Once upon a time, June Ambrose was the only woman who would be caught in a turban on the red carpet but that’s not so anymore. Turbans have become a hot hair accessory that makes much more of a statement than any other head scarf scene on a woman and it’s an absolute savior on a bad hair day. You can dress a turban up for a cocktail or formal event or you can dress it down for a day at the beach, the distinction is all in the fabric. If you want to go the easy route, you can always opt for a Velcro style, but if you really want to play with this look and make it your own, you’re going to have to learn how to tie it up yourself. Here’s how:

  1. If you have long hair, tie it in a small bun toward the front, center of your head. If your hair is short, you’re already good to go. (FYI, you can also rock a turban with your hair down like the fabulous Iman)
  2. Take a piece of fabric and fold it in half into a triangle. Place the scarf on your head with the center point of the triangle facing forward and the sides hanging down each of your shoulders, like it would if you were wrapping your hair at night.
  3. Making sure most of your hair is covered, take the fabric at each side and bring them to the top of your head, twisting twice to create a knot so that the scarf fits your head but isn’t too tight.
  4. Depending on the length of the fabric, you will either take the two sides and tuck them into the back of your head and tie it tightly there, for a simple style (tuck in the triangle at the front of your head); or you will bring the fabric to the back and wrap it back toward the front again, crisscrossing the fabric in the back each time.
  5. Once you have the right amount of fabric for your desired height in the front, bring the ends forward and center. This is where you get to play. You can do a simple, loose knot here, tuck in the ends and fluff for a small hump in the front (Iman). You can tie two knots together and let the remaining fabric stick straight out. You can also stack knots one on top of each other, for a tall crown that’s most reminiscent of June’s styles. You can also take the remaining ends, tie a couple of tight knots at the front, twirl the remaining ends, and then start wrapping them around the knot, crisscrossing back and forth. When you can’t wrap anymore, tuck the fabric in the back and you’ll have a turban style like Solange rocked on her Paris vacay.

Check out fabric stores for cool patterns to wrap your mane in this summer. Gingham is big this time of year as are ikat prints, tapa, and chinle.

Have you tried the turban look?

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