Bandanas are a large, printed handkerchief that can be worn in multiple ways. But they are most commonly used as a hair accessory that you can tie around your head, like a headband, or pair with your favourite hairstyles (or disguise greasy or second-day hair). And, popular celebs, bloggers and street-stylers are proving that bandana hairstyles are the hottest look to try in 2019.
To show you how to wear them, we’ve rounded up the best bandana and headband hairstyles, below.
1. Bandana headband with loose 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
2. Bandana braid
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
3. 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.
4. Ponytail with a wrapped bandana
5. High ponytail with a bandana
6. Bubble ponytail
7. French braids with a bandana headband
Recommended: How to do a French braid.
8. Bandana hair wrap
9. Pineapple updo with a bandana
10. 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.
11. Cool girl bun
12. Half-up bun with a bandana
13. Retro bandana style
14. Vintage updo with a bandana
This bandana hairstyle seriously oozes vintage vibes!
15. Pin curl updo with a bandana wrap
16. Bandana bonnet
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.
17. 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.
18. Floral headband
19. Preppy headband
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.
20. Pearl headband
If you’re committed to your ponytail then this simple pearl headband hairstyle is all you need to give your ‘do a fresh look.
21. Belted headband
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.
22. Boho headband
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.
23. Jewelled headband
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.
24. Scarf braid
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.
25. Patent headband
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!
26. Velvet headband
With her flawless blowdried waves, Kate Middleton always has the most enviable tresses and this plush burgundy headband hairstyle is nothing short of perfect.
27. Tiara headband
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.
28. Ballet-inspired headband
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.
29. ’00s bandana hairstyle
This retro look is giving us major ’00s Jennifer Lopez vibes mixed with stylish biker babe.
30. Holiday 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.
31. Diamante headband with a braid
32. Pearl Tiara
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.
33. Satin headbands
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.
34. 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!
35. Sparkly headband
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?
36. Fitness headband
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.