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Ways to Style Your Hair with a Scarf

Tulika Nair Feb 28, 2020
Fed up of the usual hair accessories? Welcome a brand new one into the fold. Learn how to style your hair with a scarf in nine different ways.

The Ones You Need

Playing around with scarves as hair accessories is always fun, but to keep it interesting, you need the accessory in multiple versions. We recommend that you own a short, square handkerchief scarf, a thin tie-like scarf, and a large, square scarf to get the most number of looks at your disposal.
There was a time, not too long ago, when you heard the word scarf, and immediately thought thick woolen ones that you could drape around your neck. Even if you thought of something more elegant like a silk scarf, you would think of it as a pretty accessory for your neck. Not anymore. No siree! Because the times have changed and how.
We've taken a trip back in time, and brought back one of the most well-known accessories in a brand new form. Use your scarf to bring back the boho and retro to your wardrobe. Use these 9 gorgeous ways of styling your hair with a scarf, and be ready for the barrage of compliments flowing your way.
What you could call it: The Regular Headband
When it would work: For any casual occasion when you want a little girly feel to your outfit

How to tie the scarf: This is a style that most of us have grown up with. If you are unsure of how to go about it, here are some easy instructions.
  • Pick a scarf that is slightly broad. Ensure that the length of the scarf is enough to wrap around your head.
  • Fold the scarf in such a manner that you create visible pleats. This is important to give your headband a slightly more grown-up look.
  • Now tie the scarf around your head, tying a double knot at the nape. Adjust the pleats once you tie the scarf.
  • Keep the scarf in place by securing it with bobby pins.
What you could call it: The Wrapped Headband
When it would work: For a music or film festival when going boho is pretty much mandatory

How to tie the scarf: Slightly reminiscent of a pirate, this style is not one that works for all occasions. But it screams fashion and style. Here's how to get it right.
  • As with the style earlier, it is important that you pick a broad scarf that can be easily folded diagonally.
  • Next, wrap the scarf around your head in such a manner that all three points of the triangle meet at the back of the head.
  • Tie the three edges together in a tight double knot. Tuck in the knot under the scarf.
  • An alternative to this style is to tie the three edges at the side, right above one of your ears.
What you could call it: A Full Cover
When it would work: For a beach party or a tropical resort where you don't want your hair to add to the heat

How to tie the scarf: This is a look that works best for women who have short hair so that there are no unsightly bumps under your scarf spoiling the entire look.
  • For this style, you will need a long horizontal scarf which will cover your head completely.
  • Place the scarf around your head like you would a hood. Ensure that your hair is completely covered in this step.
  • Bring the bottom to one side and twist it. This makes it easier to knot the scarf properly.
  • You can choose to secure the scarf with an invisible rubber band and some bobby pins.
What you could call it: A Side Chignon
When it would work: For a smoky, sultry feel on days when being just good looking is not enough

How to tie the scarf: Using this style to tie your scarf gives you an interesting twist on the regular wrap-around look that is more commonplace.
  • Once again for this technique, you need a long and rectangular scarf.
  • Place the scarf on your head in such a manner that the edges can be held together over one ear.
  • Now twist the edges gently for about 1/4th the length of the scarf, and then start coiling it to create a bun.
  • Twist and coil the scarf completely into a bun and tuck in the ends.
What you could call it: Handkerchief Knot
When it would work: For a retro-themed party or a fun get-together with friends when a trip back in time would be perfect

How to tie the scarf: We suggest you sit on this retro roller coaster ride wearing a nautical-striped t-shirt.
  • Start of with a square scarf that will allow you to have neat edges.
  • Fold the scarf diagonally to form a triangle, and then drape it over your head with the triangle's point right over your forehead.
  • Pull the edges behind your ears and to the top, and knot them over the point hanging over your forehead.
  • Tuck the end that is hanging over your forehead under the scarf for a clean, neat look.
What you could call it: Headband Knot
When it would work: During DIY time when you want your hair off your face and want everyone around to take you seriously

How to tie the scarf: This scarf-tying style is pretty simple and is one of the least complicated of the lot.
  • Use a small, square scarf so that the headband is not unnecessarily thick. Fold it into a triangle.
  • Hold it centered at your nape, bring it over each side, and hold the edges at the top of the head.
  • Knot the edges with a double knot to secure the headband.
  • Instead of having a triangle at your nape, you can also choose to fold the scarf completely to start with a rectangular piece of cloth.
What you could call it: Rosette Headband
When it would work: For a stylish outing when the normal scarf dos just won't do the trick

How to tie the scarf: A slightly more complicated version of the simple headband, this style allows you to make the scarf-hair combination a lot more fashion-forward.
  • Use a thin, long scarf that will allow you to drape it around your head multiple times for a thick headband look.
  • Place the middle of the scarf at your nape and pull the edges to the front. Cross them over, take them to the nape, and then again pull them to the top of the head.
  • Twist both the ends together to create a spiral and then tuck the edges under the spiral. Allow them to stick out slightly for the illusion of petals.
What you could call it: Scarf in a Braid
When it would work: For a feminine, yet mischievous look that is bound to get you all the attention you want

How to tie the scarf: Braids interspersed with a ribbon is a look that we are all familiar with.
  • Again use a thin, long scarf, but this time it is to allow for a delicate look.
  • If you know how to make a braid, this should be simple. Divide your hair into three equal sections. Now take the section on the edge over the middle section and under the edge section on the opposite side. Now, repeat the same with the opposite side.
  • After you have achieved a small plait, start braiding your scarf in by folding it and making it a part of two of the three sections. Once the desired length is achieved, tie the braid with the scarf.
What you could call it: Scarf Turban
When it would work: For a bold, elegant, eye-catching look that only true fashionistas would appreciate

How to tie the scarf: A turban is an awe-inspiring look. So, if you are planning to recreate it, do so with caution.
  • Pick a large square scarf to make the turban with. Fold the same diagonally, and hold it centered at your nape, with the middle edge over your forehead.
  • Wrap the ends of the forehead across your forehead, knot it, and then twist it.
  • Wrap the ends around the back of your head and knot it at the nape. Tuck the ends in.
  • Tuck the remaining bit that lies over your forehead over the twist. Fix a brooch there.
There you have it. The 9 ways in which you can create a drool-worthy look with the scarf in your cupboard, in a matter of minutes. It is the perfect way to add some oomph and chutzpah to an otherwise humdrum outfit.