We love a good accessory. And while hair ties and hair clips come in and out of style, there’s one tried-and-true staple that has stood the test of time: hair scarves. From the icons of the ’40s and ’50s to the beach babes of today, it girls have been rocking these patterned silk accessories for decades. The hair towel is not only a timeless classic, but also a versatile must-have. A simple scarf adds just that eye-catching accent you need to jazz up almost any hairstyle. Don’t you believe us? Take a look at our roundup of hairstyles with scarves for some essential accessory inspo.
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#1 50’s classic
The look that started it all. Tied neatly at the base of the chin, this ladylike style is the epitome of retro chic. Audrey Hepburn herself would be proud.
#2 half braid
What do you get when you add a hair scarf to a half braid? The ultimate summer look. We love complementary colors and playful patterns, so it’s safe to say we’ll be copying this look as soon as we can.
#3 Medium braid
While scarves can certainly spice up a simple hairstyle, they can also influence much more complex designs. Using a scarf to segment a double braid allows you to play with texture and technique in a fun and unique way.
Take a simple top knot from boring to pretty with a bright, bold scarf. A patterned accessory is just what you need to achieve the ideal relaxed yet ladylike aesthetic. Perfect for weekend trips to the farmers market, midnight movies, dinner, drinks and just about any activity you can think of.
Little effort, great effect. This scarf-in-braid combo has us swooning. The best thing about this intricate style? It’s easy. Simply tie your hair in a low pony at the nape of your neck. Wrap the scarf around the ponytail and weave the length into a simple braid. The result is this stunning masterpiece.
#6 Low bun
Transform a messy low bun into a statement hairstyle with a single accessory. A silky scarf adds just a hint of romance to this structured ‘do for a style that transitions from day to date to night with ease.
Swap your boring old scrunchie for an elaborate hair scarf for an easy alternative to classic bangs. Low, medium or high, the ponytail is the ultimate updo for this timeless accessory. Paired with a messy wave, this undone pony gives us just the right amount of beach babe vibes.
#8 braid crown
We love a hairstyle that’s easier than it looks. A few bobby pins and an eye-catching scarf are all you need to add this fun pop of color to an already braided crown.
Perhaps the most versatile scarf style yet. Whether you’ve worn your locks up or down, tied them back in a bun, or folded them into a braid, weaving this scarf into a nice, neat headband is the perfect way to accessorise.