HOW TO USE HIJAB PINS
Hijab pins are amazing for the Muslimah who wants to keep the scarf on her head all day. If you are new to wearing the hijab full time however, the thought of placing a needle right next to your head can be quite intimidating.
WORD OF CAUTION: Please, please, please don’t ever put a pin in your mouth while wrapping the scarf. SO many girls do it and I just cringe at what could possibly happen :'( .
Here are ways you can use the three different types of hijab pins:
1. STRAIGHT PINS
Straight pins are great for what I like to call “perfect placement”. This is because you can use them during the hijab wrapping process to pin down the scarf according to your angle and draping preference.
To use the straight pin, drape the scarf around your head as desired and pin throughout the process as many times as you need to. Take the pin and slide it downwards, making sure to go through all of the fabric layers to make it secure. Next, angle the pin outwards so that it pokes out, and then proceed to go downwards again underneath the layers.
DO NOT poke out the needle towards the end because it could potentially snag on to something or someone. In addition, keep in mind that you should always pin the needle downwards.
2. SAFETY PINS
Safety pins are amazing for hijabis that move around all day and want to make sure that their scarf stays secure. I personally like to use the pins that have plastic on one side because they are wider and easier to hook and unhook.
To use this type of pin, first place the scarf on top of your head. After that, grab both sides of the scarf underneath your neck and unhook the safety pin from its sheath. You will then place the needle of the safety pin through both pieces of fabric under the neck and hook it back into the sheath to secure the scarf. After using the safety pin, you can now wrap your hijab as desired and you won’t have to worry about it coming undone!
Note: I just want to mention that the safety pin should not be used with loosely woven scarves (like gauze, for example) because they will create holes. It is best to use scarves that have a denser structure to them like pashminas.
3. STICK PINS
Stick pins are an exciting type of hijab pin because they are used to adorn and secure the scarf at the same time! They are usually used as the last step of the hijab wrapping process so that they can be placed on the outside of the headscarf. In order to use a stick pin, first finish wrapping your scarf. After that, you will slip the needle through the folds of the scarf downwards like the straight pin and attach the closure.
I personally like to tuck the scarf forward towards my face and slip the stick pin through there. Doing this step will hide the exposed needle and the closure so that the decorative part of the pin will be exposed.
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