The Art of Headband Wearing {and a challenge, AND a link party}

I love headbands. Everything about them.
I love that they hide a bad hair day, that they dress up a boring outfit, that they give your look a little spunk.  I have nearly a dozen of them, from all my favorite shops out in etsy and blogland.  But when it really comes down to it, I don’t wear them as often as I could.  I select my outfit and then add one of my extra cute headbands for garnish…then…just as I am about to walk out the door, I feel uncomfortable and take it off.  I can’t be the only one who goes through this routine, right?
So that’s where my challenge comes in.
I challenge myself, and YOU, to wear a headband everyday for a week.
Even if you’re just wearing sweatpants and a pony tail–throw on that headband, snap a picture and get ready to link up later next week. It will be a sort of What I Wore {on my head} link party.  And we’d love to still have you play even if you only make it one day. What do you think?
In case you need a little headband wearing inspiration,
here are a handful of pictures showing some of the different ways to sport your headbands:

{casey wiegand wearing just.lovely.things}
{Ainsleigh wearing a Kristi Hoskins design}

So I’m thinking we’ll have the link party next Friday, August 5th.
And then I will feature a handful of y’all in a follow-up post.
Sound good?
Rock the headbands girlies!
Also, if you know of any good headband shops,
put a link in the comments for us.
Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. Miss SassyLaLa says:

    Go check out Lola wraps on Facebook. Awesome headbands.

  2. I love how these look! But I do not understand how people get them to stay on their heads! Headbands do not stay put on my melon. It must be strangely shaped. Plus they give me a headache, no matter how I wear them!

  3. [ker-AND-uh] says:

    yah!!! can't WAIT!

  4. Rebekah says:

    Great idea. I am headband obsessed too and love dressing up an outfit with a little something in my hair. I buy most of mine from etsy or from Diva here in Australia. But I recently discovered this lovely ladies blog and I've got two of her gorgeous creations –

  5. Bridgette says:

    I love her stuff! Your blog totally introduced me to her site! Thank you!

  6. millie riter says:

    I do the same thing!! I have drawers full of headbands that I love, but I'm too shy for some reason to wear them in public. I'll make it to my car, then at a red light I'll end up taking it off. So sad! But you're on, challenge accepted πŸ™‚

  7. Kara @ Mine for the Making says:

    Love this idea!! And love headbands…not sure I could pull them off everyday though πŸ™‚

    I make headbands

  8. Nikki @ Pennie Baby Boutique says:

    I'm so excited about this! I have only made a handful of headbands but I am going to challenge myself to be creative and make tons of new ones!

    here is one I did for the 4th, can't wait to try new ideas for this link party! =)

  9. Shannon says:

    So excited! I am in. Check out the headbands at I love them. But that's of course because I make them:)

  10. Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} says:

    Oh, this is such a FUN idea! I already know what I'm going to link up! πŸ™‚ I can't wait to see everyone's headbands! πŸ™‚ xo, Reannah

  11. SOOO cute!!! I love the way you wear your headbands! I always have trouble keeping mine on my round round head like that, but it looks great on you!

  12. Breeann says:

    LOVE this challenge! I have four different headbands, so I'm hoping I'll be able to keep it up πŸ™‚ (all from just.lovely.things)

  13. Lindsay @ Aisle to Aloha says:

    Love this idea, Ashley! For years I swore I wasn't a headband wearer, but I'm a bona-fide headband freak now.

    My fave place to get gorgeous headbands is Kim makes beautiful pieces and even has some new OOAK boutique style headbands out now! πŸ™‚

  14. LaynahRose says:

    I cant wear my headbands around my head like that, since my ears stick out! I love the look though, and I'll try to join the link party.

  15. Noas' Libellule says:

    Great idea! Give me the perfect excuse to wear my headbands!!

  16. Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea says:

    i'm a horror of a headband wear-er but I might just be up for the challenge. Can I borrow your face?

  17. james @ agirlcalledjames says:

    i love headbands but only have two of them. they always ride up in the back and bug me haha

  18. I am so doing this. When you do the link party, could you put step by step details of how to link. For people like me. I am not really that technical. I really want to take part!

    Really looking forward to it. I think after taking the picture and fixing my hair I might have to tell him we are going on a date!

  19. I love headbands and have even made a few for some special little ladies in my life…but I have short hair and can never seem to get the look right!?
    Love your blog by the way and am a new follower!

  20. I never did one of these linky things before – looks like fun! I just started making my own headbands too – one day they will be for sale πŸ™‚
    <3 Shay

  21. Kristi Hoskins Gifts says:

    What a fun challenge!!
    Oh and Casey's daughter is wearing one of my creations in her picture.


  22. Gah! The only ones I own are those horrible gray athletic oversized rubberband thingies. This post inspires me to want to be cute! πŸ˜‰

  23. O my word! You hit the nail on the head on this one! I do the exact same thing! I always wonder if I look like a baby! Ha!
    I am so doing this challange!!
    Thank you!

  24. yay i love this! even though i design headbands, i don't wear them as often as i should;)

  25. i love this, but the reason I decided to comment is to tell you that my 4-year-old saw this when I was looking at it, and SHE loves it too!

    She wants me to make her one! πŸ™‚

  26. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts says:

    now this is going to be fun!!

  27. Natalie @ NS Pottery says:

    This sounds SO FUN!!!! I'M IN!!!! πŸ™‚ I've totally done the putting on a headband right before I go out the door, feeling uncomfortable and taking if off thing. Confidence is key! πŸ™‚

    p.s. I think this is the first comment I've ever left on your blog

  28. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma says:

    Hmm. Looks like I will need to take to the sewing machine. I rock headbands a LOT, mostly because I don't wash my hair.

    It's a great way to hide the knots and grease…lol…

  29. B's Mommy says:

    You are stunning! You look amazing in those beautiful headbands.

  30. Libby's Life says:

    has some adorable headbands!!

  31. Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs says:

    I am SO inspired by Just Lovely Things & Casey Weigland! Casey and the JLT models are so gorgeous and look effortless wearing headbands.. I LOVE that! I will def wear a headband everyday for a week and link up! πŸ™‚

    You already know I made hadbands (among other things) But for anyone else who may read this comment.. here is the section in my shop for headbands:

    P.S. I cant wait to see 7 days worth of photos of you rockin some headbands! πŸ™‚

  32. Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions says:

    I'll see what I can do…I like headbands myself, but my giant head gets tired wearing them. lol
    I have a few for sale in my own Etsy shop, Ninth Street Notions.

  33. Siobhan aka Kiwivandal says:

    I wonder if I have a mis-shapen head or something, I love headbands, but half way through the day (right about the time my hair dries) they start to slip around… any tips?

  34. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    I totally do the same thing! For fear of looking like a little girl πŸ™ Or Blair Waldorf.

    PS – there have been lots of "how to fold a flat sheet" videos/posts floating around and I totally thought of you πŸ™‚

  35. ana {bluebirdkisses} says:

    I used to wear headbands all the time but lately I've sort of fallen in a non-headband-wearing rut! Today however…in honor of this challenge…I have my feathered pom pom headband on! {and I snapped a picture of course!}

    looking forward to the link party! hope I can get online from our vacay in Spain!

  36. I got so excited when I saw this post. I make and wear headbands ALL the time.

    Everything in the bella collection can be made for anysize (newborn to adult) so mom's will love being able to shop for themselves and their little beauty.!

  37. Christy says:

    Not much of a headband kind of girl….and I will have to make some to even do this…..but I'm in. πŸ™‚

  38. Daisy Girl's Art Studio says:

    I love all of these!!! <3

  39. jalopy and gray says:

    Oh yeah… SUPER EXCITED! I feel the same way – I put on a headband, get a mushroom poof going or feel like people may think I'm way too old to wear a headband, and take it off. Hopefully I can overcome my headband phobia and pull off this challenge!

  40. sounds like a good time to me!! let's headband party! πŸ™‚

  41. Erica @ Acire Adventures says:

    I second what Karri said! I'd love to be able to wear headbands like you ladies, but they seriously don't stay on my head. I can just feel them sliding off slowly and in half an hour it's all out of place and looks funny. It drives me nuts!

  42. Chrissy says:

    check out KV Handmade or Kali Vise Handmade on Facebook! Cute headbands and other accessories!!

  43. I posted earlier but forgot to add… to everyone who says they feel "too old" to wear the headband, i find that wearing it lower and to the side above my hear helps and wearing a headband that looks polished and a little vintage helps too. i struggled with the same thing… i didn't want to look like I was "trying too hard" when I wore one. So I started making my own that didn't feel funny to wear LOL
    Check them out πŸ™‚

  44. I'm hosting a headband giveaway over on agape love designs!
    knotted turban giveaway! click here

  45. Exciting! I make headbands too! This is one of my favorites:
    Stop by and check out my others too!:)

  46. Girl Meets Baby says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I just love headbands! Great Idea! I think I am going to have to go dig around in my very messy headband basket. I am in desperate need of organizing and learning how to store them.

  47. natalie elisabeth gibson says:

    I'm TOTALLY going to do it! i have a lot of cute headbands too and i go through the same anxiety with second guessing the cuteness! I can't wait for the challenge!!!!! πŸ˜€

  48. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    Just a dozen? I have at least 3 dozen…but I don't wear them the bohemian way…all of your samples are that way…is that part of the challenge? Or the standard way ok?

  49. ilene @ muchloveilly says:

    looks like a fun party to me!!!! sign me up – and one of my fave headand shops is Whippycakes! her designs are sooo beautiful!!

  50. ilene @ muchloveilly says:

    looks like a fun party to me!!!! sign me up – and one of my fave headand shops is Whippycakes! her designs are sooo beautiful!!

  51. littlepenelopelane says:

    I'm excited for this! I needed some motivation to start doing my hair again! Looking forward to it!

  52. Mackeys Moments says:

    such a super fun idea!! I think its also very adorable that so many of us gals make headbands!!
    I can't wait to see all the styles!

  53. I am exactly the same way. I put a headband on, think it looks adorable and then 10 minutes into my drive to work my headband is off and my bangs are pinned back with bobby pins.

    and how do we post pictures on your blog or do the link? link you to our blog with pics of our headbands?

    Libby on the Label

  54. So glad I'm not the only one to take my headband off right before I walk out the door!! This is a great idea, so fun! πŸ™‚

  55. SaffaKate says:

    I do the exact same. I love the headband look, but whenever I am brave enough to sport one I end up re-checking myself in the mirror over and over until I finally phsyc myself out of it. I hope I can link up!

  56. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!
    HOPING that someone sports one of my headbands! Maybe I need to make a special one just FOR YOU.

    And I do exactly the same thing: throw the headband on but at the last minute decide I can't really pull it off like those beauties and ditch it.

    But I'm wearing one this afternoon!

  57. oh my goodness! i do the same thing! I am in!!! I am totally gonna do it! what a fun challenge πŸ™‚

  58. The Cantelmo Family says:

    I just love my sister in law's headbands! They are just darling!

  59. Dave and Jana says:

    Love this idea!

  60. I have accepted your challenge and will be keeping a blog diary (you are actually my 3rd post!!!)

    Come see me:

    ps still learning the ins and outs of blogging

  61. Patricia Richardson says:

    Beautiful headbands from such a fashionista mom! Check out these customized stationeries that might just go with your style πŸ™‚

  62. I LOVE this challenge!! I make and wear hair accessories all the time. I am totally in on this challenge!

  63. dana @ wonder forest says:

    i LOVE headbands! i only feel uncomfortable wearing them certain ways though… Over the years i've found one way that suits my head and doesn't look strange. I will have to join this headband party and take a photo because it's slightly different from these pics and helps it stay on your noggin. πŸ™‚

    xo dana

  64. Melissa says:

    I feel ya! And I make/sell the darn things!! I am so glad you are doing this. I'm always looking for inspiration.


  65. Tiaras For Royalty says:

    I love this challenge and will pass it along to my friends. I have a passion for headbands and welcome you all to check my website and let me know what you think on my Facebook page, would really appreciate the feedback. The website is and we are on FB as!! i cant wait to hear from you all πŸ™‚

  66. Brittany Lew Whoo says:

    love love love this! i'm a headband fiend!

  67. So cute!

    Just found this site and got one for my daughter and for myself! Love that they come in newborn to adult!

  68. Jennifer says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Just thought I would share my headband site for hip little girlies(and their momma's too:

  69. Jazmin @ The Miller's says:

    I am such a chicken & end up taking it off right before I head out! So leaving them on will be a big challenge! But I think it will be fun! So excited. One of my best friends makes the cutest headbands, wraps, and more! I've gotten a lot of mine from her. Here's her etsy link:


  70. Coach-Boots says:


  71. Thanks for the challenge!!! Inspired me to make my own headbands and do my very first blog tutorial on how to do it!

  72. Erin Marie Designs says:

    I love reading your blog so much…My name is Erin I make hair accessories my etsy shop is I would love to send you headband if you would like one please send me your address my email address is [email protected]

    Love reading what you have to say and have a blessed day

  73. just posted about this on my blog too…

  74. I've been doin the headband thing…but feel like a total goober taking pictures of myself! Wait till hubby finds those pix on the computer…I may never live this down!

  75. Whitney says:

    OMG!!! I love headbands! Check out this cute Etsy shop, Flirty Rose Boutique

  76. I'm loving this challenge like it's my job BTW. Though my headbands might be the most ghetto of all the entries you get. πŸ™‚

  77. I just wanted to say…
    I am really ENJOYING your headband challenge. I have been SELF-CONSCIOUS because the thickness and texture of my hair has changed drastically since I had babies. But when I saw this challenge, I REALLY wanted to do it. I have put forth an EFFORT to be fancy, and unique, and love my reflection. It has been joyful. Can't wait to {show off} and see everyone's look on Friday! πŸ™‚

  78. I already do wear a headband every day! Have to start taking pics of myself every day then…I'll start today!

  79. steph nelsen says:

    question: can girls over 30 still rock a headband?? examples would be great!

  80. Elle The Heiress says:

    I LOVE the headband trend and I wish that I could wear them, but I feel like they're too much accessory on my head since I wear glasses. That's the same reason why I felt like I needed to stop wearing earrings, too. I don't want to be the dumb girl who has too much stuff around her face – like the girls who wear too much makeup. You know what I mean?

  81. check out
    They have some very cute and unique headbands! Each has a very inspiring message
    check them out!

  82. Iv been lazy on this challenge. I hardly have time to brush my hair anymore. I'm starting tomorrow. Someone will need to tell me how to post a picture. My sister and I just got into making headbands because I think they are so cute. Maby one of you will be my first customer!! Facebook me if you'd like to see my headbands. I guess an etsy store is in my future.

    Katie boatright jorgensen {facebook}

  83. What Sadie Did says:

    I have super long hair so rely on headbands when my hair isn't doing what it's told!!!
    Also – someone mentioned about over 30s wearing headbands – a woman i work with here is 50 and still looks great in them!!

    I sell statement headbands in my Etsy shop – not trying to push for sales but in case anyone wants inspiration! πŸ™‚

    Can't wait to check out the link party!!

    Sadie x

  84. The Sims II says:

    oh my I cant believe that I just found your blog…it is so cute! I am a new follower, and guess I will soon have to figure out how to follow on word press!!

  85. okay love you and all but I didnt read through all those comments to see if I am repeating myself, SORRY if I am πŸ™‚ but WHIPPY CAKE is my fav headband shop of all time. Seriously you will love it

  86. Custom headbands hand made by yours truly! See them at


  87. Jacklyn Johnson says:

    Trew Luv has super cute stuff!!

  88. Nice item; good auction.

  89. great seller, good socks, fast delivery

  90. Nice bag. Excellent seller!

  91. Oh I wish I had seen this link party earlier…I wear flower headbands ALL the time! I started my own etsy shop just because I couldn’t wear all the ones I was making:-) In the picture of Casey in the hospital, she is wearing one of my headbands:-) I would love for you to check out my little shop.

  92. Take a look at ALLURA –, YOU WILL LOVE IT! Unfortunately, they ship locally to Indonesia area only πŸ™

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  94. Super cute idea. I really enjoyed this. I love to order my headbands and accessories from Harts & Pearls. She will do custom orders, and is absolutely amazing.

  95. I relish, cause I discovered exactly what I was looking
    for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man.
    Have a great day. Bye

  96. Hi Babe!

    Just thought you might be interested to purchase headbands from us:) You may view our headband collections at

    Worldwide shipping available:)

  97. Clip’n Band is the only headband that stays on my head. The reason it doesn’t slip off is because it has clips sewn on the inside of the headband to hold it in place.

    It really won’t move.

    Like I said, I have never been able to wear headbands until I found Clip’n Band.

    The great thing is that Clip’n Band is having a clearance event and offering crazy low prices on their Facebook page starting on 6/18/14. Their page is You must like their page to participate.

    Or you can visit their website at

  98. Go check out Lola wraps on Facebook.

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