Every woman wishes for a unique style, which mirrors her personality. And thinking of fashion for Islamic women the first thing that comes to mind is the Muslim hijab. The hijab in Arabic refers to a ‘cover’ or ‘barrier’. The Muslim hijab is essentially a headscarf covering the head and the neck. Whether you wear the hijab to make a political statement, out of religious belief or just for fashion, they can make you look quite beautiful and elegant. They come in a number of styles and colors that make it all the more difficult to select one that suits you the best.
Muslim Hijabs: The Types
The Muslim hijab has been in use since medieval times, and since then, it has developed into various styles depending on the culture and region (such as the Kuwaiti hijab and the Pashmina hijab). However, it basically is of three types:
* The Al Amira: This is basically a two piece veil, consisting of a large head band or a close fitting cap, generally made of polyester or cotton, along with a tube like scarf worn over it.
* The Shyla: This is a long and rectangular scarf usually worn by women in the Gulf countries. It is wrapped over and around the head, and then pinned or tucked at the shoulder.
* The Khimer: The Khimer is generally longer. It consists of a cape like veil, which usually falls down to a little above the waist. It covers the hair, bosom, neck and shoulders, while leaving the face open. Muslim women will usually wear the Khimer while they pray or when they are on the Hajj pilgrimage.
How to Wear a Muslim Hijab
There are a number of ways in which you can wear the hijab; however, most of them share the following common steps:
1. Place the chosen Hijab over your head. Ensure that it is longer on one side, but not too long, as it might come loose while you wear it.
2. Pull one of the edges taut across the forehead a little above the brow line.
3. While you keep holding the edge of the head scarf, tuck it behind the ears and bring the two lengths together at the bottom of your skull.
4. Pinning the two sides of the hijab together behind your skull with a safety pin, bring its two sides to the front of the shoulder in such a manner that they lie over your bosom.
5. Hold the longer end of your hijab, and then wrap it under the chin so your neck doesn’t show. Make sure that you don’t pull the hijab’s longer side too hard otherwise you might loosen it.
6. Wrap the longer side around the back of the head.
7. Take the longer side around the crown and bring it back to the side where you started.
8. Tuck or pin the longer side into the headscarf under your chin.
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