8 Modern Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf

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8 Modern Ways to Wear a Hair Scarf

Courageous pioneer women may have worn scarves to protect their waist-length hair from the blazing Oregon sun, but today's hair scarfs are mostly ornamental, designed to make us look pleasantly bohemian while we type furiously on our varied Apple products. Wear a scarf wrong, however, and you risk looking like you took a wrong turn on the Oregon Trail. Here's how to wear one with real style.

Courageous pioneer women may have worn scarves to protect their waist-length hair from the blazing Oregon sun, but today's hair scarfs are mostly ornamental, designed to make us look pleasantly bohemian while we type furiously on our varied Apple products. Wear a scarf wrong, however, and you risk looking like you took a wrong turn on the Oregon Trail. Here's how to wear one with real style.

Update the turban

This ain't your grandmother's towel turban. Wear a bright-colored turban low on the back of your head and let your hair out in front. Finish off with a few well-placed flower clips to let the world know that you're not an illusion from the Aqualillies.

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Add one to your braid

If a simple braid down your back is too mainstream for you, weave a thin scarf through it (just treat the scarf like the third piece of hair in your braid). Topless sunbathing on Spanish beaches? Entirely up to you. 

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Wear it like a 2013 hippie

Tie a scarf around your forehead, leaving your hair loose and long, to channel your inner Janis — but make sure the scarf is flat and wider than a strap of leather, or whatever real hippies wore. This is a look that goes from Coachella dancing to exclusive after-partying with zero hair adjustment needed.

Throw a hair party

Who says a scarf has to be your only hair accessory? This is 2013, people. We live in a society that birthed the Double Down. Take your hair to the extreme by pairing a skinny scarf with a cluster of blingy barrettes. 

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Tie it on the side...

A striking scarf tied around the head and knotted on the side starts to look more like a flower than a piece of fabric. Pair this look with minimal makeup, since the knot is so close to your face already. 

...or big on top.

Sometimes the best way to make a statement is to make a really big statement. Knot your scarf on top in the biggest, tangliest bow possible. Punchy lipstick is a must.

Use it as a hair band

Low ponytail? Messy bun? Use a thin scarf to tie it all together rather than your regular hair elastic — it's fresh and better for your hair. Let the scarf's ends fall where they will. 

Keep it simple, stupid

One of the most classic looks of summer is a rolled-up scarf tossed around the hair and casually knotted at the top of the head. It's perfect for disguising dirty hair, taming wild curls, or air drying. Need a little more guidance? Here's a great tutorial on how to achieve this look.

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