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Reading: How to tie a hair scarf
Happy Monday! (one day closer to summer! am I the only one measuring weeks by its proximity to warmer weather these days?)
hope you’re having a good week so far – got home from oregon on friday just in time for a glorious 80 degree saturday here in chicago. As the weather warms up, one of my favorite accessories to wear is a hair scarf, and I always get asked how I tie them. I thought it was time to update this post which was originally published a few years ago.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of silk scarves. I wear them around my neck all the time and I think they add a lot of personality to any outfit. (related: how to tie a french style scarf and how to tie a bandana).
When I went to Italy a few summers ago, it was so hot and sticky that I needed a way to keep my hair out of my face but also look cute and stylish at the same time, and voila! i watched a quick youtube video and my love for hair scarf was born. in fact, the hair scarf is probably my number 1 hairstyle for traveling. You don’t need to comb your hair (or wash it, for that matter!) when you know how to tie a hair scarf correctly.
Keep reading for my super easy q + a and scarf tying tutorial!
how to tie a hair scarf – common questions:
what size scarf do you need for a hair scarf?
I get asked this question many times. here’s the answer: you want something big enough to wrap around your head twice: the scarf I’m using here (really old, but this one comes in lots of cute patterns and is the same size!) is about 27″ and is barely enough time. I’d say anywhere from 27″+ is good depending on your head size. (use your best judgment here.) it’s totally fine if it’s longer than that – the ends will just hang in the back, which I think is pretty cute too! if you have a larger head, you might want to try a 35” scarf, like this one!
also if you have one that is smaller than that and can only wrap around your head once, that’s fine too! it will simply look more like a wider headband tied at the base of your neck rather than having the “knot” look at the top as seen here. both are cute!
how do you prevent slipping?
I never have that problem, but I don’t tie it that far back on my head, it’s still quite a bit forward. this is the key to ensuring it doesn’t fall asleep: if it’s too far back, it won’t stay in place. plus, spraying your hair with hairspray and/or texturizer or dry shampoo beforehand will also help it stick. if you want to pin it up on the sides, you can do that too!
Does the shape of the scarf matter?
yes and no, most of my scarves are square, but if you had a long scarf, that would work perfectly, although I think the square shape is the most common! remember, the square should be between 27 and 35 inches long to go around your head twice to get this look. if it’s shorter, follow steps 1 and 2 below and instead of wrapping it twice, wrap it just once, placing the middle of the scarf across the forehead and tying it in the back.
more favorite hair tie scarves:
my easy video tutorial to tie a scarf in your hair:
check out my video on instagram if you want a video tutorial!
Also see my step-by-step hair scarf knotting tutorial below!
fold the square scarf in half to make a triangle.
roll the scarf hot dog style, from the long end to the tip.
Wrap the scarf around the back of your head so that both ends are in front. twist the ends around each other once and wrap them around the back of your head.
tie the scarf in the back with a secure knot.
push the scarf back a little away from your forehead; It’s totally up to you, but I like mine where about an inch of my hair shows in the front. (see below!)
note: you should knot the scarf before the hairline begins, so that when you push it back, your hair is straight in the front. if you tie it where you finally want to put it, it’s hard to straighten the hair in the front without messing it up! Also keep in mind that the further back the scarf is, the more likely it is to slip off. you’ll want to play to get the correct location. practice makes perfect!
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