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Old 12-16-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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I'm not Muslim, so I don't know if I should be answering this, but hijabs can be tied and draped for aesthetic effect and fashion trends. A voluminous, plumped up hijab is a particular style. (Yes, you can be a modest Muslim woman and still care about fashion.)

I think some women have a lot of hair and can either ponytail it or bun it in such a way that when a hijab is draped over it, it looks like there is "a backpack or purse in the back of their head", as you put it.

Also, there are volumizing hijab/hair scrunchies or hair donuts if a Muslim woman doesn't have a lot of hair and/or she wants extra volume. They are big poofy scrunchies that are made from a thick chenille or some other poofy material similar to that used in shower poufs.






It's basically the same concept as any hair volumizer product/insert in mainstream culture. A lot of the big, fancy updos you see on formal occasions or on the red carpet or on the TV/movie screen have been augmented with products similar to the above. See:





Then there are products like the Bump It:




And crown volumizing clip-on hair extensions:




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Big hair. Big hijab. Same concept.

Women, no matter how culturally different, have more in common than not.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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They appear to have something the size of a backpack or purse in the back of their head. Some are larger than others. What is it?
I wonder what they keep in those big handbags they carry around.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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Hair- some women have more hair than others.
Lol yeah hair, duh haha
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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A friend of mine lives in Jordan right now. She tells me the style there is to put the hair up then wrap it in a scarf, making them seem to have giant heads. Then the girls wear skinny jeans and long-sleeved tops with ultra high heels, and finish off the look with big Jackie Onassis sunglasses. She says they look like aliens walking around in skinny jeans and high heels.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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Many muslim women have long, and often thick hair, both of which create volume. Also, when worn in an "updo" style, it will make the scarf pouf out more, too--a look which I think can be very flattering.
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Old 12-25-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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I wonder what they keep in those big handbags they carry around.
Big handbags? Anything and everything from smartphone, I-Pad, cosmetics, pepper spray, to their miniature dog. I carry my money, cards, hairbrush, cell phone, lipstick, but my Labrador retriever just won't fit .
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