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We get it: Those suddenly everywhere white Birkenstocks can be a bit intimidating (and frankly, downright fug). A simple black band like Goody’s Ouchless Comfort Hair Wraps ($6/3; kmart.com) is a far less dicey way of looking on trend.
Flat-iron hair and pull it into a low pony. We like prepping with FHI Heat’s Black Diamond Professional Ceramic Hair Styling Iron ($215; fhiheat.com). Then position a stretchy black cotton headband (we love Forever 21’s Pleated Mesh Head Wrap, $4; forever21.com) right at the edge of the hairline. Spritz hair behind the band with a lightweight shine spray like Kerastase Gloss Appeal ($36; kerastase-usa.com).
THE KEY TIP: Cover the tops of your ears, especially if they have some wingspan.
THE REALITY CHECK: This style can be a bit severe, so you may want to tweak your technique if you have a full face or a strong nose, chin, or jaw. The fix: Let more hair show in front of the band—think soft, side-swept bangs—and allow a few pieces to hang in front of your ears. Just don't touch those strands with a curling iron: Tendrils are best left to Honey Boo Boo.
Never underestimate the versatility of old black tights. We’ve seen a hairstylist snip up a pair into rings backstage, which he used to pull back models' hair. If you have thick hair, cut a larger section and fold in half to make the band stronger.