You may have seen them around town and not even realized. They look like a typical fabric head covering, but the difference is to the wearer. It’s a pre-tied bandana. A comfortable way to cover your hair.
A pre-tied bandana is a head covering for women that is comfortable to wear and easy to use. It is basically a piece of cloth that is sewn into a headcovering with elastic at the neck for an easy fit. The two ends of the fabric, know as “tails” hang down on either side of the head.
The pros of this type of hair covering is that they do not need to be tied – which is the number one complaint about headscarves and some other women’s headcoverings. It is already “tied”. Pre-tied bandanas, other wise know as pre-tied headscarves, kosher bandanas or elasticized tichels come in a vast variety of colors, fabrics, with any kind of decoration you can imagine. Plus the two tails hanging down can be left hanging as is, tucked inside the headcovering or tied in numerous fashions which lends itself to versatility.
Funky printed pre-tieds can be worn for casual occasions, or a dressy one can be the perfect accessory for even the most fashionable affair.
These coverings are great for women looking to cover their hair in a way that offers complete coverage since they are sewn in a way that no hair will show – unlike a regular tied bandana or scarf.
On the con side, one issue women have with them is that they tend to slip. This is easily corrected by finding the fit and fabric that go best with your hair texture. Often one that is too snug, or too loose will slip. Lycra fabrics tend to slip more as well. Other solutions are to use the 2 tails that hang down from every head covering to tie it tight to your head or make use of bobby pins, snap clips or a no-slip headband like the Milano WiGrip to fasten the pre-tied bandana to your head.
Pre-tied bandanas are manufactured by a large variety of companies, each with their own fit and shape. It can take a few tries to find the company or companies that fit you best. Someone who is new to pre-tied bandanas may want to test out a few different brands to find the one that works best for them.