How To: Inspired by Zooey Deschanel's Braided Headband

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm so glad you decided to spend a few moments of your day with me. When I saw this picture, I instantly wanted to create a post about it. However, I changed it a little since not all of us have big hair extensions, like Zooey here, and I wanted to make it as easy as possible. Check it out:

What you'll need:
  • teasing brush/comb
  • bobby pins (I used 4)
  • curling iron (optional)
  • hairspray
  • dry shampoo, mousse (optional)
How to:
  • If needed, apply some mousse to hair to give it texture (completely optional).
  • Divide hair into 4 sections.
  • I'm doing 2 braids here instead of one big one like Zooey's, since not everyone has thick enough hair to make that big of a braid. Make it look bigger with 2 braids instead!
  • Take the bottom two sections and braid each. Secure with bobby pin.
Divide into 4 sections; braid 2 sections
  • Decide where you'd like your braided headband to be--close to your forehead? A little further back?
  • Take one braid and wrap it over the top of your hair like a headband. Crisscross two bobby pins to secure. Repeat with the other piece.
wrap braids over head and pin

  • Curl your remaining 2 sections of hair, using a 1.5 in curling iron (optional). My hair had been previously curled the day before, so I didn't mess with it.
  • Take sections from the crown of the head and tease/back comb until desired height is desired.
Tease it!
  • Use dry shampoo or hairspray to help with the volume if needed. 
  • Set hair with hairspray.
  • Time: 5 min to divide, braid, pin, tease. 10 min to curl.
  • Total: 15 min. or fewer
  • Is it hard to keep bobby pins in your hair? Spray pins with dry shampoo before inserting and don't forget to crisscross the pins!
  • Is your hair not long enough to braid? Buy a braided headband, like this one for $10.
  • You can curl your hair before you begin or after. In fact, curling your hair can help hold and give you a thicker braid.
  • While I modified this hairstyle to be easy for everyone, try a fishtail braid instead!
  • Try this style in a side pony, with straight hair, or as an updo!
thanks for reading! xo

Is there a hairstyle you'd like me to recreate? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I simply adore her style. Amazing DIY. You look gorg, Elle!

  2. You look so pretty!! I love this hairstyle.

  3. Love it! Looks great on you! :)

  4. You look beautiful! I'll have to try this out, hope the braids work on my layered hair :)

  5. You look so adorable! I only wish my hair was long enough to do so. Would make a perfect Valentine day hair. xoxo

  6. Great tutorial, girly! I love this look. And Zooey is one of my faves right now - she's gorgeous, funny and talented!

  7. I love this!!! Can you please come to my house and do it for me?? :)

  8. I LOVE this look! You look beautiful and it's something simple enough that I'm going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy reading your blog.

  9. This is so clever! I love your hair tutorials. I'll definitely try this one. And you look stunning my dear!

  10. This is SO cute. Im going to give it a try!

  11. Love the hair!
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  12. great job! I'm excited because this is one I actually know how to do :)

  13. Amazing DIY..Thanx for sharing :)

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  14. Oh my gosh you look gorgeous! Love this hairstyle and all of your steps are easy to follow too.

  15. i heart her!! she's adorable!! you did a great job on this DIY the hair style is so pretty on you!!

  16. Aren't you clever! Alas, my hair is about 3/4 inch long all over!!
    Have a sweet day my dear.

  17. This looks adorable on you...you nailed it!

  18. You look gorgeous, as always Elle! Love this style, I just might have to try it sometime :) Happy love day to a very dear friend- YOU!


  19. Love braids, and this one is such an easy look to pull off! Another great tutorial:)

  20. she is amazing I love her :P tnx for sharing this hair tutorial :)

  21. Very cute! I love Zooey! Happy Valentine's Day, Elle. :)

  22. This is so cute. I wish I knew how to do those headband braids that are in the front


  23. It looks so cute on you! Great job on recreating the look!

  24. Love this look Elle! I'm totally going to try it!

  25. Sweet interpretation! Happy Valentine's Day sweets!

  26. cute cute! Thanks for posting your step by step process. I will have to try this one out.

  27. I've tried to do my hair like this too, but it's not long enough.

  28. Fab! I seriously should be more creative w/ my hair. Happy Vday!

  29. Wowwww, so so pretty! Making me want longer hair, ASAP. If only hair grew that quickly.

  30. I tried to do this once with a french braid...this looks much more doable!

  31. Love the hairstyle! I definitely want to try doing more with braids now that my hair has gotten so long.

  32. It looks so cute, I love it!

    I don't know if you've done a post on it before, but I'd love to know how to recreate Kate Middleton's curls!

  33. I love Zooey! And you did a fantastic job recreating her braids. That style looks so cute on you!

  34. LOVE THIS. Must try it soon- you make it sound so easy. :)

    Happy Valentine's!


  35. Wow! That turned out beautifully. It is a romantic hairstyle and it looks darling on you. Love it :D

    Make sure that everyday (especially today) you tell the ones you care and appreciate how much you love them. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

    I Luv Ya ;)

  36. Happy valentine's day! Nice post! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  37. very nice! i just have to try this style sometime...

  38. Love your version! I will definitely be trying this with a fishtail braid! Happy Valentine's Day!

  39. Such a great tutorial! Can't wait to try it out myself.

  40. Very pretty! I love that look.

  41. gorgeous hair :) I am now your follower, xoxo! MUMU



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