Six 1920’s Headbands You Can Wear Today

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flapper  1920's headband style Ahh the roaring twenties. Beads, fringe, and the flapper revolution. There hasn’t been a decade since the 1920s that has loved sparkle and bling as much especially in head-wear.  Notorious for beaded headbands, skullcaps, and feather hair clips, the 1920’s women knew how to dress up their short hairdo’s.

While cloche hats were worn during the day, headbands, called Banbeaus, were seen in the evenings with the most formal dresses. The trend started when King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1924. Soon after every woman wanted to look like an Egyptian queen. Head-wraps, crowns, tiaras,  full headdresses, and small hair clips were all made of beautiful precious tones, feathers, and pearls.

There is not just one style of headband nor one way to wear it. Here are the six most popular evening styles of headbands. You can buy a glittering crown to your 1920’s dress with one of these 1920’s headbands styles:

The 1920’s Headband- Wrap Style

Anna May Wong, Late 1920s

The simple but elegant headband of the 1920’s was the head wrap
style. Made of one continuous piece of beads, rhinestone, or pearls it wrapped around the top of your head  to the back of your skull. Some headbands featured long strings of beads dangling off the forehead or on one side.

During the day a ribbon or scarf was rolled and tied around the head, sometimes with a big fluffy bow tied low and on the side. Strands of pearls could also be wrapped around the forehead, skull, buns and braids for more formal events.

1920s headband

On the right: the character Daisy from the 2013 Great Gatsby movie wears an ornate silver headband with leaf and pearl accent.

 

The 1920’s Brain Binder

1920s headbands

Brain Binder Headband

The Brain binder headband circles the forehead or back just a tad. It was also called a headache band for it’s tight fitting appearance worn mostly by teenagers. They usually matched the dress or at least other accessories. They ranged from thin 1 inch wide ribbons (called brow bands)  to thicker bandeau wraps and even entire long scarves swirled into a turban.

 

1920s vintage headband

1920s Stone Set Headband for Sale on Etsy

For parties and weddings this style was elaborately decorated with silver and gem stones.  This look was best with perfectly smooth, short cropped hair associated with the later 2o’s. Egyptian inspired designs of pharaohs, spiders, cats and hieroglyphs were carved into the most fancy of brow bands.

 

The 1920’s Skullcap

1920s skull cap beaded

Fabric and Bead Skull Cap

1920s skull cap  hat

Tassels Skull Cap

The intricately beaded skull cap is one of the exclusive symbols of the 1920’s. It is also sometimes called the Juliette cap after Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette. This beaded cap required very thin flat hair that the cap covered up entirely. Caps were either beaded onto a form fitted hair net with long bead tassels and fringe hanging down the forehead or were cloth caps completely covered with beads and shaped into a brimless style cloche. The expense of these caps made them affordable only by the very wealthy and usually made to order to match the beading on the dress.

The 1920’s Tiara

 

Oei Hui Lana in Wide Headband Style tiara

Oei Hui Lana in Wide Headband Style tiara

The gold Eqypitain tiara and princess diamond style tiara were another style of evening head wear.   Small and pretty they sat perched on the crown of the head buried slightly in a mass of fluffy early 20’s style hair. Hair combs secured the tiara in place.

Later styles blended the tiara and headband into one, lowering it on the forehead yet keeping the overall crown look of the tiara.

 

 

The 1920’s Hair Clip

1920s headband with feathers

Feather Headband

Peacock feathers were still quite popular in the 1920’s. The green, blue and gold tones were common art deco colors of this time. Feathers were clipped onto the hair on one side of the head. Sometimes blue and green jewels and pearls added extra bling to the feather clips. Other types of feathers could be used as well to coordinate with the outfits.

1920s hair accessory

Art Deco Style Hair COmb

Jeweled hair combs also called Spanish combs or back combs were popular hair accessories to hold back long hair knotted in a chignon bun. It was stylish to wear them at an angle so they were seen poking out of the side of her head. Combs were often made of celluloid (plastic) they were available in all shapes and sizes in both hand carved and rhinestone versions.

 

The 1920’s Headdress or Evening Bandeau

Pola Negri Wearing a White Knee-Length Fur Llate, Late 1920s

The king of all head wear style was the large headdress. Whereas the other styles remain small and dainty the head piece was bold and garish. Different materials made up the many  variations.

1920s headband

Evening Bandeau with Gem

Elaborate leafs, butterfly’s, dragonfly and gems covered headbands on one or both sides such as the example to the left.

A simple bandeau grew taller with the addition of an egret feather, either real or gold, sticking straight up out of the center of the forehead. Although this trend started in the previous decade the sprays of gold and silver peacock inspired designs made forehead crowns the in style of the 20’s.

 

1920s Headband Styles Today

1920s hair comb

1920s Style Hair Comb

A 1920s style headband, cap, or bandeau is a must for an evening affair. The most stunning tiaras and hair clips are usually found in wedding specialty shops or Asian import stores. These are often made with faux pearls and rhinestones. Even the cheapest ones are quite beautiful set into your 1920s styled hair.

I like to keep my evening looks simple with one of these options

1. A silk or satin ribbon tied around my head and in a big bow at the back. Very simple yet very accurate to the 1920’s.

2. A pretty feather clipped to one side of my head such as a peacock feather.

hair wrap headband 1920s3. A lace or rhinestone headband designed to be more around the top of your head and often be worn across the forehead too. If you have a wide head you may nee to cut the band and bobby pin the sides in place.

4. Some of my favorite local stores to buy 1920s inspired headband and hair clips are Forever 21 and the ICING store.

Online here are some great 1920s headband choices:

 

 

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1920s Skinny Crystal Headband
 

1920s Skinny Crystal Headband

$28.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Cara 'Vintage' Tiara Headband
 

Cara 'Vintage' Tiara Headband

$160.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Sunnywood Halloween Rhinestone Headband
 

Sunnywood Halloween Rhinestone Headband

$31.44

Buy at: Kmart

Chain the Rules Hair Comb from ModCloth
 

Chain the Rules Hair Comb from ModCloth

$14.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Handmade Black & Silver Lexy Sequin Feather Headband
 

Handmade Black & Silver Lexy Sequin Feather Headband

$70.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Nina 'Caleigh' Swarovski Crystal Comb
 

Nina 'Caleigh' Swarovski Crystal Comb

$175.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Wedding Belles New York 'Jacqueline' Hair Comb
 

Wedding Belles New York 'Jacqueline' Hair Comb

$95.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Jeweled Black Flapper Headband
 

Jeweled Black Flapper Headband

$7.99

Buy at: HalloweenCostumes.com

Floral Wreath Freshwater Coin Pearl Bridal Hair Comb (Thailand)
 

Floral Wreath Freshwater Coin Pearl Bridal Hair Comb (Thailand)

$40.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

Jenny Packham Acacia Headband
 

Jenny Packham Acacia Headband

$716.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Rhinestone Floral Feather Bridal Brooch Hair Clip
 

Rhinestone Floral Feather Bridal Brooch Hair Clip

$80.00

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Loop Headband - Ivory
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Loop Headband - Ivory

$60.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Black Sequin & Peacock Feather Stretch Headband
 

Black Sequin & Peacock Feather Stretch Headband

$18.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Dauphines Of New York The Mini Band Headband - Lilac
 

Dauphines Of New York The Mini Band Headband - Lilac

$110.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Deepa Gurnani Opulent Crystal Headband - Crystal
 

Deepa Gurnani Opulent Crystal Headband - Crystal

$175.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Detail Headband - Ivory
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Detail Headband - Ivory

$88.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Ben-Amun Crystal Link Headband - Clear
 

Ben-Amun Crystal Link Headband - Clear

$310.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Floral Headband - Ivory
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal Floral Headband - Ivory

$115.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Handmade Black & Bronze Trixie Headband
 

Handmade Black & Bronze Trixie Headband

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Lelet Ny Grace Swarovski Crystal Headband - Gold/Clear
 

Lelet Ny Grace Swarovski Crystal Headband - Gold/Clear

$180.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Dauphines Of New York January Birthday Party Headband - January
 

Dauphines Of New York January Birthday Party Headband - January

$80.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Deco-rate Your 'Do Hair Pin Set from ModCloth
 

Deco-rate Your 'Do Hair Pin Set from ModCloth

$8.99

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Sweetie Pie Collection Girls Beaded Headband
 

Sweetie Pie Collection Girls Beaded Headband

$20.99

Buy at: Overstock.com

Kate Marie Glass Bead Butterfly Embellished Headband
 

Kate Marie Glass Bead Butterfly Embellished Headband

$13.59

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Deepa Gurnani Beaded Headband - Multi
 

Deepa Gurnani Beaded Headband - Multi

$95.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Handmade Black & Crystal Feather Deco Headband
 

Handmade Black & Crystal Feather Deco Headband

$47.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Colette Black & Rhinestone Deco Hair Clip
 

Handmade Colette Black & Rhinestone Deco Hair Clip

$45.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Uncommon Character Headband
 

Uncommon Character Headband

$10.99

Buy at: ModCloth

Crystal Allure Twist Headband
 

Crystal Allure Twist Headband

$60.00

Buy at: Kohls Department Stores Inc

Flapper Headband Red
 

Flapper Headband Red

£5.99

Buy at: Angels Fancy Dress

Handmade Fancy Brianna Silver Deco Hair Clip
 

Handmade Fancy Brianna Silver Deco Hair Clip

$54.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Charleston Feather Flapper Headband
 

Black Charleston Feather Flapper Headband

$12.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Filigree Disc Headband
 

Filigree Disc Headband

£10.00

Buy at: Warehouse Fashions Limited

Handmade Black & Blue Sapphire Feather Deco Headband
 

Handmade Black & Blue Sapphire Feather Deco Headband

$62.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Black & Silver Feather Deco Headband
 

Handmade Black & Silver Feather Deco Headband

$58.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Deepa Gurnani Crystal X Headband - Gold
 

Deepa Gurnani Crystal X Headband - Gold

$80.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Handmade Black & Gold Sasha Sequin Feather Headband
 

Handmade Black & Gold Sasha Sequin Feather Headband

$78.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Black; Gold & Silver Zara Sequin Headband
 

Handmade Black; Gold & Silver Zara Sequin Headband

$68.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black Sequin & Feather Stretch Headband
 

Black Sequin & Feather Stretch Headband

$14.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Tasha 'Divine Crystal' Headband
 

Tasha 'Divine Crystal' Headband

$98.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Handmade Black Mia Headband
 

Handmade Black Mia Headband

$80.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Ivory Mia Headband
 

Handmade Ivory Mia Headband

$80.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Black & Gold Jazz Headband
 

Handmade Black & Gold Jazz Headband

$60.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Black Sequin; Bead; & Fringe Velma Flapper Headband
 

Handmade Black Sequin; Bead; & Fringe Velma Flapper Headband

$56.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Ivory & Silver Audrey Stretch Headband
 

Handmade Ivory & Silver Audrey Stretch Headband

$86.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Black & Peacock Feather Hair Clip
 

Unique Vintage Black & Peacock Feather Hair Clip

$18.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Black Dotted Feather Hair Clip
 

Unique Vintage Black Dotted Feather Hair Clip

$18.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Peacock Feather Bow Hair Clip
 

Unique Vintage Peacock Feather Bow Hair Clip

$10.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Unique Vintage Peacock Scalloped Feather Hair Clip
 

Unique Vintage Peacock Scalloped Feather Hair Clip

$10.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade White & Silver Crystal Daisy Hair Clip
 

Handmade White & Silver Crystal Daisy Hair Clip

$50.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Black & Green Belle Epoch Feather Hair Clip
 

Handmade Black & Green Belle Epoch Feather Hair Clip

$62.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Handmade Light Tan Feather Butterfly Hair Clip
 

Handmade Light Tan Feather Butterfly Hair Clip

$26.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

White Peacock Flapper Headband
 

White Peacock Flapper Headband

$19.99

Buy at: SpiritHalloween.com

Silver and Black Flapper Headband
 

Silver and Black Flapper Headband

$5.99

Buy at: HalloweenCostumes.com

Gold and Black Flapper Headband
 

Gold and Black Flapper Headband

$5.99

Buy at: HalloweenCostumes.com

Gold Flapper Headband
 

Gold Flapper Headband

$4.99

Buy at: HalloweenCostumes.com

Silver Flapper Headband
 

Silver Flapper Headband

$7.99

Buy at: HalloweenCostumes.com

Lavish Your Locks Headband
 

Lavish Your Locks Headband

$14.99

Buy at: ModCloth

ASOS Embellished Headband - Cream
 

ASOS Embellished Headband - Cream

$14.21

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

ASOS Flower Beaded Headband - Black
 

ASOS Flower Beaded Headband - Black

$14.21

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Deepa Gurnani Bead & Crystal Clustered Headband, Gold/Multi
 

Deepa Gurnani Bead & Crystal Clustered Headband, Gold/Multi

$31.50

Buy at: Neiman Marcus Last Call (Neiman Marcus)

Deepa Gurnani Brass & Crystal Circle Headwrap
 

Deepa Gurnani Brass & Crystal Circle Headwrap

$24.50

Buy at: Neiman Marcus Last Call (Neiman Marcus)

Lelet Ny Allison Imitation Pearl Headwrap - Silver/Pearl
 

Lelet Ny Allison Imitation Pearl Headwrap - Silver/Pearl

$140.00

Buy at: Shopbop

Golden Arrows Goddess Chain Headwrap
 

Golden Arrows Goddess Chain Headwrap

$18.00

Buy at: Urban Outfitters

Handmade Black & Crystal Feather Jet Nouveau Headband
 

Handmade Black & Crystal Feather Jet Nouveau Headband

$92.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Black & Red Feather & Netting Headband Fascinator
 

Black & Red Feather & Netting Headband Fascinator

$14.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

Juliet Bridal Cap with White Lace, Organza Flower & Feather Hair Clip
 

Juliet Bridal Cap with White Lace, Organza Flower & Feather Hair Clip

$129.69

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Juliet Bridal Cap with Dark Ivory Lace, Organza Flower & Feather Hair Clip
 

Juliet Bridal Cap with Dark Ivory Lace, Organza Flower & Feather Hair Clip

$129.69

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Red Hand Beaded Flapper Cap
 

Red Hand Beaded Flapper Cap

$44.00

Buy at: UniqueVintage

ASOS Faux Pearl Veil Hair Combs - Cream
 

ASOS Faux Pearl Veil Hair Combs - Cream

$18.95

Buy at: ASOS.com USA

Silver Plated Crystal Flower Fashion Hair Comb - New!
 

Silver Plated Crystal Flower Fashion Hair Comb - New!

$12.95

Buy at: Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

Crystal Allure Starburst Hair Comb
 

Crystal Allure Starburst Hair Comb

$33.00

Buy at: Kohls Department Stores Inc

Aislyn Goddess Chain Headwrap
 

Aislyn Goddess Chain Headwrap

$18.00

Buy at: Urban Outfitters

Leaf Fringe Goddess Chain Headwrap
 

Leaf Fringe Goddess Chain Headwrap

$20.00

Buy at: Urban Outfitters

Geo Metal Goddess Chain Headwrap
 

Geo Metal Goddess Chain Headwrap

$19.00

Buy at: Urban Outfitters

Women's France Luxe Comfort Headband Tokyo Tortoise One Size
 

Women's France Luxe Comfort Headband Tokyo Tortoise One Size

$18.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's Under Armour Skinny Headbands (6-Pack)
 

Women's Under Armour Skinny Headbands (6-Pack)

$9.99

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's France Luxe Skinny Headband Black One Size
 

Women's France Luxe Skinny Headband Black One Size

$20.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's L. Erickson Braided Headband
 

Women's L. Erickson Braided Headband

$18.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's L. Erickson 'Narrow Knot' Turban Headband
 

Women's L. Erickson 'Narrow Knot' Turban Headband

$48.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's Under Armour 'Perfect' Headband
 

Women's Under Armour 'Perfect' Headband

$14.99

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's Berry 'Goddess Crown' Headband
 

Women's Berry 'Goddess Crown' Headband

$26.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

Women's Tasha 'Bridal Party' Headband
 

Women's Tasha 'Bridal Party' Headband

$32.00

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

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