12 Simple but Stunning Headband Hairstyles for 2021

12 Simple but Stunning Headband Hairstyles for 2021

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If you look back at the evolution of headbands, the first-ever recorded instance or use of them dates back to the year 475 BC when the ancient Greeks wore hair wreaths. But the even bigger evolution behind headbands is the hairstyles that complement them. From the classic high bun to the low ponytail, headbands are the must-have accessory trend for this year’s biggest hair trends. Take a look at the latest trends for hair inspo.

The Classic Mid Ponytail

The mid ponytail is not a new hairstyle, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that this classic style is making a come-back, and in a major way.


The mid ponytail is right in between the nape of your neck and the top of your head, allowing for a pulled-back, sleek look. You’ll want to put your headband on first and let it rest around your neck. Once you’ve pulled your hair back into the desired ponytail, you can then easily slide your headband up to your hairline, leaving your hair loose and free-flowing. 

Bald is Beautiful

Who said you need long hair, or hair at all for that matter, to wear a headband? No one! Sometimes you just want a fresh start and want to shave it all off, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, the likes of Anne Hathaway, Amber Rose, Kellie Pickler, and Lupita Nyong’o have all shaved their heads and wore the look flawlessly. But even with no hair, that doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize.

The addition of a headband will naturally highlight the features of your face. So, whether you choose a bold color or unique pattern, you can rock a headband, with or without hair.

Down With Curls

You can’t talk about hairstyles without mentioning curly hairstyles. Curly hair is so beautiful and versatile that any hairstyle will be beautiful whether the curls are loose or tight. But with the addition of a headband, leaving your curls in their natural state is the biggest trend for 2021.


Whether you prefer the wet look of a wash-and-go or that “just woke up” look, a headband is only going to make your curls “pop” even more.

Box Braids

Box braids are a natural and protective style of small to large individual braids all over your head. Because each braid is individual, it allows for multiple styling arrangements. You can do high, mid, or low ponytails; You can do buns or wear them down; Or you can do half up and half down, but all the styles can be done wearing a headband.

Pixie Cut

The pixie cut is a very simple style of haircut. Simply place your headband at the top of your head (a few inches away from your hairline), and let your headband make your fashion statement for you.

The Classic Messy Bun

Whether you prefer the high, mid, or low bun, you can make it messy regardless of where you place it but the secret is to put the headband on first and leave it around your neck. Once you’ve achieved your desired “messy look,” simply pull the headband up. Keep in mind that this is a messy, “I woke up like this” look, so there’s not too much brushing or primping necessary.

Double French Braids

We call it double French braids, you call them “pigtails”... As long as we’re both on the same page that this style consists of two braids braided to the scalp, then we’re good. With double French braids, you can braid them tight or you can braid them loosely, it’s just a matter of your preference. 

A headband will simply highlight the beauty and the intricacies of the braid. If you know how to French braid, then this style will be extremely simple for you.

The Low Ponytail

Ponytails are simply a matter of geographic location on your head. So it’s the same concept as the mid ponytail, just move your ponytail a little bit below that. The only difference is that your ponytail will hang and flow longer than the mid. Your headband will be in the same place as well.

Up-Do With Bangs

Up-do’s have always been a very classy and sophisticated look, and bangs make it even classier. Now, to incorporate a headband will be simple, and the best way to put it on will be after you’ve made a part for your bangs and formed your high ponytail. Once you’ve separated the two, there will be a middle space of hair… That’s where your headband will go.

From that point, whether you’ve chosen to do a simple ball on the top of your head or layer pin curls, it’s just a matter of the styling of your up-do.

The Big Chop

The big chop can be a number of different things, whether it be a short bob or a short cut with hair shaved on one side… But whichever big chop style you choose, be sure to put your headband on first and then slide it up to your hairline, letting your hair hang off the sides of the headband. This will definitely be a fresh, non-traditional headband hairstyle.

The Classic French Braid to the Back

This is the same concept as the double French braid, except there’s only going to be one braid this time. This style may be an “oldie but goodie,” but it’s most definitely timeless and here to stay in 2021 and beyond.

Twist-Out With Bangs

Whether you decide to wear your hair up or down, this style is simply a matter of doing two-strand twists in your hair, to give your hair beach wave curls. Once you’ve achieved the desired wave texture, place your headband on and separate your bangs. Note, this is a style that you want to prep while your hair is wet, and let fully dry before styling.

Some hairstyles you may be familiar with and some may be new to you, but they’re all must-haves for 2021. To achieve these looks with a broad selection of headbands, check out the Suddora headband collections page.

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