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Scarves - An Elegant Alternative

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Tips for Wearing Scarves

If you are coping with hair loss, our Scarves are an attractive and comfortable alternative to wigs and hats. Scarves are a good investment, too, because they can be used in so many ways after your hair grows back. For those whose treatment will be ongoing, scarves will continue to be very helpful.

Our Kerchiefs are another easy alternative for women who are dealing with treatment-related hair loss. They are lightly padded in the front to prevent gaping and fit just about everyone.

A Helpful Hint: Kerchiefs only need to be tied once. When the Kerchief is removed, the knot can be left in, so that retying is unnecessary.

Pre-Tied Scarves are the easiest to wear. No folding or elaborate tying are required. The soft, covered elastic at the nape provides security, full coverage and a graceful  silhouette. The gently padded contoured front prevents gaping, another plus.

On the other hand, tying scarves is not as hard as it looks, but for security’s sake, it’s a good idea to wear a Turban under the scarf until you feel entirely confident about your tying skills. When you are more confident, a Headband alone can be used to make tying easier.

Both our Padded Scarf Liner and our Padded Hat Liner will also hold your scarf securely, as well as

adding fullness.

The Scarf Liner has a Velcro®-lined pocket for attaching an Add-a-Bang Hairpiece without irritating your scalp. The Bangs give the impression of hair and cost a lot less than a wig.

The best size in a Square is 35" or larger. Oblong scarves should be about 21"x 78".

Directions for tying square scarves follow below. All the ways we show start with these simple steps:

  • Fold the scarf in half into a triangle
  • Put the scarf on your head with the point of the triangle in the back
  • Tie the 2 ends of the triangle together in the back of your head over the back part of the triangle.
  • Gently turn the scarf, moving the knot from the back to the side of your head. (You can also start out by tying the scarf on the side, rather than in back, if this seems easier.)

The Bow Style is one of the prettiest and easiest choices.
First, follow the above steps, then

  • Wrap with an elastic band below the knot.
  • Pull some of the scarf through the elastic to give a nice full look.
  • Instead of using an elastic band, you can make another knot and then make a bow to create the same effect.

You can also wear your scarf to the side with a "Scrunchie."
First, follow the above steps, then

  • Tie the ends of the scarf together in a knot by putting one end over the other.
  • Gently spread the ends for a fuller look.
  • Place a scrunchie above the knot.
  • Pull all the ends of the scarf thorough the scrunchie.
  • Spread the ends again for a fuller look.

Another very flattering style, the Rosette, creates the illusion of hair.
First, follow steps 1-4 above, then:

  • Tie a knot by tying one end of the scarf over and under the other.
  • Twist the ends together several times and tuck into the top of the knot.
  • Gently pull through so that a little of the ends stick out.
  • Tuck the ends back into the knot.
  • For added security, use a safety pin to hold the rosette together, or pin it to the padded liner.
  • You can wear the Rosette to the side or in the back of your head. Either way, it will give the impression of hair. Wear a hat with a brim over this style for another pretty look.

Ways to Tie Your Oblong Scarf

Basic Wrap Style

Start by folding the width of the scarf in half.

  1. Place the scarf on your head in the middle of your forehead, above your eyebrows, so that both sides of the scarf hang at equal length.
  2. Bring both sides of the scarf to the back of your neck. Place the left side over the right so that it overlaps. Then bring both sides to the front of your head and overlap the right one over the left one.
  3. Bring both sides to the back of your head again. Make a small knot and tuck the ends into the wrap for a neat look.

Double Twist Wrap Style

  • Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Bring both sides of the scarf to the back of your neck. Place the left side over the right so that it overlaps. Take one side at a time and start twisting it from the top all the way down to the bottom.
  • Take the twisted side and bring it to the front and all around your head to the back. Tuck the scarf end into the wrap. Do exactly the same to the other side of the scarf to get a double twist effect.

Wrap With Rosette

  • Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Bring both sides of the scarf to the back of your neck. Place the left side over the right so that it overlaps, and make a knot. Then braid both sides together so you have one long braid.
  • To create the rosette, take the braid and wrap it around itself, pulling the end through the knot.
    For added security, use a safety pin(s) to hold the rosette in place.
    Wear the rosette to the side or in the back.

Wrap With Twisted Front and Rosette Back

  • Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.
  • Bring both sides of the scarf to the back of your neck. Place the left side over the right so that it overlaps, and make a knot.
  • Gently twist both sides of the scarf and bring them in front on the top of your head. Take one side of the scarf and overlap it with the other side. Then with both sides in your hand, twist them once (one side over the other) so that you create a knot.
  • Bring both sides of the scarf around to the back of your head. Tie a small knot. To create the rosette, follow the directions above.

For a helpful scarf-tying video, contact Phi Mu Foundation at 770-632-2090.

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