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  • Writer's pictureJulie Diana

Headscarf Troubleshooting

Updated: Jul 7

As you get more creative with headscarves, you'll come across new tricks and techniques. And you'll no doubt run into challenges.

Here are 7 solutions for the most common complaints about wearing headscarves.

You'll find video tutorials, plus tips for getting the coverage and comfort you want.

1. Headaches

This is the most common difficulty that women have with their beloved headwear.

Opt for scarves made of stretch fabrics, as they can be tied snugly without causing discomfort. Favor smaller-sized scarves in lightweight fabrics, tied simply around the head.

Silk scarf: Amazon / Dress: Amazon, S-XL

I highly recommend wearing a velvet grip headband under your scarf. This will keep the scarf in place, and eliminate the need to tie it tightly. I use both this beige velcro-back headband, and this brown one with a sliding adjuster.

Avoid large, heavy pashmina scarves tied with towering height in the back. They will likely cause headaches.

2. Hair Breakage

Avoid tying your scarf too tight. Wear smooth, gentle fabrics that wont snag your hair. Using clips or bobby pins to secure your scarf around the hairline can be a culprit.

Use a gentle shampoo and soft, snag-free hair ties, and air dry wet hair as much as possible. It's also fun and helpful to sleep on a silky pillowcase.

Copper-infused pillowcase: iluminage

3. Not enough time

Consider a pre-tied headscarf. Watch the 1-minute video tutorial below for 5 different ways to style them.

Dusty blue scarf here / Cheetah scarf here

4. I need some height!

Headband-like crowns tied just behind the front edge of the scarf frame your face and lift the scarf look.

The Dutch Crown technique, shown below, adds flattering height. Slipping on a store-bought headband that has some height or texture also works.

5. It's too aging

Throughout history, mature women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly have worn headscarves in a way that made them look regal and upscale. Updo styles like the Royal Turban and Double Wrap give a flattering, lifted effect.

Avoid styles that sag or droop in the back of your neck, as this is not flattering. Favor scarves made of sophisticated prints or solid colors that complement your skin tone. Don't wear cheap, rag-like scarves; instead choose sumptuous fabrics like silk jerseys and rich burnout velvet.

Accent the scarf with earrings and a light hand of makeup, and the graceful self-assurance that only comes with age.

6. Low back hairline

If you have a low back hairline and you'd like to keep it under wraps, choose scarf-tying techniques that drape down in the back like The Butterfly, shown below. These are quick, easy styles that work well to cover extra strays.

7. Discomfort from glasses

Headscarf: Melifluos / Bolero: Amazon, S-XL

To comfortably pair sunglasses or prescription eyewear with your headscarf, sandwich the arms of the frames between scarf layers, and not underneath the base layer of your headwear.

It 's possible that the frames themselves are too tight for your head and need adjustment. Consider wearing your sunglasses on the outside of your scarf completely, like an avant-garde Urban Outfitters model.

Thank you for reading!

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