Head scarf and curls?

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Hi everyone!

I was wondering if there are any curly girls here, wearing a headscarf. I am having issues keeping my curls look good wearing the headscarf. I chose to wear this for religious reasons and I do not want to take it off.

There are definitely benefits in wearing a headscarf, because you are basically always wearing a 'protective hairstyle' when you are outside, plus you protect your hair from dust, rain, polluted air, the cold and the sun ofcourse. BUT.... I have issues with keeping my hair looking nicely styled. Whenever I freshly styled my curls, I am fine with how they look, but as soon as i put on the headscarf and take it off after some time, my curls look flat, little frizzy, not alive anymore, less definition, squeezed together, and the worst part.... very flat on the top of my head, not the lower part of the hair though... dreaded triangel hair. It helps if i refresh the curls and fluff it out a little bit, but it will never really look that good anymore. Restyling all the time, is of course not an option, but I like to find a way to preserve my hair under the scarf in order to look good for le husband, friends and family and at special occasions/weddings/parties ofcourse. Like every woman, i want to look nice.

I was hoping there would be anyone on the forum who could help me out with this, are there certain ways to wear the headscarf without ruining my hair? Are there special ways to tie it up under the scarf that wont give weird looking kinks?

Please help if you have any advice or experience wearing a headscarf for either religious or other reasons. Or also If you don't wear one and you have any ideas/ tips.

Thank you!!
Idk how you are wearing your scarf but could u find a way to get your curls to pile on top of your head while wearing the scarf. This way you will still have better definition and it will eliminate the flatness.

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Tricky. I'd say tie it looser but then you run the risk of your hair peeking out, I guess. My friend always tied her hair in a braid under the headscarf. The good news is when she took the braid out she'd have a 2B thing going on. (Sidenote: I really need to learn how to braid.) To preserve the curls though, I think you might want try a pin curl thing underneath the scarf if it's not too uncomfortable. How long is your hair? How much can you pile or pin up?
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I work with a woman who also wears a head scarf for religious reasons. She has short curly hair and wears the scarf very loosely, her hair is generally visible in the front where the curl holds it up off her head. I know in some religions even that amount showing would be unacceptable.

The material is going to effect frizz and dryness, silk or satin should help with both of these. As far as flatness, tying or shaping it more like a snood should give the back/length more room to breath. For the front you might try using a headband to give the very front some lift while under the scarf. I'll look for some pics for what I mean.

Not sure if something like these would work:
Jackie Kennedy; http://pinterest.com/pin/274086327292889742/
50's-60s type; dustjacket attic: Salon
Kate Middleton; http://pinterest.com/pin/274086327293232607/
OR a snood type; Amazon.com: Womens - Surgical Scrub Hat - Scrub Cap - Purple Lime Floral - Dots - Tie Back - Fitted and Feminine Style Skull Cap-food Service Worker Cap - 2nd Item Ships Free: Beauty

This isn't a head scarf one but its adorable and made me smile so I'm sharing
http://pinterest.com/pin/274086327292836159/
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Last edited by Lynaea; 05-24-2013 at 01:46 AM.
Hii =D
Thank you for the responses, really cool to see ppl react who dont wear scarfs ( didnt think there would be many, but worth a try) It makes my happy to read the tips you girls gave me, trying to help me find a solution to smt you probably don't live with, thanks a lot! =D

I try to not expose my hair at all when wearing my scarf outside, so wearing the "sixties style" headscarf is not gonna be it for me. I think it looks really cool though, love the feminine style of fashion from those days =) i could drape my scarf a little bit looser though, and safe my "fashionable" headwraps for the days I have oil treatments in my hair and dont care about it becoming messy and flat. I love the idea of tying it kind of like a snood, never thought of that!

I recently started to wear more satin or silk scarfs, or i wear them as a 'underscarf' whenever i want to wear one of my cotton ones.

I usually tie my hair up in a bun, but pinning it up would be a much better idea. I tried to use clips (if thats what you call them in english) before, but it used to hurt my head and was quite heavy. Probably because my hair was much longer then. Ive recently cut off like half of it (I miss my hair though =\) because of heat damage and dryness. Its around shoulder lenght now when its dry (have a lot of tiny curls) so pinning would probably be a lot more comfortable now. I will def try tom!

Lynaea, what exactly do you mean with using a headband to give the front a lift? Not sure how to picture it..
Love the picture of the african woman with the child btw, so cute =D
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Last edited by Karima; 05-24-2013 at 04:54 PM.
Have you consulted a stylist? They might know of pinning tools and techniques that aren't too cumbersome or uncomfortable, you know? I also agree with the silk and satin scarf suggestion. I think I had it floating around in my head but forgot to mention it. Any un-smooth surface will ruffle the cuticle and dry your hair out. Oh, another suggestion. Sometimes when I work out but want to leave my hair intact/easy to refresh afterwards I'll take the curls around my face and pin them back loosely, not severely. One ringlet at a time. I secure the end of each piece of hair with a bobby pin against the scalp but it's still loose. Then I'll tie my hair back with a no snatch hair band but again loosely. I won't wrap it around twice. Just the once. Sometimes I'll take another hair band and put my hair in a messy, loose bun. Over this (if I'm exercising outside and want to protect my hair) I'll throw on an oversized baseball cap. So yeah, I look like a dork for the time being but after I get home, shower with the shower cap, and then release each curl one by one and undo the loose ponytail/bun (which is always cinched at the neck, not high where the hair will be pulled), I still have decent curls that are easy to fix with a bit of water and leave in conditioner. I dampen, smooth on, scrunch up. Good to go.
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This is an extreme example of the headband thing but it was the best I could find for what I mean.
Austine Crystal Headband | Kirsten Kuehn || handmade crystal bridal sashes & embellished accessories

You can use any headband, I find the behind-the-ears ones stay put better than the wrap around kind. Essentially put it on and scoot it back a bit further then where it would naturally sit then shift it forward to push up the hair in front of it a bit. You would then need to start the scarf on your forehead or loosely over that area to keep it unsquished.
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Yes, I will def look in to some different ways/techniques of pinning my hair up. I should probably be gentle and take some more time for it instead of throwing on a scarf and go. But it will be totally worth it cos restyling or trying to fix my hair all the time is just too troublesome, and takes way more time and a lot of hairproducts all the time as well.

I will also try the headband, get what you mean now they remind me of being a child, my mom used to put it on me and my hair used to be one big bushy poofy frizzball behind the hairband, hahaha. My mother didn't really know how to deal with it, she thought it was cute. Anyway, they might be of good use now. I will go and look for one and buy a load of pins =) thanks for the ideas!
What about using some of the tiny jaw claps in the top to keep volume in but not have the scarf crush them. You can keep the line if the scarf in front tight still and over the crown looser. Also what about pin curls on the length of the hair? I am attaching a pic of how I use the little clamps sometimes. Head scarf and curls?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1369510637.499962.jpg
I don't know if there is any particular way you are requires to wear the scarf but this is kind of what I was talking about so you would have room for some pincurling and/ or baby clamps. I'd really investigate pin curls because they would lay flatter and be more comfortable. Head scarf and curls?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1369511326.712972.jpg
Thanks chupie, haha very very late response, but I just found out that there is a "participated" section where you can see what topics you participated in and find the replies much easier, hahaha. I'm afraid my head would look kinda weird under the scarf with the clamps hahaha, but I could try it out if I buy some tiny clamps from the drugstore or wherever. It would probably help preventing the flat roots. I don't have issues preserving the curls pattern in the lenght of my hair, cos my hair is naturally very curly, it just the top that gets flat from tying the scarf, because I have to make it somewhat tight for ut to be secured and stay on my head during the day. I wear my pretty much like the picture you've posted.
I'm gonna try the clamps cos it wouldnt hurt and I'm still not content with the way it looks after I take of my scarf... Ooh curly hair is difficult sometimes.

Does anyone know if volume powder is damaging to hair? Because I think it would be, since it makes it kinda rough, but it would make it easy to awaken my volume when I take of the scarf..

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Those clamps are very small. I bet you won't be able to tell they are there.
Like Hijab scarf, or bandana scarf? I like to wear a scarf if the BF and I are out driving and he has the windows down. What I like to do is spritz my hair with either hairspray or a run some gel or conditioner in, and take about 4 or 5 of those big thick bobby pins, and do a few pincurls that promote root lift. If you wear the hijab that should be easy to find and pull off, Just wrap it tighter around your neck area and maybe double pin it in place. For a bandana or something I'd do the same thing, just position the curls if anything is peeking out from under.

Another option I occasionally do is instead of the caps you can buy to wear under the scarf (I don't know what they're called but they're like little skull caps), I'd essentially plop with a cut up and slightly modified silk night cap or something that doesn't promote frizz, and use a clip or two.

Oh!! Someone mentioned braids here, but have you tried a bun? I bought that "hot buns" product and I love love love it! It stayed in my hair with only about 20% frizz over 3 days--that includes sleeping on it! So that's always an option. Just carry a cute flower clip or some snazzy looking barrets or a hairstick to jazz it up for special occasions that might crop up suddenly.

Last edited by heyshortyhey; 07-12-2013 at 08:15 PM.
Yes I wear hijab =) I've been using a small silk scarf as an "undercap" for a while now, and it is a huge help with the frizz and drying out my hair, so that's been great.

I will try to get creative tomorrow with pins and clamps or clips or what do you call them in english? =P and see what works out. Maybe I should also apply more product for hold, so that the curl lasts better.

Thank you so much everyone for being so helpfull, I really appreciate it =) bless you

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Like Hijab scarf, or bandana scarf? I like to wear a scarf if the BF and I are out driving and he has the windows down. What I like to do is spritz my hair with either hairspray or a run some gel or conditioner in, and take about 4 or 5 of those big thick bobby pins, and do a few pincurls that promote root lift. If you wear the hijab that should be easy to find and pull off, Just wrap it tighter around your neck area and maybe double pin it in place. For a bandana or something I'd do the same thing, just position the curls if anything is peeking out from under.

Another option I occasionally do is instead of the caps you can buy to wear under the scarf (I don't know what they're called but they're like little skull caps), I'd essentially plop with a cut up and slightly modified silk night cap or something that doesn't promote frizz, and use a clip or two.
Carrying that that bun thingy or flower clips or smt around is a great idea to instantly perk up my hair if I need it to quickly look nice if I take of my scarf somewhere btw. Love it! Thanks
I never thought of pin curls. That might be ideal since they'll lay flat. Here's a tutorial. You just have to practice and see what works. http://youtu.be/D9bAiFDFlT8
I find that loosely folding my hair up in a big jaw clip before wearing the scarf helps keep the curl. (Loose enough that it doesn't compress the hair - i.e. not in a twist, bun, etc.) Some people seem to have good results with twisting hair and putting it up, but you'd have to see if that keeps the curl in. Good luck!
Hey, Karima,
Since you wear hijab, have you considered taking a jersey headband and folding it underneath to get a little more height, then putting the scarf over? That gives you a little height to not squish your curls so much on top...scarf is tight around the hairline/headband, but loose above. But it depends on your hairline how that would work. It works for me, but I have a pretty high forehead!

I'd love to know what you figure out, maybe it'll help someone else. Good luck!
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I'm still struggling to find a way with the pins and stuff, so I'm curious about what you exactly mean... With folding underneath, do you mean to just fold the head band "double" so that it gives a slightly higher "border" around the hair line for the scarf to sit on? That's a great idea! I happen to have high forehead too! Cool. I'm gonna try that!

It will probably help with the clipping as well because when experimenting with this I find that sometimes the scarf "hangs" on to the clips or pins which makes them pull my hair... If that makes sense =P

Loving everyone's advice, so creative!

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