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Tying a Layered Headscarf

You know that headscarf that’s been sitting in the back of your closet? Yes the one that you have no idea how to tie!

Today is the day you will learn how to wear it!

Step 1: Start by putting on your undercover, You can choose whichever color you would like!

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Step 2: Put the scarf over your head, leaving around two inches of the undercover showing for the layered look.

Step 3: Take the 2 ends and tie them together

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Step 4: Make a simple bow

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Step 5: Look Beautiful!!!

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So go ahead and take out that headscarf! You deserve to look gorgeous!!!

Hats Around the World: Part 2

The next stop on our world hat tour will be…..Asia.

And here we can find some really cool and interesting hats.

Korea: Ever heard of the Ayam?

Traditional Korean Hat

Ayam Hat

It’s a really cool looking hat that was worn basically by Korean Women from 1392 till 1910 as a winter hat. It was made from silk and fur during the Joselan period. The Ayam was worn mostly by female commoners.

The Ayam isn’t the only interesting hat you might see in Korea another one is the Gat, yes that’s the name, Gat. The Gat  was also worn during the Josean Dynasty. It was usually Cylindrically shaped with a really wide brim and during the 19th century was restricted to married and middle class men; sort of a social class thing. Now hows about a visit to…

China: One hat with a really exotic name is the Phoenix Crown Hat or Coronet. This was a really spectacular looking hat that was worn by noblewomen mostly in the Ming Dynasty (the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644) this hat, which was more of a headdress could have over 5000 pearls and 100 gemstones sewn into it!

Korean Gat Hat

Korean Gat Hat

And headcovering fun in ancient China was not exclusive to the female gender the men  also had some cool hats, here’s one:

The heads  of the Chinese Han  officials during during the aforementioned Ming Dynasty, usually  covered up  with a black hat that had two  flaps (sort of like wings) made of thin, oval shaped boards on each side. The hat was  called the Wushamao  and the common folks were not supposed to be wearing one of these   headdresses unless they were the lucky guests attending a wedding ceremonies or event, (Party anyone?) involving noble families or officials.

And now a stop in Burma (Myanmar).

The Gaung Paung ( for those that don’t know it means headwrap) is a hat that is not so different looking then a turban and is traditionally worn by the Shan, Rakhine and Mon peoples.

Depending on the wealth of the owner it is either made from silk or cotton. Its  mostly a ceremonial piece of headwear and if you look closely you will know the ethnic group of the wearer as each ethnic group wears it slightly differently.

Cambodia/Vietnam: We’ll round up our tour of Asia with the most famous Asian Hat of all the Conical shaped hat which is really worn by farmers throughout Asia. Some know it as a “coolie” hat, though as Wikipedia notes now-a-days many find that term offensive.

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Aisan Hat

It’s called a conical hap ’cause thats it’s shape, a cone, and it has a strap that goes under the wearers chin keeping it in place. The point of the hat is mostly for sun protection.

Well that wraps up the Asian portion of our tour.

Follow the MyHeadcoverings BLOG to make certain you don’t miss Part 3 of our World Hat tour!

The Cowboy Hat: You Don’t Have To Be a Cowboy To Wear It!

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys, the cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat as we know it goes back to the 1860’s. Before John B. Stetson invented it cowboys wore many different types of head gear. There was no specific hat or “uniform” so it would be common to see a cowboy wearing sailor hats, war gear, caps, tall hats and many others.

Thankfully, Stetson came along and created what we no know as the cowboy hat. It was truly a great invention since most people look good in them, not only cowboys. For many, cowboy hats are  great for the summer. People love wearing straw cowboy hats in the summer to block the sun from their face since it’s not just any other cap; it really looks cool. A cowboy hat adds a lot to an outfit and believe it or not, when you’re wearing one, you get the spirit of a cowboy!

Suddenly you feel like you can do anything! Sort of like the Lone Ranger.

Some wear them when going horseback riding or simply when working in the garden. It also makes a great hat to dress up a lovely summer outfit and makes you feel taller and stronger!

Just like any other type, different cowboy hats are made of different materials. The most expensive and high quality ones are made from real felt, which is animal fur. A typical felt used in the cowboy hat is that of a beaver, a muskrat or a rabbit. However, it is very common to see a one made from a mixture of beaver, muskrat fur and rabbit fur. Another fabric or material used is straw, which is what we are mostly familiar with today. (Nowadays however, many straw hats are actually made from the pulp of a tree just like paper so often, cowboy hats and other straw hats will have 100% paper listed as the content.) These are definitely more affordable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish! They are worn by cowboys and many other men, women and children around the world.

There are many different styles and looks for a cowboy hat but the most common is simply a wide brimmed hat with a medium sized crown. In addition there is a prominent pinch at the front of the crown to give it that country look and cowboy twist.

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys,  today it definitely is a fashionable and trendy style option. Put it together with a pair of cowboy boots and your good to go! So when packing for your summer vacation up in the mountains, a camping trip or any other summer getaway don’t forget your cowboy hat to add to the spirit! If you don’t own a cowboy hat or are just a little too feminine for them definitely go for a beach or straw sun hat which will do just the trick and look really good!

Soft Pre-tied Headwraps: Different Ways They Can Be Worn

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories!

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories. There are many reasons why head wraps are so well liked but, I think it is safe to say that the most common reason is because people feel that by buying only one head wrap they are actually getting much more. Soft wide head wraps have many different purposes and ways to be worn. Not only are they cost efficient but they are also really comfortable and pretty. Below are a few different ways a soft wide head wrap can be worn.

1. Partial Head Cover:

Women with a mild case of alopecia or hair loss that have thin hair or bald spots in the front of their head wear a soft wide headband to cover up the spots without hair. Soft wide headbands worn as a half covering allows them to wear the rest of their hair down without having to fully cover it. In addition, they are comfortable, stylish and easy to put on.

2. Wigs:

Soft wide headbands are also great for women who wear wigs and want to make it look more natural. In addition, some women wear a fall. A fall is a wig that doesn’t have hair in the front of the wig; the hair starts further back on the cap in order to make it more lightweight and comfortable. These wigs are meant to be worn with something on top such as a beret, hat or soft wide headband.

3. Thin Headband:

A soft wide headband can also be worn as a thin headband. Either, you can fold it in half for a neat and put together look, or you can put it on regular and gently crunch it up towards the front of your head. Using a soft wide head band as a thin headband is great since it is original, different and really comfortable!

4. Fashion Headscarf:

Another great way to wear a soft wide head band is like a fashion head scarf tied around the top of your head. It’s a perfect summer head scarf for camping, outings and outdoor activities.

Of course, soft wide head bands are mostly worn to keep ones hair out of ones face. They are great for cooking, cleaning, gardening and any other time you want your hair out of your face. They are the best way to go since they are light, comfortable and most importantly- stylish!

Like I said, soft wide headbands for women are cost efficient, comfortable stylish and oh so practical! Feel free to leave a comment about another way it can be worn- I’m sure there are plenty we didn’t mention that you know about!

So what exactly is a Snood?

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The chenille snood comes in many different colors, is comfortable and has a soft touch.

So what exactly is a Snood?

The tword “Snood” causes quite a bit of confusion, and rightly so. For years, different people have used the word to mean different things. So let’s try  clearing up  the confusion, and perhaps give a drop of background information on what a hair snood really is.

The term “snood’ is used to  refer to 3 separate thing.

1) Snood scarfs are used to describe tubular scarfs, thesescarfs were especially popular with English Soccer (football) players until they were banned in 2001 by the governing body of the sport for being a danger to the players.

2) The term “snood” also refers to a 1 inch silk ribbon that was worn in Scotland in the late 19th century worn by unmarried girls, typically it was braided into the girl’s hair.

3) The hair snood is the form of snood that we are most interested in. You probably guessed already that this is actually a as you guessed is actually ahair covering that one wear on ones hair.

Now, most snoods you see now-a-days are crocheted. However, it did not start out like that . At first snood head coverings were made from cloth or net fabric

Many of them were elaborately decorated with bows and ribbons. Gradually, these went out of style until WW2 when once agin women turned to them as headcoverings since the material used to make them was not rationed as the material used to make hats was.

In fact, snoods became a patriotic symbol!

Snoods have remained as a popular headcovering for women looking to cover their hair for modesty reasons as well as for women looking for a hairnet to wear when working with food, in a canteen or a hospital.

A major difference between women wearing hair snoods for religious purposes and women wearing them as  hair nets is whether or not they have a lining. Women who choose them for use as a religious headcover will often ensure they are lined in order to be certain no hair will show through. Such is not the case in women wearing snoods as hairnets. Lately, the Chenille snood has come into style as a it is extremely soft to the touch and available in a wide variety of colors.

( Sources include Scottish Weading Dreams, Wikipedia, and Wise Geek)

By: B. Levi

The Hat Museum

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The largest selection of hats in the world at The Hat Museum

Well you love wearing a Hat and your wardrobe contains all sorts of hats. Wide brimmed straw hats for sunny days, a warm cloche to keep warm in the winter, and even a Fedora for a touch of style. But you wonder where you could find out some more information about hats.

 Where can you find out a whole lot more about hats? Their History? The different types of womens Hats? In short all about them.

Well it so happens that in the USA there is a great place tofind out all about hats and it’s appropriately called

 Hat museum. Where is it? Well in Portland, Oregon there’s a neighborhood called

Ladd’s Addition. This neighborhood was developed by a buisnessman by the name of William S. Ladd. The actual construction was roughly between the years of 1905 and 1930. Ladds’s Addition has a bunch of interesting things. Amongst them are four parks situated at the four points of the compass and the the largest stand of elms in Portland. Most interesting is the fact that this neighborhood boasts of 122 houses that are considered of Primary Historical Significance. Yup 122 of them. One of these is the Ladd-Reingold House which is the current of the Hat Museam. The name Reingold is after Miss. Rebecca Reingold who was a milliner in Russia and moved into the house in the early 1900’s. The house’s current owner is Alyce Cornyn-Selby who beleive it or not is actually a Hat Lover herself! The Museam claims to have over 1000 different hats in stock including a Straw London Top Hat, a Thanksgiving table hat that sings and more hats from around the world. The Museam bills itself as one of Portlands “quirkiest attractions”. So if you’re in Portland stop by, check it out and tell us if it’s really true that they have more types of womens hats then we sell on Myheadcoverings.com.(sources include reelscout, the Hat Museam website, Rose City Roamers)

 By B.Levi

The Largest Cap Collection in The World!

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The largest selection of hats in the world!

Have you ever wondered where you could find the biggest,most varied, and most interesting collection of  (I guess they go hand in hand)  of men and womens Hats?

The answer is, drumroll please, Alaska! To be more exact it’s in Tustumena Lodge, Alaska in the former Kasilof’s Bar Cap Collection.

The Anchorage Daily News ran a story about the record setting cap collection that at the time numbered 22,014 hats and caps. Yup, we also think that’s a pretty big collection. At the time the bar was owned by John and Suzie Cook. The collection started in 1991 when a friend died and left them with 135 hats which is a lot for most people but it seems wasn’t enough for them. So they hung them on the lodge’s center beam and the collection just kept growing. One of John Cooks favorite hats in his collection was a Chinese pith helmet made of tightly woven grass fibers. Well at MyHeadcoverings.com if you want a chinese pith helmet I’m afraid we can’t help you but if you want a more typical bucket hat, straw hat, or a cloche, well then you’ve come to the right place!

(Sources include The Augusta Chronicle and The Anchorage Daily News)

By B. Levi