The quickest way to transform your simple hairstyle with zero effort is to add a bit of ribbon, velvet or satin into a bow. This low cost hair accessory has been seen on the runway and celebrities throughout the years on a range of ponytails, braids, topknots, half up hairstyles and are making a comeback lately providing a feminine and polished finishing touch to any hairstyle.
A simple black bow added to the hair is super chic, timeless. It can add real strength to a hairstyle but also provide a real playful school-girl innocence in a grown up way.
You can to create the below hairstyles by adding a ribbon of material by recycling off a recent gift wrapped present you received or buy purchasing at a fabric store.
Check out our favourites of the prettiest bow hairstyle ideas to inspire you to add this low cost effective hair accessory.
Hairstyle inspiration using a black bow as a hair accessory
THE SCHOOL- GIRL SIDE PONY
Dying over this oversized material bow on Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw from off the runway that has been add to a simple side swept ponytail. It definitely has an 80's school girl vibe going on.
CHIC SIDE SWEPT BRAID TIED WITH A BOW
Finish off a simple side swept braid like Emily Ratajkowski by adding a simple bow at the end to hold in place.
LOW SLUNG RIBBON PONYTAIL
For a more undone finish, keep hairs natural texture band hair off with a satin medium side ribbon, tie off into a bow at the nape. Once hair is secured gently side the bow downwards from the hairline. You can then hold the hair at the ribboned section and gently pull the hair above the section to create loose textured volume.
BLACK BOW 60's FLIP HIGH PONY
At the Met Gala 2019 celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin created this 60's retro vibe on Hailey Bieber with a velvet hair bow. This high ponytail became popular on the gram with hairstylists recreating the look. This style works best when adding in a ponytail extension piece at the desired length to create fullness. Simply bend the ends out with a curling iron and tie a ribbon bow at the base of the ponytail.
SLEEK + STRUCTURED PONY WITH BOW HAIR ACCESSORY
Sleek and glossy ponytails have been a huge trend on the runway. To create a real polished look add in a defined part line, slick the hair with hair gel and secure the ponytail at the nape of the neck. Find a wide piece of velvet material and tie into a loop leaving the ends super long to drape over the ponytail hair.
DUTCH BRAIDS AND BLACK RIBBON ROW
How super sweet are these loose braids created by Bumble and Bumble Global Artistic Director Laurent Philippon seen on the runway for Mansur Gavirel. The braids were created with a natural texture and Ribbon-bows tied secured the ends to provide a uniform effect.
DECORATE A TOPSY TAIL HAIRSTYLE WITH A BOW
How sweet is this topsy tail pony created by Alex Gaboury! to create this look create a simple ponytail at the base of the neck. The slide down the hair band slightly so its off the nape like, hen simply split the hair into tow sections above the band with your fingers to create a gap and flip the ponytail inside. This technique creates the loop effect. Check out Alex's post on a few different ways she created hair bow hairstyles.
WOVEN DOUBLE PONYTAIL
Now this hairstyle is for the more advanced hair genius! Viola Pyak is a Russian based Hairstylist who delivers the most beautiful hair inspo of ponytails, braids and buns with hair accessories.
HALF UP HAIRSTYLE WITH A PLAIT
AT the John Galliano Paris Fashion Week Spring 2019 runway show the simple half up, half up plaited hairstyle featured a black ribbon bow. We love how the natural hair texture was used with random blends placed throughout for an effortless finish.
HEADBAND BOW HALF-UP HAIRSTYLE
At Temperley London fall 2017 show, large velvet headbands wrapped around the head and were tied into a pretty bow underneath the twisted half-up hairstyle.
THE TRIPLE BOW HIGH PONYTAIL
Sarah Laidlaw is one of our favourite Australian Hair and Make-Up Artists who is well known for her voluminous hairstyle creations and this one is magnificent! We adore how she has used the triple bow detailing in this hairstyle.
SPACE BUNS HAIRSTYLE WITH RIBBON BOWS
Love the placement of the black ribbon bows at the back of these adorable space buns on Millie Bobby Brown.
TEXTURISED PONYTAIL WITH BLACK BOW HEADBAND
Add lots of texture to a ponytail by curling hair in different directions and either spritzing the hair with sea salt spray or blasting the hair with a volumising texture spray for movement. Create interest with a extra wide satin ribbon headband fasten at the back of the head into a voluminous bow.
BEACH WAVE PONYTAIL WITH STRUCTURED BOW HAIR ACCESSORY
Accessorise a beach waved ponytail with a stiff patterned hair bow to caret a contrast in texture to the hairstyle. We love this fine raised dotted texture on the bow below.
BRAIDED UPSTYLE WITH BOW HEADBAND
Erdem's Spring 2017 runway featured ruffled textured up styles of braided buns. The romantic hairstyle was finished off with a ribbon style headband tied off to the side in a sweet bow behind the ear. This hairstyle would be beautiful for a bride with a white bow.