I wear headbands a lot, mainly because I’m too lazy to style my hair. However, I purchase my headbands in multi-packs at the dollar stores to avoid trying to justify spending more than a few cents for a single hair product. Since fancy headbands can cost high dollars and are just merely doctored up versions of the cheap ones you can buy anywhere, why not save yourself some big dollars and buy plain headbands and customize them yourself? It’s cheap, easy, and allows you to have a unique creative hair accessory that only you own. Here is what I do.
After purchasing either a single wider plain headband or a bunch of thinner ones in multi-packs (always buy the cloth or material ones, as they are easier to update for making them stylish) I get to work on making each one individual and unique and not just a plain jane headband.
To liven up a headband, there are many items you can use, and they can be purchased cheaply at dollar stores, craft stores, or in the crafts section of Wal-Mart. Ribbon, beads, and fake flowers are great ways to make headbands look more modern.
For thinner headbands, simply applying a thin strip of colored ribbon along the center of the headband with fabric glue or tape makes it pop. Or glue the ribbon to the inside of one edge of the headband and wrap the ribbon around the headband until you get to the inside of the other end. Glue down the ribbon on the inside of the other edge and you’re done. You have to make the ribbon wrapped tightly or else it will become loose as soon as you glue the end down.
Beads are great as well for both large and small headbands. Small beads with flat backs can be glued down easily in a pattern or haphazardly in any color to complement your plain headband.
Fake flowers, particularly large ones, can be glued to the top of the headband near where it will place above your ear for a cute accessory that doesn’t stick out everywhere. Add a jewel to the center of the flower for an added touch.
Make a bow out of colored ribbon (the material kind, not the kind for wrapping presents) and glue to bow to the headband where it will place above your ear. Ideal especially for thicker headbands, or little headbands for kids.
A single strip of ribbon in a solid color to complement the headband’s color works great. Glitter ribbon is fun, as well as polka-dot ribbon and ribbon with designs, so long as the headband it’s going on it a plain colored one.
Be careful when adding bows or flowers to your headband that you only add one, and make sure you put it in a complimentary place. Don’t put the bow or flower on the top of the headband, for example, as it may just look weird.
There are many ways to liven up a plain headband. You don’t have to settle for paying more for a headband, but you don’t have to settle for plain, either. I took a thick brown headband and took and old belt buckle and adhered it to my headband. Looked great and got lots of great comments on it! Try it out! There’s a lot you can do with just a simple hair accessory!