Second day hair can be a pain, especially in the Philippine heat and humidity.
I try not to shampoo my hair everyday so it doesn’t dry, but by the second day it starts to become obvious. Normally I’d just use a cap to cover it, but that only works on errand days and weekends. For work days, I just put it up in a sleek ponytail. And while that’s all well and good, it also becomes a little boring after a while. So I decided to get a little more creative. And for me creativity usually means one thing: Disney.
I don’t have a lot of hair accessories apart from well, ears. But I do have a lot of bandanas. One of my favorites is this bright red Mickey bandana I got from – you’d probably never guess where – Daiso. (I swear Disney is everywhere guys, you just need to keep your eyes open)
So I figured I’d show you 5 simple ways to style your hair using 1 simple accessory. And believe me, being a no-fuss kind of girl when it comes to hair, I promise you these styles will take you 2 minutes tops.
For all these styles, prep your bandana by folding it in half diagonally, then roll it to create a long strip.
The easiest and most straightforward way to wear a bandana is by wrapping it around your head and securing it by tying a double knot at the top. I like to do this with some hair in front of my ear on one side to frame my face, with the hair on the other side tucked behind my ear for a more relaxed look.
I think it’s cutest to do this style on second day curls, but having your hair straight for this look also works just as well.
From its very name, all you do for this style is grab a top section of hair and tie it with an elastic. Then take your bandana and and wrap it around once. Secure with a knot.
This look is perfect for when you want your hair down but also want to keep it off your face. It’s both playful and practical.
The Side Braid
This is probably the most complicated of all the hairstyles but still pretty doable. All you do is incorporate the bandana into a regular side braid. You fold the bandana in half and place each side with two sections of your braid, then work your way down normally and tie at the end.
It sounds complicated but once you get the hang of it I guarantee it’ll be one of your favorite styles to do. Rapunzel would be proud.
A slight variation of the classic – with an elastic, just tie your hair up in a high ponytail then wrap the bandana around your head. This time, tuck the ends in for a more sophisticated look, and push the bandana forward to create some volume in the front.
Pro tip: Take one section of your elastic and bobby pin it in place so your pony doesn’t fall throughout the day.
The Top Knot
If you want no-fuss, no-time-to-check-in-the-mirror kind of hair, this is for you. Pull all your hair up in a high ponytail and twist it into a loose knot. Secure with bobby pins, then wrap your bandana twice around the bun. Double tie so it doesn’t fall.
For a more chill vibe, pull out some front pieces of hair to frame your face.
“Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”
And that Disney friends, is all there is to it.
Not only are these styles super easy and functional, they are also really fun to pair with simple outfits. They’ll add the perfect and subtle touch of magic if all-out Disney isn’t your thing, and be the cherry on top to your Disney sundae if it is. Wins all around!