How To Wear Hijab Style Step By Step In 28 Different Ways

Ace the various ways of wearing a hijab so that you can pay the necessary respect to your beliefs.

Written by , BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Diploma Arshiya Syeda BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Diploma linkedin_icon Experience: 7 years
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If you want to know how to wear hijab, then we are glad to inform you that you are exactly in the right place. This article will discuss just that. We understand the significance of the hijab that holds among the Muslim culture. These beautiful pieces of cloth wrapped around the head by Muslim women, concealing the hair, have to say a lot. The practice of wearing a hijab highlights a woman’s genuine beauty by hiding something society considers necessary for women to look gorgeous– her hair. Wow! That is a good message. To this end, we have made a list of different ways to wear a hijab. But before getting on with it, let us first understand why they are worn, in detail. So, without any delay, let us take you on this “all-things-hija” tour. Stay put till the end of the article, so you can have an in-depth understanding of the practice and also wear a hijab correctly.

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  • Occasion: Go for a simple hijab style for everyday wear, and a turban hijab for corporate meetings.
  • Earrings: Opt for long loops, gold tassels as well as silver oxidized earrings for a flattering look.
  • Color Shade As Per Skin Tone: Choose bright colors such as blue, dark pink, and orange for light skin tones and neutral shades such as beige, ivory, or cream for darker tones.
  • Pattern: Choose floral, geometric, stripped, and polka dot patterns to change from a regular monochrome hijab look.

Why Do Muslim Women Wear Hijab?

Well, technically the word ‘hijab’ itself means “to veil something”, ‘curtain’ or ‘hiding’ and refers to the Islamic principle of modesty. It does not in any way mean headscarf itself. It’s only in recent times that it has become synonymous with wearing the scarf to cover your hair. Women wear the hijab as a means of fulfilling the commandment of God to protect their modesty.

What Are the Rules of Wearing a Hijab?

  • A must-follow rule is that one should not display their hair and avoid body-fitting attire to prevent highlighting their body shape.
  • The appropriate donning of a hijab means it extends coverage to your head, neck, and chest, although not all devotees may endorse this interpretation of hijab-wearing.
  • The hijab should not be transparent but opaque, promoting modesty rather than attracting attention.
  • It should stay free from too many eye-catching details and is not supposed to carry any scent.
  • The style of dress should not mimic garments typically worn by non-Muslims.
  • With regards to its usage, it should majorly be used when non-Mahrams (all except the person you are to marry) and those not related are present.
  • It is important to mention that the choice to wear a hijab is personal and not necessitated by oppression; it can symbolize obedience to God’s command, cultural association, and religion-based practices.

28 Different Types Of Hijab Styles

Islam is a religion that is found in almost all parts of the world. Hence, the hijab is styled and worn in a myriad of ways by women depending on the weather, occasion, their facial structure, and the clothes that are predominantly worn in that region. So let’s look at the different styles of wearing hijab based on these factors.

How To Wear Hijab – Step By Step Techniques:

1. Simple Hijab Style

Before we look at the gorgeous hijab scarf styles that we’ve compiled for you, let’s check out the easiest way to wrap your hijab.

How To Wear A Hijab In A Simple Style

  1. Drape a long rectangular scarf over your head with one side longer than the other.
  2. Pin up both sides of the scarf together under your chin.
  3. Flip the longer end of your scarf behind your opposite shoulder.
  4. Flip the same end back to the front of the other shoulder.
  5. Spread both the ends of your scarf so that they cover your chest.

2. Hijab Without A Pin

How to wear hijab without a pin
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So you snoozed your alarm one too many times, and now you’re late for work/class. You can’t possibly be fiddling with ball pins, trying to tie your hijab perfectly, right? The solution—just take a long rectangular scarf and casually wrap it around your head once, throw one end of it over one shoulder, and you’re good to go!

Sukaina, a YouTuber, shares her personal experience about how she likes to style her hijab without a pin at home, especially when shooting one of her videos:“So this look is quite flowy, it’s effortless, it’s just quite nice and very easy to do. The only thing is because there’s no pins, it might be harder to wear outside (i).” The Youtuber then proceeds to share tutorials of various styles, something you can definitely benefit from.

3. Chest Covering Hijab Style

How to wear the chest covering hijab style
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Have you ever bought a beautifully printed headscarf and sulked over the fact that you couldn’t properly show the print off after tying it into your hijab? If so, I totally feel your pain. Then this chest covering hijab style will work perfectly for you. Just spread one corner of it across your chest and tie the rest of it as your hijab to showcase its gorgeous print in all its glory.

4. Wrapping Hijab With Accessories On It

How to wear hijab with accessories on it
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Add a bit of sparkle and shine to your boring old hijab with just some jewelry lying around on your dresser. A great way to do so is to insert some of your rings onto a loose corner of your hijab that’s hanging down one side of your face.

How to accessorize your hijab
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Hey, just because you’re a modest dresser doesn’t mean you can’t hop onto that Coachella fashion train! Accessorize your hijab (in a nude shade, maybe?) with one of those rose gold headdresses that seem to inundate your Instagram feed every time this iconic music festival rolls around.

5. Side-Pinned Hijab Style

How to wear side-pinned hijab style
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Side pinned hijab is probably one of the most common hijab styles around the world. And for a good reason too because it’s the easiest and most practical style for everyday wear. Simply wrap your scarf around your head and secure it on one side of your head with a ball pin and you’re done! Takes less than 2 minutes and doesn’t budge throughout the day.

6. Hijab To Show Earrings

How to wear hijab showing earrings
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You don’t have to give up on long dangly earrings just because you wear the hijab. Simply tie your hijab from slightly behind your earlobe and pop your earrings out to complete your look!

Turban hijab style to show earrings
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Another great way to show off your earrings while wearing a hijab is to go for a turban hijab style. Wrap your scarf all along your hairline and tie it at the nape of your neck (instead of under your chin). Drape one end of your scarf on your shoulder and put on your earrings to finish off your look.

Sukaina, a YouTuber, shares her personal experience and tips on how she likes to style her hijab in her YouTube video:“I just thought I will show you five different ways I wear my hijab. They are very easy, straightforward, hijab styles (i).” The Youtuber then proceeds to share tutorials of the various styles, something you can definitely benefit from.

With Outfits:

7. Hijab Style For Gown

How to wear hijab with gowns
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When you’ve got a gown that makes you look like a princess, you also need a hijab style that will add to your royal look. Go for a turban hijab style in the same color as your gown and accessorize it with a fancy necklace wrapped around the crown of your head to add a touch of sparkle and shine to your look.

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It is recommended to wear a plain solid-colored scarf with a classy floral headband that can complement the floral printed maxi or gown effortlessly.

8. Hijab Style For Saree

How to style hijab with saree
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There’s a lot that can go wrong when picking a hijab style to go with your saree. So listen to me closely. Go for a headscarf that matches closely with your saree so that it doesn’t create too much contrast and take attention away from the saree’s beauty. Tie it up in a simple side pinned hijab style and accessorize it with a fancy headdress to finish off the traditional look.

9. Arabic Hijab Style

How to wear Arabic hijab style
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When it comes to Arabic hijab styles, the bigger, the better. Arab women really love to up the volume when it comes to their hijab styles. They usually pile up their hair in high updos and wrap big scarves several times around their head to make their hijab as big as possible.

10. Hijab Style For Glasses

How to style hijab with glasses
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When you wear glasses, wrapping your hijab too tightly around your head can really hurt around your ears. So your best bet is to cover your hair with a hijab tube cap and wrap your scarf loosely around your head to wear your glasses comfortably throughout the day.

11. Hijab Style For Jeans

How to style hijab with jeans
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If you’ve struggled with styling your hijab to go with your jeans, I’ve got your back. A cool and edgy style to go for is the turban style with the ends of the scarf hanging loose down one shoulder. Pick a scarf in a color contrasting from your top to make a bold style statement.

12. Modern Hijab Style

Simple hijab style for the modern women
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The modern woman usually goes for the most functional style and keeps things simple and minimalistic. Unembellished monochrome scarves draped without any pins are all the rage right now. Just drape one casually around your head, wrap both ends once around your neck and let them fall loose down your chest to create this floaty hijab style.

Weather:

13. Winter Hijab Style

Hijab style for winter
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Winter comes around, and it’s time to pile on the layers, a simple cotton hijab just won’t cut it. What you need is a proper knit headscarf wrapped tightly around your head and tucked snugly into a warm polo neck sweater. Tie a knot with the loose corner of your scarf to add an unexpected twist to your hijab do.

Style hijab with scarf for winter
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Another great way to keep warm during winters and still look totally fly is to go for a chunky woolen scarf for your hijab. Get one in a posh ivory shade and pair it with a monochrome jacket to look like a million bucks.

14. Summer Hijab Style

Hijab style for summer
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Loose and breezy is the way to go when thinking of a hijab style for the summer. Take a big, flowy cotton scarf and casually drape it around your head to beat the sweltering heat. Make sure to not wrap the scarf tightly around your neck to avoid sweating too much.

Face Shape:

15. Hijab Style For Round Face

How to style hijab for round face
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When you’ve got a round face, you always run the risk of making it look even rounder when you wear your hijab. The key is to avoid tying your scarf too tightly around your face to ensure it doesn’t accentuate its roundness even more. Wrap your scarf a little loosely and fan it out over your chest to cover it. This will draw the eye downwards and have an elongating effect on your face.

16. Hijab Style For Oval Face

How to style hijab for oval face
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A loosely draped hijab that covers half your chest will perfectly complement an oval face shape. Go for a scarf in a bright color and a flowy satin material to create a breezy and casual look.

17. Hijab Style For Big Face

How to style hijab for big face
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Working with a big face can be a challenge when styling your hijab. But we’ve got the perfect solution for you. Wrap your cotton scarf from slightly behind your ears the first time around. The second time around, wrap it from near your cheeks and leave the end hanging loose on one side. This will conceal your face from the sides and make it look smaller.

18. Hijab Style For Chubby Face

Best hijab style for chubby face
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Girl, work those cute chubby cheeks the best you can by going for this minimalist hijab style. Take a long rectangular scarf and just throw it on, wrapped once around your head. And voila! Your look is complete!

19. Hijab Style For Diamond Face

Best hijab style for diamond face
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If you’ve got a diamond shaped face, you’ve got to flaunt it. And what better way to do it than with a hijab style that keeps all the attention on your face. This unintrusive turban hijab style showcases your diamond shaped face beautifully without covering any part of it.

20. Hijab Style For Heart Face

How to wear hijab for heart face
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A good way to accentuate the heart shape of your face is to add lots of volume around it. A good way to do so is to tie your hijab with a super big scarf wrapped several times around your head. Pleat one end of your scarf and drape it across your chest to take your look to the next level.

21. Hijab Style For Long Face

How to wear hijab for long face
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Long faces can be tricky to style when it comes to hijab. So it’s best that you keep things simple and avoid too many frills and fancies. After wrapping it once around your head, take it once around your neck as well and drape the rest across your chest to make for a clean look that flatters your long face perfectly.

22. Hijab Style For Square Face

How to wear hijab for square face
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The trick to styling your hijab for your square face is to go for a hijab silhouette that will offset its squareness. Put on a hijab cap and drape your hijab loosely around your face and across your chest to gently round out the sharp angles of your face.

23. Hijab Style For Triangular Face

How to wear hijab for triangular face
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First of all, if you have a triangular shaped face, I must congratulate you because apparently, it makes you look way younger than your actual age. As for a good hijab style that you can sport, you’re in luck because people with a heart shaped face can rock just about any style. My personal favorite is just loosely draping your headscarf without pinning it up to flaunt your sharp jawline.

Occasion:

24. Hijab Style For Eid

How to wear hijab for Eid
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Muslim girls around the world absolutely slay with their hijab game every time Eid rolls around. A good way to complete your killer Eid outfit is to go for a matching hijab and tie it casually around your face to make for an easy breezy look.

25. Hijab Style For Engagement

How to wear hijab for engagement
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It is but obvious that any girl would want to show off her expensive jewelry. So a tightly wrapped hijab style is out of the question on such occasion. A great way to showcase your fancy necklace is to drape your hijab from near your neckline (as opposed to from your chin) so as to expose your neck and neck piece.

26. Hijab Style For A Wedding Bride

How to wear hijab for wedding
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Look like a queen and feel like a queen on your big day with this glamorous hijab style that will take your wedding look to a whole new level. Tightly tie your white hijab (make sure its white shade matches the wedding dress perfectly) and top it off with an opulent headpiece to complete your royal wedding transformation.

27. Hijab Style For A Party

How to style hijab for a party
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Parties are a great time to experiment with your look and try out styles that are out of your comfort zone. A great hijab style to sport at a party is the super bumped up style. Use a hair bumpit to create volume at the top of your head and tie all your hair in a super high updo. Now, drape your hijab over this hairdo to complete this trendy party-ready look.

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You can wear fancy hijab scarves with bright and classy brooches, floral head pins, and clips to enhance the party look.

28. Hijab Style For School

How to wear hijab for school
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Between running around to change classes, the dreaded PE period, and a host of extracurricular activities, an average student is pulled in a million different directions throughout the day. So a hijab tied tightly around your face and neck is just an invitation for tons of discomfort and sweat. A tightly wound turban hijab style will rid you of both those annoyances and keep you feel comfortable and breezy throughout the day.

You can follow various social media hijab influencers and hijab models to get the hijab inspiration you need. You can also follow hijab bloggers for amazing hijab fashion tips. Apart from this, various major hijab shops and hijab stores have made it super convenient for the wearer to purchase their favorite hijab. You can also do hijab online shopping at your favorite hijab brands.

Infographic: A Detailed Guide On 6 Different Ways Of Wearing A Hijab

The hijab is a beautiful piece of cloth used to cover the head. It holds a great place of importance in the Muslim community. If you want to know how to wear a hijab, we have compiled a detailed guide on 6 different ways you can practice doing so. Check out the infographic below to know more!

a detailed guide on 6 different ways of wearing a hijab (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

More than anything else, it is extremely important to be well aware of the significance of a hijab and the head-covering etiquette in the Muslim community. You need to know the reason behind wearing this headgear to give the utmost respect to it. Once this is taken care of, you can go on and learn how to wear the hijab the way you want to. From simple hijab outfits to hijab accessories, we have covered it all. Now it is your turn to choose the style that brings out your personality and keeps you comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a hijab and a burqa?

A hijab is a headscarf or headwear that women wrap around their head to cover their head and hair completely from view. A burqa is a full garment that completely covers a woman’s body from head to toe. It is worn over one’s normal clothes and includes a scarf that covers their head and a mesh (that they can see through) covering their face completely from view.

What does wearing the hijab mean?

While the main reason Muslim women wear the hijab is to fulfil God’s commandment of modesty, in recent years a growing number of women are doing it as a way to express their Islamic and cultural identity. So for them the hijab holds significant meaning for their personal as well as religious existence.

What is worn under a hijab?

You can wear tube underscarves under a hijab to pin it securely and comfortably.

Can non Muslims wear hijabs?

Yes, non- Muslims can wear hijabs, in fact most already do. The way you wrap a hijab is very similar to how most people wrap their scarves. Also, non-Muslim women are expected to cover their heads before entering a mosque.

What does the Quran say about hijab?

The Quran has asked both man and woman to maintain modesty and privacy. Thus, women wear hijabs to cover up their heads.

What age are you supposed to wear a hijab?

You can start wearing a hijab when you hit puberty.

Key Takeaways

  • Go for a simple hijab by wearing the scarf over the head and pinning both sides around the chin.
  • Take a cotton scarf and simply drape it around your head to beat the summer heat.
  • Wear a turban hijab with your gown and accessorize with a necklace wrapped around your head to complete the look.
  • Complement your Eid outfit with a color-coordinated hijab for a perfect look.
How To Wear Hijab

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Learn how to create quick and easy hijab styles with various fabrics from the video below. Get step-by-step tutorials to create beautiful, fashionable looks!

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Arshiya Syeda

Arshiya SyedaSenior Editor

Arshiya Syeda is a senior editor at StyleCraze with 7 years of experience. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and research skills to write over 200 high-performing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and skin care. She holds a bachelor's degree in literature and psychology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and a post-graduate diploma in psychological...read full bio

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