The Headscarf

I wish she would turn around with the wrap around head scarf
Gail Ingis is wearing a flat head scarf fashion saving her hair
from the damp weather

Headscarves are fashionable. Especially on a bad hair day. I’ve been practicing wearing them. With my long hair, a bad hair day can crop up anytime, like in damp weather. Whenever I saw anyone wearing a scarf on her head it reminded me of the old kerchief that I wore when I was a kid to keep warm. The kerchief is also known as a babushka. My grandma wore a babushka and that’s because she didn’t know how to tie a scarf into something more. There were no ski hats, she had to wear it to keep warm. I remember the mountain ladies in Portugal. They all were wearing babushkas. It’s cold and damp where they live. Besides, the women were hardworking and didn’t have time to fiddle with the making of fancy headgear.

Gail Ingis is wearing bow type head scarf fashion

It takes some ingenuity to fancy up the scarves for your head. You can wear it flat, or with a big bow, or even like a turban if your scarf is long enough. I began learning how to create a stylish headscarf on a cruise ship a couple of years ago, but the one with a bow is a recent concoction. Besides hair scarves being fashionable they are a conversation getter, you know, people want to know why you’re wearing the thing on your head, and you can easily meet new friends when explaining .

Sophisticated women don’t wear babushkas. In fact, they usually wear hats, like the heroine, Allie Baldwin, suffragette, in my historic romance book, The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin–Gilded Age Heiress—she wore jaunty hats like the British Fascinators or wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun off her face. She walked her Great Dane in Central Park, and loved spending time outdoors, the big hats were utilitarian. In writing this, I realized that maybe I need to tell her about the headscarf. It would be a great way to tame her wild red locks..

Doing a little research, this is what I found:

“Since ancient times, across so many cultures and for myriad reasons, women have covered their hair — an act tied up in competing notions of freedom and oppression.” By Liana Aghajanian  Dec 20, 2016,

About gailingis

Gail Ingis a tough blonde from Brooklyn, writes history and romance. Gail’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and Master’s studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons), she worked in interior design and architecture, and founded a school of Interior Design. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. Currently, she sits on Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees, and serves as the curator of art exhibitions. Prior to her debut as an author, she illustrated a book for Deborah Galiley, "Seeking Paradise" that can be found on Amazon. Also a professional artist, her varied paintings are an extension of her illustration work in design. Gail spent long days and nights dallying in Coney Island, the inspiration for her project of beach and boardwalk scenes. She is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers.)
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3 Responses to The Headscarf

  1. sueberger3 says:

    Fascinating. Thank you.

  2. viola62 says:

    Very interesting!

  3. gailingis says:

    Thank you for your comment. Viola.

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