The silk scarf is a universal accessory that has been a staple in wardrobes for decades. Scarves add a pop of color to any outfit and can be styled in many different ways: as a neck scarf, a belt, on your purse, and, of course, to create a beautiful scarf hairstyle.
Here are 7 splendid ideas how to tie a scarf in your hair and add a classic charm to your style.
How to Wear a Hair Scarf
The origins of scarves date back to ancient Egypt and Rome, but they did not become a fashion accessory until the 19th century. Today, scarves hold their vintage charm reminiscent of the old Hollywood days when stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe wore silk scarves draped around their hair.
Since the retro vibe is all the rage now, with a major comeback of curtain bangs and bouffant hairstyles, hair scarf styles are going to be huge this year too. In fact, many fashion magazines have already named hair scarves among the hottest trends of the year.
Silk scarves look great when paired with vintage hairstyles and pin up curls, but they are also the perfect hair accessory to add to any modern hairstyle. Plus, who has time to create pin up curls or finger waves just because they want to wear a scarf in their hair?
Here are 7 great ways to style hair scarves that can be worn with any hair type or texture. The best part, they are easy to do!
#1: Simple Ponytail with a Bow or Knot
The easiest and quickest way to rock your vintage silk scarf is in a ponytail. While a low ponytail with a scarf is a classic style, it also looks cute with a high ponytail! It’s the perfect accessory to a casual or dressy outfit. You can pull this look off with straight hair or add some loose curls to add volume.
To get the look, prepare your scarf by folding it diagonally to make a triangle. Fold in the point of the triangle so that you have a straight edge. From the opposite side, begin folding the scarf in until you have a long, even band.
Put the center of the folded scarf under your ponytail and lift at both ends, wrapping them once around the base of the ponytail (or a bun, for a change). Tie hair scarf in a knot with both ends hanging loosely or create a bow to finish the look.
#2: Hair Scarf Headband
Sometimes known as the “Minnie Mouse” headband when worn with a bow, this easy way to style your scarf is sure to complete any outfit! This headband looks great with your hair up or down! For this look, you can also use a smaller square scarf. Fold your scarf, then slide it under your hair and tie a knot on the top of your head with the ends sticking out to resemble a bow.
If you want to tie a bigger scarf, fold it as explained above. Then flip your hair forward and place your scarf centered at the back of your neck. Grab each end of the scarf and bring the ends forward while flipping your hair back to add volume.
Tie the ends of the scarf into a double knot or a bow at the top of your head and let ends hang loosely. Or, tuck the ends into the sides of the headband to conceal them.
You can also wear your scarf as a simple headband by draping the band over the top of your head evenly with the ends hanging down. Tie a knot in the back of your head under your hair and let the ends hang loosely.
#3: Half Up “Topsy Tail” with a Bow or Knot
If you don’t want to commit to wearing your hair up or down, try half and half! With this style, you can easily add a knotted scarf or make a bow. This style looks great whether your hair is straight, wavy, or curly.
Start by parting your hair and preparing it for a half-up, half-down look. Gather hair into a loose ponytail, make a small hole between the elastics and the scalp with your fingers, and flip the ponytail up and through it. Once you have created the twist, you can add your scarf as a bow or knot with the ends hanging loosely.
#4: Half Up French Braid with a Bow or Knot
This hairstyle has something whimsical about it! It’s a fun way to wear your hair half-up, half-down, and a bow or knotted scarf looks great when mixed in!
To create this look, fold your scarf into a band. Divide your hair starting at the top into three sections to create a French braid. Braid your hair halfway and secure with a ponytail holder.
Loop your scarf under your ponytail holder at the center, so it’s firmly in place. Tie a knot or create a bow and let the ends hang loosely. Don’t forget to top it off with a little hairspray to hold the braid in place!
#5: Half or Full Head Wrap
If you want to make a fashion statement while also protecting your hair from windy or rainy weather, this is the style for you. In fact, this is one of the most common ways to style a vintage silk scarf!
You can wear a headscarf as a half head wrap or a full head wrap, with your hair down or in a low bun. It can be worn with straight hair, or you can add a few loose curls to add more volume.
To create this hair scarf style, fold your scarf diagonally to make a triangle. Hold at the corners and gently drape the scarf over your hair with the point of the triangle aiming down your back. Tie the two corners together at the back of your head.
Leave some hair or bangs in front with your hair flowing down your back, or cover all of your hair (if worn up or in a low bun) to create a complete head wrap. If you have a long scarf, you can tie the access fabric in the back into a second knot and tuck the ends within the scarf to hide them. If you like the scarf to hang more loosely, you can secure it in place with bobby pins.
#6: Traditional Braid with a Scarf
Can’t commit to wearing your hair fully up or down, or don’t like hair in your face? This is the look for you! It’s the simplest way to switch up a traditional braid and looks stunning with a mermaid braid.
Braid your hair as you normally would and stop about 5 inches before the end of your hair. Tie a small ponytail holder and place your folded scarf under the band at the center, so it’s tightly in place. Then tie your scarf to create a bow or in a knot with the ends hanging loosely.
#7: Hair Scarf Braided into a Braid
Give your traditional or French braid a total makeover! Braid in a silk scarf to add a pop of color and volume.
To get this look, fold your scarf and divide hair into three sections for braiding. Then tie your folded scarf once around the middle section of your hair. Add each end of your scarf to each side of the divided hair. Begin to braid your hair as you usually would and secure the end of the braid with a ponytail holder.
With a wide variety of designs and textures and endless styling options, it’s easy to see why so many women love having a silk scarf in their wardrobe. A scarf is a timeless trend that will always remain a classic accessory, and I hope you have learned a few great ways to style it in your hair! Follow @laurenkellynj for more hairstyle inspiration, styling tips and tricks, and product recommendations.