Wednesday, August 22, 2012

diy won't budge hair scarf

I have a thing for vintage scarves.  And I really like wearing them in my hair.  Especially on those days when your hair isn't being very cooperative, or, ahem, your roots are starting to show.  I used to wear them a lot more before I had littles.  No matter what the fabric, they would slide around my hair too much, but I had the time to adjust and re-adjust whenever necessary.  Now?  Not so much.  I just don't have the time to stop and re-adjust ANYTHING on myself anymore.  Just ask my lips after that first coat of lipgloss in the morning.
And then one day it hit me.  I needed to add something to the actual scarf to keep it from slipping around my head.  A quick look at the hair accessory aisle and the hair combs just jumped out at me.  I went home, quickly sewed the combs onto a scarf, and success!  It doesn't budge.  I know I'm not alone in my scarf wearing life, so I'm going to share this quicky diy with you.  Your head will thank me.

What you need:
My scarf is square, so I folded it into a triangle first, and then folded it up from there.  If you have a long rectangular scarf, you can fold it lengthwise.  So lay out your scarf, folded over in half, and then fold it up from there in the way you usually wear it.
Hold it up to your head, as if you are about to tie it on, and put your thumbs on a point where the scarf hits the sides of your head.  Lay the scarf down, and replace your thumbs with the hair combs.
Unfold your scarf so that you are only sewing through 2 layers.  I did this so that I could wear the scarf in multiple ways without the thread showing.
Then I tacked the combs down.  I just sewed through the scarf, made a little "x" on the ends of each comb, going over and over it about 5 times to ensure it wouldn't pop off easily.  I have a little girl that pulls at EVERYTHING I put on my head.  I should mention that if you have a scarf that is worth something, monetarily or sentimentally, you may want to think twice about poking a needle through it.  Some scarves might "run" like pantyhose, so be careful! 
Fold it back up the way you like, and you are done!
And believe it or not, even with the combs sewed in, you can still wear the scarf in lots of different ways.  I usually wear it folded like above, when my hair is up.
But it didn't budge when my hair was down, either, and that's when the scarves tend to slip out the most.
And the combs worked even when I turned the scarf over and tied it at the nape of my neck, leaving it mostly unfolded.
{thank you to Brian for taking these pictures}
Quick and easy solution!  It stayed put when Fletcher jumped into the shots and started playing around.  So, yep, kid tested! 

Do you wear scarves in your hair on those bad hair days?  Do you have problems with slippage, and how do you fix it?


  1. Looks great on you - you´re pretty as a doll! :-)

  2. This is a great idea. You look lovely. I don't wear scarves, just because I'm kind of boring with my hair. I would like to try though.

  3. You look perfect in a scarf- how clever! I always wear bandanas when I camp but I do like the scarf style, I'll have to break it out more.

  4. You look like a HAIR MODEL! You are so spicy!

  5. Wow! Great pictures, Brian! You should frame that top one for sure!

  6. A) That is so beyond brilliant, totally borrowing the idea and B) You look wonderful in those pictures!! So vintage chic-- just beautiful!

  7. Hey,
    This is a cool idea. It dosen't really apply to me, but very inovative. You look amazing! You are so beautiful, and I have a thing for ladies that wear scarves. If only you were single...

  8. Thanks everyone! Such sweet comments :)

  9. This is such a great idea! and you look so perfectly modern and vintage at the same time. I would love to wear scarves, but I end up looking like a Russian grandmother.... Will have to try your way, maybe that will help.

  10. Oh, I love, love, love, this idea!!