How to Wear a Fascinator

Updated April 17, 2017

A fascinator is a hair decoration that is popular wear for women attending formal events such as weddings and horse racing events. Mostly worn in Britain and Australia, fascinators have also been popularised by American celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore one to the premiere of the "Sex and the City" movie. Fascinators are made from beads, ribbons and feathers and can be attached to headbands, combs or clips. Follow these tips to wear a fascinator with style.

Decide where you want to place the fascinator. If the fascinator is on a headband, then your choice of placement is limited. If it's on a comb or clip, then you can place it wherever you want. However, it will look best placed to one side of the head or at the back. If you put the fascinator right on top of your head, you may look like feathers or flowers have sprouted from the crown of your scalp.

Backcomb the part of the hair where the fascinator will go.

Place the fascinator in your hair.

Spray around the fascinator with hairspray, being careful not to get too much spray on the fascinator itself.

Use some hair clips on top of the comb or clip if you want to guarantee an extra-strong hold.

Things You'll Need

  • Hairspray
  • hair clips
  • Comb
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J.D. Wollf has been a writer since 1999 and has been published in a variety of newspapers and newsletters. She has covered everything from local sports to computer accessory reviews and specializes in articles about health issues, particularly in the elderly.