How to Tie a Hijab

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Despite what those who don’t wear hijab think, it can be a fashionable and beautiful garment if you know the options you have for tying it and can choose one suited to your face. There are literally hundreds of ways to tie hijab, but knowing how to tie a handful of basic but fashionable styles can give you ideas for experimenting and finding the most beautiful looks for yourself. These three styles can get you started.

Things You'll Need

  • Full underscarf
  • Hijab shawls
  • Hijab pins

Use a Square Hijab Shawl

Place a full underscarf on your head. Choose a square hijab shawl to place over it, making sure that the colors work together.

Fold the hijab shawl into a triangle and drape it over your head so that the point is in the back and an even amount of fabric drapes down your chest on each side.

Pin the shawl under your chin to secure the hijab and frame your face. Adjust the shawl around the underscarf to make sure it’s falling in an attractive way all around your face.

Pull the right side of the shawl over to your left shoulder and pin it there. Pull the left side to your right shoulder and pin it.

Adjust the folds of the shawl to ensure that the fabric is falling nicely around your head and shoulders.

Use a Long Hijab Shawl

Place a full underscarf on your head. Choose a long hijab shawl to place over it, making sure that the colors work together.

Drape the hijab shawl over the underscarf, allowing about an inch of the underscarf to show on the forehead. Leave twice as much fabric on the right side as on the left so you have enough fabric to drape.

Add a decorative hijab pin to the shawl on each side, in line with your eyes or slightly above them, securing it to the underscarf. Alternately, you can use a pin only on the right side, if you prefer.

Pull the long side of the shawl over the top of your head and drape it down the other side. Adjust it so it’s as loose as you like it under your chin and falls where you want it on top of your head. Then, use the pin on that side to attach it to your underscarf and the first layer of hijab.

Use Two Long Hijab Shawls

Place a full underscarf on your head. Choose two long hijab shawls in contrasting colors to place over it, making sure that all of the colors work together.

Choose the shawl you want to use as an accent color and wrap it around your head. Tie a knot in the shawl at the back of your head to secure it. Alternately, you can use pins to secure it. Allow the rest of the shawl to drape down your back.

Drape the second hijab shawl over your head in the same manner as you did the first one, but allow some of the first hijab to show under the second one.

Tie or pin the second hijab shawl at the back of your head to secure it, just as you did the first one.

Secure both shawls on the left side of your face with a pin, then drape the first shawl over your head near the back, so that a strip of the first shawl and second shawl from Steps 2 and 3 can still be seen.

Pull the second hijab shawl over your head, draping it so that you can see the first shawl from Step 5, as well as the first layers from Steps 2 and 3.

Secure with a pin on the right side.

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