Bandanas are versatile accessories that can be worn a multitude of ways. Try the traditional tri-fold style, a bandana headband, a pirate fold, or a bandana bracelet. Secure your styles with square knots, or pins when necessary.
Making a Traditional Tri-Fold
Fold the bandana into a triangle. Lay the bandana flat on a solid surface (e.g. a tabletop). Smooth out any bunches or wrinkles in the fabric. Bring two opposite corners of the bandana together to create a triangle.
Position the bandana on your head. Smooth your hair back so that it doesn’t stick out under the bandana or bunch up under it. Pick up the folded bandana with the point of the triangle pointing upwards. Place the flat edge of the bandana on your forehead, on or near your hairline
Tie the two corners together. Bring the two corners of the bandana around your head to meet behind it. Keep the edge of the bandana above your ears. Tie the ends together in a square knot. Make sure that the bandana isn’t too tight or too loose before securing it. It may be easier to fold your bandana before you tie it around your head.
Tuck in the corner point of your bandana. Tuck the loose corner of your bandana under the knot where you tied it. This will help to keep the bandana from blowing up or coming loose. Smooth out any stray hair that might be sticking out. When you tuck in the corners, be sure the bandana is lying flat on your head.
Creating a Bandana Headband
Fix your hair. Before you put on a bandana, fix your hair the way you want it to look under the headband. Adjusting your hair afterwards could cause your bandana to become untied or displaced.
Fold the bandana into a headband. Lay your bandana flat on a solid surface. Fold the bandana over and over in 2 inch (approximately 5 cm) increments. Continue folding until the bandana is one long strip.
Spray the headband with hairspray. To ensure that your headband stays put, spray it with hairspray before putting it on. Lay the folded bandana down with the inside facing upwards (i.e. the side that the triangle point of material is folded in on). Spray from the middle of the headband towards each end.
Position and tie the headband. Position the folded bandana on or near your hairline, depending on whether you want to show any hair or not. Hold one end of the bandana in each end and pull them down under your hair and tie them together at the base of your neck.
Tie the headband upwards. As an alternative method of wearing your headband, position the middle of the strip at the base of your head, under your hair. Pull the ends of the bandana up around your head, above your ears, and to to the top of your head (a bit above the hairline). Tie a square knot to secure the headband.
Secure the headband. To keep your headband in place, pin it down with bobby pins. Pin your bandana behind your ears, or behind your head, to secure it. Avoid pinning down your hairstyle at the top of your head, where the pins will be more obvious.
Making the Pirate Fold
Fold one corner part of the way over. Lay the bandana out flat. Take one of the corner triangles and bring it towards the middle of the bandana. Fold it so that the tip of the triangle reaches approximately 2 inches below the opposite corner of the bandana.
Place the bandana at the middle of your forehead. Pick up the bandana by each end and bring it up to your forehead. Make sure that the flat edge of the bandana sits just above your eyebrows. Move the ends of the bandana around the back of your head, so the back is about level with your ears.
Tie the ends of the bandana. Tie the bandana with a simple, square knot. Tuck in the overhanging top corner behind the knot. Smooth down the hair on top of your head and make sure the bandana is snug.