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Headscarf Chic: The Y2K Hair Accessory Making a Major Comeback (6 Ways to Wear It!)


In the last few years, the Y2K and ’90s have been making a big comeback, from denim to accessories. (We’re talking about you, saddle bags). The return of the head scarf is one of the most popular trends in hair accessories. Megan Thee Stallion and Kendall Jenner, among others, have worn the headscarf in recent seasons. But we love the versatility. There are many ways to update your look with a head scarf. You may even be tempted by all of them. Learn how to wear a headscarf and tie it in a stylish way. See six different ways to wear the headscarf to suit any aesthetic.

History of the Headscarf

Hair scarves are as old as the world itself and have served many purposes in different communities. They’re popular not only because they look good, but also because they protect the hair (especially curly or natural textures) and they have religious significance for Muslim women. Some people, particularly Muslims, wear headscarves as a cultural expression. They often face prejudice because of their accessory, while others are not affected.

Hair scarves, which were popularized by Y2K, were also worn by Old Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. They were especially useful for traveling in convertibles or other situations. Scarves were used to keep hair off the face and protect styles from the weather. Their effortlessly chic look was a bonus, which helped them achieve icon status. Headscarves serve a similar function today, holding hair in place and concealing a less-than-ideal hair day. They can also instantly elevate your look.

Hair scarves are available in a wide range of styles, from those that cover your entire head to those that complement and enhance your hairstyle. You’ll see scarf styling ideas all over social media, but we’ve made it easier for you by providing a crash course of some of the most popular options.

How do you wear a headscarf?


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The easiest way to style your hair is with a headscarf, especially if you use it as a band. This style will instantly elevate any look by adding a splash of color. Use a large scarf and fold it several times before wrapping it around your head. Then tie it at your nape of the neck.


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Bandanas are a popular way to wear a vintage silk scarves. You can wrap it around your head, or leave it down with your hair in a bun. For this look, fold the scarf half-way on the diagonal, creating a triangle. Then, hold the corners, and gently drape it around your head with the point of triangle facing down your back. Tie the scarf behind your head.


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The babushka scarf is a great way to add a touch of glamour to your look, whether you want to create an air or mystery, protect your hair against the wind, and bring back some Hollywood glamour. Fold the scarf in half and pull one corner over another. Place it over your hair, and then tie it underneath your chin. You are not afraid of the wind today, and neither is anyone else who might try to block your path.

Pony Up

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If you wear your ponytails low or high, a scarf will elevate it to a new level. Fold your scarf diagonally in half to form a triangle. Then fold the tip so that you are holding the straight edge. Roll the scarf from the other side until you get a long, straight band. Some scarves come with their own scrunchie that does all the work for you.

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The bandana-style headscarf provides good coverage. Some turban scarves have decoy fabric strips that give the illusion of a perfect tie, but in fact you just slip it on your head.

Braid it In

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Try incorporating your favorite scarf into your braided hairstyles to add color and volume. Fold your scarf to achieve this look and divide your hair in three sections. Fold your scarf and tie it once around the middle part. Align the ends of your folded scarf with the side sections. Once you have finished braiding the ends, secure them with a hair tie.

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This look can be achieved with any scarf, but a thin scarf makes the process easier.

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