5 Ways to Tie a Head Scarf

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I LOVE scarves

I even wrote a guest blog for a scarf website about 3 scarves you should take on holiday. They take up very little space, are practical and can add a pleasingly vintage look to just about any boring old outfit.

I generally wear mine to protect my pin curls at night, or in the first style shown to disguise pin curls that are on their way out.

All these styles use a square satin scarf that measures 22″ across a side, I find this the ideal size for wearing every day. The orange scarf in the last photo is silk and measures 29″ across a side. This size is better for wrapping over curlers at night and for styles where you want to wrap the scarf around your neck. I do have some scarves bigger than this as well that I occasionally use over rollers, but generally they’re a bit bulky and I end up with too much fabric to tuck in.

For all these styles start with the scarf folded diagonally point to point. You will also need to learn to tie a reef knot, they’re much better than a granny knot as they lie flat against the head and are easier to untie. Remember: Right over left, under and pull, left over right, under and pull.

The Rockabilly Headband

This style has a really rockabilly look if you tie it using a bandanna .

To start you need to fold the scarf into a wide strip. I find that putting the point straight to the wide edge means it can slip out during the day and look messy, so I fold the point to the centre and then fold 1 or 2 more times to the wide edge until the scarf is the desired width. Behold my poor attempt to demonstrate what I mean (a photo might have worked better!)

Wrap the scarf around your head, under your hair, with the ends on top of your head and tie a reef knot. You can leave the ends loose, or tuck them under.

If your hair is in an up do this looks good worn slightly wider. I wear it over the tips of my ears as other wise they stick out, but you might find it looks better further back! This also looks cute tied slightly to the side, rather than in the centre of your head.

The Land Girl Look

This is perfect for hiding pin curls or rollers, or keeping your hair out of the way when doing mucky jobs like cleaning. If you’re wearing a casual outfit like jeans I would wear this to keep my hair under control for outdoor activities, if I was wearing a smarter outfit I might use one of the other styles to do the same job!

Place the point of the scarf to your forehead and pull the sides up over the top of it and tie a reef knot. Tidy it up by tucking the loose ends into the gaps left at the sides. If you have a lot of point left you can pull it back over the knot and tuck it in. If you need a bit more detailed advice, then there’s a handy video here!

If you have trouble keeping the point in place while you pull the sides up I have been known to kirby grip it in place and remove the grips once it’s tied! Also don’t worry about getting all your hair under the scarf. Once it’s tied you can tuck it in later.

This is my “Oh, I work so hard mopping floors” look. Won’t somebody save me from this life of drudgery, woe is me!

The Understated Headband

By rolling the scarf as small as you can get it, and then tucking the ends under after tying in a reef knot, you can create a cute and understated head band. It’ll keep your hair out of your eyes and doesn’t scream

I’M WEARING A SCARF!

The Farmer’s Wife

You need to be a bit careful with this one. Cover too much hair or wear it with the wrong outfit and it *could* make people think your headscarf is a religious thing. Not that that’s bad, it’s just a faff to explain when they catch you knocking back cocktails.

Put the wide end of the scarf at the front of your head and pull the ends around under your hair at the nape of your neck. You can tie it there, in which case the pointy end will stick out from the back of your head. Here I have crossed the ends under may hair, then wrapped them on top of the point before tying for a more streamlined style.

This is another good one for cleaning, not so good for windy days as without plenty of grips it can slip off your hair and fly away.

The Starlet

A subtle difference. Tie it directly under the chin and you’re the Queen Mum. Tied to the side, or with a larger scarf wrapped right round your neck before tying, and you’re a glamorous starlet. Just add sunglasses.

Put the wide end to your forehead, pull the ends under your chin and tie. Simple. Twisting the ends slightly can give it a nicer look, or, as I said, with a bigger scarf cross the ends, wrap them right round your neck and tie.

Perfect for racing around the country in your sports car.

So there you have, 5 different ways to wear a headscarf.

5 ways to tie a headscarf

13 Responses
  • kerry
    June 2, 2011

    I’m sporting (expect I should say rocking….)the rockabilly look right this moment!

  • Perdita
    June 2, 2011

    I love the starlet! I usually wear mine like that or in the rockabilly hairband style.

    I have a little round head so have to be careful with the farmer’s wife or I end up looking like a little doll you’d buy visiting a craft fair in Germany or somewhere. 😉 I’m practising though!

  • Miss Peelpants
    June 2, 2011

    The last is the one I’m always a bit nervous of trying to pull off! I must try again, because it looks fabulous xx

  • Stephanie
    June 2, 2011

    Cute! 🙂

  • Paperdoll
    June 2, 2011

    I have only recently discovered scarves, and love them for hiding the days when my finger waves are playing up. “Elizabeth Taylor is in the house” was the comment I received the other day from my stepson, which I took as a compliment! (Pics of me and one of my scarves are on my blog at the mo actually). I will be trying some of these lovely tips too, thanks!! X

  • missmatilda
    June 2, 2011

    I’ll try all of these xx thank you yet again xx

  • Lori Smith
    June 2, 2011

    This post is *amazing*! I have to see how many of these I can do with the scarves I have at home. Also… those are v cute photos 🙂

  • Hannah - Roxie Roulette
    June 2, 2011

    I am a frequent wearer of the rockabilly and the landgirl styles! They’re so handy!

    I also am incredibly jealous of your cardigan in these photos!

  • Jamie Rose
    June 2, 2011

    Thanks for the tips and ideas on how to use a scarf in your hair! You look so pretty in all of these looks!

  • Lottie
    June 3, 2011

    I live in my headscarves nowadays ad they’re great in sunny weather and practical for the Mummy lifestyle. Men LOVE them too. I get so many comments and my husband always comments on how attractive I look whenever I wear them. Love your photos in this post x

  • Fashion Limbo
    June 3, 2011

    Loving this! A few weeks back my cousing was struggling to find the right scarf to wear exactly like the first style you explain. We both agreed the best place was probably charity shops and any vintage stores that normally have boxes full of these things.

  • Suzy
    June 4, 2011

    Lovely! Where did you get the cardigan in the photos? It’s really nice!

  • Micha
    June 5, 2011

    I LOVE this article. Only ever been able to master the rockabilly one but will definitely try the land girl one now. Thanks!