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14 Books about Headscarves, Headwraps, Bandanas and Other Headcoverings

If you're obsessed with head coverings as much as we are, you won't want to miss these must-read books about headscarves, bandanas and other types of head coverings. We've listed the best ones below including how-to and DIY books; historical, cultural and political books; and fiction and children's books.

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How to Tie a Headscarf: 30 Simple, Modern Styles

Published 2019

By Alice Tate

Description: This book features 30 stylish ways to wear a headscarf. With easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, the book shows you just how versatile the headscarf is for any hair style or texture.

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That's a Wrap!: The Step-by-Step Guide to 29 Easy and Elegant Head Wrap Styles for Women in Chemotherapy

Published 2018

By Lou Gideon

Description: Written specifically for women facing chemotherapy-related hair loss, This book teaches the reader a variety of step-by-step head wrapping plans using detailed color photos.

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Headscarves, Head Wraps & More: How to Look Fabulous in 60 Seconds with Easy Head Wrap Tying Technique

Published 2016

By Kaye Nutman

Description: This book teaches you how to tie compliment attracting head wraps in no time at all.

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Love in a Headscarf

Published 2010

By Shelina Janmohamed

Description: When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected it would be the journey of her life. Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more about herself and her faith. Along the way, she learns that sometimes being true to her religion means challenging tradition, while readers learn much about Islam that may surprise them.

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The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States

Published 2018

By Bozena C. Welborne

Description: This book investigates the social and political effects of the practice of Muslim-American women wearing the headscarf (hijab) in a non-Muslim state. The authors find the act of head covering is not politically motivated in the US setting, but rather it accentuates and engages Muslim identity in uniquely American ways.

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The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy.

By Tom Rinaldi

Published 2016

Description: Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.

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Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times

Published 2016

By Jeremy Gardiner

Description: Have you ever wondered why some women cover their heads in church, while men remove their hats? Have you thought about what this practice means and where it came from? It's not something that was picked up from the surrounding culture. Instead, it comes directly from 1 Corinthians 11 (in the Bible) where this practice is explained in surprising depth. In fifteen consecutive verses, the Apostle Paul explains and defends the practice of head covering. He appeals to apostolic tradition, to the created roles of men and women, to angels, to nature, and to the church's exclusive position on this topic.

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The Man in the Red Bandanna

by Honor Fagan

Published 2014

Description: When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red bandanna, which he always carried with him. On September 11, 2001, Welles Remy Crowther saved numerous people from the upper floors of the World Trade Center South Tower. "The Man in the Red Bandanna" recounts and celebrates his heroism on that day. Welles' story carries an inspirational message that will resonate with adults as well as young children.

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Headwraps: A Global Journey

Published 2003

By Georgia Scott

Description: This book retraces the dizzying year the author spent travelling the globe in search of headwraps. She researched headwrap styles, documented their folklore, and snapped photos wherever she went. The result is a stunning collection of images and anecdotes of a remarkable journey to chronicle our mysterious and fascinating efforts to cover our heads.

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American Bandanna: Culture on Cloth from George Washington to Elvis

By Hillary Weiss

Published 1990

Description: This book traces the history of the bandanna, describing how the images pictured on them reflect over two hundred years of American life.

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Crochet Slouchy Beanies & Headwraps

Published 2013

By Leisure Arts

Description: These stylish beanies and headwraps by Lisa Gentry stitch up in a weekend or less! You'll enjoy creating the exciting fashions with pretty shells, cables, ripples, and more. Patterns include adult sizes small/medium and large/extra-large, with sizing instructions for getting the perfect fit. 10 projects for Beginner to Intermediate skills, to make using medium or bulky weight yarns: Basic Beanie, Shells Beanie, Cables Beanie, Newsboy Beanie, Lacy Beanie, V-Stitch Beanie, Ripples Beanie, Lacy Headwrap, Single Crochet Headwrap, and Split Headwrap. BONUS: Online technique videos.

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Published 2014

By Sharlee Dayne

Description: Girls and teens will love making and sharing these sassy headwraps. If you know the basic crochet stitches, you can make one today and wear it tonight! Be creative with your favorite colors of medium weight yarn to coordinate the fun accessories with all your outfits. The flowers are perfect for using up yarn scraps, and you can create extra flowers to wear as pins or add to scarves, handbags, or other accessories.

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Milly & Roots: The Headscarf

Published 2019

By Rodrigo Gómez Claros

Description: In this delightful read-with-me children’s book with an important message, a group of imaginary root vegetable friends guide a little girl through her questions about differences, life, and others around her.

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Layla's Head Scarf (We Love First Grade!)

Published 2009

By Miriam Cohen

Description: This story highlights a challenge that many children face in today’s multicultural environment. Layla, a new girl in first grade, wears a headscarf but it does not take long for the others to welcome her. Ronald Himler’s watercolor illustrations give the first graders distinct characteristics and provide a realistic portrayal of a first grade classroom. (Part of the We Love First Grade Series)

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