The purpose of this article is to help Sisters understand, especially those new to hijab, what an underscarf is, the various types of underscarf available and how to wear one.
Under scarf, under hijab, full underscarf, bonnets, bonnet cap, bone cap, bonnet hat, turban, tie back cap, hijab cap, headband, hairband, bandana, bandanna, kylie band, snood….everyone has their own name for it but when it comes to wearing them, they generally serve the same purpose.
What is an Underscarf?
An underscarf is a small piece of fabric used to cover the head. It is normally worn under a scarf or hijab. It comes in many different shapes, colors and designs and is useful for the following:
- Worn to keep the hair away from the face, always convenient for if your hijab slips or becomes loose, you don’t have to keep tucking those stray wisps back under.
- Worn under sheer or slippery hijabs. As nearly all underscarves are made of non-slip fabric, they will help keep those gorgeous chiffon hijabs where they should.
- Also useful in providing coverage for under see through hijabs. Though it should be remembered that most (besides the full underscarf) do not provide coverage around the neck area.
- Worn as an accessory, the underscarf for the hijab is the equivalent of earrings to an outfit. Different underscarves can give you different looks with the same hijab or scarf. And due to the low value of an underscarf, this is always an added benefit.
Types Of Underscarf
Wherever you are, online sat in front of your pc or browsing through a crowded shopping centre, you will come across many types of underscarves posing under many different names and styles. And depending on what purpose you need it for, it can be worn under your hijab.
In fact, why restrict your self to one, there are certain types that can be worn together, known as the layering effect.....
To wear, it is usually easier to pull completely over the head so it falls around the neck, then pull back over the front of the head where it will take all the hair with it, giving you a hair free fit.
Very lightweight, perfect for addding a colorful touch to your hijab. It is especially useful if you want to add layers as it does not add bulk. Available at Hijab Store Online in many colors.
Tie Back Bonnet Cap
This bonnet cap is probably one of the most common and popular type of underscarf that you will come across. It is made of a jersey type cotton fabric and is also non slip. It is placed over the head and fastened at the back using the ties attached at the end. It has a small opening at the back once tied, so you can let the hair through.
The tie back bonnet cap is also good for layering with the lace underscarf, simply slip on the lace underscarf first and then the bonnet cap, leaving a strip of lace underscarf to show through at the front. Choose colors which will complement the whole outfit rather than just the hijab for a more coordinated look.
The tie back bonnet cap comes in different designs, the two main ones being either completely plain or beaded at the front. The tie back bonnet cap is suitable for all head sizes as it can adjusted to your fit. Available at Hijab Store Online in many designs, including stretch lace bonnet caps and satin bonnet caps, plain or beaded, giving you even more choice for your hijab.
The bonnet hat is a relatively new addition to the underscarf range. It is made of a stretch lycra/spandex type of fabric, normally polyester. It is designed in a pull on style, much like a hat, hence the name. The bonnet hat is elasticated at the back to accommodate any hair or hair styles but it is usually more comfortable to let the hair out rather than tuck it in.
The bonnet hat is very easy to wear, it really is as simple as slipping it on over the head and tucking in any stray wisps that escape. Available at Hijab Store Online in plain and print designs.
The tube underscraf probably rivals the tie back bonnet cap in terms of popularity due to the variety of designs available. This underscarf is a tube like underscarf, just like the lace underscarf, and open from both ends. It is made either of stretch cotton or polyester and is non slip. This type of underscarf is ready made and is a one size fits all due to it’s stretch.
Like the tie back bonnet cap, the tube underscarf is also available in many different designs, such as beaded, sequined, studded, printed and the top favorite every Sister has in her hijab drawer…..completely plain.
The tube underscarf is very easy to wear, simply slip on over the head. It is usually easier to pull completely over the head so it falls around the neck, then pull back over the front of the head where it will take all the hair with it, giving you a hair free fit.
The tube underscarf is also good for layering with the lace underscarf, simply slip on the tube underscarf first and then the lace underscarf, leaving a strip of tube underscarf to show through at the front. Depending on preference, you can also layer the other way round. Choose colors which will complement the whole outfit rather than just the hijab for a more coordinated look. Available at Hijab Store Online in many colors and designs.
The headband bonnet is an innovative way of wearing an underscarf and is another alternative to tie back bonnet caps. It is elasticated at the back with variable front width by folding as required. The headband bonnet is made of a variety of fabrics, including cotton and polyester including lovely designs in solid prints and lightweight chiffons.
Very easy to wear, simply slip on over the head and arrange the front as required. It is usually easier to pull completely over the head so it falls around the neck, then pull back over the front of the head where it will take all the hair with it, giving you a hair free fit.
The headband bonnet is available at Hijab Store Online in a large variety of colors and designs.
The full underscarf is a concept that Hijab Store Online first introduced and has proved to be very popular with all of you. The full underscarf provides a working solution for those who wish to wear sheer or see through hijabs while maintaining full coverage of the head as well as the neck area.
The full underscarf can be described by some as a similar version of 1 piece al amirah hijab, but here at Hijab Store Online, we have made sure that the full underscarf we offer provides ease of use and ease of wear.
Listed below are just a few of the benefits of our full underscarves and why they‘d be more suited for you to wear under your hijabs than an al amira
- The fabric of the underscarf is a stretchy viscose cotton mix, (not polyester), super soft and comfortable to ensure ease of wear.
- Beautifully soft and breathable fabric, making it suitable for all year round.
- The shape of the bottom of the hem of the underscarf is such that it covers more of the back of the neck, curves in at the shoulders and goes out again slightly for the front of the neck.
- This is to ensure full coverage when wearing sheer/small hijabs, especially useful for ready made dresses which have v-necks.
- We've also reduced the bulk from the shoulders as no coverage is needed there.
- The measurements of the underscarf are as follows: length from top of head to bottom hem is 17 inches, length from under chin to hem is 12 inches (approx).
Ninja Inner Underscarf
The ninja inner underscarf is a relatively new design and is one of the most popular and comfortable of underscarves where full head, neck and upper chest coverage is required. It has all the benefits of the full underscarf with the difference being that it is fitted around the neck.
It is available in many different designs and colours, we currently offer ninja inner underscarves with a plain peak, with a lace peak, with criss cross peaks and with criss cross contrast coloured peaks.
To answer the most common question with the ninja inner underscarf is yes, it will fit and yes, it is comfortable around the neck. All our ninja inner underscarves are made from super soft viscose stretch fabric which are suitable to wear all year round.
We hope you found the above guide useful.
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