Monday, 19 November 2012


I have been promising to do a turban tutorial for a while now, well finally here we go.
There really aren't any hard and fast rules about this, just get a feel of what works and how the wrap feels and looks on your head.
Before you can start experimenting with what your style is, try my tips first until you are comfortable and have developed your own instincts.

Step 1:

You will need a square scarf. A square is much easier to work with than a rectangular scarf. If you can find a triangle scarf that is big enough to cover your head then that's great too.

Start by laying out your scarf on a flat surface..

Step 2:

Fold your scarf into a triangle as shown below. Is you are working with a rectangular scarf your triangle won't be perfect, just ensure that you have three sides after the fold.


Step 3:

Next you need to put the cloth on your head, such that you have two sides that you can tie comfortably on top of your head.


Tie the two loose sides on top of your head; you can tie it on the side so that your turban hump is not directly on the center of your head.

It depends on you how tight to make it, just make sure its not too tight that you get a headache. If you are working with a silk scarf like me here, you may need to tighten a bit more to strengthen the grip of the silk on your head. Cotton is the best fabric to use, its breathes so you are no too hot and it stays put.

You have two choices here, you can take the two strings and tie them in knots on the top part of your head over and over until the strings are short and can be tucked in easily; or you can do as I have here and tie the two strings at the back of your head. This ensures further that the scarf stays in place.

Step 4:

You are now left with one string/ piece in the front of your head; This will need to be tucked in. There are a number of ways to do this, if you want a hump then loosely tuck in on the top of your head ensuring that you don't pull too much and you leave a soft high hump.

Alternatively, you can go for a flatter top, if you do this correctly it can look like you are wearing a slip on turban rather than one you made yourself.

So grab that loose piece on top and pull it to the back, making a nice ruffle on top so that it is not too flat. Tuck in the piece at the back of your head on the edges to the turban, if it doesn't reach that far back; then pull the front piece back as far as it can go and use one of the two pieces you tied at the back earlier to create a knot with this piece. Once the knot is tight the head wrap will feel firm and in place.

As you continue to experiment with the turban, you'll find better ways to wear it and you'll soon realize that each scarf guides you as to how to wear it.

Below are pictures of how I have worn the turban before.
I hope this helped, and remember a turban look is not complete without the right amount of attitude. 

This is an example of a rectangular scarf that wont be a perfect triangle  therefore I opted to ties the two strings on top over and over creating little knots until I could tuck everything in. So no strings go to the back here, everything is nicely tucked in at the top. 

I did the big hump slightly on the side here, this scarf is very big so I could tuck the top piece at the back of my head whilst still leaving the hump nice and high. If you use a smaller scarf the turban will mostly likely be flatter and the bigger the scarf the more volume you can get.


About the scarves:

- The blue scarf is from Forever new
- The black and white scarf is from Mr Price
- The brown scarf is from Woolies
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