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12 Incredibly Chic Ways to Style Hair With a Scarf

Summer is here, and a scarf should be your number one go-to accessory! Not only will a scarf protect your tresses from the sun and keep hair off your face and neck, it is THE perfect way to accessorize your hairstyle.

My name is Roxie from HowToHairGirl.com and I am here to show you how you can work a scarf into almost any hairstyle out there. Tie one around your head and into a bow to finish off a retro ponytail, roll your ponytail up into a scarf roll, braid your scarf into French braids for a bit of boho flair…I could go on and on! Experiment with your tresses and scarves and you’ll be sure to turn heads all summer long. I’m just here to get you started!

Here are 12 ways to ways to style hair with a scarf. I like to use long, thin silk scarfs that can wrap around the head at least twice. These work best for braiding into longer hair. Now let’s get to styling!

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1. The Scarf Roll

This hairstyle is easy to achieve with just a scarf and medium to long hair. All you need to do is roll your ponytail up into your scarf, tie the scarf around your head, and tuck in the loose hair. Click here for a detailed tutorial!

2. Dutch Scarf Braids

For this scarf-braided look, just lay the center of the scarf around the top of your head and braid the scarf into the two side braids. Secure the ends with a clear elastic, then tie the ends of the scarf around the front of your head. Tuck the scarf ends to in to create a smooth finish!

3. Half Up Boho Braids

Lay the center of the scarf around the top of your head. Take a section of hair from either side of the scarf to create a small braid on both sides. Pin each braid to the back of the head discreetly. Click here for a detailed tutorial of this look!

4. Twisted Scarf Halo

For this look, lay the center of the scarf across the front hairline. Starting on one side, take small sections of hair and twist them up and around the scarf. Catch the tail of your last twist in each new twist to keep the halo contiuous and secure. When you reach the back of the head, pin the twist and scarf discreetly to the head. Repeat the twisting on the other side. Secure it in the back with a pin. Tie the scarf together into a bow and twist and tuck any loose hairs into it. Click here for a full tutorial for the halo twist.

5. Side Braided Scarf Bun

Begin by creating a side ponytail and braid your scarf into it. Secure the ends with a clear elastic, then wrap the braid into a bun. Continue wrapping the ends of the scarf around the bun to secure it and pin it into place. Tip: Use a large bobby pin to pin the scarf and braid into the head securely.

6. French Roll and Scarf

For this adorable hairstyle, create a loose French roll by twisting your hair at the base of the neck and pulling it upward and against the head. Fold the ends over and tuck them inside the French roll to give it some volume. Add pins to discreetly to secure the roll. Tie your scarf around your head and into a bow in the back. Twist loose pieces of hair from around the face around the scarf to finish the look.

7. Scarf and Bun

To create your bun, brush the hair into a tight ponytail on top of the head. Tease the ponytail a bit to bulk it up, then loosely roll it and pin it into a smooth bun. Wrap your scarf around the base of it several times, then tie the ends together to add some colorful flair!

8. High Scarf Ponytail

This perky ponytail is great for any occasion and is perfectly paired with a scarf! First make a nice tight ponytail, and give your ponytail a little facelift. Wrap the scarf around the base of the ponytail a couple of times, then tie the ends together and let them hang down with the ponytail. Learn how to perfect your French roll here.

9. Retro Scarf Ponytail

Start by back combing the hair at the crown. Create a low ponytail, then wrap the scarf around the top of your head and tie it in a bow under your ponytail for an easy retro look.

10. Pirate Girl Scarf Band

This is a classic scarf styling trick that I use in the summer for carefree beach and river days to protect my hair and keep it in place. Simply style your hair into beachy waves, then tie the scarf around your head and into a bow in the back. Make sure that the widest part of the scarf is at the very top and that the sides barely come over the top of your ears.

11. Rolled Scarf Bun

Create a ponytail at the nape of the neck, then roll the ends upwards into a barrel roll. Pin it into the head from either side of the roll, then pull the sides out a bit to fan the bun out. Tie the scarf around the head and into a bow under the bun to finish off the look.

12. Amy-Inspired Scarf Beehive

I miss Amy Winehouse and her great signature hairstyle. To get this look, back comb the whole top section of the head with a boar bristle brush. Smooth the front of the hive and twist the ends of the back combed top section, pinning it upwards into the back of the head. Wrap the scarf around the front of the hive and tie it into a bow in the back.

Now grab that favorite scarf of yours and get to styling! For even more easy DIY hairstyles and hair tips, visit me at HowToHairGirl.com.