The Stylish New Way To Wear A Scarf This Season

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The scarf is back in a new way this season, with style stars wearing them in their hair. As demonstrated on both the Fall 18 and Spring 19 runways, including Valentino, Kate Spade, and Tom Ford, there are countless ways to style hair scarves into your strands. From effortless ponytails and low buns to intricate, twisted braids, you can glam up just about any look with a silk scarf.

Oh, and did we mention that they’re the perfect solution for those days when your hair hasn’t seen the shower in longer than you’d care to admit? Just add dry shampoo and tie the ends of a scarf in a knot around the base of a low ponytail. This, btw, is the quintessential — and quickest! — scarf hairstyle.

Whatever your style MO, whether you’re a fan of prints or more of a minimalist, the beauty of this look is that not only are there no rules, it’s all inclusive and universally flattering. Wrap, twist, tie, and tuck; play with different lengths, widths, colors, and patterns to find a style that suits you. And for those bolder, Instagram-worthy looks, add a statement designer scarf (bonus likes if it’s vintage!) into the mix for maximum impact. Team it with a pop of bright lipstick, too, to really play off the colors.

Keep scrolling for serious hair scarf inspo, courtesy of some of our favorite IG influencers.

The Low Ponytail

Elevate a pared-down pony with a simple scarf secured at the base. Leave it loose, knot it, or make a bow for an extra touch.

The Voluminous Pony

Add oomph to your hair by spritzing on a dry texturizing or salt spay, secure your ponytail high on your head, and finish the look with a scarf. This works perfectly on those dirty hair days.

The Braided Effect

From fishtail to French plaits, simple braids to sectioned wrapping, start by weaving in one scarf. If you’re a little more skilled, try combining multiple scarves for a statement effect.

The Bold Bun

Take a thoughtless bun to the next level by adding in a shorter scarf, wrapping and knotting it around the base.

The Chic Chignon

For a special occasion, complement a classic chignon by twisting a scarf through as you would a section of hair.


Using wider scarves or headwraps, twist or tease your hair, playing with volume and texture, then wrap it up. Simple yet super stylish!

The Headband

Riff on the year’s headband trend by switching in a scarf instead. Just make sure to wrap and tie it tight so that it stays secure throughout the day.