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1001 ways to tie a headscarf*

*actually only six ways. It took me long enough to figure half of these out, even though they're all ridiculously simple...

Crazy headpieces were all over the catwalks and collections for this Autumn/Winter season, from bunny ears to studs to gloves. Fun as these are, they don't translate very well into everyday wear, unless you're quite fearless with the way you dress.

A far easier, and less mental way to channel the shit-on-your-head trend is to use silk scarves. They're super quick and easy to put on and look really good at the same time.

(Another reason I've taken to wearing scarves on my head - and as a consequence am writing this post - is the new hair. I love how super blonde it is now, but as a result of the bleach it's a lot drier, so I'm trying not to mess with it or heat style it too often. The scarves make boring ponytails/buns look a lot better.)

I've used three different scarves, the smallest is the purple one, then the blue and green is the next biggest and the blue the largest.

They all cost between 99p-£2, so there's no need to go spending loads on a Hermes one. There are always tons of these "old lady" scarves hanging about in charity shops.

For all of these, I simply folded the scarves in half corner to corner to make a triangle, then rolled the triangle to create a long thin tube. Erm, it's not easy to explain but I'm sure you all understand.

Sorry I look so rough/crazy in these pictures. I'm not really too into headshots..

The simple wraparound

The middle of the folded scarf goes onto the base of the back of your head. Cross the two ends over the top of your head and tie the ends together at the back again and tuck/pin under to hide them if you want.
Barely needs explaining.

The pirate

As above, just over the top of "down" hair. You can position this further back, so it looks kind of gossip-girl hairband-y, or pull it forward more over your fringe, which I always think makes me look a bit like a pirate.

The washer woman

The middle of the scarf goes on top of your head, behing your fringe (if you have one). The two ends cross under at the back, then tie them at a slightly jaunty angle back on top of your head, with short end bits poking out. I think this is my favourite one.

The big bow

A bit like the washer woman, only you start with the middle of the scarf at the back of your head, then tie the ends into a bow on the top of your head and pull the loops until they're huge and floppy. Note: if your scarf is too big the bow will be too large you'll just look like you have floppy spaniel ears or something. Not such a good look.

The twist

Start with the middle of the scarf at the back of your head, twist the ends around each other on top, so each end comes back down the same side it went up on (I am so not making this clear) and tie at the back, tucking end under. Chic, non?

The bun bow

Start with a high messy top-knot. Tie a big bow around it facing the front or the back, whichever takes your fancy. This is a bit more in your face than the others but I really like it. It's a bit of a take on the top-knot and bunny ears seen at Louis Vuitton Fall 09, or at least I think it is.


So there we go, by no means an exhaustive list of ways to tie scarves around your head, but some ideas none the less. Oh, and don't worry if your find that they slip off easily, in most of the pictures above I've got kirby grips helping to keep the scarves on. You could use prettier, visible clips too I guess.

If anyone has a go, or comes up with any more ways to tie scarves do let me know in the comments!

21 comments

  1. Love these! Thanks for all the ideas!

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  2. Really love The Twist <3

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  3. yays. will cover up my roots hurray.

    -x-

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  4. Great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. you are a MUCH better scarf tier than I am-- thank you for the tutorial! and your hair looks super cute blonde! i really like the twist and the bun bow <3

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  6. woah, i would never be able to come up with half of these. can't wait to try some of them out... ;)

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  7. Great post, thanks. I have my fair share of head scarves and no idea how to wear them! I'll definitely be using these tips.

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  8. The second last is my favorite way to tie head scarf.

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  9. j'adore ta facon de mettre des foulards! et tes cheveux sont magnifiques!!!

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  10. That's awesome, I love wearing head bands and scarfs in my hair:)

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  11. What a great post! I've learned something today too :-) Thanks for sharing these great tips. I can't wait to try it.

    Cheers, Evi

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  12. i like the twist and the last ones pretty cool , thanks for the little tutorials i mustt try them out :)

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  13. I like it. Especially the third one!

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  14. hello!
    okay, this might sound a bit weird but i've been contacted by a guy called jon buchan who's claiming to work for very.co.uk... it sounds like a really exciting idea but he says he's been sent by YOU, and i just wanted to check he was legitimate before diving in head first.
    PLEASE GET BACK TO ME, seriously, i'm quite excited but i really want to be sure.
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  15. Love the green scarf, looks great on you!

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  16. beaucoup d'imagination pour habiller la tête ça donne envie d'essayer!!!
    Karine

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  17. i have been looking for how to do 'the twist' all over then internet. thank goodness for you!

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