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I frequently get asked ‘How do I wear a Fascinator?’. There are so many different fascinator styles and the way you fasten them to your hair can differ too. Positioning a fascinator on your head is very much dependent on the fascinator fixing (i.e. comb/ headband etc) hair type, where your parting is located and your face shape. I will write separate articles regarding these specific features but generically speaking these are the rules to follow:


Metal combs are incredibly versatile but unless you stiffen your hair beforehand are probably best for thicker hair. Plastic combs are not as slippy as metal combs but will also need a good degree of stiffened ‘base’ to secure them. A little bit of backcombing and hairspraying the hair before hand will stop them from slipping out. Barette clips are best for lots of gathered hair or thick hair. Open decorated bobby pins (i.e the ones that are not tension closed) should only be placed in gathered up, plaited or stiffened hair. Tension closed bobby pins can be used on any sort of hair. Alice bands/ headbands whether they are made of metal, satin covered plastic or sinamay can be secured to any head – regardless of the hair type. Finally metal tension clips and crocodile clips are also fantastic on any hair type – particularly good for a small gathering of hair or to place on a child’s head.

hair type:

If your hair is thin and flyaway you’re easiest way of wearing a fascinator will be a headband/ alice band – you don’t have to worry about anything slipping out of your hair. If you do want to wear a comb or clip though you can easily backcomb or spray your hair so that you create a stiff base upon which to fasten your fascinator. If you’re lucky to have thick hair you can pretty much wear any type of fascinator with ease!


Where your parting is can also influence where to place your fascinator. If you have a side parting and lots of hair on the opposite side it makes sense to place your fascinator on that opposite side so that it gathers up your hair and ‘balances’ out the two sides. Alternatively you may want to fasten the fascinator to the parting side of your hair, but I’d only do this if the fascinator is quite small or flush. The exception of course is if you have a large fascinator almost of hat proportions in which case it doesn’t really matter where your parting is.

Face shape:

The smaller or the rounder the face the smaller the fascinator ought to be. You don’t want to look like the fascinator is wearing you! Oval and heart shape faces can sometimes look better with fascinators positioned further back away from the face. Square and diamond shaped faces can get away with fascinators closer to the face. Long faces should steer clear of long plumes and go instead with bulked up swirls of feathers or an artificial flower.

Once a woman has worn a fascinator a couple of times she develops a personal preference as to where on her head she wants it and the type to go for. It’s all about personal preference and knowing what suits you!