How to Wear Bandanas in Your Hair

by Elle Smith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Bandanas can hide your flaws or add style to your head.

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Bandanas can be a convenient way to cover up a bad hair day and an easy way to add a stylish flair to your head or even look like your favorite "gansta" rapper, depending upon how you fold the fabric. Bandanas are inexpensive, come in many patterns and colors, and are easy to wash and wear. Keep a dozen or so on hand to have a different look every day of the week.

Babushka or Skull Cap Style

Lay your bandana down on a flat surface. Pick up one corner of the bandana and fold it on a diagonal, so you have a large triangle of fabric.

Pick up both corners and lay the bandana on the top of the head, with the point in the back.

Tie the ends into a knot at the back of your head, so that the bandana hugs your head tightly, but comfortably. Tuck in the point of the bandana underneath the knot.

Traditional Scarf Style

Lay your bandana down on a flat surface. Create a large triangle of fabric as completed for the babushka or skull cap tied-bandana style.

Place the bandana flat on top of your head, with the triangle point draping down the back of your head.

Fasten the ends under your chin with a secure knot or tie at the nape of your neck. Pull your hair over the knot if you have long hair.

Headband Style

Lay your bandana down on a flat surface. Pick up one corner of the bandana and fold it on a diagonal, so you have a large triangle of fabric.

Start with the pointed end of the fabric, then fold or roll the point toward the long edge repeatedly until you have a long, narrow round or flat tie.

Grasp both ends of the tie, place it across your forehead, above your eyebrows, and then tie it securely at the back of the head. Alternately, place it on the top of your head, bring it down towards the nape of your neck, behind your ears, and tie securely.

For a "gangsta" rap style headband, position the tie around the circumference of your head, with the ends facing toward the front of your head, and tie it above your brow area. Tuck in the ends or let the ends remain free.

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Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. Her work for ABC, CBS and Sony Pictures Television has appeared on radio, on air, in print and outdoors. In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed real estate agent with property management certification in California.