41 Easy Bandana Hairstyles to Try Now

Looking to upgrade your everyday style? With headband and bandana hairstyles, it couldn't be simpler!

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

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with tousled chocolate brown hair with bandana wrapped around her head
Team your bandana with loose waves for a beachy vibe. Credit: Instagram.com/agatha

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

Bandana Braid

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with bleach blonde hair styled into a pull-through braid with a blue bandana in it
Your braids are about to get an upgrade. Credit: Instagram.com/fresh.agencyltd

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

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with ash blonde wavy hair styled into a braided bun with a bandana weaved into it
Give them something interesting to look at. Credit: Instagram.com/hairby.brittany

If you prefer braided updos, take a look and see how this ash blonde beauty styles a bandana with hers. This would make the perfect festival look! Credit: @hairby.brittany

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 BalmApply 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

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with chestnut brown wavy long hair tied styled into a ponytail with a bandana wrapped around it
Give your ponytail a runway vibe with this wrapped look. Credit: Instagram.com/ozma_of_california

We had to include this number in our bandana hairstyles round-up! This beachy ponytail wrapped with a bandana is exactly what you need to nail model-off-duty vibes. Credit: @ozma_of_california

High Ponytail With a Bandana

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with long bleach blonde messy hair styled into a high ponytail with a bandana tied around it, posing against flowers
Make your ponytail pop. Credit: Instagram.com/carajourdan

Once summer rolls around, you can mix things up and add a bandana around your favourite high ponytail, just like this. Credit: @carajourdan

Bubble Ponytail

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with honey blonde long hair styled into a bubble ponytail with bandana around it
Bubble mania. Credit: Instagram.com/alexi.stone

Keep things sweet and chic with this bubble ponytail and bandana duo that you can wear to work or play. Credit: @alexi.stone

French braids With a Bandana Headband

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with yellow blonde French braids with a red bandana tied around her head
Hit the gym in style. Credit: Instagram.com/school_run_hair_mum

Whether you’re hitting the gym, enjoying a walk in the park or running errands, you can make sure you keep cool by wearing a bandana headband. Credit: @school_run_hair_mum

Recommended: How to do a French braid.

Bandana Hair Wrap

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with dark brown wavy weave with printed bandana around her head
The great thing about bandana hairstyles? They elevate your hair game. Credit: Instagram.com/ceeceesclosetnyc

Short tresses? This simple bandana style is all you need to transform your daily look into a fun and playful one. Credit: @ceeceesclosetnyc

Pineapple Updo With a Bandana

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with natural curly brown hair styled into a pineapple with bandana around it
Bandanas suit all hair types. Credit: Instagram.com/samiorenelda

Want to give your gorgeous curls a quick update? Tie your curls up, wrap your bandana around it and you’ve got yourself cute, low manipulation hairstyle. Credit: @samiorenelda

Messy bun With a Bandana Headband

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with honey brown hair styled into a messy bun
Your bun hairstyles don’t need to look basic. Credit: Instagram.com/nataliesole

Bandanas are your second-day hair’s best friend and are great for adding charm to an otherwise simple hairstyle, like this messy bun updo. Credit: @nataliesole

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

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with medium brown hair styled into a low bun with a bandana wrapped around it
How cool does this look? Credit: Instagram.com/mrsmorgantully

Want to see more bun and bandana hairstyles? Of course, you do! If you need a bandana look that’s more on the polished side, look no further than this lovely low bun. Credit: @mrsmorgantully

 Half-up Bun With a Bandana

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with long dirty blonde hair styled into a half-up, half-down bun with a bandana wrapped around it
For days when you can’t decide whether to wear your hair up or down. Credit: Instagram.com/mane_ivy

This one is for the ladies who love half-up, half-down hairstyles. Credit: @mane_ivy

Bandana Hairstyle for Greasy Hair

Woman with medium blonde hair and bandana bonnet hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/emiliasilberg

If you’ve got greasy locks you need to disguise, you can easily tie a bandana around your head and channel Audrey Hepburn vibes. Credit: @emiliasilberg

Curly Bandana Hairstyles

Woman with curly hair and different bandana hairstyles
Credit: Instagram.com/ashparaskevas

Wondering how to wear a bandana with curly hair? Here are four cute hairstyles you can try! Credit: @ashparaskevas

Pigtails With a Bandana

Woman with long hair in pigtails and bandana bonnet hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/kaxi.co

Just another way you can team a bandana with simple braids! This is the perfect look for lazy days. Credit: @kaxi.co

Long Curls With a Bandana

Woman with long curly hair with blue bandana tied around it
Credit: Instagram.com/joycercw

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

Half-up, half-down bandana braid hairstyle
Credit: Instagram.com/hairby_izabel

The pros of being a plait queen? Being able to wear bandana hairstyles like this one. Credit: @hairby_izabel

Retro Bandana Style

Bandana hairstyles: Pia Mia with long vintage waves with a bandana wrapped around her head, wearing sunglasses on the red carpet
Pia Mia is the queen of bandana hairstyles. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

You can’t talk about bandana hairstyles without mentioning Pia Mia. She loves wearing her bandana in a retro way, which she proves here with this glam Hollywood look.

Vintage Updo With a Bandana

Bandana hairstyles: Christina Aguilera with retro headband wrapped around her low twisted bun
Channel Rosie the Riveter vibes with this ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This bandana hairstyle seriously oozes vintage vibes!

Pin Curl Updo With a Bandana Wrap

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Neon Hitch with bubblegum pink hair styled in a updo with a black bow headscarf in retro style
Get major pin-up vibes with this headscarf ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Is Grease your fave movie? Have you always wanted to rock those retro hairstyles like The Pink Ladies? Then this pin-up style on singer Neon Hitch is perfect for you retro lovers out there.

Bandana Bonnet

Bandana hairstyles: Woman with bandana wrapped around her head, wearing sunglasses and posing on the street
Weatherproof your hair by copying this ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Street style picture of a woman with long straight brown hair wearing a Louis Vuitton logo print bandana standing against a green backdrop.
Logomania is back with a vengeance. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Floral Headband

Headband hairstyles: Taylor Swift with halo braid with wispy bangs with a floral headband on, wearing pink dress at the Time 100 Gala event
Taylor Swift’s hair looks so romantic with this headband. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Whether you’re the bride or a wedding guest, this romantic headband and braided updo is the perfect hairstyle to wear for spring/summer weddings.

Preppy Headband

Headband hairstyles: Hari Nef on the red carpet with long blonde loose waves with preppy headband
Because who doesn’t want to be Blair Waldorf? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Pearl Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Kaia Gerber with brown hair in sleek low ponytail wearing a pearl headband and white outfit.
Pimp up your ponytail with a statement headband. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re committed to your ponytail then this simple pearl headband hairstyle is all you need to give your ‘do a fresh look.

Belted Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model with blonde straight long hair wearing a belted headband and all black outfit.
Buckle up! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Boho Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Nicole Ritchie with golden brown curly medium length hair wearing a orange knotted headband.
Make your curls pop with a knotted headband. Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Jewelled Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Rita Ora with bleach blonde white hair in updo wearing a black jewelled headband with a bow and red pattern shirt.
When is too much ever too much for Rita Ora? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Editor’s tip: On the hunt for shiny hair? The VO5 Tame & Shine Spray is perfect for taming your flyaways and giving your hair a glossy finish.

Scarf Braid

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model with long brown hair in scarf braid on Atlein SS19 runway.
Now that’s we call it a braid upgrade! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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 Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model with long dark blonde straight hair with a black patent headband wearing a white off the shoulder dress ad long black gloves on Alexander Wang SS19 runway.
Monochrome chic. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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!

Velvet Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Kate Middleton with medium length wavy brown hair wearing a burgundy red headband and matching jacket.
Kate Middleton is hair goals each and every time. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

With her flawless blowdried waves, Kate Middleton always has the most enviable tresses and this plush burgundy headband hairstyle is nothing short of perfect.

Tiara Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Woman on Dolce and Gabbana SS19 runway with straight dark brown medium hair wearing a gold tiara OTT headband.
OTT hair accessories are one of 2019s biggest trends. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Ballet-Inspired Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model at Dior SS19 with hair in a sleek bun updo wearing a double pink headband and bold eye makeup.
We love the simplicity of this headband hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

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

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model with medium length brown hair wearing a white bandana and leather jacket.
Channel your inner ’00s JLo. Credit: indigitalimages.com

This retro look is giving us major ’00s Jennifer Lopez vibes mixed with stylish biker babe.

Holiday Bandana Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Model at Dolce and Gabbana SS19 show with light brown pixie cut wearing a red stripped head scarf and floral summer outfit.
This look has us dreaming of summer! Credit: indigitalimages.com

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.

Diamante Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Side view of a woman with long golden light brown hair styled in a single braid, with a headband and black embroidered dress.
This stylish look is bound to get you street style spotted. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Looking like she has just stepped off the Dolce & Gabbana runway, this stylista wore her golden brown hair in a simple single braid and topped off her textured ‘do with a gold jewelled headband.

Pearl Tiara

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Hailee Steinfield with long chocolate brown tousled eavy hair with crown headband on the red carpet wearing dark berry lipstick
Show-stopper hairstyle anyone? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

Satin Headbands

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Two models backstage at Elie Saab runway with golden blonde hair with loose waves wearing pastel coloured headband and dresses
Headbands can work for fancy occasions too! Credit: indigitalimages.com

This sophisticated and elegant hair accessory we spotted at Elie Saab Haute Couture works a charm for long hairstylesPsstHollywood 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

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Lily Collins long wavy light brown hair with turban style headband at red carpet industry event.
Join the turban headband life. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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!

Sparkly Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Bee Shaffer on the red carpet at MET Gala with her brown her styled in a chic updo with minimal headband.
With Anna Wintour as a mother, Bee is like fashion royalty. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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?

Fitness Headband

Headband and bandana hairstyles: Close up headshot of a asian woman with dark brown straight hair style in pigtail braids with a black satin strip of ribbon used as a headband
Going to the gym with a headband will help keep flyaways at bay and keep you looking style savvy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

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