How to wear hijab on a small head

We recently received this email from a reader:

I hope you can help me! One of my friends I’ve known for the longest time has been thinking of wearing hijab for a while now. She finally started a few months ago. But she hates it. She’s not happy with the way she looks in hijab. Her family also tells her that it does not look good on her. They wear hijab too, so it’s not like they are telling her to take it off or anything. Anyways, I think her problem is because she has a small head and face. I told her she needs to find a style that goes with her face. Do you have any ideas of what she can do to make it look better on her? I would really appreciate it!

Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News

Dear reader,

First and foremost, your friend should get rid of the notion that hijab is supposed to be some sort of glamorous accessory. We wear it because we choose to, and if there are ways in which we can make it look decent while doing so, then we’re all for it. But, for people to put her down because of her appearance is somewhat superficial considering hijab is touted as the way to go out without being “judged”.

That being said, we also understand that if we don’t feel good about the way we look, it’s hard to leave the house.

Here are a few tips that should help your friend get out of the doldrums

If you have a small head, you can get away with hijab styles that are cropped a lot closer to your head and neck area. This is assuming that your body is proportionate to your head.

Hijab styles that will look good include the Default Hijab Style, the Sports Hijab Style, Basic Triangle Hijab Style, the Spanish wrap and the Basic Shayla Hijab Style.

Try to stay away from the bulky styles as they will overwhelm your head and make it appear even smaller. Some examples include the Tye dye hijab style, and the UAE Poof.

Now here is the tricky part. If you have a small head and are overweight, have a large chest, or just have a bigger body that makes your head look tiny-then you’ll have to avoid the close cut styles and opt instead for bulky layers. Those styles give the illusion that your head is a bit bigger and the volume helps to slim down your look overall. In addition, you will look more proportionate.