Hair Bows Are Back — & Hollywood Can’t Get Enough Of The Trend


Everything in life circles back eventually — this we all know — but to be honest, we did not see this one coming: the return of hair bows. On both runways and red carpets, celebrities, models, and even royalty alike are finishing off their updos and blowouts with long strands of satin, velvet, and grosgrain fabric.

And unlike designer headbands or nameplate barrettes, these accessories will only set you back a few cents. Even better, they require almost no effort: Just slip one around your ponytail like Kate Middleton, or use one to tie off your French braid like Emily Ratajkowski. The messier and more imperfect it is, the cooler it will look.

Check out our favorite ways to wear the trend, ahead.

Lili Reinhart

Although Reinhart is not her Riverdale character, the actress’ simple black bow (on a ponytail, no less) is the kind of red-carpet style Betty Cooper would definitely approve of.

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Nicole Kidman

The internet may be divided on Nicole Kidman’s Golden Globes hairstyle, but we’ve decided the addition of a velvet bow was the right move for the nominee.

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Jessica Chastain

Although most actresses opted for diamond-embossed pins and expensive crystal clips, Chastain kept her Golden Globes look effortlessly chic with a thin black ribbon for the red carpet.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank.

Kate Middleton

Even the Duchess of Cambridge is on the bow bandwagon. She was spotted at a memorial service with her strands tied in a loose ponytail and topped with a black velvet ribbon.

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Emma Stone

Hairstylist Mara Roszak says that Stone’s wavy ponytail may just be her favorite style on the star, and we have to agree.

Storm Reid

Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson accented her client’s box braids with two suede bows.

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Christina Hendricks

The Good Girls star stepped out on the red carpet rocking her signature bangs with a peek-a-boo bow to boot.

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Mandy Moore

Moore is a woman who loves a good hair accessory — or perhaps it’s just her go-to hairstylist, Ashley Streicher, who pins them on when she’s not looking.

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Margot Robbie

Thanks to hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, Robbie stunned the A-list crowd at the Critics’ Choice Awards with a free-flowing velvet ribbon.


Millie Bobby Brown

To bring some romance to her space buns, Brown tied two black ribbons around each one.

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Maria Menounos

Menounos accessorized her braided bun with a black silk ribbon for the Oscars red carpet.

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Emily Ratajkowski

Ratajkowski finished off her messy, I-literally-woke-up-like-this ponytail with a wine-red ribbon that matched her gown.

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London Fashion Week 2017

Who said grosgrain has to be girly? During London Fashion Week, a model added a feminine touch to her braids with a coordinating ribbon.

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Tory Burch F/W 2017

Models rocked a center part and a few loose tendrils with their ribbon-tied ponytails.

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Sienna Miller

Miller went for two classics at the Golden Globes: a black bow atop her high pony and a strand of pearls.

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Temperley London F/W 2017

Want to combine two trends at once? Tie a ribbon over your head like a headband. It’s easy, cute, and can even hide greasy roots.

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Riley Keough

Talk about fast fashion! Keough’s glam squad Postmated the fabric used for her bow just in time to send her off to the Golden Globes, according to Vogue.

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Marchesa F/W 2017

Marchesa also sent its models down the runway with big bows, glowing skin, and natural-looking brows.

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Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini F/W 2017

To make sure your bow doesn’t slip off, simply thread it through your ponytail’s elastic then make your bunny ears.

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Dove Cameron

The velvety material of Cameron’s bow really popped on her blond hair at the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

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Emilia Wickstead F/W 2017

Go long or go home!

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Streetstyle F/W 2017

Know your way around a hot glue gun? Affix your bow to a small barrette for a cool update to your updo.

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Jessica Biel

No one loves a hidden updo quite like celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel — and Biel’s wrapped skinny ponytail is no exception.

Sadie Sink

For her first Golden Globes appearance, hairstylist Ryan Richman paired the Stranger Things actress’ simple ponytail with the trend of the night: a black ribbon.

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