-up too. The trick is to not pair them with a super straight and sleek hairstyle. Keep it modern and classy with loose waves or a tousled, messy updo — or wear them on your forehead rather than your head.

Floral Headband

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Yes, little girls and women alike can rock the floral headband look. A headband with a cluster of jewel-colored flowers on one side can give your hair that beautiful effortless look that perfect for a wedding or a party — and it does not look immature. For a little girl, a headband with a full crown of flowers can look super cute. For grown women, it is best that the floral ornaments are tilted to one side so that it seems you have bedecked your hair with real flowers.

Woven Headband

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Woven headbands are similar to braided headbands, but you don’t need to choose them based on your hair type. These headbands are worn to be noticed so be sure to wear them in many different colors and patterns. To showcase them to the maximum, pair them up with a simple hairstyle, like loose locks and side-swept bangs. They are guaranteed to be show-stoppers.


The awesome thing about headbands is that women of all ages and of all hair types can wear them. Out of all the hair accessories, headbands are the most versatile and come in virtually all kinds of material, pattern, shape, size, and colors. A little girl can wear it to her school or a bride can wear it for her wedding. It is just a matter of choosing the right style.

Although all the above types of headbands are readily available in fashion and accessory stores, what is best about them is that you can easily make your own. All you need is a little bit of material and simple headbands, some time and some effort. But it will be all worth it once your signature-style headband makes you stand out in the crowd.

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