How to Wear a Stylish Hijab

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How to Wear a Stylish Hijab
Wear your hijab with trendy twists. (scarf image by maxthewildcat from

The hijab is a traditional headscarf covering for Muslim women. The word is derived from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to conceal or to hide from view, according to The Modern Religion. Hijab are supposed to help the wearer preserve modesty, be identified as Muslim and be evaluated on merit rather than appearance. Muslim women in liberated countries or cultures often choose to wear hijab to avoid attention directed solely at their looks.

The hijab is meant to cover all of a woman's head except the circle of her face, concealing her ears and neck as well as all of her hair. To keep the hijab from slipping out of place, it is made of two parts: a black underscarf like a hood and an overscarf that may be brightly coloured and patterned. The overscarf may also be worn in stylish or traditional ways.

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Things you need

  • Elastic hair bands
  • Underscarf
  • Overscarf
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Pull your hair back into a braid, ponytail or bun to help control and cover it. Slip the overscarf over your head, letting it gather around your shoulders so you can arrange it to hide your neck.

  2. 2

    Smooth your hair back with one hand and pull up the underscarf so it sits just in front of your ears and hairline.

  3. 3

    Drape the overscarf over your head with the edge showing about ½ inch of the underscarf. The right side of the overscarf should hang much lower than the other. Slip your hand inside your underscarf at each temple to safety pin the overscarf in place. Bring the longer side up in a long swoop under your chin and pin it from the inside with a safety pin just under your temple.

  4. 4

    Create an even trendier look by folding your overscarf in half to form a large triangle. Place the fold against your forehead and wrap the scarf around your head so it covers your ears. Tie it bandanna-style at the nape of your neck.

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