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10 Head Scarf Styles for Bad Hair Days and Beyond

Some days my hair feels gorgeous, clean and beautiful enough to star in a hair-care campaign (call me, Pantene). Other days, not so much. It’s dirty, frizzy or simply seems to have developed a new cowlick that I just can’t be bothered to deal with. Sometimes I’m hoping to protect my strands from wind or rain and other days I’m just bored and looking to try a new ’do. Whatever the case, a head scarf can help.

The head scarf is hardly a new trend, but it is a fun way to shake up your use of the cold-weather accessory (though we suggest sticking to silk or other thin fabrics rather than wrapping a cozy wool number around your scalp). The benefit of this particular hair accessory is how versatile it can be: There are tons of different looks you can achieve with just one scarf, ranging from super-simple to intricately detailed. Whatever look you’re going for, we’ve gathered together the best tips and tricks for achieving the head scarf style you want.

What Type of Scarf Should You Use?

Square Head Scarves 

These are the easiest to work with for the greatest variety of hairdos, but make sure you’ve selected a scarf that’s big enough for your chosen style. If you want it to cover all or most of your head, it should be at least 28 by 28 inches.

Rectangular Head Scarves

These can also be called oblong or long scarves, your choice! They’re not quite as multipurpose as their perfectly square cousins, but they do offer other benefits. In particular, you’ll probably want to use a rectangular style if you like the look of excess fabric hanging down, or if you’re interested in doing a full headwrap or turban.

RELATED: How to Wash All Your (Secretly Disgusting) Scarves Without Damaging Them

Now onto the fun. Here are 10 ways to tie a scarf around your head, ranked from easiest to most difficult:

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1. The Pony Tie

One of the absolute easiest ways to incorporate a scarf into your look is by simply tying it around a ponytail. This works with pretty much any size or shape, so long as you can secure it in a knot. If you’re really worried about the silk fabric slipping down your pony, loop your scarf through a hair elastic before tying it to give some extra staying power.

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2. The Twisted Headband

If you’re using a square scarf, start by folding it in half diagonally, then begin to roll or fold the scarf starting at the widest side and working your way toward the pointed corners. If you’re using a rectangular scarf, just start folding along the long side. Tie the loose ends under your hair at the nape of your neck and voilà! You can also knot the scarf at the middle after rolling it up to help it stay folded and add a bit more volume up top.

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3. The Bandanna

Hello, Lizzie McGuire called and she’s more than happy to share one of her signature styles with you, once again. If you’re really not feeling your hair or just want to cover up a third-day blowout that probably should’ve retired after being a two-day blowout, this is your easiest option. Simply fold a square scarf in half diagonally, then tie the two opposite ends under your hair and leave the third corner loose.

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4. The Bandanna Cap

Very similar to the above, but rather than give off an early 2000s or summer camp vibe, the bandanna cap feels much more ’70s and really only requires one small tweak in execution. Instead of knotting your scarf below your hair, tie it on top of your strands and over the loose corner as well. Then tuck the excess fabric under the knot to neaten things up.

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5. The Babushka

Favored by Eastern European grandmothers and fashion-obsessed rappers alike, the babushka covers most of your head, is incredibly easy to do and stays in place even if you’re running around all day. Start by folding a square scarf in half diagonally, then take the two opposing ends and knot them under your chin. And that’s it. Seriously. Now go forth and tend to your grandchildren or record another album (or, you know, whatever your version of an average day looks like).

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6. The Grace Kelly

Also known as the Babushka 2.0, this is a style beloved by Old Hollywood starlets, particularly when they were driving through the South of France in chic convertibles. So yes, it’s also an excellent option for combating wind, rain or humidity. It requires a bit of a larger scarf than the babushka and just one additional step. Rather than simply tying the ends of your scarf under your chin, wrap them around your neck and over the back corner of your scarf before fastening into a knot.

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7. The Updated Rosie the Riveter

We love how this reverse bandanna looks with a topknot, high pony or tight curls. If you’re working with a square scarf, fold it in half diagonally, then fold the bottom third up and the top third down to form a long trapezoid. Then, place the center of the scarf at the back of your head, wrap up and around and tie at the top of your forehead. If you’re using a rectangular scarf, use your best judgement before folding it lengthwise. It might be wide enough as is or with just one fold. It might also leave you with some extra fabric at the ends to tie a fun bow, tuck under or even leave hanging loose, if you prefer.

Watch this video from Cece’s Closet to see exactly how it’s done.

8. The Scarf Braid

There are multiple ways to incorporate a scarf into a braid and the easiest is simply to pull your hair back into a ponytail, tie one end to the elastic and then use it as one third of your braid, tying the other end off with a second elastic or by wrapping and knotting the scarf itself. But you can also weave your accessory through a more complicated ’do, like a French or fishtail braid.

To begin, fold your scarf in half (this is one of those times when an oblong version might work best). Pull together a section of hair as you would normally, however, before you divide it into three parts, pin the folded scarf under the section of hair. Treat each of the two sides of the scarf as a section of hair and continue to braid, adding hair to each section as you go. End with an elastic and loop the rest of the scarf around the bottom of the braid.

Want some additional help? Check out this YouTube tutorial by Cute Girl Hairstyles to see exactly how it’s done.

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9. The Low Bun

Both a square or long scarf will work here, but a long scarf will give you more fabric to wrap around your bun, so if you have a lot of hair or want a voluminous bun, we suggest using a rectangular style. Start by folding the top quarter of the scarf down before placing it on top of your head. Make sure the two ends are equal in length, then secure them in a knot at the base of your neck, just like you would for a bandanna look. Cross each loose end up and around the bun and tie once more underneath the bun. Tuck in any loose ends or extra hanging fabric and there you have it.

Check out this video from Chinutay A. to see how it’s done. Note: She uses both a head scarf liner and oversize scrunchie to protect her hair and add extra volume. Skip to the two-minute mark to see just the scarf tutorial.

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There’s nothing I love more than a great hair accessory. Typically I go for bows, headbands or hat. But the scarf, the scarf is making a major comeback and I’m totally obsessed. I’m always looking for ways to update my hairstyles and look (only so much I feel I can do with short hair!) so I’ll take the inspiration any place can find it. It’s funny how something so simple like a scarf can totally transform your look. But did you know that there were so many different ways to wear a scarf in your hair? I sure didn’t, till now!

One of my favorite things about the scarf hair trend is that there are so many options and colors and styles to choose from. You can go for a classic square scarf like a bandana, or a rectangular silk long scarf. Or heck, even “cheat” and buy one already tied for you so all you have to do is slip it on your head. And no matter what your color or print is, there’s a scarf out there for you. Really, the possibilities are endless.

How To Wear A Scarf In Your Hair: 6 Different Ways

Now, there are a million different ways to wear a scarf in your hair. One quick Pinterest search and you’ll be overwhelmed with inspiration. And let’s be honest, we’ve all had a dirty hair day and used a scarf to hide the grease, ha! But hey, that’s a good thing right? A girl loves options! Today, I’m sharing 6 different ways to wear a scarf in your hair that I’m currently looking to try out for myself this upcoming spring season.

Bun Swirl

You can throw your hair up in a classic messy top knot or bun and simply wrap the scarf around the base a couple of times to create this effortlessly chic look. I find this look is easiest when you use a classic cotton bandana.

Ponytail Tie

The classic ponytail tie is certainly the easiest scarf style to achieve. Simply place your hair in a ponytail and knot the scarf around the base and let the ends hang down. This look is perfect with a rectangle silk scarf in a fun print!

Turban-style Headband

This is such a great style to do when maybe your hair is a little dirty/greasier than normal. Dry shampoo can only take you so far, ha! Take your scarf and knot it at the top of your head and then tuck the ends underneath.

Classic Headband

Such a feminine look with minimal effort. Take a thin silk scarf and wrap it around the top of your head and tie in a bow at the nape of your neck. You can secure this style with bobby pins.

Vintage Glam Wrap

If you’re feeling extra glam, this vintage wrap style is seriously so fun and unexpected. Great for when the wind is going crazy and you want to tame your mane.

Braid Tie

Ok, how cool is this scarf braid tie look? Just tie the scarf (I’d keep it to a thinner silk style) around the base of your ponytail and use it as one of the 3 “sections” when you do your braid. Tie in a bow at the bottom and that’s it!

So there we have it, a fun few new ways to style scarves in your hair this season. While you can certainly wear them now with your favorite cozy knits and sweaters, I’m really wanting to try this trend for spring. Won’t it just be SO cute with a sweet sundress and sandals and your hair up in a scarf? Feels very vintage glam and I am here for it!

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How to Tie a Head Scarf for 9 Different Head Scarf Styles

A head scarf is a universal accessory that has been a staple in wardrobes for decades. Scarves add a pop of color to any outfit and can be styled in many different ways: as a neck scarf, a belt, on your purse, and, of course, to create beautiful head scarf styles.

Here are 9 splendid ideas with easy explanations on how to tie a headscarf and add a classic charm to your style.

How to Wear a Head Scarf

The origins of scarf styles date back to ancient Egypt and Rome, but they did not become a fashion sign until the 19th century. Today, head scarves hold their vintage charm reminiscent of the old Hollywood days when stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe wore silk scarves draped around their hair.

Since the retro vibe is all the rage now, with a major comeback of curtain bangs and bouffant hairstyles, head scarf styles are going to be huge this year too. In fact, many fashion magazines have already named hair scarves among the hottest trends of the year.

Silk scarves look great when paired with vintage hairstyles and pin up curls, but they are also the perfect accessory to add to any modern hairstyle. Plus, who has time to create pin up curls or finger waves just because they want to wear a scarf in their hair?

Here are 9 great ways to style head scarves that can be worn with any hair type or texture. The best part, they are easy to do!

Different Ways to Tie a Head Scarf

#1: Simple Ponytail with a Scarf Tie

The easiest and quickest way to rock your head scarf is in a ponytail. While a low ponytail is a classic style here, you can also tie a scarf around a high ponytail! It’s the perfect accessory to a casual or dressy outfit. You can pull this look off with straight hair or add some loose curls to add volume.

To get the look, fold your scarf in half diagonally to make a triangle. Then, fold in the point of the triangle so that you have a straight edge. From the opposite side, begin rolling the scarf in until you have a long, even band.

Steps to Fold a Scarf for a Hairstyle

Put the center of the folded scarf under your ponytail and lift two ends, wrapping them once around the base of the ponytail (or a bun, for a change). Tie the head scarf in a knot with two loose ends hanging down or create a bow to finish the look.

Ponytail with a Hair Scarf

#2: Head Scarf Headband

Sometimes known as the “Minnie Mouse” headband when worn with a bow, this easy way of tying your scarf is sure to complete any outfit! It looks great with your hair up or down! For this look, you can also use a smaller square head scarf or bandana. Fold your scarf, then slide it under your hair and tie a knot on the top of your head with the ends sticking out to resemble a bow.

Headband Hairstyle with a Scarf Bow

If you want to tie a bigger scarf, fold it as explained above. Then flip your hair forward and place your scarf centered at the nape of your neck. Grab loose ends, bring them forward while flipping your hair back to add volume, and tie them at the top of your head. Let the ends fall loose or conceal them by tucking into the sides.

Headband Hairstyle with a Scarf Knot on Top

You can also wear your scarf as a simple headband by draping the band over the top of your head evenly with the ends hanging down. Tie a scarf at the back of your head under your hair and let the ends hang loose.

Head Scarf Tied Under the Hair

#3: Half Up “Topsy Tail”

If you don’t want to commit to wearing your hair up or down, try half and half! This style looks great whether your hair is straight, wavy, or curly and is a fun way to wear a scarf in summer.

Topsy Tail with a Head Scarf

Start by parting your hair and preparing it for a half-up, half-down look. Gather hair into a loose ponytail, make a small hole between the elastics and the scalp with your fingers, and flip the ponytail up and through it. Once you have created the twist, you can add your scarf as a bow or knot with the ends hanging loose.

Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyle with a Scarf

#4: Half Up French Braid with a Head Scarf

This hairstyle has something whimsical about it! It’s a fun way to wear your hair half-up, half-down, and a bow or knotted scarf looks great when mixed in!

Half-Up French Braid Hairstyle with a Scarf

To create this look, fold your scarf into a band. Divide your hair starting at the top into three sections to create a French braid. Braid your hair halfway and secure with a ponytail holder.

Loop your scarf under your ponytail holder at the center, so it’s firmly in place. Tie a knot or create a bow and let the ends hang loosely. Don’t forget to top it off with a little hairspray to hold everything in place!

Hairstyle with Scarf Ends Left to Hang Loosely

#5: Bandana Cover

If you want to make a fashion statement while also protecting your hair from windy or rainy weather, this is the style for you. In fact, this is one of the most common ways to style a vintage silk scarf!

You can wear a headscarf as a half head wrap with your hair down or in a low bun. It can be worn with straight hair, or you can add a few loose curls to add more volume.

Vintage Hairstyle with a Scarf

To create this hair scarf style, fold your scarf in half diagonally to make a triangle. Hold at the corners and gently drape the scarf around your head with the point of the triangle aiming down your back. Tie the scarf at the back of your head.

Scarf Put on Hair in an Updo

Leave some hair or bangs in front with your hair flowing down your back, or cover it (if worn up or in a low bun) to create a complete head wrap. If you have a long scarf, you can tie the access fabric in the back into a second knot and tuck the ends under the scarf to hide them. If you like the scarf to hang more loosely, you can secure it in place with bobby pins.

Full Head Wrap with a Silk Scarf

#6: Traditional Braid with a Scarf

Can’t commit to wearing your hair fully up or down, or don’t like hair in your face? This is the look for you! It’s the simplest way to switch up a traditional braid and looks stunning with a mermaid braid.

Braid your hair as you normally would and stop about 5 inches before reaching the tips. Tie a small ponytail holder and place your folded scarf at the center, so it’s tightly in place. Then tie your scarf to create a bow or a knot.

Braid with a Scarf at the End

#7: Hair Scarf Braided into a Braid

Give your traditional or French braid a total makeover! Braid in a silk scarf to add a pop of color and volume.

Braided-In Hair Scarf

To get this look, fold your scarf and divide hair into three sections for braiding. Then tie your folded scarf once around the middle section of your hair. Add two ends to two side strands. Begin to braid your hair as you usually would and secure the end of the braid with a hair tie.

How to Braid Scarf into the Hair

#8: Tying a Headwrap

Unlike square, silk or chiffon scarves, a headwrap is a large, rectangular, often cotton piece of fabric that is used to create African headwrap styles. Tying one will allow achieving a wider line of fabric on your head. What is more, cotton can be twisted into fun elements at the top of your forehead.

To pull off this look, bend the scarf to make it narrower and place it centered at the back of your head. Thus, bring two ends forward, twists them, and bring them to the back again, moving each end in the opposite direction now. Tuck the sticking ends under the fabric. You can modify the look by twisting and coiling two ends together above your forehead.

#9: Turban with a Bow

Turban is one of the most popular head scarf wrapping styles for black women. One excellent way to style it is with a large bow at the front. Other classic variants are to cover the head with the scarf, bringing ends either to the front or to the back of your head, then twisting two ends of the scarf together and wrapping them around the top or low bun respectively. Follow a step-by-step tutorial to the preferred headwrap style and get ready to pull off a head-turning look.

With a wide variety of designs and textures and endless styling options, it’s easy to see why so many women love having a silk scarf in their wardrobe. A scarf is a timeless trend that will always remain a classic accessory, and I hope you have learned a few great ways to style it in your hair! Follow @laurenkellynj for more hairstyle inspiration, styling tips and tricks, and product recommendations.


African Headwraps 101: A Powerful Accessory

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What is an African Headwrap?

An African Headwrap or African Head Wrap (two words) is a piece of cloth tied around the head in an intricate style. It can be a strong cultural statement, a fashionable accessory or a smart fix for those days when you don’t want to style your hair. 

Available in many colors and patterns, fabrics and sizes, headwraps are usually about 60-72 inches—or the length of an average scarf. 

A headwrap can be worn for a casual day at home or the most special occasion. It might be just a simple piece of cloth, but it can show off a woman’s beauty and strength like nothing else.

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A History of African Headwraps

The African Headwrap or head scarf as it is sometimes called, has stood the test of time and history. Women have been wearing them for centuries—throughout many regions. It is still important to many African American women today. 

In other languages, the headwrap is called “dhuku” (in the Shona language), “duku” (Chichewa), “gele” (Yoruba) and “iduku” (isiZulu). 

Originating in sub-Saharan Africa, the head scarf was designed using traditional colors and patterns like kente. 

Head scarves often told a story of who a woman was. They let everyone know about a woman’s age, marital status or wealth at a glance. They were also used the way today’s accessories are: to enhance a woman’s beauty.

Unfortunately, when African women first arrived in the U.S., the head scarf became a sign of their enslavement. However, as African American women and men began fighting for freedom and equality, the traditional scarf reemerged as a symbol of pride and Afrocentric celebration. 

An African-American woman wearing a gold and purple headwrap, matching dress, and hoop earrings.

Why Wear an African Headwrap? 

The headwrap’s crowning glory is its versatility.  There are so many reasons to wear a head scarf:

  • To protect the hair at night: Many women use silk or satin head scarves instead of a bonnet at night, keeping their hairstyles in place and safe from drying fabrics.
  • To avoid styling your hair during the day: If you don’t feel like doing your hair in the morning (or the night before!), large headwraps are a great way to keep your coils in check.
  • To take part in a ceremony: Many African immigrants, inspired by their native culture, wear a tribal head scarf for weddings or other ceremonial events.
  • To express your style: Today, many African American women wear headwraps for style and simplicity. Pre-tied African headwraps are a convenient way to look nice and cover your hair, while the untied versions can be shaped in many unique and attention-grabbing ways.
  • Celebrate African heritage: As more women come to love their natural hair, many have started incorporating fashion headwraps into their daily look as a point of pride. African head coverings (and garments like caftans) are also worn for cultural celebrations.
  • To add style and meaning to church wear:  Instead of the traditional Sunday hat, some women prefer to wear a patterned or jeweled headwrap.

No matter what you’re wearing, an African headwrap is a sophisticated, easy way to add color and standout style while celebrating your heritage and unique beauty.

Fall In Love With African Headwrap Styles

Did you know that African headwraps have a glorious history dating back to sub-Saharan Africa, and even ancient Egypt? Before headwraps became the style trend they are today, women wore wraps for many reasons.

Historically, some wraps represented a woman’s age and status in the community, and other wraps indicated her marital status. In Egypt, women wore heavy elaborate headdresses to showcase their royal status. Throughout history headwraps have been a symbol of culture and beauty and the legacy lives on today.

Today, headwraps are a favorite accessory worn by women for practically every occasion. Whether you’re headed out for a night on the town or running a few errands, there’s a headwrap style for every occasion to fit you perfectly.

Getting Your Crown Ready For A Wrap

Before we dive into style suggestions for wrapping your beautiful crown, let’s get prepared. Headwraps can be worn at all times. Depending on the weather, your hair prep underneath will vary.

In the humid summer months and definitely in the dry freeze of winter, our hair needs extra loving care. Protective styles for natural hair are the rage, and many women choose twists, braids and sister locs to tuck away the hair. Don’t forget about headwraps as an option!

Headwraps can be an affordable way to keep hair feeling nourished, while you go about your life in style. You can rock your personal style with an amazing accessory that’s easy to find. Add a little moisturizer (pro tip: Leave-in conditioner is your friend), braid your hair and get ready to work that beautiful fabric into a fashionable look.

Tips for Protecting Hair When Wrapping

Without question, protecting the edges of your natural hair is of the utmost importance.  Breakage around the hairline is one of the downsides to the range of hair style trends these days. Here are a few of the major reasons the hairline may be suffering from the styling.

Top causes of hairline breakage

  • Lack of moisture
  • Poor health
  • Over-manipulation/over-styling
  • Adhesives and glue
  • Tightly braided protective styles
  • Wearing hair out in the elements

While all of the reasons above are key, African-American hair is particularly sensitive to the friction from tight protective styles. Too much time in the rain or in heat can be a hassle also.

A silkier, more strand-friendly fabric tied semi-loosely is the answer to many concerns about wearing headwraps to help fight breakage. Tucking your ends away helps the oldest and weaker strands stay healthy. Check out our blog for more info about using headwraps as a protective styling option.

Headwraps for hair loss or healing

If you deal with hair loss due to illness, knowing how to wear a scarf or headwrap is so much more than a style option. In these situations, the use of breathable fabrics in great colors can be the exact boost a woman keep an uplifted spirit. Try some of the many fabrics available in an array of colors and patterns that will fit any woman’s style and circumstance. Create the look you love! Read more here about how wraps can provide a lift as you heal inside and out.

Headwrap Styles for short hair

African headwraps are for women with short hair too! Just because your natural hair is styled in a super short cut doesn’t mean you have to be left out. Women who wear TWAs (teeny weeny afros) and bald heads can get in on the look by using square cut scarves and smaller headwraps to create gorgeous looks. To successfully head wrap short hair or bald heads, try these tips:

  • Use non-slip fabrics! At the end of the day, you want a head wrap that will stay in place all day without slippage. Some headband scarves are made with elastic to softly stay in place.
  • You can also find stretchier fabrics that will stay in place BECAUSE you have less hair weighing down the fabric. Lock that gorgeous look in place ladies!
  • Try to find moisture-absorbing fabrics. Depending on the flow of your day, headwraps and hairbands with features designed for exercise do a great job at keeping your head dry. Less sweat means your wrap stays in place longer.

Read more on the Ashro blog about styling headwraps on short hair.

Headwrap Styles for long hair, braids and faux locs 

Women with longer hair or those who are already wearing a protective style such as braids or faux locs can also rock gorgeous headwrap styles. There are popular options that allow you to simply gather your hair, place a ponytail on top, then twist and style your wrap into a look you love. 

For longer hair styles, some research suggestions include: front-knotted wraps, big bow style, and the ever popular top bun to name a few. A quick internet search will help you find a ton of video tutorials that will help you get going. 

You can also find options for pre-tied headwraps if you find that dealing with fabric and your long hair is too much.

Headwrap styles for Afros

One of the most beautiful looks is an afro hairstyle adorned with an African-style headwrap. Often, women who wear their hair in afro styles feel the same sense of hesitation that women with short naturals feel. No worries, we have a few tips to help you make creative wraps for your amazing afro.

Tips for Afro Headwraps

The larger the afro, the larger the fabric size you need to work with; always adjust for the size of your head and hair. A looped headband style is an easy option for securing your hair while letting your crown remain free.

As more women embrace head wraps for preserving and healing natural hair, they are a firm favorite for great African-inspired looks.

How Tie an African Headwrap

Black woman wearing black, red, orange, white print headwrap

It doesn’t matter what kind of hairstyle you have. You can wear African headwraps with short hair, long hair, braids, bangs—and everything in between. 

If you want to learn how to tie an African headwrap, don’t worry, there are no complicated knots to learn. Tying African headwraps is often just tucking in the ends. If you want to learn how to tie an African headwrap and don’t know where to start, here are some of the most popular wrapping styles:

The front-knotted headwrap 

  • Hold the cloth behind your head with its ends in each of your hands. (Make sure you have an even amount of fabric on each side.) 
  • Bring your hands forward so the scarf wraps around your head from the back. 
  • Twist the trailing ends around each other, then curl them into a circle (like a lazy dancer’s bun) above your eyebrows. 
  • Tuck in the ends to hold the headwrap secure.

The bow style

  • Start the same way you would with a front knot, but tie the ends of the scarf once at the front of your head rather than wrapping them around each other. 
  • Tie a bow, and tuck in the ends. 
  • Fan out the exposed part of the bow for volume.

Watching videos of headwrap tutorials is the easiest way to learn how to tie a headwrap—or, you can always go with pre-tied head scarves; there’s nothing easier. 

No matter what type of headwrap you try, a good tip is to leave your forehead and neck exposed. A headwrap is meant to show YOU off, so make sure that your facial features and statement jewelry are the star. 

An African-American woman wearing a gold, black and white animal print headwrap and matching outfit.

What to Wear with an African Headwrap

Head scarves often come in Afrocentric colors and patterns which can be tricky to mix. To keep things simple, many women will choose to wear headwraps and caftans made out of the same fabric. This creates a fabulous, stunning  look, but don’t dismiss mixing headwraps with other clothing you already have. Pairing a brightly colored and patterned head scarf with a neutral shirt and jeans can add a flash of color and style that looks amazing. 

Adding your favorite jewelry to a head scarf brings in another creative element. Try fashioning your favorite brooch into a headwrap accessory by pinning it above your eyebrows. This is a timeless, gorgeous combination. Adding large hoops gives you a high-impact look, too. 

You can also try wearing a headwrap with a long scarf of a contrasting color. If you already own a pashmina scarf, you can also wear that as a headwrap—getting two uses out of one accessory. When putting your look together, the sky’s the limit!

A black woman wearing an orange and black tribal print headwrap and matching dress, and drop earrings.

Choosing a Headwrap that Celebrates Your Heritage

If you want to celebrate African culture, a headwrap is a beautiful, practical way to do just that. Finding a headwrap with traditional African print or color can be a fun discovery journey. Look for mudcloth, kente or dashiki fabrics in colors like red, green, orange and black—or any colors and patterns that speak to your spirit.

With more women turning to head scarves for elegance and style, it’s safe to say these accessories aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, their popularity means there are now many places where you can buy African headwraps, including your favorite Afrocentric clothing stores. Wrap up headturning style with a head scarf; a truly powerful, truly beautiful way to express yourself!


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7 Stunning silk scarf styles for your hair - easy to follow steps

Styling your hair with a silk scarf is a chic way to give it a more polished look. Here are easy to follow steps achieving our much loved hair styles wearing a silk scarf. These looks are perfect for spring summer and to be worn anytime be it at home, at work or may be at a zoom meeting, going out with friends or a romantic dinner. And yes I know we have been in lockdown but it will happen for sure and very soon.

As a matter of fact wearing a hair scarf is also perfect for bad hair days, between hair washes and can also protect the hair but that is for another time or a blog. 

A silk scarf is one of the most versatile hair accessories, since a variety of pretty looks can be created. And styling the hair with a silk scarf is perfect for all hair lengths and textures being long, short or medium.

Our silk chiffon scarves are delicate and gentle on the hair so when wearing one of our scarves, be assured it doesn’t damage your hair. At BASMA we believe in comfortable luxury and we love it when you get creative and have a signature style that is unique to you, feeling comfortable and confident. 

Here are our 7 stunning scarf styles for you hair which we hope you love as much as we do.

The Romantic Look

This is the easiest of our hair scarf look. We have used the pink peony bloom, one of our long silk chiffon scarves, a delicate floral pink perfect for spring summer. 

Just gather your hair to the side in a low pony tail. You might like to use an elastic band to create the ponytail first. Tie the scarf starting under the ponytail and tie it at the top. Ideally the ponytail is loose. This is such an adorable look and can be worn anytime day or evening. 

The Hobo Look

A more creative but equally easy to do hair style. We have also used our British made long silk chiffon scarf which is 120x40cm. 

Pin one edge of the end of the scarf to the side of the head creating a soft flower shape. Create a loose braid with the the rest of the scarf intertwining it with the hair. This is an original look and gives the hair the perfect amount of playfulness and femininity. 

The Audrey Hepburn Look 

This is perfect for all the beautiful muslim women wearing the hijab as well as the rest of us protecting the hair from the sun and the rain for an elegant and timeless look. Using our luxury Azurite square silk scarf, fold the scarf into a triangle. You can control the size of the triangle if you wish the scarf to cover your hair fully. Pull the hair back or maybe keep your bangs/fringe for a softer look. Wrap the head and wrap the extra scarf around your neck. This is the ultimate sophisticated look. 

The Madonna Look

This is a homage to the 80’s. We have used our cherry blush, a beautiful red square silk chiffon scarf. 

Fold the scarf into a triangle. Fold it again few times till you get a long scarf. We have pulled the hair back in a low bun but you might like to have your hair down.

Bring the scarf from underneath the hair. Make sure the scarf is even length on both sides. Bring it around the ears and cover part of the ears for a modern look. Tie the scarf at the centre of the head, and with the second tie make it into an oversized bow. This is super cute style and suits all lengths of hair.  

The Hairband Look

This is the perfect alternative to a hairband or headband. Take a square scarf. We have used our square peach ombre silk scarf. Keep the scarf square and folded it to the width you like. Keep the front part of your hair out Bring the scarf to the top of your head and tie it at the nape of your neck. This style gives the face softness and flair.

The Russian Princess Look 

This hair scarf style is best suited for medium to long hair. Fold a square scarf into a triangle and fold it into a wide long scarf. Pull your hair back and bring the scarf at the top you the head. Bring the scarf around the ears and and wrap it with the hair in a low bun. To make it easier achieving this style you might like to have your hair in a low bun to start with before wrapping the scarf around it for that elegant look. We have used our beautifully crafted lapis lazuli square silk scarf.

The Modern Bow Look

We have used our saffron wave square silk chiffon scarf for this ethereal hair style. Put your hair in a high messy bun. Fold the scarf into a triangle and then gather it to the width you like. Start underneath the hair and bring it to the side of the head. Tie it a couple of times and with the third one create a simple bow for an edgy soft look.

There are so many creative ways to use your silk scarf, just experiment and enjoy. Create your style and tag us on Instagram and we would love it if you follow us too. 

And as a thank you for your support to our small business during this difficult time, we are offering 20% off our scarves with code BASMA20 for limited time only. 


There’s only another fashion trend that has stood the test of time: The Scarf.

Drape it on your neck, tie your hair with it, hang it on your bag, or wear it around your head to protect yourself from the sun. The scarf has always been a classic accessory.

The first time I saw a scarf worn in a chic style was when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I love the song ’Moon River’ and seeing Audrey Hepburn sing it with a scarf wrapped around her head made me want to try it out too. Cut to a few years ago when Carrie Bradshaw sported a scarf fashionably on her trip to Abu Dhabi in SATC 2. A scarf is an impeccable accessory and creates the classic vintage feel that all women love.

Are you as enthralled as I am? Get your scarf game on with these 25 fun ways to style a scarf on your hair. They’re super easy to do, so say goodbye to wasting time in front of a mirror and read on!

25 Incredible Ways To Tie A Scarf On/Over/With Your Hair

1. Half Top Knot With A Scarf

Half top knots are one of my favorite hairdos, which is why this is at the top of my list! If you (like me) love the messy boho look, simply use your fingers instead of a comb to gather your hair. Trust me, it makes all the difference!

What You Need


How To Do
  1. Gather some hair with your fingers from the top and sides of your head.
  2. Hold it with one hand as you would a half ponytail. With your other hand, pass the elastic band over this section of hair.
  3. Wrap your hair into a bun. Twist the elastic band and run it over the bun to secure it.
  4. Tie the scarf at the base of the half top knot, covering the elastic band.

2. Top Knot With A Scarf

Top knots are super versatile. They’re perfect for work, parties, and staying cozy at home. Adding a scarf to the top knot only makes it look classier.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. If you want a neat bun, brush your hair with a comb, and gather your hair into a mid ponytail. Wrap your hair into a bun and secure it in place with an elastic band. Tie the scarf at the base of the knot to cover the elastic band.
  2. If you want a messy look, gather your hair into a high ponytail with your fingers. Pass the elastic band over the ponytail once. Twist the band and pull your hair halfway through it, leaving the ends to hang loose. Hold the top knot up and tie the scarf around its base to secure it.

3. Low Ponytail

The low ponytail with a scarf has to be one of the most vintage hairstyles there has ever been! It looks stunning and is incredibly easy to do.

What You Need
  • Curling iron or straightening iron
  • Elastic band
  • Scarf
How To Do
  1. Style your hair in loose waves with the help of a curling iron or straightening iron to add some volume and texture to it.
  2. Using your fingers, brush your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band.
  3. Roll your scarf into a long band. Place the center of the scarf underneath the base of the ponytail. Lift the ends of the scarf and switch them to the opposite sides, wrapping them around the ponytail base. Switch them again before tying a knot at the top.

4. Mid-Level Bun With A Folded Bandana

Time for a fun fact! Did you know that the bandana originated from India? Yeah, it got its name from the Hindi word bhando, which means ‘to tie.’ Pretty culturally awesome, right?

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Comb
  • Scarf/bandana
How To Do
  1. Comb your hair to remove any tangles.
  2. Gather your hair at the back and tie it into a mid-level bun. Leave the ends of your hair to fall over the bun at the top.
  3. Lay the scarf on a table and fold it neatly into a long band.
  4. Place the scarf along the back of your head, and pull the sides to the top of your head. Then, flip the sides and wrap them around to the back of your head.
  5. Tie a knot at the nape of your neck to finish off the look.

5. Rose Scarf Half Knot

What’s in a rose? Give a girl a rose, and it’ll brighten her day instantly. This rosy way of tying a scarf creates an extremely pretty hairdo.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Pick up some hair from the front and divide it into three sections to be weaved into a braid. Hold the three sections with one hand.
  2. Hold your scarf at the center and place it underneath the middle section of hair joining each side of the scarf with each of the side sections of hair.
  3. Begin weaving a regular French braid. Keep adding hair to the side sections until you reach the back of your head.
  4. Weave the rest of the hair in your hands into a regular braid and secure it at the end with an elastic band.
  5. Pancake the entire braid and wrap it to form a rose bun. Secure it in place with hair pins.

6. The Full Head Wrap

Give your kinky locks a much-needed break with this fabulous scarf style. This is a perfect example of how a pop of color in your makeup and a scarf can up the ante of an outfit.

What You Need
  • Hair pins
  • Elastic band
  • Square scarf

How To Do

  1. If you have short hair, simply pin up all your hair so that none of it falls out of the scarf. If you have long hair, tie your hair in a bun at the back.
  2. Fold your scarf in half to form a triangle.
  3. Hold the scarf by the sides so that the center of the triangle is downwards. Slide the scarf over your head so that the held ends of the scarf are on either side of your head, and the pointed end of the scarf falls over your head, in front of your face.
  4. Overlap the held sides of the scarf, twist them around each other, and tie them into a knot at the front. If you have bangs, allow them to fall loose.
  5. If your scarf is really long, after tying the knot in the front, flip the sides to the back and tie another knot, tucking the ends within the scarf.
  6. Lift the pointed end of the scarf over the front knot and tuck it within.

7. Rosie The Riveter

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Rosie The Riveter wasn’t just one woman. She was a symbol for all the women working in factories and shipyards during World War 2. American feminism knows no better cultural icon. Her scarf hairdo is widely sported by women all around the world.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to untangle it. Comb it in a high bun or ponytail. If you have straight hair, go for a high bun. A high pineapple ponytail will look amazing on curly hair.
  2. Spread your scarf on a table and roll it up neatly from one pointed end to the other.
  3. Place the center of the scarf at the back of your head, below the bun or ponytail. Tie the ends in a knot at the top of your head. Let the ends stick out to resemble a bow.
  4. If your scarf is really long, loop it around your head a few times before you tie it.

8. The Blended Scarf Bun

This is one of the trendiest hairdos you can sport right now. For all the ladies out there who love sailing or being on a boat, this is the perfect nautical hairdo!

What You Need
  • Hair pins
  • Elastic band
  • Scarf
  • Hair spray
How To Do
  1. Tie your hair in a mid-level ponytail.
  2. Roll your scarf to form a long band. Tie the ends together, so it resembles a headband.
  3. Pass the scarf over the ponytail, twist it around the base, and pass it partially over the ponytail, so the ends aren’t pulled through completely. Clip up the ends so that they stay in place.
  4. Divide the hair that was pulled through the scarf in half to form two Cs. Merge each section of hair to the scarf side near it.
  5. Loop one scarf and hair side over and through the other.
  6. Unclip the ends and pin them within the bun. This will make the bun appear bigger.
  7. Secure the bun with more pins and spritz some hairspray all over it.

9. Vintage Top Knot WIth Scarf

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If you’re in a rush, have no fear! The scarf is here! There’s something about the vintage style that is captivating. Vintage hairstyles look flawless and are to die for.

What You Need

How To Do

  1. Roll your hair in a messy bun and secure it with an elastic band.
  2. Roll up your scarf neatly from one pointed end to the other to form a band. Make sure the band is an inch or an inch and a half in width.
  3. Place the center of the scarf along the back of your head and bring the ends forward. Overlap the ends and twist them. Make a loop with one end and fold the other end while passing it through the loop. Pull both ends to the back of your head and tie a knot. Allow the ends to fall loose.

10. Braid With A Scarf

The braid looks chic all by itself. Adding a scarf to it makes it even more feminine. Pair this hairdo with a flowy dress and get ready to become the belle of the ball.

What You Need
  • Hair pins
  • Elastic band
  • Scarf
How To Do
  1. Pick up a big section of hair from the back of your head.
  2. Weave it into a fishtail braid and secure the end with an elastic band.
  3. Pancake the braid to make it look voluminous.
  4. Take a small section of hair from one side and pass it through the first stitch of the braid.
  5. Take some hair from the other side and pass it through the next stitch of the braid.
  6. Repeat the same until you reach the end of the braid.
  7. This is called a mermaid braid.
  8. Tie your scarf at the end of the braid, allowing the ends to hang loose.

11. Multiple Scarves On A Ponytail Braid

Here’s a slick and convenient twist you can add to a simple braid. And the best part? It is super easy to accomplish!

What You Need
  • A solid-colored scarf/cloth
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
How To Do
  1. Comb your hair back and tie it into a half ponytail.
  2. Pick up some hair from the sides, join it with the hair from the half ponytail, and tie it into another ponytail.
  3. Repeat the previous step until all your hair is tied up in the ponytail-braid.
  4. Take a scarf and cut it into thin rectangular strips.
  5. Tie the strips around the elastic bands.

12. Braids With A Scarfed Bun

Is your prom coming up? Are you going on a date? This is the perfect young adult hairdo for such occasions! It is classy and stylish.

What You Need
  • Hair pins
  • Elastic bands
  • A scarf
How To Do
  1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. From the front, section off some hair from one side.
  3. Weave this section into a fishtail braid and pin it at the back of your head.
  4. Repeat the same on the other side.
  5. Pancake the braids.
  6. Tie your hair in a mid-level ponytail. Wrap your scarf around the ponytail once, then roll your hair along with the scarf into a bun.
  7. Secure the bun with hair pins. Tie the scarf around the bun and let the ends hang loose.

13. Twisted Half Ponytail

Color me scarf-ed and scarf me pretty! This hairstyle is perfect for a simple boho wedding.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. Pick up some hair from one side, twist it till the end, and pin it at the back of your head.
  3. Repeat the same on the other side.
  4. Pancake the twists to make them look loose and big.
  5. Wrap the scarf around the hair near the pins and tie it into a knot.

14. Scarfed Braid

Want more volume in your hairstyle? Is pancaking your braid not adding enough volume? Braid it with a scarf to get the voluminous hairdo of your dreams.

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Hair pins
  • Scarf
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair back with your fingers and divide it into three sections.
  2. Wrap your scarf around the middle section once. Join each side of the scarf with each of the side sections.
  3. Weave the three sections into a braid.
  4. Secure the end of your braid with an elastic band.
  5. You can tuck the ends of the scarf into the braid or elastic band or pin them up.

15. Top Scarf

Not sure how to style your hair for a rave or a concert? Go hippie!

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Fold your scarf into a triangle. Hold the scarf by the sides, leaving the pointed center side to hang down.
  2. Place the scarf on your head so that the pointed end of the triangle is hanging at the back of your head.
  3. Pull the sides to the back and tie them in a knot.
  4. If you feel the scarf is loose and might come off, you can double knot it or secure it with safety pins.

16. Wrap A Scarf Around A Ponytail

I’ve seen many movies where the heroines have their hair styled like this, and it still catches my eye. This retro hairdo is really cool!

What You Need
  • Thin scarf
  • Comb
  • Elastic band
How To Do
  1. Tie your hair in a low ponytail.
  2. Wrap the thin scarf around your head.
  3. Tie it at the back below the ponytail.
  4. Let the ends of the scarf hang loose to add to the retro look.

17. Triple Twisted And Scarfed

This is a romantic hairdo that you can sport on a date. Loose twists and a pastel scarf come together to create this pretty and elegant hairdo.

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Brush or comb
  • Sectioning clips
  • Scarf
  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair back with a comb or a brush.
  2. Divide the front of your hair into three sections – two side sections and one center section. Clip up two sections and the rest of your hair, leaving only one side section free.
  3. Divide that side section in half and twist both halves, individually, in the same direction. Then, intertwine both twists together until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure the twisted braid in place with some hair pins.
  4. Repeat the same with the other side and front sections of hair.
  5. Tie all of your hair in a low ponytail and pancake the twists to add volume and dimension. You can remove the pins from the twists once you’ve secured the ponytail with an elastic band as it will give your hairdo more volume and a messier feel.
  6. Roll your scarf and tie it around the ponytail to cover up the elastic band.
  7. Spritz some hairspray on the twists to set them in place.

18. Scarf Midway Mermaid Braid

Some people believe mermaids are sweet. Others believe that they’ll eat you to protect their treasure. What I love about mermaids is this hairstyle inspired by them.

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Hair pins
  • Scarf
  • Comb
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair back.
  2. Take some hair from the front and sides of your head and weave it into a fishtail braid. Secure the end with an elastic band.
  3. Take a small section of hair from one side and pass it through the first stitch of the braid.
  4. Take some hair from the other side and pass it through the next stitch of the braid.
  5. Keep following these steps all through the braid until all your hair has been tucked in it.
  6. Pancake the braid.
  7. Secure the end with an elastic band.
  8. Take your scarf and tie it around the middle of the mermaid braid.
  9. You can use pins to secure any loose ends or leave them loose to add a loose and messy touch to your hairdo.

19. Retro Twist With A Scarf

Audrey Hepburn vibes! Can you feel them too? The colorful scarf here adds oomph to the French twist. It is so vintage!

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Hair pins
  • Square scarf
How To Do
  1. Detangle your hair with a comb. Take some hair from the front and hold it at the back near the crown. Push it up to create a pouf and pin it in place.
  2. Comb your hair again and gather it at the back. Hold it with one hand as you would a ponytail while holding the end out with the other hand.
  3. Roll the hair inwards, from the ends towards your head. This will create the French twist.
  4. If you have long hair, you’ll have hair hanging loose at the end. Twirl the extra hair and tuck it within the French twist.
  5. Use pins to secure the French twist in place.
  6. Fold your scarf and wrap it around your head, tying it at the back below the twist.

20. Scarfed Braided Halo

The milkmaid braid has been around since the 1940s. Styling it with a scarf makes for a very sophisticated addition.

What You Need
  • Hair pins
  • Comb
  • Scarf
  • Elastic band
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair and detangle it. Part it down the middle and divide it into half.
  2. Roll your scarf and place its center at the nape of your neck. Pin it down and join each side of the scarf with the respective section of hair.
  3. Take the left section of hair and divide it into two. The scarf side will act as the third section of the braid. Weave the three sections into a braid. Make sure you don’t weave the braid too tight. Secure it at the end with an elastic band.
  4. Repeat the same on the other side.
  5. Lift the left braid, place it along the top of your head, and pin it down behind your right ear.
  6. Repeat the same with the right side braid.
  7. Use hair pins to keep the braids and any loose strands in place.

21. Wrapped Scarf

The gypsy boho hairdo is back, and it makes a powerful statement. This is the perfect hairstyle for young girls who love emo-gypsy-boho vibes.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Tie your dreadlocks, protective braids, or loose hair in a half top knot. Pancake the half top knot to make it look more voluminous.
  2. Wrap your long scarf around your head a few times. Tie it at the back and leave the ends to hang loose.

22. The Bandana

The bandana is a revolutionary accessory. Once people started sporting it, they never stopped. Whether it is for style or utility, the bandana is easily a must-have in anyone’s cupboard.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Gather your hair in a low ponytail or a mid-level bun.
  2. Fold your bandana to form a triangle. Place the base of the triangle along your front hairline and let the pointed end hang at the back.
  3. Tie the sides of the bandana at the back, below the bun or ponytail. If your bandana is long, wrap it around the ponytail or bun a few times and before tying it.

23. The Minnie Mouse

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. But this bow inspired hairstyle is super adorbs!

What You Need
  • Brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Square scarf
How To
  1. Wash and blow dry your hair.
  2. Flip your hair forward and fluff it up.
  3. Roll your scarf into a band. Flip your hair forward again and place the center of the scarf at the nape of your neck. Flip your hair back and tie the sides of the scarf in a knot at the top of your head, leaving the ends to stick out and resemble a Minnie Mouse bow.

24. The Head Wrap

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African women have an iconic style. Ranging from braids to knots to scarves, their hairstyles are always a sight to behold.

What You Need
How To Do
  1. Tie your hair in a pineapple ponytail.
  2. Hold two opposite corners of your scarf.
  3. Place the center of the scarf at the back of your head, below the pineapple ponytail.
  4. Bring the ends of the scarf forward and tie a double knot at the top of your head. Tuck the ends in and pan the scarf open at the back, so it covers your head.
  5. Pancake the knot of the scarf to open it up.

25. The Low Wrap

This hairstyle has such cool-cat vibes! It’s the perfect remedy for beating the heat.

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Scarf
  • Hair gel
How To Do
  1. Apply some gel to your hair to make it look sleek.
  2. Comb your hair back and tie it in a low bun.
  3. Wrap your scarf around your head, aligning one end of the scarf with the curve of your head in the front. Gather the rest of the scarf at the back and wrap it around the low bun to hide it entirely.
  4. Tuck the ends of the scarf within the scarfed bun. You can also use safety pins to secure the ends.

There you have it, ladies! Give yourself a vintage makeover, and go splurge on some stunning scarves to try these hairstyles out. After all, they are available in a ton of beautiful colors, patterns, and fabrics. Let me know which scarf and which hairstyle you loved the best in the comments section below.

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.


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