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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Hijab style's to suit your face shape

So you're trying to follow a hijab tutorial but your hijab just doesn't look like the person doing the tutorial, you get frustrated because you can't get it right. Well to be honest I don't think it's so much you getting it wrong, it may just be that the hijab style being demonstrated looks better on the person doing the tutorial due to the shape of that person's face.

Just like when you need to get a haircut, when styling your hijab, you have to consider the shape of your face.

I've had many people tell me that hijab doesn't 'suit' them because their face is too round, or their cheeks are too chubby, which is the reason why they don't wear hijab, in my opinion hijab suits everyone, you just have to figure out how to wear it to suit you.
Contrary to what many think, hijab wasn't prescribed to make you look 'ugly' it is to make you look modest.

In this post I have tried to look at some face shapes and find some hijab style images to suit that type of face.

A lot of these styles are what I think looks good with that type of face shape, there is no right or wrong, it's whatever makes you feel comfortable, I just hope that after reading this post you do experiment with a hijab and see if wearing it in a way that compliments your face shape helps you to feel more comfortable in a hijab.

Please note: these images were taken from google images, therefore they are viewable by the public (I just searched hijab + 'the type of face shape') for demonstration purposes only, no copyright infringement was intended 

The image above shows some common face shapes people have.

The Oblong face

This face shape looks good if you wear the hijab above your eyebrows quite high up on your forehead, drape it round your face, you don't need to fold it at the sides because it should easily fall into place.

Oval face

Personally I think this style of hijab looks best with an oval face, it frames the face beautifully without much effort. This is the malaysian or turkish style hijab. 

With oval face shapes you can wear your hijab quite high on your forehead, personally I think this face shapes is one of the easiest to style hijab with.

 I think Sister Amena from pearl daisy has this shape face, which is why it looks good when she places the hijab just below her hair line but on people with a smaller or bigger forehead it wouldn't look as good as it does on someone with an oval face. As she says in her tutorials, they are as a guide only so you have to adjust it to suit you.

Round face 

This is the type of face shape I've had most queries about. For this face shape wear your hijab quite loose around your cheeks, if you wear your hijab too tight around your cheeks in an attempt to 'hide' them, it'll only make them stand out more, so wear it loose and draping. The draping also make your face look narrower. Avoid wearing your hijab too low down on your forehead as this will also make your cheeks stand out more. Don't pin your hijab under your chin because again this will bring your cheeks out more.

(yes, I know the picture doesn't show someone with a round face, I didn't have someone with that face shape to demonstrate the style)

Rectangular Face

For this type of face shape its best to wear your hijab so only half of your forehead is visible, this will shorten your forehead. I don't think a turkish hijab will suit this face shape maily due to the fact that it'll give your face a more elongated look, which is what you're trying to avoid. Avoid pinning the hijab behind the angle of your jaw, bring it just in front of the angle before wrapping it around, this will soften the look of the angles.

This is what I mean, when I say drape it in front of the angle of your jaw.

Square Face

This is similar to the rectangular face shape, drape your hijab in front of the angle of your bottom jaw to soften the angle. One difference to the rectangular shape face is you can wear this hijab a bit higher up because your forehead is shorter.

Diamond Face

This shape face has very soft angles at the bottom jaw and chin therefore looks good when you pin the hijab or wrap it behind the angle of the jaw. The prominent cheek bones in this face shape also look good with a hijab that doesn't cover up too much of the bottom half of the face.

Heart face

For a heart shaped face you can wear the hijab quite high up, just below your hairline and also wrap the hijab behind the angle of your jaw. Drapes around the neck soften the look of a sharp or pointy chin.

And that's it...I do apologise for not showing any hijab styles for people with a triangular shaped face or an inverted triangle, I couldn't find any )=

But the tips I would give for a triangular face is the same for someone with a square face, drape the hijab in front of your jaw to soften the angles and wear the hijab high up to elongate the forehead.
For the inverted triangle face shape the same rules as the heart shape face apply, however, try not to wear your hijab too high up on your forehead.

All face shapes are beautiful mashaAllah! be grateful for the way Allah has created you and never wish to be like someone else, there is only one you and you're unique. Allah designed and made each of you individually, in His eyes you're perfect, who cares about what anyone else thinks?

Do have a go at these and let me know what you think, do they work for you? Have I got it completely wrong? Why not even post some of your hijab style tips and pic's to the iHijabi facebook page to show how you tie your hijab and help out sisters that find themselves in the 'It just doesn't suit me' dilemma.

JazakAllahu khairan for reading and I hope the post was useful!


  1. thank you for sharing sis. its a very nice post. :)

  2. salaam sister, can i please send you a photo of myself and u tell me what shape I have??! I'm clueless!!!

  3. Walaikum salaam sis, of course you can and I'll try my very best, if I can't tell you exactly what shape you have I'll give you some tips on what I think will look nice on you iA. Email ihijabi@gmail.com

    1. This post seems like more than a year ago but I would love to start wearing hijab. I just dont.know what my face shape is so can you please help me somehow??

    2. Salaam sis, sure iA. You're more than welcome to e-mail me ihijabi@gmail.com and I can give some suggestions on what you could try out to see if it suits you

  4. Thank you so much for all tips. Unfortunatelly my face looks like full moon...very difficult to look good in hijab, but I wear...Can I send you my photo too? May be colour is important too?

  5. Sure you can, i'll try my best to help iA, wish I could meet you sisters personally and style your hijabs for you lol but i'll do my best to give specific tips from the pictures.

  6. thanx sis for sharing the useful tips plz if u can allaborate about the round face style more it would be appreciated ..jazakallahh

  7. For everyone enquiring about round shaped faces have a go at this tutorial by sister Amena


    [if the link doesn't come up then copy and paste the link into your url]

    I think it would be good for round shaped faces because it's quite drapey and loose therefore narrows the look of your face.

    Let me know how you get on and if it that tutorial works iA (=

  8. now that's what i needed!! being a new hijabi, i'm still struggling with draping and pinning and wearing scarves in a decent way ^^
    i love you blog, keep up the great work (i'm following on facebook too, no stalking i promise :-P )

  9. Lol! So long as you're not a creepy 40 yr old man =S

    I'm glad you like it alhamdulillah, will check out your blog too iA (=

  10. lool i'm a tunisian (not french ^^ ) 21 year old proud new hijabi medical student.. boy that was a lot of typing :-P

  11. yeah, sure, can i know what is it about? that's my email if u want to send me the question form: productivehijabii@hotmail.com

  12. As salaamu alaykum.

    Everyone tells me I have a heartshaped face, but unfortunately, I don't know the right styles. I tried doing the tight "tie on back of your neck" and pull the material over only the hairbun, but it looks awful when I do it. My ears make the sides look lumpy, and everyone else I know who does it makes it so smooth and nice.

    I tried the one showing my underscarf under a pashmina but that makes my head look round. I never do the tie back ones too often because I feel like they make my cheek bones look higher and they tend to get annoying by weighing your head down and pushing upwards making your hair stick on the sides of your head.

    Right now, I do the most common style where the pashmina covers the ends or most of the eyrbrows and make folds on the side and pinning below my chin. When I take pictures, it makes me cheeks look way bigger.

    If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know inshaAllah!

  13. Walaikum assalaam sister, I understand that it can be annoying when your hijab just doesn't wrap the way you want it to, but just be patient inshaAllah. Maybe you're looking too much into it, try a few different styles and don't think too much about how you think it looks (a lot of the time when I have thought my hijab looks really messy or isn't right I get told that it looks nice)

    iA you will find something to suit you. Here are some links for video tutorials of hijab styles you may want to try iA.

    For this one for your face shape maybe try placing the hijab a little higher up to show more of your forehead.


    This one is good if you have a heart shaped face.


    Again the trick is to keep practising. We all have bad hijab days now and then so don't worry!

    I hoped this helps, let me know how you get on with these 2 styles iA.


  14. This is very helpful. Thank you. :)

  15. AsSalaamoe Alayk sister, Yazaak'Allaah ou khayr for sharing this with us haha.

    Sister(s)follow me on; http://hijabseveryday.blogspot.com/

  16. hijabi.sailoress@gmail.com17 December 2011 at 18:37

    i might try the loose style as i've a round face. jazaks

  17. Salaam sister :)

    I have just started wearing a hijab.. its only been a week :)

    Please may I email you a photo of myself so that you could tell me what you think may suit me. It would be much appreciated :)

    Thank you

  18. Wsalaam sis, yeah ofc inshaAllah I'll try to help xx

  19. hii! well i am a 15 year old muslim girl and i am having problems following the rules about clothing but i think i can fix it.. but the main problem is tht . ....i have a round face and it is small so wen my mom puts a hijab on me it doesnt look good so i dont wanna wear it! :( !! i really want to make my family and allah proud but i am having problemss. .. can u help me?

  20. Lovely..Masha Allah.. :)

  21. @the anonymous sister having problems with wearing hijab:

    -Sister you have to firstly learn and understand the reasons for wearing hijab, if you want to wear hijab to look nice or to for other people then that is the wrong reason, you have to want to wear it because its a command from Allah and wearing it pleases Him. Once you are sure of the reasons then you just need to take that step and put it on, experiment with different ways of wrapping it and find a way that is comfortable and simple.

    If you keep in mind that Allah is proud of you when you wear hijab, that you are representing Muslim women worldwide by wearing hijab and that this is how the respectable and honourable women of the past used to be recognised then you will feel proud to wear it. And ultimately thats how you need to feel when you wear it otherwise shaytaan will keep putting these thoughts of 'not looking nice one you' in your head. When you stop seeing hijab as a burden on you and look at it as something that makes you more beautiful by demonstrating your beauty is only for your future husband and close family will you truly experience happiness in hijab.

    I sincerely hope that you do start wearing hijab and inshaAllah soon you will realise that you dont care what people say about the way you look, you will stop getting those whispers from shaytaan trying to persuade you to disobey Allah and take it off.

    And Allah knows best.

    All the best sister.

    With love from your sister in Islam,

  22. Aoa :-) can I please email you my pic so you can tell which would suit best on me. I have a round and bit small face so whichever style I try it doesnt look good on me. I tried the one you shared above and even that didnt look good :S

  23. Aoa :-) can I please email you my pic so you can tell which would suit best on me. I have a round and bit small face so whichever style I try it doesnt look good on me. I tried the one you shared above and even that didnt look good :S

  24. i want ask about oval face is there another hijab make it looking good

  25. Salam sister,
    but i have one question,
    what about if you wear glasses
    then how could u do make the style?

  26. Salam sis =) ,
    Can you give me hijab styles for rectangular-faced / square-faced shape or maybe tutorials ? TQ . May ALLAH bless you .

  27. This was wonderful& really helpful! Thank you sister. :D

  28. Salaam sister, I am very clueless about my face shape. I think it is an inverted triangle but I am not sure. Please can you help me?

    All the best, ????

  29. Salaam Sister, Its seems no hijaab fits me. I am real confused. Is it ok if I sent you my pic so you could help me out????

  30. AOA sister,
    Thanks for this! I am a 13 year old hijabi. I think I'm either oval or diamond faced. I tried to use some of these suggestions but I think that putting my scarf high above my eyebrows didn't look good. I'm always doing the classic wrap around but I'm looking to do something a little different. I want to feel comfortable and confident in my hijab!
    Thanks again, and my Allah (swat) bless you! Ameen.

  31. salaam sis m face is round and my hair comes to my eyebrows am havin difficultties wit hijab i dont want my hai to show can u plz help

    1. Walaykum assalaam sis,

      I would recommend you wear an under cap to keep your hair out of the way and maybe even pin your hair back before you put your hijab on.

      I came across this post by miss hijabi yesterday and the pictures explain quite well how you should wear your hijab so you might want to check that out iA.


  32. Salam alykom
    First of all, I really love your blog, it's really inspiring and helpful, but I could need some help. I know it's quite a long time ago you have written about face shapes and suitable hijabs, and I have read it, but I can't figure out what my face shape is and what kind og hijab I should use. I saw another girls comment and you helped her by seeing her picture, could I send one to you too? That could be very helpful:)

    1. Walaykum assalaam sis,

      Yeah inshaAllah drop me an e-mail at ihijabi@gmail.com and I'll get back to you iA

  33. i wish they had a hijab turturial for the pretty hijabi in the pink scarf! thanks for the tips!

  34. salam sis.. my face is diamond shape.. cn u plz rcmnd me any hijab wrapng mathd suits 4 my face.. bcz i hav tryd wat u r sugst 4 ths type of face bt sis its very hard to undstnd that wrapng systm. cn u pls gv me any tutorial vedios 4 it. thanks sis m waiting 4 ur rply.

  35. can i email you a picture of me because i don't know what shape is my face.im a 14 yr old teenager & im thinking of stating to wear hijab
    hers my email sarasami33@gmail.com
    if u or anyone else has any advice for me please do because im starting highschool & im realy nervouse about wearing hijab + i wear glasses & glasses make me realy ugly but i need them so any tips on that. i realy appreciate it, its my 1st time wearing it in school & im scared people r gonna tell me mean things or tht my personality will change because of hijab, dont take me wrong i love islam & hijab and im proud to be one

  36. asalamu alaykum sister,
    It is funny how I only found this post now but I am really desperate to find a way to wear my hijab that will suit my face. However I'm not 100% sure what face shape I have. People have told me i have a square shape, heart shape, or round shape but I am not sure and don't know how to find out. Is it too late or can I still email you a picture of my face? This will help me alot inshAllah and I hope I'm not wasting you time.

    Jazakallah, and may Allah grant you Jannah for helping your fellow muslimah's on their trials with the hijab. Ameen.

  37. I really love the hijab and the modesty and pride it gives women... my question is, would it be wrong of me to wear a hijab, when I am not Muslim?

    Please do not take this as my being disrespectful, I have full admiration in the Islamic community; I wish not to do it, should it offend.

  38. Adeeba of course its not offensive, Christianity & Judaism also teach modesty and for women to cover their hair & dress modestly. I think any woman who chooses to cover is liberating nd empowering. Go for it sis (= you've got my support x

  39. Assalamu alaykum
    It is the user's guide for complete hijab .. Thank you, may Allah repay all your kindness

  40. Assalamualaikum sister. I just came across your blog and i think you are doing a great job. I am also unsure about what my face shape is. Could you help me detrmine my face shape if I send you a picture of mine?


  41. sis , can i leave one of my picture so that you can tell me what is the shape of my face ?

  42. Assalamualaikum sister...

    I'm a 17 years old girl and I really wanna wear hijab. I just recently learn how to use the triangle-shaped hijab but when I try, I looked so terrible, my chin looks lose its feminity. I already tried to match the hijab for me, but it doesn't work, I still look terrible. So can you help me choosing the best hijab style for me? I'll give the picture of me to you..

    I wanna wear hijab and looks match with my face shape... Thanks

  43. I love it!!! I have a very fat face, do u know any styles and tips for school???

    Salamalakum :))))

  44. Aoa! your page is good! i m in confusion. my face is small and my nose is big. i want to take hijab but this is only reason that i can not fulfilll my will. plz guide me.

  45. asalamu alikum..i want to start wearing hijab..can u plz guide me with the basic things needed..like which styles..how to wear..etc..???

  46. ASOA sister, im very confused on what shape my face is.I can't really tell. i want a hijaab style that is modest and really something for school.

  47. would it be possilbe that u can tell which face shape i have if i sent u a pic ?

  48. Assalam-o-Alaikum, i visited your blog page randomly. I have a same request to you, if i sent you my pic via e-mail would you be able to help me telling what face shape do I have? thanks.. Loving your blog. ^_^

  49. If I email you my pic, will you lemme know what shape it is and which hijab would suit me? :)

  50. I know this is 3 years after you published this blog, but can i stil send u my pic so u can tell me what my face shape is? reply asap here if its fine

  51. Great post. The way Muslims are draping their hijabs in different stylish and trendy ways, even the non Muslims have started opting for scarves. And the availability of beautiful scarf designs at online stores these days has provided a much needed comfort to the people.

  52. Hi, Salam alekum sister! I have been trying on the hijab for years now and I really want to commit to wearing it all of the time but the thing that holds me back is that I feel like my face is so ugly without my hair! I have a very long and buldging forehead, my nose is crooked and ling and my face and head are really tiny :( For years my hairstyle (with bangs) has covered my non-symmetrical face and without my hair I feel very unattractive. Can you help me with this? Thank you!!! I can send you my email address privately.

  53. I really need your Help?? :(
    I had watch so many hijab tutorials but I am still confused what type Of hijab suits me!
    Sometimes it suits but sometimes ahh I look so ugly... :(
    Can u plz help me what should I do :(