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Quick Scarf Tying


Heres the thing. I’ve been watching Youtube videos of how to wear hijabs, because when I go to the mosque for the prayer with my family, or I am working and need to take the kids into the prayer room, I just whip my scarf around my head and squish my hair to my head. I know it looks crappy but I don’t know how else to do it and I need to be respectful.

I haven’t come up with a reasonable way to tie a scarf quickly and neatly without suffering from ‘scarf head’ and have it look nice. I watch the videos, they are detailed and complicated, often requiring many pins and headbands and mirrors.

The other thing is that of all the people I see wearing hijab, there are two styles that I really like. One style is called ‘tichel’ style, where the scarf is tied so that it looks like a big bun in the back of your head.

This particular scarf is sold by Sowers of Hope on Etsy and at Sowers of Hope Boutique.

The other style is where you wrap the scarf tight against your forehead right at the hairline with or without an underscarf and then have a bump at the crown of your head…and wrap the tails around your neck.  The closest photo I’ve found to this is here, named the Turkish Style.

I’m very close to just buying a cloche.  I have a long history of loving hats, and I used to wear them all the time.  Then when I started dressing the way I thought I was supposed to dress, and less like my own personal style, I got away from them.  Lately I’ve been window shopping hats and have found a new love of the cloche style.  There are some very beautiful hats made from all different materials.

I like this budget friendly one made by ShabbyCloche on Etsy so I can throw it on, tuck my hair in and go.

And this handmade hat by Behida Dolic, pricey, but sooo beautiful!

I’m not sure it would be appropriate though.  What are your thoughts?  Does wearing a hat to conceal your hair and ears meet the hijab   requirements?  How do you deal with the scarf when you don’t wear hijab full-time?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/23/2011 12:14 PM

    I like the hats – I too have been eying them and thinking about wearing a few this fall. As for the hijab requirements, I do not know. 🙂
    The second example looks wonderful and I thought it was you in the picture. Why not trying to wear a headband to cover your hairline and then the scarf on top – would think less effect of scarf hair, perhaps. Good Luck.

  2. 09/23/2011 3:16 PM

    I can identify with your questions… As a person who wears less than traditional hijab, these are questions I have asked myself. I wear hats, various scarf wrap styles, and occasionally a turban. However, at the mosque I still wear the “this is hijab” hijab. LOL As I write this, I am not sure why that is. I think it is about not rocking the boat really.

    For me it is all about context. In Egypt I would NEVER wear the things I wear here. Conversely, I would not feel comfortable in an abaya and khimar (those waist length ones) here. I think over time I have come see it as less about strict rules and more about a general sense of modesty. If the idea is to be “known as a virtuous woman and not annoyed” it seems dressing in a way that is modest in your society is what is needed. Now I can only go so far with that… But as long as you cover your body and your hair I think that is hijab.

    So, yes your cloche hat is something I would wear day to day. However, if I was attending a prayer I would wear a more traditional hijab. So, I do think you can wear your hat or other scarf to the mosque for just general attending as a way to respect the idea of modesty, but I would wear a normal hijab if you are participating in salat. Am I making sense?

    Anyhow… I am full of scarf ideas for non-traditional hijab. Just ask away;)

  3. 09/24/2011 5:01 AM

    Neck is also awrah* for woman to non Mahram* male. Many has ignore it, may Allah guide Muslimah.

    Awrah for woman is when you cover whole body except for hand and face, not transparent and not showing the shape of body.

    How to cover it, it is depend on fashion or clothes available/popular at your location.

    *See next comment for definition. (Kristina)

    • 09/24/2011 10:39 AM

      Awrah or Awrat (Arabic: عورة‎) is a term used within Islam which denotes the intimate parts of the body, for both men and women, which must be covered with clothing. Exposing the awrah is unlawful in Islam and is regarded as sin. The exact definition of awrah varies between different schools of Islamic thought.”

      “In Islamic sharia legal terminology, a mahram (Arabic محرم, also transliterated mahrim or maharem) is an unmarriageable kin”

      Wikipedia – Awrah and Mahram

    • 09/24/2011 11:09 AM

      May be you have some idea to wear hijab without neglecting the fashion when you see link below. That is some of the latest trend/ fashion in our country.

  4. 09/24/2011 11:40 AM

    Thank you for sharing the link to that wonderful shop.

    I would just like to clarify, that I am not interested in wearing hijab. I am looking for a quick, easy way to cover my hair respectfully when I am in the Musallah (Prayer Room) with my children and students while they pray. I, myself, do not participate in the Salat.


    • 09/25/2011 10:02 PM

      For that reason, in Musallah (public, close room, hidden from non Mahram eye), if you did not want cover your hair are also permissible. Actually it more depend on culture at your place, if most woman cover the hair, it advisable to cover it, even in closed place: to prevent slander. As ummlayla said at his place it may odd for wearing hat or scarf in mosque.

      I think a hat or scarf is more nicer. Hat at Behida Dolic is lovely- but it so expensive. In my place knitted hat is very popular because it easy, comfortable (New fashion – Korea Knitted hat is so beauty). Turban, Indian headscarf, headband also a good option. But more important is wear something that not too odd and avoid clothes that may bring defamation to your self.

      But when to pray, woman need to cover whole body except face and hand, because it a part of awrah.

      That scarf is too Jewish, our prophet do not like his follower follow clothes of other religion (but if culture or race is OK).

  5. 09/24/2011 11:41 AM

    I don’t wear hijab full-time and so i just do a scarf similar (not as elegant) as the first picture you posted. Many times I have a long scarf and so the sides hang low. But I love the cloche hat. I think it would be fine to wear to the mosque. I don’t know if you pray salat but I think as long as it keeps your hair covered, why not. Currently I use a headband and a hoodie at home for when I pray salat and i feel like that meets the requirements.
    But I am not an expert or a scholar, so i don’t know whether it is perfect. I don’t think i helped but i did add my two cents.

  6. Sara permalink
    09/30/2011 3:28 PM

    To me I think women should be covered: meaning hair, neck and body.. Just a sign of respect. But as to hijab style there are soo many ways.. Girl you got this!!

  7. 10/03/2011 9:23 PM

    I have an interesting video to share, please look at its.

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