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Smooth & Silky - Stylish Hijabs for Today's Muslimah

Updated on February 20, 2015

Headscarves from a Stunning Sook

Muslim women who select to cover their heads reference these verses in the Qur'an: Surah an-Nur verse 31 & Surah al-Ahzab verse 59. The former is translated here:

'And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms,

and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's father, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule),

or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to God together, O you the faithful, in order that you are successful.'

Surah al-Ahzab verse 59 follows: 'O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outergarments (jilbabs) close around them; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.

Beauty of Wearing Hijab

Solid Hijab Solid Two Tone (Orange)
Solid Hijab Solid Two Tone (Orange)

Fresh duo-toned amira style.


5 Steps to Lightweight Scarf Style

This is a double wrap, a small underscarf, in this case it is about a foot square, wrapped over the forehead and tied at the nape of the neck.

It is the type of scarf I commonly wore back in the 70s, when it was in style. And I was a country wife and mother, so it kept the sun and dust off my hair.

1. The outer wrap is a filmy violet silk scarf. It is wide and long, with gray and peachy-beige leaves and flowers.

2. The wrap begins by draping the scarf over the head, with 13" tail on the left.

3. Continue the wrap under the chin and back to the left and over the head and down to the right side.

4. Pin the outer scarf through the under-cap or underscarf in strategic places.

5. I commonly use long pins, one at the high right temple, and another into my pony tail holder at the top back of the scrunchy fabric.

Start and stop wherever you choose. Anchor the scarf at the temple, either side, before bringing it under the chin. For variety, begin with a very short tail, and go twice under the chin and pin the tail to the top side of the head.

A Scarf Like My Wrap

LibbySue-Wildflower Floral Print Scarf in Your Choice of Colors (Light Blue with Rust)
LibbySue-Wildflower Floral Print Scarf in Your Choice of Colors (Light Blue with Rust)

In the photo I'm wearing two scarves. Each one is wrapped and tied at the very ends of the corners, one over the other. A few strategically placed pins keep everything together. I usually use two matching scarves for this wrap, but could use complimentary colors too.


Hijab Styles on youTube - Wrapping styles are limitless!

So Many Scarves - What To Do?

The Wrapping Scarf Revolution: The Earth-Friendly Idea from Asia that Will Change the Way You Wrap, Carry, and Think About Your World
The Wrapping Scarf Revolution: The Earth-Friendly Idea from Asia that Will Change the Way You Wrap, Carry, and Think About Your World

Whether new or gently used by your mom or grandma, look what you can make from a simple scarf. You can make it as a gift bag that contains a special momento you are passing on down to another family member. It makes a special gift on its own, and the book and its examples can inspire you too.


Hijab in a Hot Climate

Long Lightweight Head Wraps

Summer weight hijabs freshen up yesterday's wardrobe. Select one of these stunning styles and enjoy a change of pace.

Yellow Long Fringed Scarf Wrap
Yellow Long Fringed Scarf Wrap

Viscose scarf measures 25" x 68", with 3" long fringe. Creatively crinkled and whimsically wrinkled. Color-dyed in a gradient from light to dark, end to end. Movement and soft touch!

Fuchsia Ombre Long Scarf Wrap With Fringe
Fuchsia Ombre Long Scarf Wrap With Fringe

Scarf is 25" x 68". Fringe adds an additional 3.5". The fabric feels like a cross between a thin linen and a soft cotton, although it is viscose.


Hijab Applies to Both Genders

Men and women both receive similar directions in the Holy Book to behave modestly, not gaze on the other sex lustfully, and not allude to what remains hidden behind their clothing, The desire of Muslim women to follow those commands from Allah leads to the wearing of scarves over the head and hair, as well as to wear loose long clothing.

Wearing hijab, that is - wearing the headscarf - was a huge challenge for me. Regarding my other dressing choices, I had plenty of long and loose clothing at the time of my Shahadah, so there was no need to reform my dress/skirt/pant wardrobe. And I had some gorgeous scarves, but I didn't have any idea of how to wrap or pin them to keep them on my head. Nor did I have the desire to wear a headscarf.

Since I was undergoing Breast Cancer treatment that year, and suffered with a Rosacea outbreak (didn't know what it was or how to treat it) that was so unsightly on my bald head that I had to cover it. Still, my scalp was inflamed and sore and the heat built up unbearably under a scarf - during trial periods at home. The answer was little square scarves tied at the nape of my neck. They provided cover and ventilation too.

Fortunately, I had a brimmed cotton knit hat that was comfortable sun protection, and it also provided a modicum of modest head-covering, and it was Summer too! All the way into Fall I covered my head in this way, but it wasn't until 8 months after my conversion that I felt prepared to challenge myself with tying on a headscarf. My limited experience resulted in my appearance at a Taraweeah gathering, using hair clips to anchor the folds of a cotton scarf at the sides of my forehead.

Women at the mosque smiled at me and looked at my innovation. Back home I realized that I had some learning to do, and spent the next day practicing. I dug out my grandma's jewelry pins with which she used to anchor her scarves back in the 50s. I grabbed those pear-ended long sewing pins and finally reached the Amateur Level in scarf-wrapping, and headed off to the next Ramadan service.

Years later, and I'm at least at the Novice Level, and sometimes Master, but I've never tired of appreciating muslim women's ingenuity in wrapping, tying and pinning their scarves for striking looks.

A Favorite Old Scarf

Multi-Colors Trendy Plaid & Houndstooth Check Soft Square Scarf
Multi-Colors Trendy Plaid & Houndstooth Check Soft Square Scarf

I've had my model of this same scarf for twenty years. It's as nice and soft as it was the day i bought it. It has such a feel, enough body, that I can hold one end in my right hand in front of my left shoulder --- drape the scarf all the way around my neck --- and bring the tail end to the front of my right shoulder, and just let it lie. It also works just as easily in reverse --- start with the scarf held by the opposite corner and draped over the back of the left shoulder, wrapping all around and ending over the right shoulder. This is a nice neck cover for when I wear a small turban or cap.



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    • BorednBroke profile image

      BorednBroke 4 years ago

      interesting lens on hijab, thanks for sharing

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Even though I am not a "hat" person (I look terrible in hats), some of the hijabs you feature are truly beautiful. I HAVE been known to wear a scarf on my head, which suits me much better than regular hats, so I would be that I would be comfortable wearing a hijab. I do love scarves...

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Thank you sooo much! Great information about hijabs, scarf tying, etc! Blessed!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      You have given me a lot of information on Hijabs that I truly had no knowledge of. Thank you.