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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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??

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.

Rebecca on

Sarah Michelle Gellar looks fabulous! This is a very practical, flattering style that most girls could pull off. The skinny headband with the pulled-back style always reminds me of ballerinas, and who wouldn’t want to look like a ballerina?

sara on

Thanks Melissa…

Erica on

So cute, easy and stylish!

Lacy on

Very cute! like the headband

emma on

I love this look. It ‘s so cute. I would like to see all the hairstyle (the back).

Mackensie on

omg i love this look!! i have been wearing this look for about a year now …. not just the chic look … even the sporty look is adorable!

Emily on

I have always loved headbands and I still wear them today. I wear the skinny headbands and the chunky headbands. I don’t really cut my bangs a lot, so when they grow out, they don’t stay in my ponytail, so they’ll just hang there if they are inbetween short and long. So, I’ll put a headband on to bring my bangs back. Very trendy indeed, even though the look has been around for quite sometime. I guess no one took the time to take my picture and make an article out of it, because I wasn’t a celeb. (That was sarcasm, hehe)

Marlene on

Sarah looks beautiful!

Taylor on

I love her styles! Expecially the casual trendy ones.

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