7 Different Types of Hair Bows

Multicolored hair bows on pink wooden table.

One of the main finishing touches to a girl, baby girl, or even a woman’s wardrobe is a hair bow. Hair bows come in an array of pretty colors and materials. So, hair bows can transform a person wearing drab-looking outfits into fashionistas’ styles. Having said this, the following are various types of hair bows : 

1. Butterfly Bows

Butterfly hair bows

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These adorable-looking hair bows are very easy to make. These accessories are also very affordable. And even though baby girls are already as cute and precious as they can be, having a butterfly bow on them just shouts out more about how adorable they are.

Position the butterfly bow at the right-center and front of her head, or on either side, which is closer to the front of her head.  When it comes to girls and women, you can wear them according to the hair length. So, females with long hair may want to wear these bows in the back of the head as a ponytail holder. 

If you want to DIY, you must begin with a similar pattern, like a looped bow on the fabric of your choice. You can use grosgrain, satin, denim, etc. Then, you should add a body of ribbon along the bow’s center and a small antenna at the bow’s top area. This type of bow is considered a classic bow, but you also can be more creative by making the bow look even more like a butterfly.

Features

  • It’s referred to as a “butterfly” due to the pinching of the center area, which makes the sides expand out like wings on a butterfly. 
  • You can find and download tons of patterns for this type of bow from the Internet. Otherwise, you can create your own by tracing it on a piece of paper that you can use to cut on your choice of material.
  • This bow is an excellent accessory to wear during the spring and summer due to butterflies representing springtime. Also, young girls usually love butterflies. 

Pros

  • Affordable to buy
  • Easy to make
  • Girls love butterflies, thus making these bows great to observe and play with, especially with their playmates. 

Cons

  • Not so popular to wear in colder months

2. Crocheted Bows

Crochet Hair Bows

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When it comes to crocheted bows, you can make different types of bows. The only difference is that you’ll use crochet to make all types of bows that are mentioned in this article. In fact, you can search and easily find crocheted bows online that are made like all the bows in this article. 

Crocheting alone is a good hobby and is fairly easy to do. So, during your downtime, what better way to spend your time than by creating gorgeous crocheted bows for your little girl, niece, or granddaughter? You can use any color for that little girl in your life, or you can wear the right color for that outfit. 

You can buy these bows from online or traditional stores, or you can make these bows. It is easier to crochet than you may think, and many beginning crocheting enthusiasts are thrilled about crocheting. You usually just need a basic stitch, and you can create any size you want. Also, a skein of yarn can make dozens of different bows, so it is very affordable to make these bows. 

Features

  • You can wear these bows any time of the year.
  • You can find and download tons of patterns online of this type of bow. 
  • One yarn can make dozens of bows. 

Pros 

  • Very inexpensive to make
  • A great hobby to crochet
  • It is very affordable to buy in stores or online.
  • Crochets can produce all types of hair bows. 
  • It is good to wear all year. 

Cons

  • You may need more crocheting training to create some desired styles. 

3. Button Bows

Button Bows

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Regardless of what type of hair bows you want, having a button in the center of them is all it takes to be called button bows. Also, since buttons come in different sizes, colors, and shapes, you can create seemingly countless designs for hair bows. Furthermore, it only takes one stitch or a hot glue gun to attach buttons to the bows. 

Features

  • They are very affordable to make and are very cute.
  • The button is placed in the center of the hair bow.
  • You’ll have countless design possibilities due to the broad array of colors, sizes, and shapes of buttons. 

Pros 

  • Very affordable to make
  • Countless possible designs
  • It only takes a single stitch to attach the button.

Cons

  • Buttons may, at times, easily come off. 

4. Fabric Bows

Pigtail Fabric Bow Set

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Fabric bows include any type of fabric of any color and pattern to choose from. You can even use faux leather to make hair bows. A little sewing is required, so a novice seamstress can easily create these bows.  

Features

  • The bows are typically bigger than ribbon bows. The reason is that fabric strips are generally wider than ribbon strips. 
  • You will have a limitless ability to explore all kinds of fabric and styles, like felt bows, a bow piece, or even dog hair bows.

Pros 

  • Any fabric of your choice can be used.
  • These hair bows are usually bigger than ribbon bows.
  • You can fully express your personality with this type of bow.
  • It is affordable to buy or DIY. 

Cons

  • Sewing is required.

5. Loop Bows

Loop Hair Bows

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This type of hair bow is also referred to as a loopy bow. It is easy to make, and it is affordable to buy or to make yourself. You can use any kind of ribbon, and this type of bow usually includes a thin ribbon. So, you can easily make a loop with these ribbons. Also, ribbons come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. So, you’ll have many options to choose from when it comes to creativity. 

To make ribbon bows, you must first loop the ribbon around and around and then tie up the middle section. Afterward, attach it to some type of clip. It could be an alligator clip, bow clips, or another type of hair accessory.

Features

  • You’ll have a plethora of options to choose from. 
  • It’s fairly easy to create. 
  • You can attach it to almost any type of hair accessory.  

Pros

  • It is affordable to buy or DIY
  • You’ll have a plethora of options to choose from. 
  • It’s fairly easy to create. 
  • You can attach it to almost any type of hair accessory.  

Cons

  • At times, it may easily come off the hair clip.

6. Ribbon Flower Bows

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Ribbon flower bows are similar to loopy bows, but these bows have a more uniformed shape. The flower shape will be around the center area of the loops formed. Also, you can use other items when creating this bow, such as beads, or faux gems. Also, grosgrain ribbon is a very attractive choice.

Feautures

  •  It has a more uniformed shape than a looped bow. 
  • You can use other accessories to beautify the creation more.
  • It has the shape of a flower. 

Pros 

  • It is easy to make or buy.
  • You can use any type of ribbon. 
  • You can also use other accessories, such as beads, or faux gems to express your personality and style. 

Cons

  • At times, the ribbon may easily come off the hair clip.
  • Other accessories may also come off sometimes. 

7. Headband Bows

Knot Bow Nylon headband

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You can easily secure hair bows to headbands. They are also extremely adorable when you have a baby bow on the headband for the baby. You can use the standard headband that is typically worn over the top part of the head and the ends positioned behind the ears.

Other headbands are elastic and stretchy material that looks like a circle. With this band, the wearer will have it going around the perimeter of the back of the head. The wearer’s hair usually conceals the bottom section.  

To make this hair bow, put a knot on a strip of fabric that is around your head. The strip of fabric must be looped around the bottom hairline of the head. Then, run it behind the ears and then up to the top of the head to tie it. This headband bow is attractive and functional during hot weather. 

Features

  • It is usually positioned slightly off one of the top sides of the headband.  
  • Not only are these headbands decorative, but they are also functional in keeping the hair in place and out of the wearer’s face. 
  • Some headbands are functional to wear during hot weather. \

Pros

  • Functional and attractive
  • Easy to make, especially for standard headbands
  • Very affordable to buy 

Cons

  • The headband may easily break, or the hair bow may easily come off. 

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