Video: How to Set Your Hair with Bandanas

After many requests, here is a video version of how to do bandana waves and bandana curls!
To see the text versions, click on the following pages.

“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.”
— Proverbs 15:33


37 thoughts on “Video: How to Set Your Hair with Bandanas

  1. This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks for posting this. I never knew you could use a bandana for curls/waves!

  2. Hi Elizabeth,

    thank you so much for the video on setting the hair with bandanas. The video tutorial is much more effective and helpful then just the snapshots. I think I can do this now that you showed how it works.
    Keep up the good work. Love your hair and you make everything look so easy!

    Blessings, Janet W.

  3. Love your videos! I watch them all the time! It’s so encourganing to see another girl out there with hair almost as long as mine. Thank so much for this tutorial! I am always looking for was to easily curl my LONG hair. I would love to see more bun videos. I love buns!

  4. Wow, what a neat way to curl hair without a curling iron… which I’ve never liked using. 🙂
    I’m assuming any square 100% cotton fabric scraps can be used in place of actual bandanas?

  5. Hello! 🙂 I know this comment has nothing to do with your lovely video, 😉 but I was looking around at the blogs I follow and it suddenly hit me – I’ve had so many hair problems…and YOU might know how to answer my questions! hehe

    Ok, so for over a year I tried the Curly Girl method, and it worked really well until I began losing tons of hair. :-/ It got very thin and stringy. Lately I’ve switched to using a volumizing shampoo, and it seems to be helping a bit. I’m still not completely satisfied with the results, however I’m continuing to “scrunch dry” my hair, and its remained wavy.

    Anyway – my biggest problem is a part at the top of my head that extends quite a ways down and doesn’t comb over. I’ve always had a side part, but now (and maybe this is from my hair thinning down?) theres this huge “split” that almost looks like a bald spot. Its rather irritating, trying to keep my hair in place all day so it doesn’t show. Do you have any ideas of WHY that might be happening, and how I can prevent it?

    Sorry for rambling. It *does* feel good to rant a bit to a hair expert. 😉 I totally understand if you don’t have any suggestions. Just thought I’d try!

    Blessings to you,


    • It could be the weight of your hair. Hair often does come out if there is a lot of stress (weight on it). I would try wearing your hair in updos for awhile being sure not to pull the hair too tightly.

  6. Fantastic video! It cleared many questions up for the bandana curls. 🙂 Have you every tried seeting your hair in the bandanas straight from the shower?

    • Because you’re using a “solid” fabric center, you might have a problem with your hair not drying completely if your hair is too wet. I very much prefer to start with dry hair to control the level of dampness myself.

  7. This is so amazing and creative. This video made it looked so easy. I tried it once back in the day to no avail but I may try it again now. Who knows. Thanks again for posting this 🙂

  8. I tried the curls last night and divided my hair into 3 sections. It wasn’t too hard to sleep on. It did work, but it was co frustrating try to tie it all correctly. I think I might try the waves next and see if that’s a little easier.

  9. Elizabeth, video tutorials are plain genius. This cleared up many questions and confusions I had with the reading instructions. I will definitley have to try this! I’ll let you know how it works out! (Hmm….I’ll have to get another bandana….)


  10. This is an excellent video, thank you! It’s so easy to follow and the curls and waves look gorgeous. I’ll have to give it a try myself! Keep up the good work, Elizabeth. 🙂

  11. A friend of mine sent me your blog link and I do believe you have saved me from cutting my hip-length hair. I’ve been lamenting my hair lately, mostly due to wanting to do more vintage 40’s styles with it. I was going to cut it up to my bust line, and I may in the future as I get older (I’m 30 now.) But for now, I’m going to have fun with it long and try some of your tutorials. Thank you!

  12. Thank you for posting this ! It’s a lot easier to imagine how to do it now i’ve seen you doing it.
    Thank you for your great tutorials.

    Greatings from France 🙂

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  15. I love this! I haven’t tried it yet though! 😛 I was going to this weekend, but I went to get my hair trimmed… They ended up chopping over 3 inches off! Three inches I needed to do these styles! 😛 Oh well! I have just over shoulder length hair now… In a few months I might be able to do these styles! Thank you for such a great resource for hairstyles!


    • Same thing happened to me about a year ago. Only it was 5 inches. Since my hair was SO long I could still do the styles here, though.

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  17. Hi, I have very fine hair and I recently lost a lot of it due to serious illness – I’m all better now, and my hair is growing back (slowly!) but in the meantime I’m left with thin hair, which I have cropped short above my shoulders to try and make it look thicker… curling also makes it look thicker and pin curling works very well but what I really would like is soft romantic waves – I’m going to try your bandana method with thinner and shorter pieces of fabric (putting braids in doesn’t work, my hair is so fine the braids are tiny and the effect is a 1980s crimping disaster!) – I have a good feeling this is going to work, many thanks!! (Rapunzel-wannabe, UK).

  18. I love this blog! Thank you so much for your time – you have everything I’ve wanted to know! After an hour or so trying to figure out this style, the bandanas are in! We’ll see what it looks like in the morning…. It was a little confusing because my hair isn’t nearly as long as yours so wrapping my hair around the bandana was a little different. I really hope this works! Fingers crossed!

  19. Happy to have found this blog, with many styles I can try for every day, as well as re-enacting. I have created a pinboard on pinterest for hairstyles, and added several of your tutes. Im looking forward to trying this. Its a very similair technique to old fashioned ‘rags’ (which create shirley temple style ringlets, that drop out to a lovely full spiral effect). I used them for my high school graduation a million years ago in the 80’s, but when I trued to repeat it myself, I broke a lot of hair in the knots. Using just a couple of large bandanas instead of small fabric strips looks less likely to cause that issue. Thanks

  20. Hi Ms. Elizabeth, I found you blog earlier today and I just love all of your video tutorials! You have done an excellent job explaining all the steps. I always wondered if there was another way to curl my hair and this way easy and inexpensive! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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  22. I’ve got my makeshift bandanas in now! Hoping for some lovely waves tomorrow morning. I rarely use heat on my hair, especially now that I’ve become a bit obsessed with growing it way out! I’m currently about 5-6 inches longer than I’ve ever been, which is almost to classic length! I don’t really have a current goal beyond classic except healthier hair…just see how things go, I suppose.

    Anyways, love your site and your videos are great! You are such a cutie, too!

    Thanks for helping out some of the long haired gals of the world!

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