9.22.2011

How to tie an easy turban

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This scarf is just one of those modern cotton (or in this case rayon) scarves that are everywhere, in every color, made from jersey and generally worn in a cowl style around the neck. I love these things, and I love the cowl look, but am always a bit disappointed because that's the only way I ever see the scarves used. They're so versatile! 

So here's a little tutorial on how to wrap one into a very sleek turban, but this is just one way! Play with it a bit and you'll find endless possibilities! 

Center it flat on your head... 
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...twist the sides a bit... 
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...then bring the sides up, cross...
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...and twist.
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Bring down on the sides... 
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...and around the back. 
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Then bring the ends up and tuck into the twisty top bit, where the arrow is.
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 Pull out the top middle portion, the bit under the twists, and stretch forward.  Photobucket

Pull up and above the twists, and tuck.  Photobucket

  And there you have it! Don't even need any pins! Perfect for bad hair days ;) Photobucket


37 comments:

Rueby... said...

How long/wide are these scarves...? I have big square ones, and the long rectangle ones that are about the size of a beach towel....that kind is too wide/thick for this :(

Solanah said...

The long rectangle ones are best, they should be fine for working into a turban, as more volume can just be an added bonus, however this one is just a thin stretchy jersey, so not too much volume.

Bell's Belles Vintage said...

love this look great tutorial!

art deco dame said...

hmmm I need to go through my hat box of scarves and see if I have any that would work well for this!Love the look.

Polly said...

it's always the twisty bit that gets me - often falls off my head! thanks for this though :)

Peachy Keen said...

I have just started wearing my silk scarves as a turban. Your way made it seam alot easier and i may try a jersey scarf next time as silk just slides everywhere! Great post, thank you!

Jade

http://91peachykeen.blogspot.com

Heichelbech-Weill Genealogy said...

I like this way of wrapping. It's somehow a bit more glamorous. I'll have to try this soon.

Hannah said...

Fabulous, more mustard I see! x

Laetitia´s said...

This is a great way to make a turban! I love it!

xoxoxox

Swell Dame's Parlour said...

Thank you so much for posting it!!!!

KizzyDoll said...

So cool, will give it a try!! xx

Kestrel said...

Very smart - I like it! Your mustard accessories are making me think that I must introduce some mustard into my wardrobe too!

Dashfield Vintage said...

Aren't they fantastic! I have been tying my hair up in a turban like that (when it's not behaving itself) for years now.s

Emma Robertson said...

Oh I love this. I have several of these scarves that I never wear any more, I'll try to wear them like this!

xo,
Em

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I've been wanting to figure out how to do this for so long! Thanks - have just added the tutorial to Pinterest.

Brittany_Va-VoomVintage said...

I love the color!! I did a tutorial like this, using a sqaure scarf, folded into a triangle and it worked really well as long as the scarf wasn't too slippery. I think mine was silk. I'll have to keep my eyes out for a rectangle one like this. The added bulk at the front is so cute!! x

Katrin said...

That one looks quite easy, thanks for showing :). I´m afraid I need to buy one more of these scarves in a proper color. The two I have are rather unvintage.

Annuschka said...

excelent tip! :) I'll try to do it

lady liquor vintage. said...

i loveeee the colour, & it looks gorgeous on you! don't think i'd have the confidence to wear one, though..

xoxo.

Dakota said...

Whoa, this has changed my wardrobe's life! I have a million of those long scarves (relatives always give them to me for presents) but I don't care for the "cowl" look myself, and now I finally have a fabulous use for them. Thank you <3

The Glamorous Housewife said...

Great tutorial! Im going to have to try that one. Here is a link to a vintage scarf tutorial I did a while back: http://talesofaretromodernhousewife.blogspot.com/2009/08/hair-scarf-tutorial.html

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

French Press VINTAGE said...

I can't wait to try it out.

Sean MacKenzie said...

I have the cutest pink and brown scarf and I think I'm going to have to try this sometime with it! Thanks for the tutorial!

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

This is a wonderful tutorial! x hivenn

Seaside Studio vintage jewelry said...

Thank you!! I have always wanted to know how to tie one of these.
Love it.

Laurence said...

If you find a good scarf iy's quite easy to be able to do a nice turban, but I have numerous vintage scarves with which I cannot do anything!!!! This color is really good on you... not so suitable for my blond hairs...

Sarah said...

I love this idea! I have hundreds of old scarves from the 40s and now I know exactly what to do with them! I wore this turban style yesterday and unfortunatly was ridiculed and made fun of the whole day by my family. They thought it looked silly. I was so mad! It's super cute! They just don't know anything do they?

Sarah said...

Genius! Thanks for the tutorial, I've always wondered how you pull it off :) x

Bright Young Twins said...

Looks so fab! I'm gonna by me some burgundy velvet and give it ago. Thanks for sharing! Hope you're well darling. A xx

Seaside Studio vintage jewelry said...

Thank you! I always wanted to know how to tie one of these!

thebluebirdsang said...

Hi Solanah,
I've just come across your blog, and you have inspired me to start my own! I just wanted to say how much I love your style and your sweetness! I'm so glad I discovered you.
Clara

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ConstantlyAlice said...

Do you pull your hair back first? I have long-ish REALLY thick hair and I find it doesn't behave when I try to wrap it..

Solanah said...

Yeah, I pin my hair up first, evenly so there's no big lump like a ponytail

starz said...

I don't know what kind of scarf this is so please can I have the measurements so I can make one myself.I don't think that fashion made it here in N.Z.

Mrs.M said...

Fantastic! I love the look of turbans, most of them I find online are a bit cheapy looking and wont hold my hair. I always use scarves for headwear. Since most of the time I use slippery fabric, I just pin the back of the scarf to my head while wrapping,then take it out when Im done.

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Aimee said...

I just tried it and am having real difficulty with the first couple of steps... the bit where you lift up the sides and twist - it just doesn't stay on my head :( It worked once, but I couldn't do it again! Any hints?