How To: Headscarves

One of the most recent donations to our foundation was Ralph Lauren scarves. These scarves are being put in our Feeling Beautiful bags that go out to our breast cancer patients and survivors all over the nation. Because head scarves come in many sizes and shapes, we took this opportunity to show you some options on how they can be used. Choosing a shape simply comes down to preference.  To determine your favorite look, it’s helpful to browse these head scarves on the model and see which ones appeal to you. Here are some more tips:

Square Head Scarves are the easiest to work with and the most popular. They offer many styling options and are more manageable than oblong scarves for most women. For a cancer scarf or head covering, you are going to want to achieve full head coverage. To do so, you will need a scarf that is at least 28 X 28 inches. For those who prefer to have a generous amount of fabric hanging down their backs (giving the illusion of hair), you might want to try oversized square scarves.



  • Fold scarf into a triangle
  • Drape it over your head, the long edge of the triangle across upper forehead
  • Cross the ends of the scarf under chin
  • Bring the ends to the back or side of neck
  • Tie ends in a square knot


  • Fold scarf into a triangle
  • Drape scarf over your head with the long edge of the triangle across your forehead
  • Grab the two scarf edges on either side of your face and bring them around to the back of your head
  • Tie the ends together at the back of your neck using a granny knot or square knot
  • For a dressier look, tie the knot into a bow. The knot can be worn to the back or side

The Rosette

  • Fold scarf into a triangle
  • Place the folded face of the scarf to your forehead
  • Position and gather all loose ends
  • Twist the ends together in a spiral
  • With the spiral, create a bun to form your Rosette
  • To secure the Rosette, tuck the loose ends into the folds or secure with a pin or scrunchie



Rectangular Head Scarves (also called oblongs) are also a good option for women who like the look of extra fabric hanging down in the back, similar to a ponytail. The dimensions allow the wearer to tie the scarf to resemble a headwrap, giving a truly unique look. Oblong scarves take just a little more practice, but they offer additional styling options. You can achieve the looks you can get with a square head scarf, but the dimensions also allow you to create an intricate headwrap or turban more easily than a square scarf.

Twisted Crown

  • Center the scarf on forehead
  • Bring the ends forward like a towel
  • Tightly twist the sides
  • Continue to twist as you wrap around the crown of your head
  • Tuck the ends under the beginning portion of the twist


Long Tail Bow

  • Fold scarf in half and place center on your forehead, with equal length on either side
  • Cross the two sides at the back of the head and tie a knot
  • Tie the knot into a bow
  • Adjust loose ends and style as desired
  • The bow may be worn to the side of the back of the head
By | 2017-08-01T09:54:57+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Inspiration|Comments Off on How To: Headscarves

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My name is Stephanie Flores and I am the Finance, HR & Mission Director for BCCA. I am a mother to 7 kids, 2 Great Danes and two cats. I love spending time with my family, reading, traveling and serving the Lord!