How to Get the Look: Black Headbands

10/25/2006 at 01:00 PM ET

Evening updos can be daunting to most women, and many red carpet updos seem impossible to do on your own (no wonder Jessica Simpson is best friends with her hairdresser!). But this look couldn’t be easier — just combine a slightly messy bun with a thin black elastic headband. — Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

1. Freshly washed hair is too slippery to stay in place in an updo. Try to wash your hair the day before or fake it with a product like Jonathan Dirt Paste).

2. Start by pulling your hair back and smoothing it down across the crown with a brush or your fingers, depending on the texture of your hair. Curly or wavy hair can be left a little messy, like Sarah Michelle Gellar’s (left).

3. Secure the high bun with bobby pins, preferably ones that blend into your hair tone. Skip elastic bands, which can make the bun stand off your head.

4. Put the elastic band on, setting it closer to your forehead than the bun. Make sure that your band is comfortable so you don’t spend the entire evening with a headache! A touch of hair spray and you’re out the door.

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Photo: BARRY TALESNICK/IPOL/GLOBE

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Joan on

Love the look! Very trendy…

Deepti on

love the look! sarah looks great.

aimstar on

um… why is this a “new” and trendy look now? i’ve been sporting it for years. is it only b/c a few celebrities have been spotted with their hair this way? i think that’s a little lame.

renee on

I love head bands they are nice they keep your hair back and are a good eccessory

Dani on

I love this look. It’s actually something that us “non-celebrities” can pull off without a personal hair stylist.

Bree on

I’ve been doing this look for years. I still think it looks cute on her, though.

Amber on

I don’t like it at all, black is so blah; I’d so wear it if it was gold or red though.

ingrid on

sarah michelle gellar has been sporting skinny black (and other coloured headbands) since buffy was on air! geez, try to actually start trends, not latch on to old old stuff.

Stephanie K on

I hope the headband trend never dies — they are cheap, easy to wear, and work on any hairstyle or length.

I also agree that SMG looks cute – I love her brown hair.

Kristin on

SMG looks great and the look is a classic stlye, not trendy at all. Maybe she isn’t latching onto old trends yet continuing a classic look??

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