How to Wear a Headband When Your Ears Stick Out

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated July 18, 2017

Headbands can help to pull hair back, or serve as an accessory.

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Headbands add style to a look in seconds. They are an ideal accessory for achieving volume or dressing up an outfit, and they've come a long way in fashion from Hillary Clinton's early White House years to Charlize Theron on the red carpet.. For those who feel self-conscious about their ears, headbands can seem a bit daunting because they separate the hair and make the ears more prominent. Still, headbands can be worn while taking emphasis off the ears with the right styling.

Select a headband with a slim width of no more than two inches. This will prevent the hair from being pushed back far behind the ears.

Set the headband in place behind the ears, leaving two- to three-inch sections of hair in front of each ear. This will partially conceal the ears from the front and create a fuller look.

Back-comb the section of hair that falls just behind the headband. Pick up the hair at the crown and brush it downwards underneath, using a teasing comb. Repeat this two or three times, depending on how easily the hair maintains volume.

Brush the back-combed section downwards. Use a brush to gently smooth the hair down and forward over the tops of the ears.

Spray the hair with a volumizing hairspray. Hold the can 6-10 inches from the head and coat the hair, focusing on the hair that has been brushed over the ears.


  • Haircuts with face-framing layers make covering the ears easier than with one-length hair. Ask a hair stylist for full layers, as this will add constant volume and keep the ears concealed when desired.

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.