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3 Ways to Make a Hijab Your Own

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A key part of Muslim clothing for women is the hijab. However, the way in which one wears it can be totally unique depending on your choice of fabric (cotton, silk or wool) as well as the complexity of the scarf style (as noted below). Beginner The simplest style is a one-piece al-amira scarf which can easily be slipped over the head. To ensure a modest approach, there is a two-piece al-amira scarf which includes an underscarf for additional head coverage. Similar to a headband this extra piece slides onto your head first and then is surrounded by the full scarf. As you arrange the folds of the scarf to secure it in place, make sure the fabric drapes over your front, back and shoulders. Intermediate If you prefer a side-pinned style, start with a large rectangular scarf or pashmina and one scarf pin. Place the fabric over your head with the edge of the scarf passing over the top of your forehead. The sides of the scarf should be draped over your shoulders with one side hanging twice as low as the other. Next, swing the long end of the scarf around your chin and over your head. Then, drape the end of the scarf over your other shoulder. To make sure the scarf stays in place, take your scarf pin and secure the fabric near the side of your head. If done correctly, the scarf should appear as one loop that goes around your head and under your chin. Advanced While a triangle style looks basic, it does require a measure of precision to perfect—as well as two pins and a square-shaped scarf. First, fold the top right corner to the bottom left corner of the scarf so it creates a triangle shape. Then, put the widest part of the triangle at the top of your forehead and drape the two corners over your shoulders so the third corner of the triangle is at the back of your head. The next step takes some coordination since you must pinch the edges of the scarf that are under your chin—while opening your jaw as wide as possible, and using one of the two pins to secure the scarf under your chin. Once that’s done, you can close your mouth. Now, cross the corners of the scarf over your neck so the left side is to the right, and vice versa. Next, drape the tails of the scarf over your shoulders so you can use the other pin to attach the scarf tails behind your head. Finally, lift the back corner of the scarf and pin the ends at the back of your head, then drape the corner of the scarf up so it covers the pinned part. If folded and pinned properly, the scarf should be straight and remain securely in place. That’s the technical part. The creative portion comes into play when you select the color and fabric from a hijab store such as Artizara.

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