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How to Wear a Headband When Your Ears Stick Out

author image Celeigh O'Neil
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.
How to Wear a Headband When Your Ears Stick Out
Headbands can help to pull hair back, or serve as an accessory. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

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.

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

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