When I was ten years old I spent an entire summer teaching myself how to french braid my own hair and how to do a handstand. This was either a sign that my parents really should have sent me to camp, or I was savvy enough to know that braids would be all the rage when I was old and thirty. Either way, I win, although I still stink at handstands.
I love the look of a braided headband, but the first few times I did it I got frustrated with how much it slid around as well as how difficult it was to get the headband to stay against my head. No matter how many pins I used it always poufed up away from my head. I finally got wise a started doing it this way. Ugly hair is the mother of invention.
This tutorial isn't a french braid, but anyone who knows how to do a french braid will find the steps for this stay-put version of the popular braided headband familiar. All you need for this tutorial is a polyband (those small, clear hair rubber bands that look like they could go on your braces) or a small hair elastic.
Ta da! You can either wear your hair down or pulled back in a pony or bun. One of these days I'll get crazy and do the braided head band with the donut bun.
You could also try one of these double plaits, a la Jessica Alba.
Also, be honest - am I nuts or do I see my first grey strand in the first pic? Please tell me it's blonde.
UPDATE: If you're looking for more headband styles, check out the rope braid headband tutorial, which you can find here.