17 November 2011

Hijab Styles For Your Face Shape

We all seem to know what clothing works well for our body shapes, but so many Muslim woman don't know how to style their hijabs to suit their face shapes. 

It is all about balancing out your face and framing it in a way that compliments your angles and features.

People with square faces should not wear a tight style pulled right back under their chin that leaves their square jaw jutting out. It just makes your jawline look even more masculine. The typical Turkish style hijab that involves a square scarf pinned tightly under the chin and covers the sides of the top of your head looks horrible on square faced women as it turns their face into a heavy triangle. It seriously just pushes out a square jaw and loses all femininity instantly. Instead frame your chin and the sides of your jawline with a nice scarf to give a more rounded/oval appearance and keep the forehead and cheekbone area uncovered. 

Women with round faces should not wear undercaps/underscarves/bonnets that are pulled down over their forehead as it shortens a round face incredibly. Round faces need length, so if you do wear an undercap you need have it hidden. I have a round face and I always make my hijab start at the very beginning of my hairline - try it, it will make use of the length you have. By doing this and by also framing the scarf close over the cheekbone area of your face, you can create the illusion of an oval shape. 

Round faces should also avoid the Egyptian/Spanish hijab styles that expose the neck, especially if you have a double chin or chubby face in general (no matter what your face shape). It doesn't flatter at all and just makes you look like a fatty turtle head as it puts the focus straight on any chunkiness you have in that area. These styles only really look good on people who have a slender neck. Short necked people in general should stay away from this particular style as well.


If you have a long/rectangular face do not opt for a style that clings tightly around your face as it only emphasises your elongated head. Instead you can try shortening the length by pulling your undercap down your forehead so it cuts at least a quarter of the length off your face. Expose your cheekbones as far back as you can to create some much needed width to your face while also choosing hijabs with ruffles and volume/detailing at the sides of your head to further create an illusion of width. Don't add volume to the top of your head or expose your neck as this only extends the length of your face and drags it down. And whatever you do, don't wear an Al-Amira pull on type scarf. EVER. 

Oval faces (being the most symmetric of all face shapes) will 99.9% of the time suit all hijab styles and can work pretty much any scarf shape out there. So really, Dude what are you even doing here? Go away somewhere awesome and stare into a mirror at yourself whilst marveling at your own perfection.

Heart/Triangle shaped faces look great in looser hijab styles. A tightly wrapped hijab, specifically focused on the top half of the head, only emphasis your larger forehead area, so try to keep it draped in a loose effect by creating gentle folds around this area that fall down loosely around your jawline whilst covering the sides of your forehead to minimise the space and create a more pleasing diamond shaped face.

Hope that helps!

I personally know people that don't know how to wear hijab for their face shape. I wish I could just walk up to and say "Hey... you know you would look so much better if you did your hijab like this..." but they would just get offended. 

What shape do you have? How do you frame your face for the best shape?

36 comments:

  1. "makes you look like a fatty turtle head" bwahahahaha! Ange, you slay me :) I have a round face but I can never, ever make my hijab sit like yours do.. they slide all around and stuff :(

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    1. Salam! I think you should use several pins and pin the scarf good. Try to use different type of material scarf, sometimes it helps. I have similar problem but with underscarf. It gooes behind especially near the ears and annoying and hurts.
      Hope it helps.

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  2. love this post! Thanks a lot! I hope it'll be helpful to many women!

    I noticed it subconsciously that a lot depends on framing the face nicely with hijab. Same face, same scarf- but way the scarf is wrapped is very important.

    I have a round face but only recently started to open my forehead more and wrap the shailah the way you recommend it.

    Great tips!

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  3. Salam Ange..such a good post thanks heaps for informing us...u always see too many turkish style and spanish style hijabis that just cannot pull the look off but sum times cos they are that culture (turks in particular) want to make it work...but it aint happening pplz..plz read this post cos the crazy chin action i see all the time is NOT COOL...
    _CocoMuslimah

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  4. Well, my school hijab is pretty much turkish style, which I reckon doesn't flatter my heart-shaped face. Cause y'know, when you wanna put on the perfect 'arch' up there, provided that I have a lengthy and wide forehead, the 'arch' just bends down, resulting in a v-shaped arch, unlike the inverse v-shaped arch of the hijab style you recommended. Do you think wearing an undercap with an 'awning' helps? Or, any other recommendations? Fyi, I live in a very hot country and the school hijab is like, 2 layers thick!! D:

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  5. Such a good post. You're totally right, I look horrible with a low under scarf and my roundy round face.

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  6. Lmao I have an oval face and literally lol'd when I saw you just put "whatever, dude"

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  7. I'm a square with a slightly pointy chin (yeah, try to figure that out lol, basically I have prominent cheekbones with a slightly less prominent jaw). Anyways, I figured out a while ago that I should make the most of my cheekbones by not hiding them behind my scarf, and to drape my scarf over my jaw line to cover the underside of my chin. It looks so much better. I look absolutely hideous if I style my scarf in the traditional Turkish style, but oddly enough I look quite nice with "spanish" style wraps, even though I never wear my hijab that way. Thank you for this post!

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  8. Masha'Allah, great post! :D now the next step for me is to find the perfect style which covers all the cheeks (...), haha.. //round_face_girl

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  9. I have an oval face and your comment made me feel very pretty, thank you very much! ^_^

    Salam,
    Maryam

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  10. Is it weird to say that I dunno the shape of my face? *awkward pause* yeaa I don't. But I think one might look like my shape yeah gonna try it, thanks!

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  11. I think I'm a roundy face. & I wear the undercap so I guess I am a turtle :( LOL. But I wear niqab too soo many not so much after all...

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  12. Oh my goodness, what a greattt entry! I have a really long thin face and I used to only wear amira or kuwaiti style hijabs just because they were easier - but was never comfortable because they made my face look even longer! I now wear a more voluminous style and couldn't live without my under scarves of course. Your hijab always looks so perfect with your face shape - well, you know, even though your face is blanked out lol. Good job, Ange!

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  13. This is an awesome post :D

    Also, LOL at Oval Face :D those lucky gits! :)

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  14. awesome !

    Love when someone takes their time to make this kind of post, not to mention the useful it is.

    May I share it?

    BTW, for "normal.is.over.rated" and all those who doesn't know their face shape,just stop front the mirrow and close one eye, with an eyeliner draw your face on the mirrow, once you finished open both eyes (Of course :P) and you will find what kind of face shape you have, good luck!

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  15. lool ..you shud try walking upto someone and telling them..but yeh it can be tricky somtyms, before i always use to feel tht ma hed lookd humongouss with hijab on but with time ive adjusted that !

    www.hiddeninstyle.blogspot.com

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  16. this is really, really helpful..if only i knew my own face shape >.<
    Isn't that retarded that i don't know what it is? I think it's just a fat face. What hijab styles suit fat faces? Mine is like rectangular/oval/chubby. I don't know :(

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  17. Sub7an Allah, thank God. I've a heart-shaped face & I always found myself wrapping hijab the right way mentioned here.

    You can tell when people look at you & their eyes tell you "she knows chic". Little will say it. And little others will say "why do you do it this way, why don't you try such & such.." i.e. they don't like it or better said, not used to it.
    Usually I find the last born with poor taste, but why not :).
    Cuz they won't say it when they go to another country & find gals wrap it this way too, then they will like it.

    Man, that's too much talking :p. Excuse.

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  18. :( i have an asymmetric face (the right side longer than the left side) and a big head. i always feel uncomfortable wearing hijabs the usual hijab styles because it accentuates it the more. (hamdulIllah! i know why i'm hijjabi so i careless, i keep wearing it)....i'm hoping someone could help with any other hijab styles i could use to make it less obvious?
    salam!

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  19. Fatty turtle head? My computer just spontainiously combusted at the hillarity of that statement.

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  20. Great post dear sist, thank you for sharing, very useful article..

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  21. This will definitely help alot of women out there, I think they find it hard with different face shapes as to what to go for!

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  22. How to find out what my shape is ?? Can you help to find out this ?

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  23. A great post for my 11 year daughter who has started to wear d hijab full time in yr 7. She is proud to wear it n finds the hijab tutorials on YouTube v useful.

    Thanks for this post.

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  24. Hahaha, I'm an oval face and you description made me laugh and feel so speacail (spelling fail). Thank you, Im about to wear hajab full-time and this gives so much more confidence!!!

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  25. It is the user's guide for complete hijab .. Thank you, may Allah repay all your kindness

    http://islam-hijab.blogspot.com

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  26. Subhanallah. How indspirative and useful article for me. jilbab hazna

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  27. hi. i consider using hijab, and I wonderd if I could send you a picture of me, and if you could be so kind to help me find the hijab style that is good for my faceshape.. :)

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  28. hi, i was wondering if i could send you a picture of me, and if you could be so kind to help me find the hijab style that will fit me. I want to start using hijab, but i want the right style for me. :)

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  29. Hi, what kind of hijab style for a fat round and rectanglish face? I need it 2 be sutible for school(so no draping or loosening styles!) I really need guidence and I know why I wear hijab (alhamduliah) and I just want to know how to hide those incredibly chubby face/cheecks!!!!!!
    ;). ;)

    Your sister,

    Xxxxxxx

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  30. Awesome post! Great tips too x

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  31. Nice article.... thanks.... barakallah :)

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  32. Amazing article , i liked the part of oval faces :D u r so funny

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  33. See I am more like oval face but have less characteristics of square face , so what type of face do I have?

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