Are you looking for helpful tips on how to tie a headscarf? Or maybe, you're looking for a step-by-step guide that shows you everything about tying a headscarf, from folding the scarf to tying the knot.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, just know you're on the right page. This article will highlight some quick and easy ways to tie your headscarf, including the different types of scarves you need for each style.
Types of Scarf for Tying a HeadScarf
Ever wonder what the different types of scarves are? There are a few different scarf tying methods, but they all have one thing in common - they keep your head warm.
Square scarves are usually light material scarves made of silk or cotton. Small-size square carves are commonly used as bandanas or neckerchiefs, while big and medium-size square scarves are used as headscarves. They generally work with most kinds of hairdos, especially with curly twists and ponytails.
The rectangular scarves are more popularly known as long scarves, although some people also call them oblong scarves. They are quite useful for styling full hair or hairdos in which you would want to cover the whole hair.
How to tie a headscarf - 5 Square scarves style
The 5 square scarves styles described here are useful for various formal and informal occasions; a get-together, picnic, wedding, funerals, church service, trips, office meetings, etc.
Show your scarf off by using the following types of knots below. These are all easy to learn and make your scarves pop with personality.
#1. The Bows Away Style
Start by folding your scarf into a triangle. Next, center the folded triangular edge at the neck cape of your scarf. Using the long ends, tie a bow and bring your bow over your ears, just near the top of your head. Finally, tuck in the remaining sides of the triangle to your scarf edges.
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#2. Turban Style
Create a triangle with your scarf. Fold the triangle edge and bring them to the front of the cape of the neck, just over the triangle pointing towards the face. Take the two long ends and fasten them into a knot right over the pointed triangle. Lastly, take any remaining sides or ends and fold them into the edges to make your turban look smooth. Adjust as much as you want to keep firm.
#3. Rosette Style
Pick your square scarf and fold it into a triangle. Let the folded triangle cover your head, then bring all the other ends together, closer to your ears, and wring into a coil. Roll up the coil to form a rosette. Adjust other ends to fit into the sides, and you have your rosette style.
#4. Classic Style
The classic style is simple and easy to tie. Just like other square scarves, start by creating a triangle. Bring the folded triangle to cover your forehead. Pick the long ends and turn them into a bow just at the back of the neck cape. Adjust to stay firm, and lastly, tie above the triangle.
#5. The Hat Wrap Style
This square scarf style is best tied around a hat. Start by folding your scarf into a triangle. Next, bring the folded edges to the triangle making sure it points towards the hat's crown. Adjust the folded edges to sit perfectly across the hat’s crown. Now, bring the two long ends to the back of the hat and tie them as a square knot.
How to tie a headscarf - 5 Classic styles (for both rectangular and square scarf)
Classic styles are excellent for creating exceptionally timeless looks. Classic styles are the perfect option, whether you want to give off a chic vibe or maintain a calm aura. Below are five classic styles to spice your fashion;
1. The Low Bum Classic Style
The low bum style is perfect for full hair. A long scarf will work here, but preferably get a rectangular scarf, and place the scarf on your head. Begin by folding the top quarter of the scarf, ensuring the two long ends are equal.
Next, at the base of your neck, turn the ends into a knot, firmly securing them to fit. If there are any more loose ends, take them and tie once more around and under the bum. Now, tuck in any extra and loose sides under the bum.
2. The Pony Tail Style
The pony style is perfect for everyday fashion. It's easy to tie and doesn’t matter if you want to use a rectangular or square scarf. Also, regardless of the scarf's size, you can still tie your ponytail style. Begin by picking a scarf of choice. Next, gently fold your hair and tie with a knot, then take your scarf and tie over the knot, allowing the remaining ends of the scarf to flow freely down your back.
3. Twisted Headband Style
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For a rectangular scarf, fold the edges into a long end. At the cape of your neck, tie the two ends and adjust to stick firmly. Meanwhile, you can tie a knot just after the first tying at the cape of the neck. This will add more volume to the top of your scarf.
If you are using a square scarf, start by folding your scarf into a triangle. Roll the scarf to the pointed corners and bring the loose ends to the nape of your neck. Finally, knot the scarf underneath your hair, and there you have it.
4. The Babushka Style
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The babushka has been in vogue since the 90s. It’s super easy to tie and has a staying power higher than other styles. You can literally tie a babushka all day without having to worry if it will fall off. Begin by folding your scarf into a triangle, then take the two long ends and tie in an opposing manner under your chin, allowing the left long end to cross over to the right side and vice versa.
5. The Bandana Cap Style
This style is incredibly simple. Start by folding your scarf into a triangle. Take the two long ends and tie them directly over your hair. Tuck in any loose sides and extra fabrics to keep the knot neat.
How long should a scarf be?
While most people believe that the best scarf length is between 6 inches and 10 inches, in reality, a scarf should be long enough to go round the neck once. However, an extra length for tucking in after a knot shouldn’t hurt.
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