Simplest casual ways.

Here’s how I wrap my hijab. It takes a few very simple steps.
These are the items you need: a square hijab, safety pin, and straight pins.

1) Take the square hijab and fold it in half to form a triangle

2) When you put the hijab on your head, make your left side hijab the longer side and pin the two sides under your chin with a safety pin.

3) Take the longer side that’s left hanging and wrap it entirely around your head like this.

4) Make sure you pin the long piece you just wrapped to the side so your hijab can stay in place.
The final look should look something like this.IMG_0304

If you don’t wear hijab, you can simply wear it like this .

Here’s another very simple way to wrap the hijab around.

This is what you need to wrap the hijab: a rectangular hijab and straight pins.

1) Take the rectangular hijab and place it on your head

2) Make sure that one side is longer than the other.

3) Take the longer piece and wrap it around the other side of your head and pin it down.

The end result of this hijab style looks something like this. IMG_0351

Here’s a video showing a very similar way to wear this long rectangular hijab style.

I hope this was helpful!

Wonders of A Hijabi

So…I was thinking about how strange I might come off to people who are clueless as to why I wear the hijab. I often wonder how other people might look at me when I’m walking the streets of New York or when I’m on my morning subway ride. And then I realized…I’m probably not the only one who feels that way. I’m not the only girl dressed with a scarf wrapped around her hair.  Especially not in a city that is so diverse. But sometimes I wonder if the stares I get are stares of  curiosity or stares of pity. I reckon some people think I was forced, but what they probably don’t understand is that my hijab identifies who I am. It’s really as simple as that. The same way people wear a cross or a  yarmulke to be identified as Christians or Jews is similar in the way I wear hijab– everyone realizes I’m Muslim.
Women who wear hijab, however, have different experiences with the stories they share. Some of them have experienced racism and difference in treatment like Ela, while others found no difference after putting on their hijab like Ainee Fatima and myself. I think geography and how modestly a women dresses plays a big role on how she’s seen in the eyes of society. If people are used to seeing other women dress similarly, these glares of wonder will no longer exist. And geographically–well, if you live in New York City, people won’t stare at you like a foreigner, but say in  Montana,  where the Muslim population is very low, people might look strangely you (because they’re not used to seeing a hijabi). 


My Story

It happened at summer camp of 2003; that was 10 years ago. My first year of middle school–that’s when I decided to put on my hijab. I remember my mom had traveled to Egypt that summer to visit her family, and when I went to pick her up from the airport with my dad, her jaws dropped in shock when she realized I had wrapped a scarf around my head to conceal my long hair from the rest of the world (well, except my family and females, that is). I was only ten years old and still just a little girl–my mom wondered how I could possibly be sure of making a life-changing decision at such a time. I remember her asking me “what made you decide to wear hijab?” and I said, “I saw all the rest of the older girls wearing it at camp, and I want to be just like them.” She looked at me and smiled and told me that if I ever changed my mind, that it would be okay. I didn’t change my mind though, because ten years later, I’m a junior in college and still wear my hijab with honor.

Well, that’s my story. A simple motivation and faith led me to wear my hijab. I try to dress fashionably yet with modesty and, honestly, there’s hundreds of ways a woman can wear her hijab. It is a matter of finding what is suitable for you. I’ve tried wrapping my scarf several times in different ways before I realized that one of the most simple ways is what suits me best. I take a square hijab and fold it into a triangle and wrap it around my head, and it only takes a few minutes. This style is referred to as the turkish-hijab .

About me

My name is Aya Abdelmoamen and I’m a student journalist and current editor of the John Jay Sentinel. I’ve been inspired to make a hijabi (women who wear the headscarf adopted this title) blog to share the stories of Muslim American women who’ve decided to wear hijab. I’ll be featuring fashionable hijab styles and inspirational outfits that suit you.