How to Wear a Hair Scarf: 9 Cool Ways to Look Stylish

How to Wear a Hair Scarf: 9 Cool Ways to Look Stylish

Hair scarves have taken over Instagram and Pinterest, and there are so many ways to wear them! I’ve been playing around with some fun hair scarf styles, you may have seen them on Instagram or in my stories! I finally filmed a video and created this beauty post as a tutorial on how to wear a hair scarf in different ways!

I did skip over some of the obvious styles, such as where you wrap it around your head like a headband or tie it around your ponytail or bun. Below I styled a hair scarf in 9 simple ways that look cool and seem way more complicated than they actually are. Many of these styles can be modified to be worn in various ways. From adding braids, in a ponytail, half up, messy bun, etc. These are basic styles to add to as you wish!

How to Wear a Hair Scarf

I love scarves because there are so many ways to style them. You can use the same scarves around your neck, purse, hair, and even tops these days! While I’m not a fan of the scarf-as-a-top look, I do love the versatility.

Below I’m using a couple of scarves, one is a square silk scarf I grabbed from an inexpensive shop, and the other is a vintage Oscar de la Renta scarf I got at a vintage shop in Dallas. There are even more ways to wear them than here, but the below tutorials will give you a great start to wearing scarves in your hair.

9 Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf

Start each of these styles by styling your hair as you normally would. I curled my hair with my Drybar 1in 3-Day Bender Curling Iron.

SHOP MY HAIR SCARF ESSENTIALS:

Series 1: A Twist on the Headband

Style 1: Twist on the Headband, Hair Down

Step 1:

Pull two sections of hair on either side of your head about 1-1.5in wide

Step 2:

Pull back the rest of your hair out of the way

Step 3:

Fold your scarf in half diagonally and roll to two inches wide, then tie your scarf around your head like a headband or head wrap

Step 4:

Wrap the loose pieces around the scarf

Step 5:

Pin into place and take down hair

Style 2: Headband, Hair Half-Up

Complete steps 1-5 above.

Step 6:

Pull a small section of hair up in the back of your head and secure with a clear elastic or small claw clip

Step 7:

Wrap a small piece of hair from under the elastic around the ponytail to hide the elastic and pin into place

Style 3: Headband, With a Ponytail

Complete steps 1-5 in Style 1.

Step 6:

Pull all of your hair up into a ponytail.

Step 7:

Wrap a small section of hair around your rubber band to hide it and pin it into place.

Series 2: Side Braid into Updo

I had a really hard time calling a ponytail and bun an “updo” but that’s technically what they are, and it reminds me of that viral video from high school: “Work that updo!” I digress.

Style 4: Side Braid with Ponytail

Step 1:

Create a horizontal part across the top of your head. Circle around your head to the base of your neck. Secure hair out of the way.

Step 2:

Start a dutch braid at your part. A dutch braid is created by taking 3 sections crossing the outside pieces underneath the middle piece, and picking up loose hair each time. See a full tutorial on how to do a Dutch braid here!

Step 3:

Continue the Dutch braid until it is behind your ear, and finish with a loose braid. Secure with an elastic. Pull on the outside of the braid to make it bigger.

Step 4:

Pull all of your hair up into a ponytail, including the braid. Once secured, remove the elastic securing the braid.

Step 5:

Tie a head scarf around the ponytail.

Style 5: Side Braid with Bun

Complete steps 1-3 above.

Step 4:

Gather hair where you’d like your bun to sit and remove the elastic holding your braid. (Don’t let the braid unravel!)

Step 5:

Twist hair around a finger creating a loose bun and secure it with an elastic.

Step 6:

Pin into place with bobby pins.

Step 7:

Tie the scarf around your bun.

Series 3: Twisted Bun Styles

Twisted Bun Styles

Style 6: Twisted Bun

Step 1:

Start with your hair in a ponytail slightly above the nape of your neck.

Step 2:

Slide the scarf through the elastic and make it even on each side.

Step 3:

Split hair into two sections adding one side of the scarf to each section. Set one side out of the way.

Step 4:

Hold the hair of the first section still and wrap the scarf around the hair. Secure at the bottom with an elastic. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5:

Wrap twists in opposite directions around the elastic, overlapping them to form a bun. Pin into place.

Style 7: Braided Bun

Step 1:

Start with hair in a ponytail and tie a long scarf around your ponytail.

Step 2:

Separate into two sections adding one side of the scarf to each. Set one section out of the way.

Step 3:

Split one side of the ponytail into three more sections and braid, incorporating the scarf into one of the three sections of the braid so it intertwines with the hair naturally. Repeat with the other section.

Step 4:

Wrap braids in opposite directions around the elastic, overlapping to form a bun. Pin into place.

Series 4: Braids

Braids hairstyle

Style 8: Fishtail Braid

Step 1:

Gather a small section of hair in the back of your head.

Step 2:

Separate into two sections. Create a fishtail braid (step-by-step instructions for a fishtail braid here) by pulling a small piece of hair from the right section, crossing the middle, and joining it with the left section. Next, grab a small piece of hair from the left section, cross the middle, and join with the right section. Continue down the braid until it is the proper length. For this style I braided about halfway down, leaving a long tail.

Step 3:

Secure the braid with an elastic. Tie your scarf around the elastic.

Style 9: Side French Braid into a Ponytail

Step 1:

Start by creating a horizontal part across your head, circling it around to the base of your neck. Set hair out of the way.

Step 2:

Tie a long scarf around a small section of hair at the top of your part.

Step 3:

Using the section of hair and two sides of the scarf as your 3 sections, start to create a French braid by crossing the outside pieces over the middle one, picking up loose hair as you go.

Step 4:

Continue to French braid until the braid is behind your ear. Finish with a loose braid. Secure with a clear elastic.

Step 5:

Pull all hair including the braid into a ponytail and secure with an elastic.

Step 6:

Remove the elastic holding the loose braid and free the ends of the scarf. If they’re long enough, wrap the ends of the scarf around your ponytail elastic and tie into place.

Which hair scarf style was your favorite? Are there any other hairstyles you’d like a tutorial for? Tell me in the comments below!

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4 Comments

  1. INXSKY wrote:

    Thank you for all the inspirational looks! I am so in love with hair carves these days!

    Posted 9.7.19 Reply
  2. Jennifer wrote:

    I love the trend of scarves worked through a braid look. I believe that is such a creative idea. Silk scarves are great to use since silk does not dry out hair. Healthy hair and the shimmer of silk is a great combination. Really appreciate the instructions included with the photos.

    Posted 10.10.19 Reply
  3. June wrote:

    Love it

    Posted 9.16.23 Reply