If you're tired of wearing ponytails and just can't get a hair bun to look right, try whisking your hair back with a bandana. This versatile hair accessory comes in a variety of colors and prints, making it an affordable go-to, daily hair accessory. Luckily, tying a square bandana into a fashionable headband -- a-la pin-up girl style -- takes just a few minutes.

Step 1

Spread a square bandana out on a flat surface. Smooth the wrinkles with your fingers.

Step 2

Fold one corner of the cloth so the point touches the center of the bandana.

Step 3

Fold the diagonally opposite corner of the cloth into the center of the bandana so that the two corners touch.

Step 4

Halve the bandana by folding it lengthwise, to create a narrower piece of fabric.

Step 5

Lift your hair up and place the bandana around your neck so that the ends hang over your collarbone in the front.

Step 6

Hoist the two pointed ends of the bandana straight up, just behind your ears, above the crown of your head. Tie a simple knot and tighten it until secure.

Step 7

Shift the bow of the bandana slightly to the right for an off-center, cute look.


  • Choose a larger scarf if you need the bandana to wrap over a bump of teased hair at the crown of your head.

  • New bandanas are often too stiff to fold easily. Wash the bandana on a delicate cycle with fabric softener to loosen the fabric.