Remember my first attempt with wrapping a scarf-braid around my head? I promised to let you know what happened with a braid with more different strands. Here's the result, with a five-stranded braid, using 5 different scarves (some quite thin, as I didn't want to turn into the braid-head monster):
tutorial here, which is very easy to understand and to carry off.
I secured the first end with a hair clip, while I braided, then brought the ends together at the back of my head and used a hair elastic, covered with a scrunchie, to secure the ends. The tails have a lot of bulk, rather reminiscent of a decorative head-band I saw on a little girl at shul recently- it had lots of ribbons hanging down in the back.
My impression was that it looked sort of like we imagine the Medieval period (rather than like what it was actually like, which I'm less sure of).
It's fun, and it's something you can make in advance, then take off, and slip back on later. Good perhaps for packing to transform yourself from work clothes to something more festive.