No seriously, I adore the blog Hijabi and the City (mad props to the sister who runs that awesome blog, mashallah!) and this morning after everyone rushed out to school/work and I sat down with my coffee to check my email i saw the sister posted a silk hejab tips video. I was like…gasp! eegads…why didnt I think of the hair spray on the hejab trick? Suddenly I can see myself wearing my Turkish silk hejabs sans previously annoying floppy front issues!
yes, indeed…silk hejabs get floppy and its really annoying and looks pretty unsightly too so although I often take out and gaze fondly at the two Turkish silk hejabs I have from Karaca…I just dont wear them. too much hassle! I figured you had to be Turkish to really wear them right. Most of my issues being from previously mentioned floppy fronts. argh.
But her video reopened the possibility of wearing them and loving them. Only, I dont own hair spray but I do have some nice heavy starch so I immedietly got one of them, set up my ironing board and iron and sprayed down my silk hejab on the wrong side and ironed away. I then folded it 1/3rd under like I normally would and sprayed thickly on the underside portion and reironed until it had some stiffness and shape. Voila…the entire hejab became a bit stiffer and easier to handle. I then whipped it on and since it finally stayed still, didnt flop and looked decent I played around with designs.
Take a peep…oh and those who rag on the Turkish squares as not covering the chest…fooey…if you do them right…they do! Just as good as most other squares or shaylahs.
‘ala traditional Turkish style with a beige pardesu.
Then I played around a bit with it.
Here it is in sort of a Turkish “trendy” style with the edge wrapped around the neck.
A Lebanese sort of a style
An Irani sort of a style
Then lastly…I did sort of a shaylah wrap style. Kind of a bit different, dont you think?
When I was in Iran just a month and a half ago I saw a lot of shops selling the Turkish silk hejabs…They are a new and hot/trendy item in Iran right now. In previous trips I never saw them before…usually just these very tiny, very blah squares made of this weird synthetic material, shals and ofcourse the ubiquitous maghneh. I saw some women wearing the silk hejabs like how I had mine above-tied under the chin. I’m not a huge fan of the under chin tie look, but hey, whatever. Only downside is the price of the, in Iran is the same as in Turkey and abroad. $40 and on up a pop! By Iranian standards thats pretty ridiculous, especially as the economy is really not doing too good, the price of everything is up as a consequence so it didnt surprise me to see the silk ones behind glass complete with locks. but, they were gorgeous. One of the shops I usually go to carried the Karaca, Akel and Armine brands.
I love the latest designs from Armine right now, what with the polka-dots, stripes, stares and animal prints.
EBD designs sells them as does hijabplanet.