Jewish ways of tying head scarves

Updated July 20, 2017

According to Orthodox Jewish tradition, women cover their hair after they are married. The hair covering may be a wig (sheital), hat, bandanna or headscarf (tiechel/snood). Head scarves are typically worn by Modern Orthodox women, and are particularly common in Israel. The amount of hair shown underneath the scarf depends on one's religious observance level.

Head scarves come in many colours and patterns, and can be tied in various styles—so don't be afraid to add a personal touch.

Scarves with Attached Strings

Using a scarf that comes with an attached string can make tying the scarf to your head a simpler process.

To use a scarf with attached string, first position the scarf in the desired location on your head. Starting from the bottom of your head, underneath your hair, tie the strings around the tail of the scarf. To ensure the scarf is tight on your head, finish off the look by wrapping the strings around the tail of your scarf again and tying them underneath your hair.

Criss-Cross Style

A criss-cross style is a simple and casual way to tie your headscarf. To wear a scarf using a criss-cross style, position the scarf in the desired location on your head. Take two opposite ends of the tail of the scarf from and criss cross them underneath your hair. Then, bring the sides up and tie them in a loose knot around the tail.

Bun Style

The bun style is a variation of criss-cross style, and will give you a more tailored and elegant look. However, resist the temptation to tie the bun too tight or it will fall off.

To tie a bun style, position the scarf in the desired location on your head. Gather the tail of the scarf together, and wrap the scarf around in a bun. Once there is no more scarf to wrap, tuck the ends of the scarf into your bun.


Jewish women have many options when it comes to ways of tying head scarves. Below are some tips to ensure you look fashionable and not frumpy: Wear two scarves to create a textured and unique head covering; accessorise with big earrings for a trendy look; use hair clips if you do not think your scarf feels secure enough on your head.

Try planning a "tichel party." Invite married Jewish women to the party and request that they each bring a scarf as a gift. As a party activity, each guest will use the scarf they brought to share tips based on their own scarf wearing experiences.

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