A friend of mine recently asked me how to pin bridal dupatta’s at home. I’ve pinned my dupatta without the help of a “professional” on two occasions and Alhamdulillah it stayed in place.
Step 1: Creating the Puff
Use a bumpit. Dear Bride, it is your friend.
When setting your dupatta, you want to add a little bit of height at the front of your head to gain a better shape and setting of the dupatta. A bumpit is perfect to add height. Bumpits come in a few different sizes – I used the middle-sized one. If you have fine hair and the bumpit is visible through your hair, don’t worry! Your dupatta will cover up everything.
Note: Do a trial run with your dupatta and bumpit. If you place the bumpit too close to the top of your hair, your head will appear cone-shaped. If it’s too low, it won’t create the right amount of height. Practice!
Where to buy a bumpit: I’ve seen them at the dollar store ($2) or at an “As Seen on TV” store. They come in different colours (black, brown, blonde) so buy one that matches your hair. Duh.
Alternative: Tease your hair. Instead of using a bumpit, you can tease your hair to create a “puff” and then place your dupatta on your head.
Step 2: Drape Your Dupatta
Once you have your desired hair height, place the dupatta in the style that you want to wear it. Be sure to check the length of the dupatta on each side.
Step 3: Pesky Pins
The tricky part.
Pin the dupatta on the side of your head first. The best type of pin to use is a sewing pin (see below). Try to get a sewing pin that has a small and clear head – making it barely visible on your dupatta. At my baat pakki, we were a little frazzled and couldn’t find enough sewing pins so we used a bobby pin on one side. The bobby pin was really visible but the sewing pin looked non-existent 🙂
Step 3: Pinning at the Shoulders
After pinning at the side of your head, pin your dupatta to your shoulders. This helps keep the dupatta in place. Use a small safety pin – pinning from the inside of your outfit.
Step 4: Lift the Weight
Last step – pin your dupatta at the upper to mid back to keep the weight balanced. By pinning the dupatta at the back, you’ll help prevent it from sliding off the top of your head. Use a slightly bigger safety pin than you used on your shoulders.
Step 5: Check
Check yourself out. You know you look good! 🙂