I happen to have an unusually large head to begin with, so that only the largest knitted kippot that I spend time stretching out even more barely fit. But now that I'm growing out my hair to donate for children with cancer, I have yet to find a kippah that fits. And since my hair is long, the smaller kippot that are secured with bobby pins tend to flop around all over the place.

Are there any other type of Kippot one could wear that work well with long hair? Perhaps a turban? I've been wearing a specialty extra large hat but it's my only one and doesn't look particularly religious.

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    Are you just asking for advice about what sort of large hat "looks particularly religious"? Seems primarily opinion based.
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 16, 2017 at 19:15
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    related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/75300/…
    – Loewian
    Aug 16, 2017 at 19:17
  • also: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/37784/…
    – Loewian
    Aug 16, 2017 at 19:23
  • When I had long hair, I wore a regular kippah serugah without significant difficulty. Some chareidi styles might fit better, as they're supposed to stay on without any clips. Aug 16, 2017 at 21:30
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    I'm thinking that you could try a Bucharian kippa. They are quite huge and tend to stay on your head without bobby pins or clips. Of course, there is no requirement to specifically wear a kippah. You could go "all out" and wear a Borsalino!
    – DanF
    Aug 17, 2017 at 17:15

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You can wear a beanie if you can get past the social hurdle of not fitting right in - there is nowhere specified that a Kippah must be worn! It's more of a unity and comfort thing.

The head shall be covered with whatever means necessary.

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    "...If you can get past the social hurdle of not fitting right in" - Well in the Orthodox community having long hair is already against the grain. So he should have no problem there.
    – ezra
    Jul 2, 2018 at 22:36
  • Pretty sure that this is a machlokes whether Kippa is an obligation or not.
    – DonielF
    Jul 2, 2018 at 22:48
  • @DonielF Pretty sure it's just not an obligation.
    – Aaron
    Jul 3, 2018 at 15:27
  • @Aaron Take a look at R’ Moshe regarding wearing a kippa to work - I don’t recall the exact place in Igros Moshe where he discusses it, but I’m almost positive that he brings down that it’s a machlokes between the Taz and the Mishnah Berurah but paskens like the Taz that it’s just a minhag.
    – DonielF
    Jul 3, 2018 at 15:38
  • @Doniel This is a much bigger debate than between those two sources. But the standard Sepharadi p'sak is that it's minhag, albeit a strong one.
    – Aaron
    Jul 3, 2018 at 15:45

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