Trendlooks 2016

Hairstyles with Stretch Comb Headband

Stretch Comb Headbands
This model in the Helmut Lang fashion show wore a ponytail with her hair held back with a stretch comb headband
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Stretch comb headbands were popular in the 1990s and are now having a comeback. Models in on the catwalk have been seen sporting hairstyles with flexible headbands. Read on for tips on how to wear this practical hair accessory

  • The stretchy comb headband was quite popular in the 1990s. For a few years, women and men alike sported headbands at home, work, during athletic activities and even at gala events. The practical accessory had a place in almost every woman’s collection of hair accessories before disappearing. Now, after about two decades, stretch headbands are back in style.

  • Flexible Comb Headbands are Fashionable, Practical, and Sophisticated

    While some consider comb headbands a fashion don’t, others love to wear the accessory. As always, beauty and taste are in the eye of the beholder. Like them or hate them, for the time being, flexible comb headbands are back.

  • Fashionable: Models on catwalks are wearing stretch comb headbands which may signal the beginning of a new trend. The flexible bands hold beach waves out of the face and keeps hair safely tucked into ponytails.

    Practical: Flexible headbands can be used with many different hairstyles whether your hair is short or long, straight or curly, worn down or gathered into updos or ponytails. They quickly and conveniently keep hair out of the face.

    Sophisticated: Models use the stretch comb headbands to create sophisticated styles. The hair at the front can be pushed back to create a structured appearance, while the rest of hair may be styled in multiple ways, e. g. in a ponytail, beach waves, braids or chignons. There is no limit to your creativity.

  • The Stretch Comb Headband is back

  • Stretch Comb Headbands
    © Fairchild Archive

    The practical stretch comb headbands made quite a splash in the Helmut Lang fashion show. The models in this show used the flexible bands to keep their ponytails sleek. The bands are pushed back a bit further than in the 1990s style, creating an austere space-age appearance.

    Left: As stretch comb headbands are pushed back in the hair they create a line structure, which is particularly obvious in light hair.

  • Stretch Comb Headbands
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    Amy Adams pushes her hair back to keep the focus on her beautiful face. She is dressed to impress in a glamorous gown for an elegant red carpet appearance.

    Left: Amy Adams uses the stretch comb like an Alice band.