Love Has Gone To My Head

I have a problem.

I think I need to admit it and consider getting help.

Although I’m not sure anyone makes a 12 step program for headband addicts.

Step 1: Accept that your hair has gotten out of control and you NEED those headbands to survive.

Wait, that’s not right.

I blame Gossip Girl. And Etsy. Although I think it really started almost exactly a year ago, right before Little Evan’s first birthday party. I went on a hunt for a jaunty (did I really just say jaunty?) red headband to complete my slightly-ringmaster-esque-without-being-costumey outfit. And you know what I found? TONS OF HEADBANDS. HEADBANDS EVERYWHERE. A PLETHORA OF HEADBANDS. At some point between when I was 8 and now they came back into style. Who knew? So I fought my way through cheap plastic earrings and fingerless lace gloves (which should NOT have come back) to the back of a Claire’s bought one. People told me it was cute. It made my boring just-hangs-there-hair look more fun. So a few months later I bought another one, black and white flowers, at Target.

AND THEN MY OBSESSION TOOK OVER.

Gold & Red headbands – Much Love Illy

Felt flower and purple feather headbands – My beloved Uff Da

Black & White Rosettes and Red & Yellow Rosettes – Twenty Five Design

Purple Ruffle and Red Polka Dot Ruffle – Gussy

Red Rosette headband – Allora Handmade

And my newest addition…

Blue Print headband – Rayna Jaye

You can see how this is getting a little out of hand. But the truth is, they make me SO HAPPY. Headbands are a new mom’s best friend. Greasy hair? Cute headband and no one notices! Boring outfit? Cute headband and no one notices! Bitchy receptionist at my OB’s office who “forgot” to put my appointment in the computer and tries to tell me they’re all booked so I’ll just have to get someone to watch the kids some other day and come back? Notices my cute headband and then finds a doctor who can see me! (True story.)

Also, headbands always fit, even when my pants do not.

But because spending our entire tax return on headbands would be an irresponsible choice, I decided to go about trying to make my own. Behold! The easiest, cheapest headband ever!

Glue gun, stretchy headband from Target (on clearance, 5 for $4), sparkly iron on applique from craft store (on clearance for $1.50), tiny piece of felt left over from my felt flowers.

FACT: I took this picture yesterday morning. I haven’t washed my hair in two days and I’ve been fluctuating between burning with fever and sweating like a pig as it breaks. Isn’t that a lovely mental picture? And yet, I am still willing to put this picture on the internet! Because my hair still looks cute! HEADBANDS ARE MAGIC!

Of course, the camera in from of my face is hiding the real tragedy. How many headbands does it take to hide the giant bags under my eyes and the zits on my chin?

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23 Responses to “Love Has Gone To My Head”

  1. Amanda says:

    The headband you made is just adorable! I can’t seem to make them work but I do love them all!

  2. Suz B says:

    LOL! I was thinking the same thing yesterday as I was organizing my 5 headbands. Now I feel So Much Better! Thanks :-P I’m very jealous of your 25 Design & Allora headbands oh & I love the one you made yourself. If you ever want to scale down your stash, let me know!!

  3. merin says:

    You make me want to do crafts!! So glad I didn’t get rid of my glue gun along with all my knitting materials!

    Hope you are feeling better :)

  4. Swistle says:

    Holy crap, that headband IS magic! I can’t believe how awesome that looks! Why aren’t more of us pulled-back-hair women wearing them??

  5. absolutely love this. and you’re exactly right – headbands ARE magic! i wear one at least 3 times per week. what greasy bangs and dandruff?? CHECK OUT MAH CUTE FELT FLOWERS!!!

    many many thanks for (always!!!) the uff da luv!

    XOXOXOXO!!!!!!!

  6. this is amazing. i feel like i should stock my shop with headbands now.

  7. Ms. Megan says:

    OMG!!! I love love love your headband collection!!! I have quite an abundance of headbands myself and I must say :: I do not see myself stop buying them in the near future. I LOVE them!!! They do make my hair look amazing and an instant pop of magic in any outfit!!!
    LOVE them!!!
    xoxo

  8. This post just cost me $16.25. Can you guess what I bought? I LOVE the one you made, I’ve made silk flower barrettes before, I should make some more.

    • bebehblog says:

      Ooooo which one did you buy? I think the fact that they’re less than $20 makes them even more irresistable. I mean, we can’t even eat dinner out for that little money and that’s just a one time thing. A headband is forever.

      I didn’t include the barrettes/bobby pins/baby sized headbands I’ve bought because, well, then I would look ACTUALLY crazy.

  9. torie says:

    Love this post! Such a great idea to create your own unique headband :)

  10. Brigid Keely says:

    I envy your hair. If I go longer than 18 hours without washing my hair, I look almost exactly like someone rubbed raw bacon into my scalp. No amount of cute head bands will save me!

    • bebehblog says:

      My hair used to be the same way, but it totally changed during pregnancy. The front is actually kind of dry and brittle and I can go 2 days easy without washing it. I suspect with some dry shampoo I could get away with 5 or 6 days but that’s…kind of pushing it on the grossness factor.

      • Brigid Keely says:

        I have an endocrine imbalance that affects my skin and hair. When I was pregnant, I could go 2-3 days without washing my hair. I have friends (mostly Black folk) who routinely go a week or longer without a hair washing. I mean, they BATHE, just not hair washing. I can’t even imagine the time that frees up. (of course, they have other time consuming hair routines, so it evens out)

  11. Sarah-Anne says:

    HEADBANDS!
    that is all.
    Sarah-Anne

  12. We share an obsession. I may have to take a picture later – so we can compare headband notes. Also? Swap.

  13. Denae says:

    Your hair does look cute. I think I might need to find some magic headbands.

  14. Kimberly says:

    Love Love Love
    Stretchy bands don’t stay on my head, so I am so happy uff da has the hard frame ones now- and they aren’t the pinch-behind-your-ears kind either! I just got my first two, and once my hubby stops picking on me, I will get more!

  15. I love the creative use of household items as hair-accessory storage :)

  16. raincheckmom says:

    I love the one you made!

  17. Veronica says:

    um I like the one you made the best. and i want one. ya ya I know you arent feeling well and have like a hundred kids but it is so cute and I want!

  18. jill says:

    holy moly girl! that is A LOT of headband lovin! totally inspires me to get my craft on and make some of those lovelies though! my greasy head deserves something pretty!

  19. I became very obsessed with headbands when I became a mom too!! I can have nasty messy hair and throw on a headband and look like I intended it :) Love your collection! You better lock your doors or I might come steal it!!

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