Maybe it’s just me but there really isnt anything too dramatic about wearing a clip in your hair with a flower pasted onto it…thats essentially all that a “hair flower” really is. Some are rather huge and look a bit like a polyester monster while others are smaller and quite nice looking, giving your hair a nice touch when worn and a pretty minuscule “bump” when worn under a scarf. I found the “debate” about the hair flowers on other blogs rather amusing and really didn’t think anything was wrong with them…because really, it boils down to ones intentions. Since Ive arrived in Saudi Arabia and went on a hair flower hunt and then bought like 3 of them (soon to be more, en’shallah) I can say they are pretty harmless. Even the larger sized ones don’t create a massive bump unless the wearer positions the clip fairly high on the head also wearing ones scarf in a Islamically acceptable way will smooth the flower down a wee tad making any bump fairly normal looking.
There are several perks to the hair flower though. For one they help to keep your scarf in place. Seriously, I’ve always worn underscarves because I hate it when my scarf slides around, but these help to anchor a shaylah when wrapped. They also help to keep the scarf from being so tight around the neck. These are definitely two fantastic perks when the weather on average 110F-120F (day and night) and 80-90% humidity (yet not a cloud in the sky). Basically as soon as you go outside of an airconditioned building you feel like your being boiled alive so having your scarf away from the back of your neck and back is cooler feeling.
Without further adieu…here are three I got. I’m not a huge fan of the larger black one, it looks a bit tacky to me and was the cheapest of the bunch. The fuchsia one looks like a real flower and doesn’t get crushed when worn under a hijab. The biege one is really nice too…not as huge or cheap-looking as the black one and it maintains it’s shape fairly well under a scarf.
I did a bit of experimenting to see how they look under a shaylah wrapped the way I normally would wrap it. Seriously, unless you put your hair up abnormally high with the flower perched on the top of your head you’ll avoid the strange-looking cone-headed bump that has upset so many.
And worn normally…
Now, maybe it’s because I’m in Saudi Arabia but I have’nt seen too many women with abnormally large bumps under their shaylahs. I also dont see many women doing the full on Dubai style bling from head to toe, huge hair bump with bangs hanging out. I think Saudi women tend to be much more conservative and dress as such when out. When I go to the malls here I;ve really only ever seen a very watered down version of the Dubai bling style on young, unmarried girls who go to the malls to see and be seen. Even then the bumps arent very big, no bangs hang out and the abayaat tend to be pretty tame in comparison to what Ive seen on Emirati women from Dubai. Not only IS the fashion atmosphere quite conservative but there are external pressures to remain fairly modest in public. So yeah, dont come to KSA expecting huge hair bumps…aint gonna happen.
So in closing, I wonder if the Emirati hair flowers are larger or more ornate. The black one above is the absolute largest I’ve seen and Ive gone into a half dozen shops that sell these in several different shopping centers.