This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
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, celebs and models 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.
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 velvet black ribbon.
Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage.
Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson accented her young client’s box braids with two suede bows.
Photo: Via @naivashaintl.
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.
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.
Ratajkowski secured her loose side braid with something delicate last year in Paris — and the result is shockingly cool.
Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.
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.
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images.
Tory Burch F/W 2017
Models rocked a center part and a few loose tendrils with their ribbon-tied ponytails.
Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Tory Burch.
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