How to Tie a Bandana

Five Methods:Easy Traditional Tri-FoldThe Tri-Fold for Long HairThe HeadbandThe Tapered HeadbandThe Pirate Fold

A bandana can keep your head warm, look trendy, and keep your hair out of your face. There are four common ways to fold a bandana depending on the look you're going for. If you want to know how to do it, just follow along.

Method 1
Easy Traditional Tri-Fold

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    Fold the bandana into a triangle.To do this, simply lay your bandana flat and bring two opposite corners together to create a triangle.
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    Place the flat edge on or near your hairline. Smooth your hair back a bit first so you don't end up with any loose strands sticking out near your forehead.
    • If you'd like to cover your hair completely, place it a little bit in front of your hairline. If you'd like to show a little bit of hair, then place the bandana a little bit behind your hairline.
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    Tie the two corners together. Grab one corner in each of your hands, bring them around the sides of your head and tie the ends together in a granny knot or a square knot.
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    Adjust the bandana slightly if you like. Lift the bandana slightly off your head and then gently smooth it back. You can also try tucking in any loose strands into the bandana.
    • If you want to move it forward, just be careful so you don't push up the hair near your hairline.
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    Tuck the back corner into the back of your bandana. You can tuck the top corner behind your head, under the knot where you tied it. This helps to keep the bandana from blowing up or coming loose.

Method 2
The Tri-Fold for Long Hair

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    Fold the bandana into a triangle. To do this, simply lay it out flat and bring two opposite corners together to create a triangle. You'll end up with a triangle with one long edge that makes up the diagonal of the fabric.
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    Put the fabric around your neck and tie the ends beneath your chin. For the long-haired method, it's easiest to put the bandana over your head last, not first, so you catch all of your hair. Grab one end in each hand and tie them together in a granny knot or a regular square knot just below your chin.
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    Turn the bandana around. Turn the bandana so that the front is below your chin and so the knot is at the base of your neck, below your hair.
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    Push the front of the bandana up over your face. Push it up so that it catches all of your hair as it moves over your face and forehead.
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    Adjust the bandana on your hairline. Move it slightly depending on whether you want to cover all of your hair or show a little bit. You can also move it from side to side if it isn't perfectly even. The end result is the same as that of the regular tri-fold method, but this makes it easier to catch all of your long hair.

Method 3
The Headband

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    Fold the bandana into a triangle. To do this, simply lay it out flat and bring two opposite corners together to create a triangle.
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    Fold the bandana into a headband. Fold the bandana over and over in about 2-3 inch (5-7.5 cm) increments until you reach the top of the fabric. You could make it a little thicker or thinner depending on the look you're going for. It's okay if you have a tiny triangle peeking over the top.
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    Place the bandana over your hairline and tie it in the back. Position it on or near your hairline, depending on whether you want to show any hair or not. Then just grab onto each end of the bandana and tie them together at the base of your neck, under your hair.

Method 4
The Tapered Headband

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    Lay out your square bandana fabric. You won't fold the bandana into a triangle for this method.
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    Start rolling the headband. Grab a corner and fold it up by 2-3 inches (5-7.5cm); continue rolling the folds on top of each other in the same length until you reach the top of the fabric. A little triangle may be peeking over the top. This will create a looser, more free-flowing look for the bandana.
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    Wrap the bandana around your head. Push it an inch (2.5 cm) or so over your hairline for a looser look.
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    Pull the ends until they meet up on the nape. You can grab on to the ends with one hand or use two hands. This bandana will be tied lower than other versions, around the middle of your neck.
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    Secure the bandana with a double knot. Grab one end of the bandana in each hand and tie the ends together.
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    Place a bobby pin behind your ears to secure the bandana. Since this is a looser bandana, using bobby pins can help keep it firmly on your head. The bobby pins are optional, though.
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    Finished.

Method 5
The Pirate Fold

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    Lay out your bandana in a square.[1]
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    Fold one corner halfway over. Take one of the corner triangles and fold it over, towards the middle of the bandana, so the tip of the triangle touches the middle of the bandana.
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    Fold the opposite corner halfway over so it touches the first folded corner. Now, the two triangles should be folded toward the middle of the bandana, with their corners touching.
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    Fold one of the sides with the folded corner halfway toward the middle of the bandana. Fold the half of this side in half, so that you've created a smooth edge that folds into the middle of the bandana.
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    Fold the bandana in half. Fold the side that you just folded over halfway toward the middle over again, so that you've neatly folded the bandana in half. You can fold it so it just barely leaves a little extra bandana over on the non-folded side instead of neatly folding one half over the other.
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    Flip the bandana over. No folds should be visible now.
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    Wrap the bandana over your forehead, so it goes just above your right eye. For an extra piratical look, you can even cover a bit of your right eye. Just make sure that your forehead is covered completely and that your hairline is good and covered.
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    Tie the ends of the bandana twice around the back of your head. Move the ends of the bandana around the back of your head, so the back is about level with your ears. Tuck in any extra strands of hair, smooth down the hair on top of your head, and make sure the bandana is folded snug to your head. Then, tie the ends twice to secure the knot. You Arr done!

Tips

  • If you make the fold a little to one side (top or bottom) of the diagonal, then there will be more cloth to tuck in the back.
  • If you have long hair, it may be helpful to bend forward when tying the bandana so the your hair falls away from your neck. This will make it easier to tie, and less likely to get hair caught in the knot.
  • Get a friend to help you or look in a mirror for guidance.
  • If you have a fringe, leave some hair out on each side at the front, so your fringe is still on your face.

Warnings

  • Be cautious when wearing colored bandanas in gang-affected neighborhoods. Wearing the wrong color could get you in trouble. Black, orange and purple are generally safe choices, but wearing no bandana at all is safest.
  • Keep the fine hair at the base of your neck out of the knot. It's painful if it gets tied up.
  • Remember, it is OK if your bandana, at the start, is uneven. The triangle section isn't going to be even but that's where you're going to tie at the end of your hair.

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