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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Nikki on

I love headbands, I wear them all the time!

rachel on

i love the headband- in fact, i’m wearing a black one right this moment. they keep frizz back, look stylish, and are all-around good headbands. but go back to blonde, SMG!

Yvette on

I don’t think that I could secure a high bun with just bobby pins I have too much hair! but yeah we’ve been sporting headbands for a long time.



celebfan on

SWEET LOOK! very alice in wonderland! what a refreshing change from trends like mary-kates grunge and lindsay lohan’s DREADFUL eighties vibe! This is actually wearable. I can so picture myself wearing it.

j on

sarah looks great, it’s nice to see her again. love the hair!

Allison T. on

Oh, I absolutely LOVE this look. I can just imagine it on someone with white blond hair in a long black formal—how cool!!

sara on

anyone know where I can get these kinda headbands?

melissa on

Sara- there is a link in the text for headband just like SMG. And I am wearing one just like it now that’s Goody from Target.

Joann on

Very cute look.

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