Thursday, February 22

Head Covering 101...

Here are some examples of head coverings as some women wear them. All of these pictures were taken during services in the Orthodox Church. Some of the women are wearing hats, but more are wearing scarves. Here are some tips I've gleaned during the years I covered my head.

  • If you choose to wear a scarf, often it will slip down off of your head. If you fold the scarf into a triangle, cross the ends and then tie them in a knot at the base of your neck (like the woman in picture number four), it is quite easy to put the scarf back up onto your head (especially if it is silky). Ones that are long and rectangular like in picture number three work well wither tied under or chin or wrapped around and tied in the back of your neck.
  • Bobby pins are very useful for securing scarves to hair. Another trick (and my favorite) is to buy very tiny claw clips and use them to keep your scarf from slipping off. See picture number one (and my friend Gabby's head) for bobby pin how-to.
  • Tying smaller scarves/bandannas underneath your hear (like in picture one) is also easy to do.
  • Wearing a hat is less work to keep on, but it can be tricky to find a good one. Here is an article on the subject.
  • It is hard to keep children away from scarves, especially when they aren't used to their mother wearing one. Practicing around the house might help get your children used to seeing you in a scarf, but you may just have to train your children not to touch your scarf. I think that securing the scarf to your head with bobby pins or mini claw clips will work well though, too.


Jamie Carin and Claudio Romano said...

I see most women wear scarves. That is interesting. Most women at my parish (Roman Catholic) wear lace veils and mantillas. Do you guys ever wear them? There are always some really nice ones on ebay and if you get a nice old one made of beautiful lace they are usually very soft and stay on your head even without any pins or anything.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Emma for the lesson!

Now I have no excuses other than my own fears and reservations about standing out.

If you have any other wisdom to share re: this issue, keep it coming!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the pictures! Right now I cover with just a simple white fabric triangle trimmed with white lace (I think I got it from When I had a baby, I had to starting using a small claw clip and clipping it under my hair. I look a tad bit like a nun, but it works and I don't have to tug at it all through services! =) I might look into getting some pretty scarves to use now though - they look so nice!

MamaBirdEmma said...

Hi Jamie!

Some women wear mantillas or lace veils, but most of the women use scarves in the Orthodox Church... I'm not really sure why because I it doesn't matter:) It's good to know that they stay on well!

BTW, how's your house selling/moving going?

Thanks for the link Tiffany! I'll have to check it out... my sisters are always on the look out for new scarves!

Mimi said...

I'm curious as to how the claw clips work - do they harm the scarf?

Thanks for the tips. I tend to wear a mantilla (I am Orthodox) but do wear scarves sometimes, especially during Lent as mantillas slip during prostrations.

MamaBirdEmma said...

Hi Mimi!

Since the clips are the super tiny ones (almost for little girl's hair), they don't do damage to the scarf... at least none that I've seen. If I had a scarf with lace or one that was delicate or special, I probably wouldn't take the chance though:)

Thanks for you comments!


Mimi said...

Thanks, I'll have to pick some up.

MamaBirdEmma said...

I hope that they work well for you:)

leah said...

Hi Emma!

Thanks so much for this post; I'm a protestant in the Reformation tradition, and I serve on the Faith, Order, Witness Committee of the San Diego Ecumenical Council. One of our committee members is an Antiochian Orthodox priest, and he has arranged for us to attend free of charge tomorrow's full-day session of the Orientale Lumen Conference, that meets annually at the University of San Diego. The day will open with Divine LIturgy, so I went online to see if I needed to wear a head covering (I'd already decided to wear a long skirt and long-sleeved blouse, as I do most Sundays at my own church). Google directed me right to your blog, so I'll come back and visit often. Blessings!

PS I'm planning to blog some about the conference, so you might be interested in checking out my theology blog over the weekend or thereabouts.

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