How To Wear Ribbons In Your Hair

Palm Springs
April 26, 2017

Thinking of iconic French actresses who used to style their locks with ribbon on the reg, like Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, I can’t help but love this dainty, feminine look. Even fashion powerhouses like Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta have mimicked the style in their runway collections as of late.

So while ribbons might remind you of your childhood days, I personally live for the playful, vintage feel. And since it’s majorly trending in the beauty and fashion world right now, it’s definitely a style to consider!

There are, of course, a few things to keep in mind while creating this look. After much trial and error, here are my tips for wearing ribbons in your hair:

Skip shampoo

When you’re attempting most hair styles, we all know that clean hair can be a major buzzkill – especially for bows. The ribbon needs something to hold onto and clean strands are usually too slick. Use ribbons on hair that hasn’t been washed in a day or two, and if you absolutely insist on squeaky clean hair, spritz it with a texturizing spray or dry shampoo first.

Keep it understated

Unless you’re going for the retro headband look, choose a loose hair style  – it’s the fresh way to own the ribbon trend at the moment. By keeping hair relaxed, like half-up, braided, or in a ponytail, you’re gaining the effects of a ribbon without trying too hard.  You don’t want the ribbon as the main attraction here; it should simply be a flirty little surprise.

Go neutral

To me, one of the biggest tips for keeping ribbons chic and not childish is the color and texture. Opt for neutral colors, think black, navy, white, and make sure the texture is yummy, like satin or velvet for Fall. Or my personal favorite, the Chanel logo ribbon. 

What are your go-to ribbon styling tricks? Spill!

Photos by Cibelle Levi 

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| Zimmermann Blouse | Vintage Levi Denim Shorts | Velvet Ribbon |


Amazing shots… Natural. Nice view and beautiful..

The hair bow is my absolute favourite accessory! The second I saw it on the runway at Tory Burch I was in love. You look lovely here- that dress is so beautiful.


This is so pretty, I totally wanted to try it

Bows are such perfect accessories!! Love this post, kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland haha!

xx, Hannah


This is so romantic – I love how beautiful and vintage this whole post is with the feel of the photos and the ribbon of course is the best part! Your tips are so spot on, and I love how even here the ribbon comes as a pleasant surprise!


All these pictures are so lovely, I love your dress !


Stephanie Terrone

Another dreamy shoot! I love the idea of a velvet ribbon. I might try it this summer, especially with vacation coming soon!


omg, what lovely!

I love the angelic feel of this post! And I really like a new feminine hairstyle I can try with ‘day after shampoo’ hair that isn’t just another topknot.

Seriously love the post Jenny! <3


Your photos are always so lovely and inspirational. I am wondering if you could share the gold chocker you have worn in your last few posts? I would love to find something similar.

Hi Natalie! It’s from XIV Karats! But they have a ton of incredible gold chokers on Adornmonde!


I’m in love with ribbons too, these photos are so beautiful and dreamy! I found out about the clean hair and ribbon problems a while ago and doing the hairstyle on second day hair makes such a difference! These tips were really helpful and things that I havent really considered.


Cristina - Memories of the Pacific

I really want to try the ribbon trend. I like it in ponytails but I’m gonna go for a half up hairstyle like yours 🙂


La Bijoux Bella | by mia

Love love ❤️ these photos … so dreamy romantic and beautiful! 🙂

❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

Loving this top! And I’m a big fan of simple, skinny bows. They make even the simplest of ponytails a little more chic!



Couldn’t agree more Chloé!


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