12 April 2009

Styling Your Hijab To Suit Your Face Shape

Usually, the face shape that hair dressers try to achieve with various cuts and styles is the oval shape as this is considered to be the most flattering. As a general rule, people blessed with a naturally oval shape usually suit most hair styles. You’re probably wondering why on earth I’m going on about hair styles and not hijab styles, well, because these rules can be applied to the hijab. First you need to discover the shape of your face:

Using a flexible tape measure, make the following measurements and write down the results:

1. Across your forehead at the widest place, about half way between your eyebrows and your hairline
2. Across your cheeks from the edge of one cheekbone to the edge of the other
3. Around your jawline, between where it’s widest on each side
4. From our top hairline to the tip of your chin

Then compare those numbers.
The most common face shapes are:

Round: Approximately as wide as it is long
Oval: Greater length than width
Long: Length is 1½ times the width
Square: Equally wide at the forehead, cheeks and jaw

Here are some tips and tricks I put together for hijab styles for round, long and square face shapes. I haven't done one for oval because most styles suit this shape, even al amiras.

First, the square with an equally wide forehead, cheeks and jaw:

By Stylish Muslimah
Next the round face, with rounded cheeks and chin and equally wide as it is long:

By Stylish Muslimah
Lastly, tips for the long, thin face where the length is about one and a half times the width:

By Stylish Muslimah
I hope these help! If you have any face-shape tips, feel free to post them in the comments.

60 comments:

Mariam said...

In all honesty I find the whole 'different hijab styles to suit different shapes' this utterly hilarious. Measuring face proportions are a waste of time - there are a lot more important things that you need to take into account like the size of your forhead, shape of brows, prominence of cheek bones. Short answer: just experiment with a few styles and see what looks best. No such thing as 'wrong' and 'right' style for different shapes...

malekat_el7oriya said...

ooh! thanks so much Zaenab that was really helpful and cool! keep it up! i love your blog

Anis said...

i like your blog for its useful tips & tricks.
i cant seem to find your email address. thats why im using this comment to make a request. could you pls post about jumpsuit. can a hijabi wear it? how to style it? tqvm =)

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Zaenab said...

Anis: Hi! Im glad you like the blog, no you wouldn't have lol, i dont post my email address online but iv already had a request about jumpsuits and the post i did is here: http://stylishmuslimah.blogspot.com/2009/02/jumpsuit.html

if you have any more requests, feel free to post them in the comments section, hope you like it :D
Zaenab xx

Carib Muslimah said...

I know I sometimes wear the wrong hijabs for my round face (I do the exact things you're suggesting I should avoid) but some of the hijab styles are so cute! *hangs head in shame*

Anonymous said...

oops i was wearing the wrong hijab style for my round face :( THANK YOU for this post!!!
-AA

Yusra said...

very useful!
do you have any ideas for a heart-shaped face?
thanks :)

Anonymous said...

This is very useful.

I have been very desperate in finding which style suit me the best.
Be gone the days with frustrating time in front of any mirror..

Anonymous said...

omg jazakallahkhair so much for this. i've always wanted to wear a different style of hijab but i'm round faced so its really hard for me to look pretty in hijabs.

Anonymous said...

thank u

Anonymous said...

Rather cool site you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. BTW, why don't you change design :).

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a heart face shape and I dont know in which style to wear the hijab.. ive tried a couple of diff styles but they all look really bad :( can u plzz help!

asna said...

Assalamualaikum...thanx for all the tips ..they r really helpfull...
Well my face is round..can u suggest any hijab style other than turkish one 4 round faces???
Well i have tried the turkish one bt I really can't seem to get it right....!!! pls can u suggest an alternative???

asna said...

Assalamualaikum....all the above said tips r really gr8 & helpfull...well my face is round..i have tried the turkish hijab style bt i can't seem to get it right..:((
can u plzzz suggest some alternative styles for round face plzz...

zainab1 said...

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahiukhti, This post is quite helpful. I have a long face so would you recommend the Al- amira 2 piece or 1 piece for my shape face.... please help!(smiles)

Umm Ibrahim said...

I know this post is way old...but...exactly! I inherited my grandmums perfectly round cheeks...like the kind a little toddler girl has, they are really, round and only certain styles of hejab work for me, all others make my face look huge and way too plump.

As a teenage-before shaylahs existed for us in the west, I wore triangles and pinned under the chin and took one edge and pinned behind my head, covering my chin, so the whole affect covered up all the edges of my face and gave my face a more slender look.

I now wear shaylahs mostly as Im in KSA as an expat and have learnt how to wrap them sans underscarf and pins like a local pro...and I do a popular style which is wrap snugly and cover the chin and forhead and tuck edge behind the top of the head (Under previous wrapped piece) it also gives a very slender look to the face.

IamSilla said...

hi sister i know this post is soo last year but i wana know what shape is face. my face is like semi oval n semi circle. i hve chubby cheeks . but the way i wear my hijab is typical arab hijab style, im so used to it n i dont really know other style. soo i wonder what kind of style should i wear

Silla :)

Anonymous said...

asaalam my sister
am so asumed by your aticle i got a big forehead and round shape face some help here
warda

MAYYA said...

Assalamualaikum, Good info and thank you!!

Amber said...

Assalamualaikum,

This info is very useful. What type of hijabs would you recommend for a round face?

Please suggest.

Anonymous said...

Plz suggest some more Funky and Stylish Dresses for girls.

Anonymous said...

so what should I do? I have a square to round face with a big forehead :( I feel like I always look bad in hijab no matter what I do :(

Anonymous said...

Don't fret about looking bad in hijab ...think about why you're wearing it and how good you look in the eyes of Allah SWT.

Roba Said said...

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Stylish Muslimah said...

Roba: Wa alaykom al salaam, yes that's fine :) please link back though.

Leila and Aliya said...

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-Leila and Aliya

Stylish Muslimah said...

Salam: I'm glad you like the blog :D I just tried commenting on your blog but it wouldn't let me. It's nice anyway so keep it up!

shima said...

shima

I have a an oval face and new to buying a hijab but I did'nt see an example for styling this shape. Any recommendations?

hijabpictures said...

Thanks you.
this tips very suitable for me. ^^

Anonymous said...

This is a spoof, right? Do you know what's really stylish? Equality between the sexes.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Anonymous, you're so right. Unfortunately I don't think our definitions of "equality" are the same.. My definition is where both men and women have the right to not be objectified and to not be judged purely by their physical beauty, but rather by their character, personality and achievements. What's yours?

Zahra Lives said...

Muslimah fasion! I love it! Im about to get my hijab together insha'Allah

Hayyah said...

Assalamu'alaikum! Thank you! My hijabi self has been, apparently sinfully according to the salafi haraam police who like to judge the whole world except themselves, thinking about this for a while. My face is inbetween a narrow diamond and pear shape. Any ideas for this?

Please ignore the self-righteous perfect ones who love to flaunt their pious devotion for the whole world to see. A colorful hijab is much more spiritually attractive than hubris.

fazar hussain said...

aslaam o alaikum I am glad you like the blog and i like girls that wears hijab It's nice.take it always.....

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Anonymous said...

I have a square face ,and I wear a square hijab & rectangular,i don't care if it looks very perfect,as long as it cover my head and my neck properly & it has to be clean and not very colorful,and especially we don't have to wear those big giant things under the scarf to make the hijab looks nice , because it's haram as our prophet
Mohamed peace be upon him said ,Allah make us beautiful.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Anon: Good :) Please be careful what you call "haram" though.

Salam

Leilah said...

Leilah

Thank u so much...us 2 sisters both very chubby cheeks and round faces..also like the baby in the picture!


We have beeen wearing yes , exactly what it says NOT to wear HAHA! thanks again this new style looks VERY better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mahmood Ali said...

You r wrong , lear islam properly first , no muslimah is stylish except in fornt of her mahram's , other than that the girl is no less than a prostitute , if required i can prove that the beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) has also said tha same --- Mahmood

Asna said...

Mr. Mahmood.. keep ur nasty & ugly comments to ur self....

Stylish Muslimah said...

Mahmood: Learn English.

Asna: :) thanks

Anonymous said...

What about if you have a skinny face with a small forehead?

Amina x

ct cucubi said...

i love your tips..
and i love your blogs...

RiaCestaLily said...

Waww thank you for this post,,
now I know how to choose hijab for my round face,, please give more example...:D

Cezta said...

thank you for the tips,, great post!

Anonymous said...

hello i would just like to as if you are allowed to get rid of your monobrow

Stylish Muslimah said...

Anon: Yes you can :)
Salam x

JUZERA.STYLE said...

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Stylish Muslimah said...

Juzera: That's fine :)
Salam x

Anonymous said...

Assalam-o-alikum,

I found this blog v.nice. can u plz guide me in step by step manner to wear hiuab in different styles. Jazkullah khair

dyah said...

very interesting article, i'll try it, for a round face, hehehe

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kiki said...

Thank tou for the tips :)

Noshiba Qadir said...

asalamu alikum.. i am a begginer for wearing hijab..can u plz guide me for it..!!

StylishMuslimah said...

Noshiba: Congrats! What is it that you wanted help with exactly?

Salam :) x

fatima zahra moudine said...

alhamdolillah 3ala lmoslimin ya rab nab9aw muslimi ya rab thank you

Ayaa said...

Asalamalakum, my face is a mix between the square and the long face ahape, which shape should I follow, thank you

StylishMuslimah said...

Ayaa: Salam, just play around with both and see which one suits you the best! :)

Umer Khayyam said...

A great fashion collection. Thnks for muslim blog..