We love a good accessory. And while scrunchies and barrettes may go in and out of fashion, there’s one tried and true staple that has withstood 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. Not only is the hair scarf a timeless classic, it is also a versatile summer must-have. A simple scarf adds the exact eye-catching pop you need to dress up almost any hairstyle. Don’t believe us? Take a look at our round-up of hairstyles with scarves for some major accessory inspo.
1. ’50s 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.
What do you get when you add a hair scarf to a half-braid? The ultimate summer look. We’re suckers for complimentary colors and playful patterns, so it’s safe to say we’ll be copying this look ASAP.
While scarves can certainly spruce up a basic hairstyle, they can also inform much more complex designs. Using a scarf to segment a dual braid allows you to play with texture and technique in a fun, unique way.
4. Top Knot
Take a basic top knot from boring to beautiful with a bright, bold, scarf. A patterned accessory is just what you need to pull off the ideal laid-back but ladylike aesthetic. Perfect for weekend farmer’s market trips, midnight movies, dinner, drinks, and really any activity you can think of.
Low effort, high impact. This scarf-in-braid combo has us swooning. The best thing about this intricate style? It’s super simple. Just tie your hair into a low pony at the nape of your neck. Wrap the scarf around the ponytail and weave the length into a basic braid. The result is this stunning masterpiece.
6. Low Bun
Turn a messy low bun into a statement hairstyle with a single accessory. A silky scarf gives this textured ‘do just a touch of romance for a style that transitions from day-to-date-night with ease.
Swap your boring old hair tie for an ornate hair scarf to achieve an easy alternative to a classic pony. Low, mid, or high, the ponytail is the ultimate updo for this timeless accessory. Paired with a messy wave, this undone pony is giving us just the right amount of beach babe feels.
8. Braid Crown
We love a hairstyle that’s easier than it looks. A few bobby pins and a striking scarf is all you need to bring this fun pop of color to an already killer braid crown.
Perhaps the most versatile scarf style yet. Whether you wear your tresses up or down, tied back in a bun or folded into a braid, spinning that scarf into a nice, neat headband is the perfect way to accessorize.