A bandana is a large, printed handkerchief that can be worn in around the neck, but it is most commonly used as hair accessory that you tie around your head, like a headband. Bandana hairstyles had their heyday in the ’40s, as women wore them to protect their hair from getting caught in the machines and equipment they used.
They also became a staple ’90s hair accessory, with artists like 2Pac and Aaliyah also sporting them. And now, popular celebs, bloggers and Instagram-stylers are proving that bandanas are versatile and the hottest hair accessory to wear in 2020.
To show you how to style and wear bandanas the right way, we’ve rounded up the best bandana hairstyle ideas to copy, below.
Bandana Headband With Waves
If you’re wondering why bandana hairstyles and headbands are so popular at the moment, it’s because of their ability to take any look to new stylish heights. And, this wavy hairstyle is a serious case in point. Credit: @agatha
If you’re lucky enough to have Rapunzel-worthy strands, we suggest you make the most out of your strands with this pull-through braid that has a pretty bandana weaved into it. Credit: @fresh.agencyltd
Bandana Braided Bun
Editor’s tip: If you like your braids full of volume, you need to make sure to prep your strands with the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm. Apply it evenly through damp hair and then blow dry to achieve a plumped style that’s ready to be plaited.
Ponytail With a Wrapped Bandana
High Ponytail With a Bandana
French braids With a Bandana Headband
Recommended: How to do a French braid.
Bandana Hair Wrap
Pineapple Updo With a Bandana
Messy bun With a Bandana Headband
Editor’s tip: Freshen up your second-day tresses and give them gorgeous volume with the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo.
Cool Girl Bun
Half-up Bun With a Bandana
Bandana Hairstyle for Greasy Hair
Curly Bandana Hairstyles
Wondering how to wear a bandana with curly hair? Here are four cute hairstyles you can try! Credit: @ashparaskevas
Pigtails With a Bandana
Long Curls With a Bandana
Curly cuties, listen up: you’ll be a ’90s babe in no time with this easy bandana look! Credit: @joycercw
Half-up Braid With Bandana
The pros of being a plait queen? Being able to wear bandana hairstyles like this one. Credit: @hairby_izabel
Retro Bandana Style
Vintage Updo With a Bandana
This bandana hairstyle seriously oozes vintage vibes!
Pin Curl Updo With a Bandana Wrap
When you need an extra dose of drama and glamour in your life (and a way to weatherproof your mane!), try wearing your bandana like this. Don’t forget to finish off the look with sunglasses and a bold red lip.
Logo Printed Bandana
This stylish ’90s look is one that we are more than happy to come back around.
So what do you have to do to get the look? No fancy frills here, simply wrap a printed bandana around the top of your head, securing at the back.
Make like the Upper East Siders with this Blair Waldorf-inspired headband hairstyle. Mixing preppy and polished, this will appeal to all you Gossip Girls out there.
If you’re committed to your ponytail then this simple pearl headband hairstyle is all you need to give your ‘do a fresh look.
Get thrifty this year with a belted headband hairstyle. Spotted on the Saint Laurent runway, models topped off their hairstyles with belted headbands worn across their foreheads for a grunge filled nod to the ’70s bohemian style.
With curls this good you’ll want to show them off. Which is why we think the boho headband update is all you need to get in on the trend.
Rita Ora is always our go-to girl for hair inspiration. Never afraid to try out a new style, the singer went for a jewelled style to compliment her sleek, shiny bleach blonde tresses.
We all know that braided styles are aplenty but when you’re no braiding pro, simply weaving your favourite scarf through your braid is all you need it!
Next read: 4 fashionable ways to wear a headscarf.
Patent and vinyl fashion have been spotted on all our favourite trendsetters recently. Not ready to go full Matrix-eque with your style? Add a touch of gloss to your hairstyle with a high shine black headband and voila!
With her flawless blowdried waves, Kate Middleton always has the most enviable tresses and this plush burgundy headband hairstyle is nothing short of perfect.
Princess designs were a huge hit on the runway, so if you want to go OTT this spring/summer, exude opulence like the models on the Dolce & Gabbana runway with a tiara headband hairstyle.
Simple, stylish and incredibly easy, this headband with a ballerina bun is ticking all our boxes. Wear this look to cover greasy strands at your favourite barre class.
’00s Bandana Hairstyle
This retro look is giving us major ’00s Jennifer Lopez vibes mixed with stylish biker babe.
Holiday Bandana Headband
Dial up the fun with this flirty headband hairstyle. To give her pixie cut a summer vibe, this model went for a simple knotted headscarf headband.
If you want a headband hairstyle that shows off your long tresses, turn to actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld who opted for this glamorous ‘do for a red carpet event.
Get the look by using a curling iron to create effortless waves, give your tresses a spritz of a shine spray for a silky sheen and complete your look with the crowning glory that is your headband.
This sophisticated and elegant hair accessory we spotted at Elie Saab Haute Couture works a charm for long hairstyles. Psst: Hollywood waves are also a great one to try for an ultra glam look, too! So, if you fancy impressing your date or friends, keep this mesmerising look on your style radar.
Vintage Wrapped Headband
How amazing does Lily Collins look here? The soft loose waves, the minimal make-up, the vintage glam dress and of course the pièce de résistance; the turban headband. Looking like she has just stepped off a film noir set, this look is giving us Grace Kelly, Hitchcock heroine vibes we just adore!
With Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour as her mother, there is no wonder Bee Shaffer looked incredible at the MET Gala. Wearing her brown locks in a chic updo, Bee completed her red carpet look with a simple silver jewelled headband.
Style tip: We think this elegant style will be perfect for a wedding or prom hairstyle, don’t you?
Planning on heading to the gym this weekend wearing an army of bobby pins? Reach for a classic black headband instead to keep shorter strands safely tucked away from your face and to tap into the sports luxe trend.