How to Wear A Shemagh

How to Wear A Shemagh: From Tactical to Tacticool Appearance

The shemagh, also referred to as a keffiyeh is an ancient scarf utilized during the Middle East to protect people from sand, dust, and scorching heat. It was popularized by European and American soldiers fighting in Iraq and made its way into the hearts of people throughout the world.

Shemaghs aren’t just an apparel item, but is also an equipment that has many functions. Being aware of the proper way to put on a shemagh could assist you in a wide range of situations.

 Ways to Use Your Shemagh

Protection from Elements

  1. Earthquake. Shemaghs can be tied around your nose and face to protect yourself from dust and debris. It is also used as a cradle for your baby or pet to keep them safe against falling debris and to keep them close to your.
  2. Fire. When there is the event of a fire, it’s beneficial to carry a moist cloth to shield your airway from heat, dust and smoke. Shemaghs are quite large pieces of cloth. They can be used to safeguard your neck, head, upper and lower arms.
  3. Shelter. Put your shemagh underneath your sleeping bag for additional protection from the elements. It may not offer the same amount of insulation as a sleeping pad however, it’s still more effective than nothing.
  4. Sun protection. Keep out of the sun with this light material that is light-colored and draped around your shoulders and head. This can help you keep away sunburn, dehydration heat stroke, and much more.
  5. Protection from dust. Don’t get caught in an apocalypse of dust without proper protection from breathing in dust dirt, debris, and dust. The shemagh is a great option to shield your nose and mouth in any of these terrifying scenarios of survival.
  6. Protection against snow. If you’re in the middle of a snowstorm it’s best to cover all of your skin as is possible to prevent frostbite. Shemaghs can keep you warm as well as protect your skin from harm.
  7. Protection from wind. It’s essential to keep your head and face protected when exposed to the elements since the majority part of the heat in your body can be lost through these regions. The shemagh you wrap over your head can aid greatly when faced with an intense wind chill.

General Survival

  1. Trail marker. If you’ve lost your way or you want to point your way to others of your group that are slightly behind then you can use your shemagh as a marker to show the path. It could also serve for emergency signals or flags.
  2. Firestarter. Utilize small pieces from your shemagh to ignite multiple fires in a crisis. Cut small pieces of cloth from your shemagh. Place them inside a tin container and let them burn until they turn burned. After that you can put them over a bunch of straws in order to make the flame, and then start the fire.
  3. Weapon. If you’re scared of being attacked, create flailing out of your shemagh by placing an object inside one of the corners. It could also be used as a Shepherd’s sling track small creatures from some distance.

First Aid

  1. Bandage. If you’ve injured yourself cut the shemagh in smaller pieces and use them as bandages to protect the injury.
  2. Tourniquet. If you’re in need of something to stop bleeding, in the event that it doesn’t stop by itself cut a section of shemagh and secure it over your wound to stop bleeding from irrigating the wound. Also, make sure to look through our top choices for the most effective first aid kits for more details.
  3. Sling. A dislocated limb, injury, or a luxation may be addressed with an unintentional sling constructed from your Keffiyeh.
  4. Splint tie. If you’ve got an injured limb it is necessary to restrain the limb with a splint to ensure that the bones don’t move much within the wound. After you’ve put together an splint, apply the shemagh to hold the splint into the right place.
  5. Knee pad. A crash from your bike can result in an injured, bruised and sunken knee, but it will lessen if the knee is wrapped in something. A scarf is a great option for these scenarios as does the multi-functional shemagh.


  1. Towel. Forgot your towels at home during you went camping? Don’t worry Shemaghs can help with this role as well. In addition, rain can strike at any time, even in the parking area at your work and keeping a shemagh in your bag will ensure that you won’t be wearing wet clothes for the entire day.
  2. Tablecloth. Are your camping tables dirty? Many campers don’t seem to care about the mess they leave behind. That’s why you might need to cover your table before you eat.
  3. Potholder. The handles of your pots and pans may cause you to burn when you don’t have anything to cover them with So why not use an effiyeh? You could even use it in the kitchen of your office in case a colleague has lost the potholder.
  4. A temporary curtain. If you’re traveling longer than you planned or are forced to sleep in your car at the last minute it could make an enormous difference to have some privacy. Make a curtain out of your shemagh to ensure you’re safe from unwanted eye contact.
  5. Water filter. If you’ve forgotten the water filter in your home, or don’t have one, you can filter the water that you require during your camping trip by using your Keffiyeh. Be sure to cleanse it following.
  6. Water collector. If you are in need of water sources then you’re in the right place. To get water, tie the corners of the keffiyeh onto four sticks, then place a rock in the middle and place a bottle beneath the rock. If it rains it will pour right in the bottle!
  7. Impromptu pillow. Fill your shemagh with dry leaves, grass, or spare shirts, and you’ll have something to rest your head on, and not have to carry an extra pillow in your backpack.
  8. Blanket. If you find yourself without an overnight bag, you’ll probably require protection from the elements over the night. You can use a heavier weight, larger shemagh to make a blanket.
  9. Bag for traveling. Join all the edges of your keffiyeh to create an unintentional backpack.

Selecting the right Shemagh

Now that you know what a shemagh can be used for, transcending its role as a pure tactical scarf, you will surely want to get one for yourself.

Below are the features you need to take into account beforehand, so you can make an informed choice.


There are a myriad of options for shemaghs. Some are heavier , while others are extremely light. When selecting a shemagh be sure to think about what you’ll use it for. If you’re in need of security against cold, or if you’re looking to have a blanket that’s cozy opt for a more substantial shemagh.

However If you plan to utilize your shemagh to shield your body from heat or to make an aesthetic statement then you should consider an easier-to-wear model.


You’ll need a product that’s not easily damaged or break, and has a high level of craftsmanship that can withstand many applications. Sometimes, investing a bit more for a high-quality item, made by a reputable manufacturer can help you avoid a lot of trouble over the long haul.


Since you’ll be wrapping the Keffiyeh around your face neck and head, you’ll need to choose a material that’s soft and doesn’t make your skin uncomfortable.


Select a lighter colored shemagh if you plan to use it during the sun and warm temperatures. Select a darker shade when you’re looking to use it for protection against colder elements.


A larger shemagh could be helpful in all kinds of situations particularly when you’re on a hike or camping trip. If you’re not planning on make use of your shemagh for the above reasons choose smaller size.

The Shemagh

You’ve reached the final step: the best way to secure your shemagh! There are many stylesthat are employed for different reasons.

The Traditional Dress

This is particularly good to protect yourself from elements, dust and fire. It protects your nose and mouth.

Steps you have to complete are:

  1. Make a triangle with your shemagh.
  2. Cover your forehead by folding it over Place it on your forehead. Make sure that both ends are equal on both sides and right.
  3. The right part of your shemagh beneath the chin and then move its tip towards your left side , and then over your left shoulder. Keep it in place using the left side of your hand.
  4. Place the left-hand face of the shemagh above your face with your right hand, and then pull it towards your right. Make sure your mouth and nose are completely covered.
  5. Attach the two ends using a the knot that you tie in your hair behind your head. Be sure that the knot is tight enough that the keffiyeh does not drop off your nose. But it shouldn’t be too tight as you need to breathe.
  6. Adjust it to ensure it’s at a comfortable level. If you don’t have the scarf covering your mouth or nose, but only your head then pull the lower portion down. If you don’t want the cover for your head at all you can pull the top portion down as well and you’ll get a lovely-looking scarf.

The Tactical Wear

In contrast to the previous method of tying the keffiyeh which is better suited for protection against weather This method offers more protection from dust storms and debris because it has more material that covers your airways.

To apply the style of tact,

  1. Create a triangle out of the shemagh.
  2. Place the edge of the shemagh that is folded on your forehead and cover it until it’s right in the middle. The next time, ensure that the right edge is larger than the left by about half.
  3. Pick the left side up and put underneath your chin. Hold it with the palm of your left hand.
  4. Place the right hand across your mouth and the nose with your left hand.
  5. Continue to wrap the longer portion over your head until it reaches the bottom of the left portion of your shemagh.
  6. Make a knot , or two knots to secure the ends of the shemagh, and then secure the scarf around your nose and mouth to ensure that it won’t fall. Also, take care not to knot your knot in a tight way, else you’ll be unable to breathe comfortably.
  7. Adjust to your comfort, making sure that the shemagh isn’t falling over your eyes and cover the airway. Because of the different style of wrapping, you’ll be unable to transform the shemagh into simply a scarf or headwear.

This is the cool Scarf Wear

If you’re looking to enhance your clothes and maybe making a statement with your attire then you should consider this technique for tying your keffiyeh.

To make use of the style

  1. Create a triangle with your Keffiyeh.
  2. Cover the cut edge folded of the keffiyeh in front of your nose and mouth and ensure that your lower half of you face will be covered by just one side of your triangle and the remaining two corners cover your right and left sides of your face.
  3. Make sure you wrap the right and left edges to your neck’s back and ensure that your shoulders are fully covered. join them in the form of a knot. It’s important to note that the knot should not be too tight that it becomes impossible to breathe. It should be tight enough, however it shouldn’t be too loose so that the keffiyeh isn’t able to hold.
  4. The two ends should be placed in front of you to rest over your left and right shoulder, and then over your left. If you wish to cover the ends, tie them in another knot in one of the corners on your keffiyeh.
  5. Fold the edge of the keffiyeh – – the one that used to cover your nose and mouth. This way, you’ll have the casual clothing you’re looking for.

A Cowboy Scarf Wear

Another fashionable style that you can choose to wear when you tie a shemagh however, it’s best suited to stormy conditions, or for children who require a sturdy, long-lasting neck scarf should they have to worry about it often.

To apply the cowboy look,

  1. Create a triangle with your Keffiyeh.
  2. The edge of the keffiyeh folded over your nose and mouth to ensure that the lower portion of your face has been covered by just one side of the triangle and the remaining two corners cover the right and left sides of your face.
  3. Use the right and left sides in the neck’s back Be sure your shoulders are fully covered. put one corner on top of the other without knotting. an untie.
  4. Place the corners of your chest towards your chest, crossing your left and right shoulders each, and join them with the form of a knot. It is important that the knot doesn’t be tight enough that it makes it difficult to breathe, but it shouldn’t be too loose that the keffiyeh won’t stay in place.
  5. The rest of the fabric in front should be folded into your top or jacket to ensure a secure appearance. Do not bother with this step if are looking for a casual appearance.
  6. Fold the fold of the keffiyeh – – the one that used to cover your nose and mouth. This way, you’ll be able to put the final touches to the look you’re after.

The Bandana Wear

If you’re searching for scarfs that have protection for your nose and mouth with minimal effort it’s the one for you.

Here are steps to do:

  1. Make a triangle from your shemagh.
  2. Cover the edge of the keffiyeh folded over your nose and mouth and ensure that the lower part of you face will be covered by only one of the corners and the remaining two corners will cover your right and left sides of your face.
  3. Make sure you wrap the right and left corners over the one in the side of your neck, however, don’t tie them.
  4. Bring both ends of the rope towards your chest, and cross them over the other to bring them all the way to your back.
  5. Connect these two ends with the knot. It isn’t too tight or too loose.


There are a myriad of creative and fascinating methods to use a shemagh for example, as a clothing item as a weapon, bag, or as a baby wrap. It can be transformed into a tactical scarf or an item that can be used for multiple purposes.

A multi-purpose piece of equipment such as shemagh to keep in your bug out bag bag, or the trunk of your vehicle is a wise option.



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