Everyone has a bad hair day now and then, but you don’t have to resort to a wearing a ponytail or hat when your hair decides to play tricks on you. There are lots of creative ways to wear headscarfs, but mastering this particular method will allow you to hide every bit of misbehaving hair, or just show off your charming vintage style. This classic ’50s housewife style of headscarf tying works great with vintage dresses, bohemian ensembles, or can simply be an easy way to elevate a very basic outfit.
PREP YOUR HAIR
To get started, prep your hair by twisting it up with some pins, unless it’s short, in which case you should just use some pins to pull your hair away from your face and off your neck if possible. I took a couple of minutes to pull my medium-length hair into a french twist, without worrying about making it look too neat. Ponytails might be easier, but avoid starting with your hair in a style which will show a bump underneath the headscarf.
SELECT A SCARF
This method of wrapping works best with a square scarf — the larger the better, in my opinion. A smaller scarf will have a little knot at the top, whereas a large scarf like this will give you a bigger bow and extra style.
Begin by folding your scarf in half on the diagonal, forming a triangle like this. The neater the triangle, the easier the rest of the process goes, which is why a square scarf is preferred.
Drape the scarf over your head, with the point of the triangle hanging down over your forehead. Hold the other two ends (at the fold) to prepare for the next step.
Now pull the ends over your ears and tie them together on top of your head, making sure the part hanging over your forehead is still in place.
If you are working with a larger scarf, as I am, tie the ends into a bow. If you are working with a smaller scarf, just tie the ends into a knot. Make sure the part of the scarf that began over your forehead is still evenly in place.
Once the ends have been secured and tied into a bow, you can take that annoying end that has been hanging over your face and carefully tuck it under the ends that you have just tied at the top of your head. If the tails of the bow you just tied are a bit long, you may want to tuck those in as well.
At this point, your headscarf might look like a crazy mess, and you might wonder, “What did I do wroooong?!” Not to worry! We still have tidying up to do. Evaluate the scarf’s messiness, like the haphazardly arranged bow and the points that stick up where the ends were pulled up over the head.
It’s normal to have those points sticking up on either side of your head, forming at the corners where you pulled up the two side pieces and tied them together. All you need to do is tuck them under the side pieces. After you do that, fluff up the bow, maximizing the width of the scarf here, and tuck the bow’s tails under the side pieces, if you haven’t done that yet.
THE FINISHED LOOK
That’s all there is to it! You may have to practice a few times before you get it just so, but soon enough, you’ll become a scarf-tying pro! Even your granny will be jealous of your newfound talent, and your friends will all admire your seemingly effortless style.