Behind the Screen: Hijab styles and spring!

Behind the Screen

The weather is warming up quite a bit and over the last few days it has been in the high 30’s which has really lifted my mood.

I’ve been really busy with work and plan to get back to filming more hijab fashion videos and hijab style tutorials, but I wanted to know if there are any specific topics you’d like me to talk about on video or even certain hijab styles?

A very generous reader sent me a book of hijab styles from Egypt that I plan to incorporate into the tutorials, but I have to admit some of them look a little odd and seem like they’ll take up too much time.

I personally am not a fan of over-the-top hijab styles because they don’t look good unless you’re going to some super fancy party or are a tween, and I honestly don’t have more than 3 minutes to get ready without someone needing something from me it seems. 🙂

But I guess that’s where things differ at least in the U.S. versus the Middle East.

I’ve noticed that overseas hijabis seem to go all out especially in Egypt (correct me if I’m wrong) but then again fashion overseas is bigger.

When I used to go to Lebanon for the summer to visit my dad’s family there was a saying that it didn’t matter if you lived in a shack, the Lebanese will always be dressed to impress.

And it was true.

I saw families who barely had enough to put food on the table, but you better believe those girls were going to show the world how good their clothes and hair and makeup were. Boy did I feel like a slob!

That was back in the day though when I was still in high school. I wonder how it is now.

I’m guessing to some degree it’s the same (obsession with outwardly appearance) but there are just more girls wearing hijab.

What do you guys think? If you live overseas what do you think about the hijab style scene? Is it over the top?

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Read below for more on my workout plan:

**For those of you wondering about my workout success… over the last few weeks all I have been able to do consistently is to do 30 minutes of walking 4-5 times a week with the occasional visit to the gym where I do weights and running.

How are you guys doing with the workout stuff? I’m hoping now that the weather is getting nice to start running again by the lake.

This article has 7 comments

  1. klodja

    A salsm alakum thanks for ideas wearing hijab l like l m a new muslimah and this videos help mi to match i wich you good lucki

  2. kelly

    I think fabric makes a bigger difference than style imho.

  3. Mariam Sobh

    Ciara I’ll investigate and try to see about a loose hijab style. If you haven’t seen the kuwaiti style you can read about it here:

    That’s a pretty loose one that I’ve seen some girls wear.

    Thanks for the fitness tips Kelly and Ciara.. I have to admit though that I can’t stand videos.. I don’t know why lol maybe it’s cause I feel like I never have enough space to move around haha.

  4. Ciara


    I’m a new hijabi and this will be my first spring/summer wearing hijab. Perhaps you can do videos showing how to tie the scarves loosely without showing ears/neck? I’m thinking the humidity will not be my friend. Also, something more than just the standard maxi dress/cardi look I keep seeing?

    On the weight note, I can attest to the mini trampoline. I have a Norditrack one from Sears and it does make you sweat. You may also want to try ‘the firm’ with the resistance bands (if you see a dvd on sale at discount store like Burlington, grab it) . It looks easy, but it’s not.

    Good luck!

  5. kelly

    I found it at walmart. A bonus is it folds in half! Also comes with resistance bands and a video (have not tried those yet though) so would be perfect for smaller condos.

  6. Mariam Sobh

    @ Kelly LOL that’s so typical hahahaha..
    Thanks for ideas for some of the videos and yay on the trampoline what a great idea! I think I should try that out.. where did you get it?

  7. kelly

    It’s not just hijab fashion, it’s fashion in general lol. My husband’s uncle’s wife said my shoes were “mish helu” last time we were there (Jordan). (Translation not pretty). I wanted to tell her they were comfy at least but didn’t know the word for “comfortable” lol.

    Maybe you could do sth like “the look for less” like they do on style? or hijabifying celeb looks.

    or how to look like you spent a lot of time when you spent 5 minutes.

    or how to make a daytime look for night time.

    or frumpy to fabulous.


    good for you on the workout.

    i lost a few pounds. (about 5). i bought a mini trampoline and jump on it wwhile dd watches an episode of yo gabba gabba. then she watches another episode where I wildly wave one pound weights around curls presses etc). who knew 1 pound weights could make your arms hurt?!

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