Headcovering & Complementarianism

30-Second Headcovering Styles, and Why Hair isn’t the Covering

Here’s another new YouTube video, which shows headcovering styles you can do in thirty seconds and gives an explanation of why I don’t think hair is the covering 1 Cor. 11:1-16 has in view. I know the video is a little blurry; I think it must be because my computer’s camera isn’t the best quality, so sorry about that, and thanks for bearing with me! I’m having so much fun creating these videos!



14 thoughts on “30-Second Headcovering Styles, and Why Hair isn’t the Covering

  1. Lovely video, Jessica! You’re doing a great job. I enjoyed your video very much and learned quite a bit from it. I’ve used only the halved-square (knotted, with clips) type. If I have the opportunity, I’ll try some of the others sometime!

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    1. Thanks, Diana!
      Let me know how the different styles work out for you if/when you end up trying them–I’d love to find out!
      The styles I demonstrated are very easy. I’ve seen tutorials with more complex types of coverings, but I’ve never been tempted to try them. I’m more of the “if I can’t do it in less than a minute, then forget about it” sort of person, ha, ha.

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      1. Oh, and I wanted to tell you! I’ve been checking out a coverings website called Liturgical Time (geared more for Catholics, but coverings apply to both) – they have such lovely things!! But anyhow, they offer the option of requesting a comb to be sewed onto their headcoverings when you order them, and apparently that allows the looser-fitting coverings (like infinity scarves, or veils) to be worn more securely. I thought that was a pretty good idea! As it is, I’d never dare to wear the looser styles in public, or for church – the usual reason – TODDLERS. But I thought that was a neat idea!


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      2. I looked at the site, and they do have a lot of pretty coverings! I’d actually seen this site before, but it had been a long time since I’d visited it, and I never noticed that they had the comb option, which I agree is a good idea!

        Something which is new on their site is the headcoverings with ties, in a “headband” style (even though they hang down over the neck and don’t look at all like what I think of as a headband). I like most of the coverings, but I think those are my favorite. They wouldn’t get in the way, and are more informal. Our church is a “jeans and T-shirt” type place, and even though I would never attend the meetings in such getup, neither do I overdress and get all fancy, since I would stick out like a sore thumb.

        Thanks for the great info!

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  2. Nice VTR.It is so good that your daughter joins with acceptance of headcovering.Explanation of the doctorine using baby doll without hair made me smile.

    God bless you and your sweet daughter!

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  3. What a lovely video. Jessica, your daughter looks just like you. Triangular scarves (square folded in half) are considered traditionally Eastern European Slavic: Russian,Ukranian, Belarusian. But in those places, women tie the scarves under their chins, unless they are doing a lot of work then they will tie it on the back, just like you did.
    When I wear tube scarf, I tuck it in on the back of my head.
    I love the way you put on the rectangular scarf on.
    This past Sunday our church had an informal devotional at a camp. Women who usually wear the head covering during formal services did not cover their heads. However, my best friend also covered her head: she was wearing a baseball cap and I had a scarf on. It was the first time when I wasn’t the only one who had her head covered during an informal church meeting.

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    1. I’m so glad your friend joined you! Maybe the other ladies weren’t prepared and didn’t have their coverings with them?

      Thank you for telling me about the Eastern European scarf-wearing tradition! I don’t personally like to tie the scarf under my chin because it makes me feel like my throat is restricted. But, I suppose that if it were really cold, then it might help keep me warm!

      Also, your point about tucking the tube scarf under is a good idea. I could only do that if I made a bun first, though.

      Thanks so much, Irina!

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  4. Great to see more women covering!

    I, like Irina above, am Slavic, and an Orthodox Christian. We all still cover when in church or praying. It is good to see others embracing something that is so important to us. Irina is right, we mostly tie our platoks (scarves) under our chins, which is most practical since our worship is very participatory and we move around a lot (to the point where most of our parish’s don’t even have pews! We do a lot of bowing and prostrations, so another thing that is very useful are the no-snag safety pins.

    My go-to style is to take a long, rectangle scarf, put it over my head in the middle, and then fling the two ends over each shoulder. I usually affix one directly under my chin and then another on one or both of my shoulders to keep the ends of the longer rectangle scarves from falling forward.

    God bless!


    1. Thanks for sharing such useful information! I always love to hear what other women use to cover, and what the headcovering practices are in their country. It does make me feel less alone, and is a great encouragement!


  5. Covering for Mass and for prayer is very much ‘returning’ to the Catholic faith after some decades of being rejected.

    There is also a growing discussion among devout and conservative Catholic women about covering more generally.


    1. My mother in law is from Mexico, and she is Catholic. When my husband told her about my blog and how I try to encourage other women to cover (she’d already seen me use one), she answered that she had asked her priest about it, and he said that covering was a cultural issue, and that even though the Catholic church used to practice it, they don’t officially require it anymore. I was surprised. My husband then ventured, “But didn’t my abuelita (grandmother) cover every time she went to Mass?” Well, yes she did, but apparently, people have changed their mind about it. I’m glad that you are not so willing to compromise.


  6. Very sadly there is a lot of feminist influence in the Church and a myth that head covering is in some way oppressive This has lead to a lot of false information and ‘convenient’ interpretation of Church teaching.

    For 1900 years Catholic women have covered for prayer because God’s teaching is that we should. 50 years of feminism does not change that.

    I have an ever stronger conviction about covering full time. But my husband discussed it first with our priest before allowing me to do so.


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