1950s bandana hairstyles

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1950s bandana hairstyles
Bandannas can provide a vintage look. (créole image by cris13 from Fotolia.com)

By using a bandanna to style your hair you can create a vintage 1950s look that saves time as well. In the U.S. during the mid-century, many women wore their hair using bandannas to keep it clean or to save time getting ready. Some women curled their hair before tying the bandanna on, and some left it in its natural state. Some traditional ways using a bandanna to style hair are tying the hair up, pulling it in back, or using the bandanna as a headband.

Tying Hair Up

One of the most recognisable bandanna hairstyles is that of Rosie the Riveter, which is the image and cultural icon that represented women who worked in factories during World War II. To get this hairstyle begin by curling your hair. To get a more authentic look use pin curls or curlers to style it. Next, fold the bandanna in half diagonally so that it forms a triangle. Wrap the large side of the triangle around your neck, and tie it at the top of your head. Bring the tip of the bandanna up to the knot as well, and slide it beneath the spot where the bandanna is tied. If desired, let a few curls in the front peek out.

Pulling Hair Back

One of the most traditional uses of bandannas in hairstyling is to pull the hair back with the bandanna. This style is sometimes referred to as a "babushka" tie. "Babushka" means "grandmother" in Russian and refers to the commonly worn headscarves that many Eastern European women use to style their hair. This style was also used in the 1950s in the U.S. To get this style, comb your hair straight back. Fold the bandanna in half diagonally so that it is a triangle. Place the long side of the triangle on your forehead and tie the two side points underneath your hair in the back. For shorter styles, tuck the remaining corner under the knot. For a different effect, try tying the bandanna under the chin.

Headband Bandannas

To get a similar style without covering your hair, try turning a bandanna into a headband. Fold the headband in half diagonally before rolling bandanna into itself to form a long strip. You can then tie this strip around your hair either by knotting it on top of your head, or by tying it underneath your hair. If you choose to knot the bandanna on top, tuck the tips of two corners that were tied together under the bandanna so that they don't stick up.

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