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I’d like to share with you all a little tutorial on how to achieve a fairly classic Saudi shaylah wrapping method. This method of wrapping ones shaylah is extremely popular here in KSA and works for both niqabis and non-niqabis and with a shaylah with decorated trim or plain edged ones. Plus, one huge perk is it works as a inpromptu sun visor to block out the blinding daytime light.
First, place shaylah with one edge (lets say left edge) much longer than the other edge. Either pin or if you have wrapping skills, just hold tight and begin wrapping.
Two, now swoop up the shorter side, around head…ala’ normal wrapping style.
Third, tuck or pin where the shorter side was wrapped around to, now, pick up the longer edge and start to bring it up.
Fourth, now plop the long edge over your head, lengthwise. You’ll basically just be bringing it up, like your folding back over your head.
Fifth, now adjust so it’s even and draped well. The edge of the shaylah-fringe, decoration or plain will be draped over your opposite ear (right ear if left side had the longer bit of shaylah)
Sixth…voila…pretty huh, you can pin in one or two spots so it stays put. Most women here just drape and go…and adjust as it slides around. To wear with a niqab. Put it on after you’ve done step two, but before you bring up the longer edge. This style works best with a headband niqab or half niqab. Can be worn with a niqab with eye veils for an extra poofy, draped look.
You can also then bring the edge of the shaylah, especially if it has decoration, up over the crown of the head so it drapes over the forehead. Like this… This method of wrapping is particularly nice looking with a half-niqab.