How to tie a Bandana

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How to Tie a Bandana

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Creating a Bandana Headband

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Tying a Bandana Bracelet

  1. Fold the bandana.Fold the bandana into a triangle. From there, start folding the bandana in increments of the same width you'd like your bracelet to be. Make sure that the folds are crisp and even.
    • To ensure clean lines, iron the lines in as you fold the bandana.
  2. Wrap the bandana around your wrist.When you're done folding and you're left with a long strip of material, wrap it around your wrist. Leave about a finger's worth of space between your wrist and the bracelet to ensure that it isn't too tight. Continue wrapping it around until there is approximately one inch of material hanging from each side of the bracelet.
  3. Secure the bracelet.Tie the bracelet in a square knot. To ensure that it stays put, double the knot or add a safety pin to secure it. Tuck in the loose ends of the bandana on the underside of your wrist.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I tie a bandana around my neck?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Fold it into a triangle and roll it up casually. Then put it around your neck and tie it in a knot or just pin it together. If you are going for a 60's look then move the bandana around your neck so that the knot is at the side.
  • Question
    How do I tie my bandana under a sticking out hairstyle?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You should first try to get all the hair you can under the bandana and then tie it. You could also probably add some hair spray, or wet your hair before so it is less frizzy. Then, if you need, you could add bobby pins to help keep the bandana more secure.
  • Question
    How do I keep the bandana in the same position once I have put it in my hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I find it easiest to pin the bandana down with bobby pins, so it doesn't move around while walking, etc.
  • Question
    How were bandanas created?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The word "bandana" is thought to come from the Hindi 'bāṅdhnū' and in Urdu 'bāndhnū,' meaning a tied, bound cloth. They have actually been around for well over 200 years in many guises.
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Quick Summary

To tie a bandana in a traditional tri-fold, lay the bandana on a flat surface and smooth it out, then bring two opposite corners together to form a triangle. Smooth your hair down, then place the flat edge of the bandana on your forehead, on or near your hairline, with the point of the triangle pointing upwards. Bring the two corners of the bandana around your head, with the edge of the bandanas above your ears, and tie the ends in a knot. Tuck the loose corner of your bandana under the knot where you tied it and smooth out any stray hair.

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  • For the best fit, opt for a bandana that is standard size (22" x 22", or approximately 56 cm x 56 cm).
  • For children, a bandana measuring 18" by 18" (approximately 46cm x 46cm) is the best fit.
  • If you have long hair, it may be helpful to bend forward when tying the bandana so the your hair falls away from your neck. This will make it easier to tie, and less likely to get hair caught in the knot.
  • If you have a fringe or bangs, leave some hair out on each side of your face for a natural look.
  • Buy bandanas in multiple colors to ensure that you have one for every outfit.

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