Watch Your Head!


Hair bands are usually worn high on the head, but since about last year an increasing number of Japanese women wear them on the forehead. Shades of 1960s hippiedom.

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Japanese Head Bands at JAPANESE STREETS
The most common of these hair bands are made of thin leather strips (left), or made of the wearer’s hair itself (right). Some also use hair extensions, which can be bought just about everywhere these days.

Because they are worn extremely low—often right on the forehead—they are really just for display instead of a real functional hair band.

Japanese woman with hair band
When you get really creative you can string some colored wool through a hair band made of your own hair, or an extension. Extensions with wool already woven in can also be bought.

Woman with hair band
A more traditional hair band, but the color, ribbons and thin circumference, as well as the low position, give it a totally different look.

Four steps to creating a literal hair band

Creating a hair band

1. Pick a pluck of hair. Not too much, the band should be an accent only.
2. Braid it tightly.
3. Pull the braided strand of hair across your forehead, and put the end just above your temple.
4. Attach the strand with a hairpin. Use more than one if necessary.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

This seems to be a world-wide fashion trend rather than just in Japan… I know here in Sydney they’ve been around since summer, though I must admit I haven’t seen anyone actually braid their own hair, it’s always an accessory they’ve bought instead

Jun 7, 2009 (4870 days ago)

Really? Braiding your own hair is quite common here, actually. I think I first saw it appearing about two or three years ago, but it keeps on being popular.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 7, 2009 (4870 days ago)

Woah! I love how it looks on the second picture. (the girl with the pink polka dotted head band). I never thought about braiding my hair like that. I should try it some time.

Jun 13, 2009 (4864 days ago)

Glad you found it helpful, Joeyoeyannanna.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 14, 2009 (4864 days ago)

I tried the braid think across my head and it looked really cool!!

Jun 20, 2009 (4857 days ago)

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