I am over forty and have recently considered wearing headbands and other hair accessories because my hair is so short. A little history – I cut my relaxed hair off and decided to go natural and not chemically straighten my hair anymore. However, this process is proving to be difficult because I am currently at an awkward growth stage and want to use some hair accessories.
I’ve heard women over 40 should not wear headbands. Mind you, I am not talking about huge hair accessories, just something to wear to get me through the current awkward stage. What do you think? – Thanks, Heather Q.
I’m glad you brought this up since headbands have been so popular lately. They can certainly be a good thing to wear when transitioning from one style to another. A headband is great for accentuating bangs. It can flaunt a pixie cut, or show off longer locks quite nicely too. A headband can even become part of your signature style.
The problem with wearing a headband after 40 is you can come across looking too girly and juvenile. Up until now, there hasn’t been a wide variety of headband styles, and the majority of headbands out there were sweet and childlike. Now that’s changed.
I think headbands can be fine at any age, but as a mature woman, I’d steer clear of headbands with flowers, floppy bows, and sparkly little girl styles. Think classy, and less cutesy when choosing a headband. This fine resin tortishell headband is elegant.
Here are some things to think about when choosing a headband
- Look for headbands in darker colors and more sophisticated prints ( likes leopard or snakeskin).
- Interesting textures can be quite sophisticated too.
- Thinner, finer plastic headbands tend to look chic as they are more subtle.
- Vintage headbands with a twist knot are trending and can be a playful fashion statement.
- A casual headband ( typically a brighter color) usually says “preppy.” Make sure your outfit is also casual to work with this look.
- Anything with a traditional bow is very tricky and in most cases not age-appropriate
- Scarves tied as headbands are an excellent way to keep your hair back and will give you a boho-chic vibe
- Avoid any kind of headband that looks like something you’d see a 7-year-old wearing
What to Wear With a Headband Over 40
Another thing to pay attention to is what you wear with your headband. I suggest staying away from cutesy dresses or tops with frills, bows, flounce, or a lot of busy detail. A sleek headband with a refined, minimalist style can look very chic and very modern.
You can also wear a pretty hairband with something feminine in a grown-up way such as an off-the-shoulder top with your favorite jeans. There really are no right and wrong things to wear with headbands. The key is to remember that a headband is a focal point, so keep your outfit unfussy and your other accessories simple. This satin braided headband matches the textured look of the top.
Another trick: To look sophisticated, choose a color that blends in with your hair color, so there is only a subtle hint of a hairband.
After a certain age, headbands can be very tricky to wear, but not impossible. Just be aware of what message you are sending and make sure your headband coordinates with your outfit and is not too flashy or junior.
Shop these trending headbands for a chic look
Here are some influencers who wear headbands with style!
@heartbeetkitchen looks fabulous in this pleated leopard headband.
@dollypondstyle is so chic in this stunning scarf headband.
@veronicakstyle shows us how fun a knotted headband can be.
@thetennillelife shows us how a simple black headband can crown a glorious head of hair.
@tamerabeardsley looks glam in her studded gold headband.