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Women wear headcoverings for a variety of reasons. Most of the coverings we sell are designed for Christians who veil according to 1 Cor. 11; some other reasons to wear a covering are to cover hair loss or other medical reasons, or for historical reenactment.
Christian women who wear coverings might have differing practices concerning the covering: One may wear a covering at all times, day and night; others during waking hours only; some only when leaving the home; some at home only; and others only during prayer or worship. Some may want a large covering to cover all the hair, others see the covering as a symbol of Divine order, convictions concerning plain-ness or modesty may be a factor as well.
When considering a headcovering, think about your reasons for wearing one. That will help you choose the best covering for your particular needs. Consider comfort, ease of wearing, and also your particular social or occupational situation. If you are a member of a church (or seeking membership in a church) that has a particular style of covering, we encourage you to submit to your church's rule. Ladies in your church can help you find or make a covering that fits well.
Differences in head shape and size, how the hair is worn, hair type, hair bun shape, hair bun size, and hair bun placement are all variables in how a headcovering will fit. Even a small difference in one of these variables can give a different look or fit. For this reason, not all coverings will fit everyone the same way.
Some covering types are more versatile. Most plain hanging veils (such as our Charity Veil or Darted Veil) will fit most ladies in a similar way because of the loose and adjustable design. Traditional Caps, though, have a more fitted design and will fit different women differently.
The best tip I have for any type of covering is to wear your bun high and make your bun as flat as you can. You can read tips about bun making on our How To Make A Bun page. The way your hair is worn can greatly affect the fit of a covering and how it looks on you, so try different buns. Most buns take practice to make them nice, but keep at it and it will get easier.
You may want to try a few different styles of coverings, or talk to others to see what has worked for them. Maybe you could exchange or share coverings with your friends to see what works best for you. What doesn't work for one, may work well for another!
Securing Your Headcovering to Your Head
Many bonnets and fuller Traditional type coverings do not need any special methods to secure - just tie under your chin. But some coverings, particularly veils, can be slippy on your head. Here are some ideas to help make sure your covering stays in place.
* Use clippies. We sell 3 colors: white, black, and dark brown. You can also paint clippies with acrylic paint to match your covering color.
* Many Traditional Cap styles are secured with straight pins: Place clippies at the top and sides of your head, put on your covering, then pin through the covering edge catching the clippie with the pin. The straight pins are small and thin and therefore are not very evident. Some use this method with hanging veils as well, and it is also very helpful for small coverings like chapel veils.
* Sew the "hook" side of Velcro to the under side of the brim or veil edge. The "hooks" catch your hair and help prevent the covering from slipping.
* Buttonholes can be sewn in the brim lining layer of a bonnet or snood type covering or in the brim facing of a veil. You can then secure hair clips to the brim and your hair without the clips showing.
* For those who wear their hair down, try putting your hair in a ponytail or braid, then put the covering on. This may help with some styles.
* Hand sew two small hair combs to the underside of the brim or veiling edge. They slide into your hair when you put the covering on and may help prevent slipping.
* Hand sew a headband beneath your veil or bonnet.
The content of the above information is based on personal experience and also tips posted on Candle on the Hill. Used with permission.