A bandana is a large, square cotton handkerchief or scarf that makes a versatile accessory. Tie a bright bandana around your head to keep hair out of your eyes if going camping or riding in a convertible. It’s also a stylish cover-up for dirty hair or the dreaded “bad hair” day. A bandana can be worn with your hair down or up in a ponytail.

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Brush your hair back into a ponytail. Pull it all back to one round clump at the back of your skull, placing it higher or lower as desired, or as required by the length of your hair. Wrap the elastic around the hair to secure in a ponytail.

Place the bandana flat on the table in front of you, in the shape of a diamond.

Fold the top corner down, making the point stop at the middle of the diamond. You should now have a triangle.

Hold the bandana at each side of the folded corner. Place the folded edge along your forehead. Bending forward while placing it on your forehead may help the process.

Slide your hands along the edge of the bandana and grab the two corners of the bandana below the folded corner. Pull the two corners below your ponytail, if your ponytail is high on your skull. Pull the two corners above your ponytail, if it is resting on your neck. Tie a knot in the two corners and smooth the top of the bandana along your head to complete the look.


  • To completely cover your skull, take the edge that is not tied and tuck it into the knot at the back of your head, or tie it into the original knot. Remember to tuck your ponytail into the bandana if you are completely covering your hair.

  • It may help to use a mirror for the first few times you attempt to tie a bandana.