How to Tie a Bandana & Banish Bad Hair Days

We love multipurpose style, especially bandanas. From hiding your hair to making a fashion statement, here's how anyone can tie a bandana.

Updated April 16, 2024
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Whether you're a guy who wears a bandana tied around his head or you're someone looking for different ways to wear one, once you know how to tie a bandana, you'll always be ready to banish bad hair days. From learning how to fold it into a headband to figuring out how to quickly tie it on the go, we're here to help you master the headband-tying art in minutes. 

How to Tie a Bandana the Easy Way 

Whether you're enchanted by the milkmaid aesthetic, you're a guy who wants to cover his hair, or you're wanting to put your pocket bandanas to good use, you can learn how to tie a bandana headband in just a few minutes. Luckily for you, we've got one of the easiest tutorials on this side of the internet. 

How to Tie a Bandana the Easy Way 
  1. Lay the bandana flat and fold one corner to the opposite corner until you have a triangular shape. Smooth down the crease. 
  2. Grip each end of the triangle in both hands. 
  3. Set the bandana in the middle of your forehead. You may want to place it higher or lower depending on your hairstyle and hairline. 
  4. Tie the two ends at the back of your head once. 
  5. Make sure that the top of the triangle lies roughly at the back of your head so that your crown is covered.
  6. Tuck that triangle top under the tied ends at the back of your head. 
  7. Now, tie the ends again securing the top of the triangle and thus the whole bandana.
Need to Know

You don't have to be covering up a bad hair day to get some use out of a tied bandana! This triangle method can be just as useful for guys suffering from hair loss or people who just like the look. 

How to Tie a Stylish Bandana Headband

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If you've ever played soccer in the summer heat or worked in a stuffy garage for hours, then you know how useful a headband can be. Guys and gals can keep the sweat from pouring into their eyes with a bandana headband. With this simple headband bandana tutorial, you'll feel less sweaty, no matter what you're doing. 

How to Tie a Stylish Bandana Headband
  1. Fold the bandana into a triangle by matching two of the opposite ends together. 
  2. Continue folding it towards yourself in even chunks, until you have a long, padded band.
  3. Lay the band over the top of your head with the triangle tip against your hair to prevent it from coming loose.
  4. Tie the ends in a knot at the nape of your neck.
Quick Tip

To keep your hair from getting caught up in the knot, tip your head forward so that it's off your neck and you can safely secure it. 

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How to Perfect Your Neck Bandana

Embrace your inner yee-haw with a cowboy-style bandana neck accessory. These loose kerchiefs are as stylish as they are practical. 

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  1. Shape a bandana into a triangle by folding it in half so that two opposing corners meet.
  2. Take the two opposite ends furthest away from each other and place the long band on your neck with the tip pointing down.
  3. Pull the opposite ends together and tie them into a knot behind your neck.
Quick Tip

A good rule of thumb is to leave about an inch or two between your neck and the bandana. This will give you the slouchy, comfortable look you're after. 

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From absorbing sweat to keeping your hair out of your face to looking cool, bandanas are one uniquely versatile fabric square for anyone. And the options don't stop there! Once you've mastered tying a bandana for your head, you can experiment with tying bandana tops or sewing in bandana patches on your jeans. With a fabric square and a dream, the possibilities are endless. 

How to Tie a Bandana & Banish Bad Hair Days