Wrap It up With a Headscarf

Marilyn Monroe

was definitely on to something when she famously wrapped her head in a silk scarf and tied it under her chin all those years ago. She was elegant and sophisticated -- the picture of femininity -- and her legacy remains true today.
Confirmation of such came at this year’s spring/summer fashion shows, with Hermes, Viktor & Rolf and Jean Paul Gaultier all channeling a similar look. Add Marc Jacobs’ head wrap to the list and you have yourself one certainty: This summer, it’s all about the headscarf.

The headscarf is a brilliant way to conceal bad hair days and, when worn correctly, can instantly make you look like a rockstar. Just look at Nicole Richie, Sophie Monk and Jennifer Lopez. The list of celebrity followers is endless, and now it’s your turn to jump aboard.

You don’t need to wait until those inevitable bad hair days roll around. Any day is a headscarf day -- especially when you know how to manouvre it. Here are some points to remember:

1. Remember the three P’s next time you’re working this look: position, pattern and product. Position is the location of the scarf on your head; pattern is the design of the scarf (keep it bright, modern and preferably designer); and product refers to hair product (you’ll need it).

2. Don’t wash your hair. Clean hair will make your scarf slip; second-day hair is always best. If you need extra grip, spray on dry shampoo and use bobby pins to secure the sides of the scarf.

3. Tie the scarf under your chin for a simple, traditional look. Keep it more modern by choosing a brightly coloured scarf and positioning it farther back toward your crown rather than closer your hairline. Also, create a big bow at the bottom of your chin for added volume and effect.

4. Fold your scarf into a long, thin line and wrap it around your head if you want something a little less obvious. Keep it forward so it fully covers your hairline, and tie it under your hair at the side, leaving the ends of the scarf to fall over one shoulder.

5. Tie the scarf at the top of your head rather than underneath. This is another fun option that was spotted on the Marc Jacobs runway. Again, fold your scarf into a long, thin line and then position it under your hair at the back. Take the two ends around the sides and up to the top of your head before tying it in a slightly off-centre knot.

6. Simply fold your scarf into a triangle and position the flat side slightly in front of your hairline if all else fails. Now, wrap the ends around your head and tie them at the back before finishing the look off with soft curls and a massive pair of sunnies. Instant glamour!

Photo: Getty Images

Yasemin Turker, managing editor of The Style Glossy , is a freelance writer, beauty editor, international happiness seeker and incessant tweeter. Find her @Yaz_Turker.


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