The clothing accessory that we all call headbands were worn for the hair and the neck, they usually added this accessory so the hair of women can not disturb they face or their eyesight.
Headbands that are versatile and flamboyant have been a trend for about 2500 years. By the time the headbands have taken many myriad shapes as well as styles, and the unique appeal that they have still remains the same.
From Beginning of Headbands
We’ll begin with ancient Greece, where they are fundamentally some sort of laurel wreaths that are worn only to celebrate special events. The headbands were awarded to the winners of competitions like poetry and athletic competitions, and most men were the ones who were awarded. From that, they have become a sort of icon of any accomplishment.
Why the men from ancient Greece flaunted their wreaths, the women who were well-bred wore what we call diadems who were stone-studded. The diadems were very beautiful, and they were also crafted to the perfection that they are.
There was not that much documentation about the headbands for maybe two millenniums. So, let us travel to the 20th century, during the early years of the 20th century, the wide headbands which are also known as headache headbands were a very popular accessory for the fashion of women. The name of this headband is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll still tell you about it, they provided very tight pressure around the women’s forehead, which relieves or even prevents any headaches from developing, and that is where they the headache headband got its name.
Early 20th Century
People from France called this type of garment a unique name, and that is the bandeau. During the 1910s, the headband that we call headache headbands would’ve been much lacier if we are talking about design, an example for that is central panel crochet that is decorated with a lot of rosettes and ribbons and that bordered with fancy lace. Going to the 1920s and the 1930s, the dramatic sheaths in very exotic types of Fabrics that were decorated with different colors of feathers were suitable, and there is a good chance that the fashion couturiers like Paul Poiret would have worn these. In the 1920s, the headache headbands gained the popularity that they deserved. For today, these types of items are very suitable to be some sort of utilitarian that was strict.
At the same time, the headache headbands that were covered with jewelry or what we call headbands that were often in metals that were precious, as well as the precious gems, were a very popular accessory.
Headbands in Middle of 20th Century
Let us go to the 1950s and 1960s where a lot of British and American glamorous women of the youth liked to wear headbands that were made out of plastic along with the hairstyle beehive, so silk veils whenever they were driving. They were a very popular trend, now the headbands that had bows with them also gained some of the popularity that the plastic headbands had. During the same time, working-class women also wrapped their hair around with some strips of different types of cloths. They did this because the cloth can protect them from the dirty rain and the smog of the industry.
After the coming of the Summer of love in the year 1967, the hippies started to wear a lot of tie dyes and some paisley bandanas as some sort of headband to them. They also started to do this so that they can be an imitation of guerillas and Leftist activists. These things were also worn by a lot of heavy metal and hard rock guitarists, some of them were Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, and Jimi Hendrix when it was the 70s so that they could keep cool while they are performing their great hits on stage.
Let’s go and find out some of the symbolization that the headband holds.
First, let’s go to the Japanese culture. The headbands that were called hachimaki symbolized the person’s devotion and determination. Going to Korea, a lot of the warriors, as well as the people who were at a military organization, for example, Hwarang, wore these headbands that specialize in keeping the person’s hair in the perfect place. One of the purposes of headbands is to help keep the person who is in combat in perfect focus so that they can not mess up anything.
Since I have given you the history of women’s headbands, and since we are talking about headbands, how about showing some different types of headbands? Are you up for it? I think you’ll find one that you really like.
The Velvet Headbands
The fabric that this headband is made out of really adds a polished touch to the look you are going for. This headband is good for a lot of situations. When you are taking a hot steamy bath, and you do not want your hair to be included, this can help you in keeping your hair dry, it also good in pushing the front hair that keeps bothering you.
The Embellished Headbands
This is one of the headbands you should go for, especially if you are a lazy person a just don’t really want to deal with your hair, the look that this headband has is very similar to the velvet headbands, but they are not the same.
The Satin Headbands
This is one of the most classic headbands out there. You can wear them any time you want. If you aren’t really looking for a headband that stands out, the satin headbands are the best choice for you. Especially if your clothing is already so glamourous, adding a satin headband won’t hurt the outfit.
The Braided Headbands
Now, this is something unique! I think you just need to match the color of your headband to your outfit, and you won’t have that many problems.