Headscarves can be fun accessories for any occasion, and they work in both casual and formal environments.
If you've got a bag full of headscarves and you feel like you're always repeating the same look, don't worry, we've got you covered. No matter what vibe you're looking for, there's a scarf-do for every style.
If you want to try this out for yourself, grab your headscarf and choose your favorite style below. Here are 10 cool and stylish ways to wear a headscarf.
Headscarves Throughout History
There are plenty of different headscarves worn by women (and men!) in different times and cultures.
In the United States, headscarves were popular in the 1940s through the 1960s. In the 1940s, the style was similar to that of Rosie the Riveter. It showed women coming into the workforce and a symbol of strong femininity.
In the 50s and 60s, another popular style popped up that was popularized by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and other actresses of the era.
In other parts of the world, headscarves were being worn differently and with all different names. There are traditional headscarves worn by women in Southwestern Asia, North Africa, and parts of Europe. Headscarves seem to be almost universal, just worn in different ways. How will you wear yours?
1. Mimic Audrey And Jackie O
This is a truly classic and timeless style, and it's also protective. If you get worried about your hair blowing in the wind, this is the style for you.
It's great for windy days spent doing outdoor activities or for long car rides with the windows down and the wind blowing through your scarf.
You're going to pull the scarf over your hair, cross the corners around your neck, and tie them in the back. Ruffle it up a bit to give it a loose and chic look and consider pairing with sunglasses.
2. Something Floral
If you want something cute and feminine, consider plopping a large rosette on your head. This is a great style for days when you just want to throw your hair in a bun and be done with it, but still need something a little extra.
This will make it look like you've put extensive effort in to. It's so simple, you won't believe it. And it's only three steps! Check it out.
3. Back To Basics
For a while, the "bandana" was popularized for use in the hair. If you were putting your hair back in the 90s, you might be familiar with this protective and slightly triangular style.
Fold a square-shaped scarf in half so it makes a triangle. Then, with the folded edge closer to your forehead, tie 2 opposite corners underneath your hair. Leave the third loose.
This is very retro and great for keeping the sun off of your hair.
4. Rosie's Influence
For this, you're going to fold your square scarf into a triangle, and then fold the top and bottom of the triangle inwards to make a trapezoid shape.
From this point, center it at the back of your head (preferably under a cute bun or ponytail) and bring the ends up towards your forehead. Tie a knot or a fluffy bow, depending on how much space you have.
5. A Low Bun
Another protective style, for this you're going to start with similar steps that you used for the bandana style. You will need your hair in a low bun.
Instead of making a triangle, leave your scarf long or square. Tie two ends underneath the back of your head (as with the bandana) and secure them. With the two loose ends, tie them up and around your bun, securing at the bottom so they wrap the bun completely.
6. Vaguely Pirate
If you dig the pirate look, this style might have you covered. It's also great for protecting your hair and scalp, but it has a bit of extra flair.
You're going to start as you did with the bandana, by folding your scarf into a triangle and putting it over your hair with the pointed end facing down towards the ends of your hair. The front should be down a bit, over your forehead so it forms a cap.
Instead of tying the free ends underneath your hair, tie them behind your head but over the rest of the scarf.
7. Braided Headband
This look is very elegant.
Begin with the scarf hanging around your neck, centered in the middle. Begin two side braids in your hair, and weave the scarf in as if it were a lock of hair into the braid.
When you're done, create a circlet around your head with your braids and secure in place with bobby pins.
8. Woven Bun
Similar to the braided headscarf, this is also elegant and very chic for summer.
Secure your hair into a high pony. Wrap the scarf around the ponytail holder once and leave it so it has equal length on either side. Twist each side so that hair and fabric are woven like candy-cane stripes.
Then, simply wrap your hair into a bun as normal and secure with bobby pins.
9. A Simple Headband
For this, you simply need to take your scarf and center it at the back of your head. Pull the ends to the front and cross them over before bringing them to the back and tying them in a knot in the same place that you started.
This look is very simple but great for lazy hair days.
10. Beautiful Bow
For this, your hair needs to be in a bun or topknot.
Start with the scarf centered in the back of your head, covering down to the nape of your neck.
Pull forwards and tie a knot at the top of your head, and then tie that knot into a bow. Fold the free ends into the bow and the wrap to hide them.
Do You Have Your Headscarf Ready?
There are so many styles for headscarves, there will be at least one that matches your personal vibe.
Whether you want to protect your locks or just add a bit of pizazz, try out these headscarf styles next time you feel like jazzing up your outfit.
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