7 Stylish Ways to Wear a Bandana

7 Stylish Ways to Wear a Bandana
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Rooted in tradition—and, like, every old cowboy movie ever—the bandana's come to serve as a symbol of confidence, freedom, and, well... just downright cool. That said, though, when it comes to styling one nowadays, there's a very fine yet distinctly definitive line between boho-chic free-spirited (see: above) and Bret Michaels cruising the country in a love bus free-spirited (see: VH1 circa 2007).

Just in time for the 4th of July, we consulted the hair gods (Pinterest) to show us the way to easy, breezy, All-American locks.

1. Bring out the boho
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Pair a flag-printed style with slouchy silhouettes for a totally carefree vibe.

2. Go retro
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Finish up with a cat eye to really pay homage to old-school Americana.

3. Give it a twist
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This loop-around trick is so simple, yet so unexpected. (And it keeps bangs off your face. Win-win.)

4. Dress up short hairstyles
7 Stylish Ways to Wear a Bandana

What you can't craft in updos, you can make up for in effortlessly edgy accessories a la Delphine Chaneac.

5. Add volume to a sock bun
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Tuck one end into your hair elastic, then spin, pin, and boom—dunzo.

6. Bow-bedeck a ponytail
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Sweeten up a basic ponytail with a hint of girlie. (Find out how to DIY the look, here.)

7. Wrap it up7 Stylish Ways to Wear a BandanaSource: keikolynn.com via Tara on Pinterest

Just in case a full-blown shower isn't in your holiday forecast—here's to looking at you float trips!—a knotted headwrap will make three-day-old, unwashed hair a little more photogenic. Selfie away. (Note: this works great for square silk scarves, as seen in this tutorial, and bandanas, alike.)

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