“Modesty has its own style,” says Hyderabad-based stylist Aliya Mehmood, while talking about the significance of the Hijab. It not only represents modesty and devotion but also represents one’s own identity. It is only fair then that different people would like to wear it differently.
While most hijabs generally worn here are either the Iranian or Arabic style hijabs, there are a lot of ways to get creative and style the head gear
The waterfall Hijab
This Moroccan style hijab gives a neat, tamed look. To drape this hijab, arrange the scarf over the under-cap such that one end is shorter and the other end is longer. Take the longer end from behind your shoulder; bring it to the other side and cross it over the short end. Now take the long end and pin it to the top of your head. Turn the excess material and twist it the way you want to before pinning it over your head.
The most common hijab worn around the world is the basic arabic one. It is worn in the most casual way without any underneath piece.
It can be accessorised with a minimalistic necklace worn over or under the hijab for a casual look. For a more traditional evening look, you can opt for a beaded neckpiece or a maang tika. The simple wrapping style helps cover the lower part of the chin so it is good for those with a round face and those who want their face to look slimmer.
Feroze Jahan Begum in a turban-half-down hijab
Turban-half-down Hijab and the Iranian Rousari
In the turban-half-down hijab, half of the fabric is used to form a turban and the remaining is draped across the neck. This style also blends in with the Iranian Rousari where a little hair is visible over the forehead. You can accessorise with headbands or chains.
Make sure your hair is tied up in a bun. Bend your head over and pull the scarf over your head. Once the scarf is on top of your forehead, sweep the sides across your ears and tie a small knot behind your head. You’ll be left with two equal halves of the scarf. Pull back one end on top of your head, either layer it and pin it in place, or leave a trendy piece of loose fabric out from your turban.
Crowned Turban Hijab
This Egyptian style can be done with any material. It is perfect for bad hair days or when you’re too lazy to go in for a more complicated hijab.
After you place the scarf on your head, take the loose ends behind your neck and tie it, such that one end is longer than the other. Take the shorter side, twist it till the end and pin it up on the other side of the head from above, making the crown. Drape the longer side around your neck and pin it up behind your neck.
Ambreen Azeem Qayyumi
Side-swept layered Hijab
The trendiest hijab these days is the double fabric one where one uses a first layer, usually a plain one and then a printed one over it for a contrasting effect. The layering of the plain scarf adds texture. This style finds its way back to Turkey as people used printed silk for their hijabs, but you can also use chiffon.
Place a scarf over your head first and secure it underneath your chin, so one side is longer than the other. Taking the shorter side behind your neck, flip the scarf creating a side layer. Then add the printed scarf folded in pleats making a crisscross pattern with the first one. Wrap it around your head to create a fall. Secure it with pins.
It is always a good idea to contrast the hijab with your dress. But if the hijab is printed then it can be the same colour as your dress. You can add contrasting patterns such as animal prints, polka dots, and unusual patterns. If everything fails, remember a single colour hijab never goes out of style.
Don’t overdo your make-up or it will take away the purpose and simplicity of the hijab. Clean skin, groomed brows, winged liner or a pop of colour on the lips never hurts.