How to Do a Cute & Easy Rockabilly Hairstyle With a Bandana

7 Materials
30 Minutes

Today’s hairstyle tutorial is such a fun look! I will be showing you how to do a rockabilly hairstyle with a bandana. I love wearing my hair up in a bandana during the summer. It is a great way to show off your curls.

Tools and materials:

  • Hairspray 
  • Bobby pins 
  • Straight pins 
  • Ponytail holder
  • Teasing comb 
  • Pomade 
  • Bandana
Curling the ends of hair before

1. Curl hair 

If you don’t have any leftover curls in your hair from the day before, go ahead and curl it now. We need a bit of curl for this hairstyle. 

Backcombing hair to create volume

2. Create volume

Use a teasing comb to part your hair and backcomb to create some volume. Start from the section at the corner of your forehead and work your way to the other corner of your forehead. 

Spraying the hair with hairspray

3. Spray the hair 

Spray the hair you just brushed back with hairspray and let it dry.

Brushing the top section of hair

4. Brush through 

Once that hair section is dry, lightly brush through the outside of the hair to smooth everything out. Be gentle so that you do not reduce any of the volume you created. 

Applying pomade to teased hair

5. Apply pomade 

Run some pomade or wax through the teased section of hair to get rid of any frizz and make it look smooth and shiny. 

How to create a front swoop

How to do a swoop

Creating a front swoop with the hair

6. Create a swoop

Gather your hair up, then take your hand and put it to one side, then bend the hair over your hand and remove it. It should create a gorgeous swoop in the hair. 

Spraying the swoop with hairspray

Spray the swoop thoroughly with hairspray and let it dry.

Curling the end of the swoop into a pin curl

Take the ends of the swoop and curl them in on itself to create a pin curl. 

Securing the pin curl with a bobby pin

Secure the pin curl with a bobby pin at the base and the top. Try to hide the bobby pin as best as you can. 

Spray the swoop thoroughly again with hairspray and let it dry.

Adjusting the swoop

Adjust the swoop to your liking. 

How to create rockabilly hairstyles

7. Tie the rest up 

Tire the rest of your hair up in a high ponytail. I like to leave a gap between the swoop and the ponytail. So I don’t tie the ponytail right behind the swoop.

DIY rockabilly hairstyles

8. Separate the curls 

Separate the curls in your ponytail with your fingers. This will help create more volume. 

Applying pomade to the ponytail

9. Apply pomade 

Run some pomade or wax through the ponytail in a squishing motion. This will get rid of any frizz and make the hair look smooth and shiny, while maintaining the volume.

Adjusting the back of the ponytail

10. Adjust the back 

If need be, pull the pony holder up to bring up the curls. Loosen the back by gently pulling the hair. 

Simple rockabilly hairstyles

Use a straight pin to secure the pony in place. Place the pin exactly where the pony holder is.  

Straight pins are great for when you are trying to hold up a mass of hair. 

Fluffing the curls out with fingers

Fluff the curls out with your fingers. 

Securing the curls with bobby pins

Use as many bobby pins as you would like to adjust the placement of the curls. 

Especially if you are going outside, you do not want the wind to be whipping your curls every which way. 

Adding a bandana to the rockabilly hairstyle

How to do a rockabilly hairstyle with a bandana

11. Tie the bandana 

Place the bandana at the base of your neck and bring the ends upwards. Adjust it so the ends meet to the side of your head. Tie the bandana together once. 

Securing the bandana with bobby pins

Pin the scarf to your head to secure it. I always use two pins on either side of my head and crisscross them. Do whatever works for you. 

Tying the ends of the bandana

Once you have fully secured the bandana to your head, tie the ends again. You want this style to look like you just threw the bandana on. 

How to do a rockabilly hairstyle

You want to make sure that there are no gaps in the hair in the back. Use a mirror to look at the back of your head and adjust the hair so that the curls are fully covering the pony holder and that there are no gaps. Secure with a bobby pin if necessary. 

Rockabilly hairstyle with a bandana

Rockabilly hairstyle with a bandana

Now we have a super-simple rockabilly hairstyle with a bandana that you can wear to work, while running errands, or going out.

It all depends on how you decide to dress it up with your clothes and hair scarves. Either way, you are sure to look cute. I love hearing from you guys so let me know what you think in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby pins
  • Straight pins
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  • Debra Debra on Apr 11, 2022

    Lovely! ❤️

  • Bus49638425 Bus49638425 on Apr 26, 2022

    Any ideas for ultra thin and thinning hair for this style, or to just wear a Bandana in the hair. I have zero bump at base of skull, so it's a double problem lol. I do adore how your's came out. 💜🙂

    • Myb22335345 Myb22335345 on Apr 30, 2022

      I'm the same way thin and no bump at the bottom. I have to use alot of Bobby pins