Tip Tops

If you’ve ever seen me, you’ll know that my head is always adorned with some sort of bow or hair accessory. And it usually either matches or complements my outfits. These hair pieces are a must for me … even when I have yoga or plan on just bumming around the house.

6daf32c75158070b63fdf5a44460b7bbI recently became very fascinated with thick headbands. Not the kind of headbands that make you look like a little kid or even the ones that were so popular in 2010 though. I’m talking about the thick, very polka dotted kind of bands and scarves that make me think of the lovely ladies from the 50s. Something about the 50s has always seemed so alluring to me and I often wonder what it would have been like to live in that decade.

Since I’ll never know what it would be like to be a Barn Burner, polka dot dresses and headscarves will have to do. The only problem is that these headbands have the tendency to run away from me. Without fail, minutes after putting the band on, I’ll find it dangling off my bun. I was so determined to make them work that I looked up some tips and tested them out.

I tried bobby pins, wearing the band closer to my hairline, teasing and hairspray. No dice. Seriously?! So, then I thought I’d get crafty by gluing one of those thin elastic workout bands with the silicone grip to the underside of the scarf. Fifteen minutes in and I had begun to raise my hands in victory. My celebration came with some slight head movement which caused the new concoction to shoot off my head. To the lady standing behind me at Starbucks, it wasn’t me, I swear!

Almost on the verge of giving up, I happened upon something while passing through Chinatown that changed my frustration to “I wonder if …” I’m delighted to report that I’ve successfully found a hack to this madness and want to share it with you.

I’m not sure what these things are called or even what the package says, but sew 3 of these on to your headband – 1 on the left side, 1 on the right side, and 1 on the bottom – and you’ll now have a headband that looks good and stays on your head. Just a note though – be sure to sew the combs in the best locations and angles that will offer the most grip (ex- the one on the bottom should slide up and into your hair from your neck). 

Do you have any other headband hacks that you’d like to share? Please share in the comments below – I’d love to hear about what other genius things you’ve thought of! 


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