How to Wear a Bandana

In the ’90s, bandanas were all the rage, and now they are making an impressive comeback. Bandanas are both practical and fashionable, enhancing your wardrobe and keeping your hair out of your face. There are many ways to wear a bandana – let us fill you in!

Half Covered

bandana retro

If you are looking for a simple bandana style that can be done in a few seconds, this is the style to go for. To achieve this look, fold the bandana in half so that it looks like a triangle. Tie the two long ends to secure the bandana onto your head.  

Want to give the style a bit more oomph? Tie your scarf over a messy bun.  

Retro Style

bandana half covered

One of the most classic bandana styles is the retro look. It is very reminiscent of the 50s, an era of looks that are making a big splash in the fashion industry right now. 

To achieve this look, secure your hair in the back with bobby pins and make sure it’s flat. Fold one corner of the bandana downwards but not entirely in half. It will look like a large triangle after folding. Place the bottom of the bandana at the nape of your neck as you smooth the top of the triangle against your head. Tie the two ends of the bandana near the crown of your head and make a bow. 

Turban Style

bandana turban

If you want to cover all of your hair, try tying your bandana turban-style! Not only will you look gorgeous, but you’ll also be protecting your hair from the outside elements. Here is how you do it.

Note: You will need an oversized bandana for this look.

To achieve this look, fold the bandana in half so that it forms a triangle. The base of the triangle will be positioned at the back of your head while the longest ends will be tied at the front of your head. 

Before you tie the bandana, ensure that the tip of the triangle comes all the way forward and then tie a knot over that tip. Tie those same pieces at the back of your head. Locate the triangular piece lying flat under the knot at the top and tuck it behind the knot. 

Boho Bow

bandana bow

The boho bow adds a touch of femininity to any bandana look. To achieve this look, fold the bandana in half repeatedly until it is about an inch wide. Next, take the two ends and tie them in a knot on the top of your head. Shape the ends that are sticking out so that they look like a bow. 

To avoid frustration when trying out bandana styles, make sure that you get one that’s large enough for your desired style. 

Now you have 4 bandana wrapping ideas you can try at home. Keep in mind that it may take some practice to get the techniques right. We hope that this article is helpful to you as you explore different styling accessories and hairstyles!



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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