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The 5 best headbands according to a headband-obsessed editor who owns way too many

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As someone with long, thick and generally untameable hair, I have relied on headbands to pull an outfit together since the age of three. I’m not kidding. From preschool to high school, college dorms and my current, very adult and grown-up apartment, I have always had a drawer just for my headbands. Basically, I’m a headband scholar. Little me would be so proud!

While headband trends have come and gone, there’s a reason why I’ve been devoted to my headband collection for years: They’re the most solid accessory out there — plus, they’ll never go completely out of style.

Since headbands are back in a big way this year (bless), I figured I’d impart some wisdom from my decades of headband worshipping. From velvet headbands to delicate gold and designer headbands, there’s no reason you should be afraid to add one to your repertoire.

To keep things tight and simple as you embark on your headband journey, I picked out my top five headbands most frequently in rotation. After all, a headband is the easiest way to fix a bad hair day with the least amount of effort. Shop them all below!

Free People Amanda Puffy Velvet Headband, $28

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Credit: Free People

$28 at Free People

As soon as the weather hits below 60, I’m immediately popping this red velvet headband on. It adds a touch of timeless sophistication to any outfit.

BAUBLEBAR Stella Gold Beaded Headband, $16

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Credit: Ulta

$16 at Ulta

In a shocking turn of events, this uncomfortable-looking headband is actually the most comfortable headband in my collection. I love layering this beauty atop a slicked-back low bun for the easiest lazy hair day.

Hill House Home The Halo Headband, $75

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$75 at Hill House Home

Ever wanted to feel like actual royalty? Look no further than this summer crown headband. Not only is the light blue absolutely stunning, but it’s an excellent beach accessory. I also own it in the luxe black velvet, but it’s currently out of stock — fingers crossed it comes back soon!

J.Crew Tortoise headband, $14.50 (Orig. $24.50)

Credit: J.Crew
Credit: J.Crew

$14.50 $24.50 at J.Crew

Trends come and go, but a simple tortoise headband will always be in style. Obviously, J.Crew knows what’s up.

Lele Sadoughi Jet Pear Bardot Ribbon Headband, $75

Credit: Lele Sadoughi
Credit: Lele Sadoughi

$75 at Lele Sadoughi

ICYMI, bows are one of the biggest trends of 2023 — so this bow headband from the iconic Lele Sadougi was a must-buy. It’s definitely on the pricier side, but my investment paid off because I’ve worn it at least three times a week since I bought this in November.

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