Headbands: The Perfect Hair Accessory
Headbands are just about as versatile as a pair of dark blue denim jeans and are ranking high on the fashion must-have list of 2021. Not only are they fun to wear but they are also functional, and believe it not, have been around for at least 2,500 years with the ancient Greeks sporting hair wreaths made of gold, silver, and precious gems. Now that's fancy!
And just like 2,500 years ago, headbands come in just about as many styles and patterns as there are fish in the sea and have a place in your hair for every occasion. When you search for headbands online the results can sometimes be overwhelming. There are yoga headbands, turban headbands, knit headbands, and scarf headbands just to name a few. And not only are there different types of headbands but there are also different subtypes as well! Whoa. Seems like this fashionable hair accessory is having an identity crisis.
But despite the ambiguity, the results are in and headbands are now a fashion staple, so let's check out how you can rock the hottest hair accessory this year!
The Hottest New Headband Styles of 2021
With celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Zendaya out and about sporting their latest headband accessories it seems that the knotted headband and the turban or crisscross headband are the hot items to shop for. These fashion headband styles are easy and comfortable to wear and work just as well at the coffee shop as they do on the runway.
Read on to find out more about these top-ranking accessories.
First up on the headband menu is the knotted headband. This fun and flirty style of headband first came into vogue as an iconic symbol of the beautiful actresses of the silver screen during the '40s and '50s. Flash forward to 2021 and you'll notice that the knotted headband has stood the test of time and is still the top choice of celebrities as dually noted above.
The knotted headband is great for a fun retro look and can be dressy or casual. A great feature of this type of headband is functionality meets fashion appeal. Not only are they soft and comfortable to wear, but you can easily use them to keep your hair swept away from your face during warmer days and they also make for a super cute hair accessory for a fun day at the beach.
Turban or Crisscross Headbands
In the early 20th century Paris was in the midst of its love affair with jazz alongside embellished stories of travels to the Orient. It was during this period that the Queen of Fashion herself, Coco Chanel, brought the Turban headband into the spotlight shaping the look of the "New Girl".
With just a touch of exotic, these glamourous hair accessories can come with a crisscross design, and can include a knot or a bow on top. Turban headbands typically tend to be made with thicker fabric than most headbands which makes them a perfect choice for those who are rocking a thicker mane.
For those with silky, finer hair, enjoy the added volume this type of headband adds. Turban headbands also look amazing with short hair and bangs and can be worn with a messy updo for the boho-chic look of the free-spirited. Another top feature of the turban headband is that they are absolutely the best choice for those mornings when you wake up with a bad hair day and make for a perfect hair wrap for sleeping.
Speaking of sleeping, we have all suffered at one point or another from the dreaded headband headache. Who remembers those cute, little plastic headbands we all wore as a kid? They were bright pink and purple with little bows on top? Not so cute though when they were poking you on your temples and getting tangled in your hair. Fortunately, today's new and improved designers have held back on the torture and opted for the gloriously soft fabric headband to crown our glory.
What Is the Best Fabric for Headbands?
When you sort through your favorite fashion site for a new dress to wear or are looking for a sweater to gift to your friend, you almost always consider the fabric quality of the items. The same scrutiny should be applied when shopping for headbands. Trust us, your hair will thank you.
The best fabric for a comfortable headband is one that is soft and gentle on your hair, comfortable against your skin, and has a certain amount of stretchiness to it. You also will want to consider a fabric that is cooling and can wick moisture from your skin since wearing something on your head can have a tendency to up the heat factor.
Linen is derived from the flax plant (pictured above) and is a sustainable textile.
Aside from being an eco-friendly fabric, linen meets all the criteria for the perfect fabric for a headband. Constructed out of hollow fibres, linen acts as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter so your headband can be worn year-round. Linen can also absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch, an amazing feat for a piece of cloth!
Linen is also durable yet soft against the skin and is the only fabric that becomes softer after every wash so you and your headband will be sure to have a long-lasting relationship!
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