This technique is a no heat, no product way to get wavy hair. It’s very easy to change the look by doing more or fewer sections. One big section produces a very loose wave, and five sections makes an ultra-wavy/curly look. You will need to wash your bandanas before using them to make them softer and roll/fold them like a sausage, not point-to-point. I did these waves in the evening and let them dry over night.
1. Part your hair the way you want to wear it and separate it into as many sections as you’d like. I did 3.
2. Mist your first section lightly with water. Fold your bandana “snake” over your section and pull your hair out to one side. I’ve found that the higher you center the section, the more volume you get. I did mine lower than I normally do because it was easier to photograph with the tripod.
3. Fold your hair around the bandana, through the middle, and out the other side. Continue folding around the bandanas in a figure-eight pattern until you almost run out of hair.
4. For an extra bit of curl at the end, wrap the last little bit around the same side an extra wrap or two. Secure the two sides of the bandana together below the hair with a hair tie. Repeat steps 2-4 for each of the remaining sections.
Here’s what you should have when you’re done. You can see how I separated my sections.
5. The next day, undo the tie and gently unwrap/unfold the sections.
6. Separate the waves into smaller waves, if you like. I split each big wave into two and lightly finger-combed.
Here is the finished style. I twisted the front sections and clipped them together with a barrette. The waves themselves are nice, but I use this technique many times as the starting point for other hair styles. If you have thinner hair, this is an easy way to get more volume for buns or other updos. If you try it, let me know. I’d love to see pictures. Coming later this week, a faux short tutorial based on bandana waves!
Update: click here for the video version.