All the fashion girls are doing it...
There seems to be some cruel rule that ensures my hair only ever looks good when we have absolutely zero appointments in our calendar. And on days when I really, really need it to behave...knots, twists, and flips suddenly appear from thin air, and styling it can feel like such a behemoth of a task that we usually give up after five minutes (okay, more like 30 seconds).
Whether it's the morning after a wild night out (or in - don’t underestimate my ability to consume copious amounts of wine while re-watching Glee), there's one hair accessory that ensures my strands look enviably styled for any occasion. From the most eye-catching of silk scarves to a childhood favourite I'm determined to resurrect from the dead, the humble hair scarf is my bad hair day saviour.
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Chic, elegant and oh so stylish, a hair scarf looks set to be the hair accessory of the year - and I can see why. In fact, searches for them are up 157% on Pinterest, so it's no coincidence as far as we're concerned. It's just so versatile. Wear it twisted around a bun or to top a half-up, half-down style; weave it into a braid or wrap it over your roots to disguise second-day hair. The possibilities are endless.
So for those dreaded mornings when you stare at your hair and think why?!, these 8 strategic hairstyles ahead are here to save your bad hair day.
FOR WHEN I'M FEELING 'FASHION'
If you're an entry-level scarf wearer, try this easy look that first got me hooked on the hair scarf trend. Reach for a long, skinny silk scarf and wrap it around a low ponytail. If you're a pro scarf wearer, slip the scarf through an elastic hair tie, do up your pony securing the scarf at the centre back, then wrap your scarf into a bow at the top.
fOR WHEN i'M FEELING LAZY
I've been eyeing Sammi Jefcoate's love for headscarves for a while now, so I was pretty ecstatic when she announced she was realising her own range of headscarves. To mark the occasion, she gave a quick IG tutorial on how to copy her signature look and it's way easier than I ever thought. Notice how she pulls out a few face-framing layers of hair to fall below her scarf. It adds a soft, feminine touch to the look.
FOR WHEN I HAVE GREASY ROOTS
This one throws it back to an aughties style icon: Lizzie McGuire. The middle school heroine was rarely seen without a tie-dye bandana, nor will you be from here on out. Choose an oversized silk square in a chic print, fold it diagonally in half, and tie it over your hair tucking the centre corner inside.
For When I'm feeling extra
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An entire town draped in pastel pinks, blues, and greens, everyone in Old Havana knows each other. On your way to buy bread you stop and gossip with neighbors, you peer down from the balcony while you hang clothes or sip a cup of café. After work, you pull up chairs, someone brings the speakers, another brings the rum. You dance, drink, talk, eat. The color of conversation, uninterrupted by glances at FB or IG feeds, turns from black and white to a fiery red. 鹿 #oldhavana #cuba
Instead of using a silk scarf, try a larger, knit rectangle for this look. Wrap it around your head, then tie a large bow in the front. Like Nneka Julia, we suggest using a bright, solid scarf instead of a printed one. A saturated hue helps define the bow's shape.
FOR WHEN I'm feeling chic
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Yep, i’ll have it all in leopard print pleaseThe animal print collection is still going strong in my wardrobe & I’m loving scarves to add to the mix to accessorise outfits On a slightly different note, all I’ve thought about today is devouring a halloumi burger, feel like if I write about it then it may possibly appear from thin air somehow - the cravings real @accessorize #accessorizer #ad. As always you can shop my outfits via @liketoknow.it by following me on the app! http://liketk.it/2x9KP #liketkit . . . . . . #ukblogger #londonblogger #fashionbloggeruk #londonfashionblogger #ootdmagazine #ukbloggers #fblogger #style #instafashion #whatiwore #wiwt #whatiworetoday #todayslook #fashioninspo #fwis #ootd #outfit #outfitinspo #outfitdetails #lookoftheday #ootdmagazine #instastyle #womenwithstyle #streetstyle_daily #anotheroutfitpost #leopardprint #scarf
Proving that hair scarves don't have to be complicated, Yatri ties a printed scarf around a slick bun for elegant results. I'll be trying this out on days when I'm in-between hair washes (the grease helps slick back the hair). If you're not a dab hand with hair accessories then there are plenty of scrunchie scarf options out there too.
FOR WHEN MY HAIR IS A HOT MESS
On days when my hair is helpless, I - like every woman - scrape it into a 'messy bun' but to help me pretend that my messy hair was intentional. Make like Helen and complete the look with a silk scarf to elevate your entire look in seconds.
FOR WHEN I HAVE EXTRA TIME ON MY HANDS
Accomplishing a French braid is one thing, plaiting a hair scarf through it is another. But on the rare day when I've somehow managed to get ready quickly, I knot a scarf around a few strands of hair at the top of my head and start braiding. Trust me, it's easier than it sounds.
For when I'm channelling my inner Thelma and Louise
This look is ideal for going on a leisurely drive. But you don't have to own a vintage Cadillac to wear this look daily. Fold an oversized square scarf in half, place it loosely over your head like Vanessa Hong (or Louise), then knot it under your chin. Now all you need are black sunglasses and you're Old Hollywood, baby.
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