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The turban is quickly becoming one of this season’s most ethnic, creative and eccentric fashion pieces.  What I love most about the turban is that it is a fashionable solution to a bad hair day, and it is always a better alternative to the dreaded “satin bonnet” that is only meant to be worn to sleep and not to socialize.  Satin bonnets are the hair care equivalent to sweatpants:  They always look like you didn’t try.  By keeping a few bright and patterned scarves around you can turn a bad hair day into an opportunity to rock a different style independent of your crowning glory.  Don’t know where to start?  Try a few of these simple tying techniques.

1.  Forehead Wrap

The forehead wrap for a turban or headscarf is one of the easiest, quickest looks to achieve.  Gather your hair into a low ponytail or bun at the nape of your neck.  If you have a square-shaped scarf, you’ll want to fold it in half diagonally, corner meeting corner so that you end up with a long triangle.  Take the straight edge and place it in the middle of your forehead, so that the remainder of the scarf and point of the triangle is pointing down at your neck. Tie the other ends into a knot and allow the loose ends to hang free, or tie into multiple knots to nestle the side of your neck. Get all Captain Jack Sparrow on ’em.

2.  Ponytail Wrap or Headband

For this look you can gather your hair into a low ponytail and simply tie your scarf around the base of the ponytail with a single knot.  To accent free-flowing hair or high ponytails, you can fold your scarf up into a band and tie it like a bow around your crown.

3.  Rosie the Riveter Wrap

This look can be achieved by taking a huge square scarf and lining up the corners diagonally so that they make a large triangle just as in the “Forehead Wrap.”  You will then take the middle of the straight edge of the scarf and place it at the nape of your neck so that your hair is lying over the scarf.  You’ll then take the ends of the scarf and tie them at the top of your head lightly.
Afterwards, you’ll then bring that top corner of your triangle and tuck it under you lightly tied knot so that you hair is gathered inside like a bundle.  You can then tie the knot tighter so that your tucked in point stays in place.

4.  African Gele

The “gele” is a part of African culture specifically worn by Nigerians using a piece of cloth called an “aso-oke.” To start a gele, you’ll want to fold your aso-oke or everyday scarf so that the width is about six inches.  You’ll then wrap it around your head so that right side is about one and half times longer than the left.  Push the left side of your scarf in while crossing the right side over, but keep both ends out.  Pull the ends so that the wrap is as tight as you feel comfortable with.  Push the right side in from where it touches the left side without pulling it all the way through so that if forms a bow.  This bow can be moved to the side, front or back.

5.  Rosette Turban

Rosette turbans work best with rectangular scarves with a diagonal fold.  You’ll want to position the long folded edge against your forehead and bring both ends together on one side of your head and tie them into a knot.  Twist one end tightly and spiral it around so that it becomes a “rosette.”  Repeat with the other end and tuck tips into the side of the scarf or use pins to secure.

6.  Crown Turban

The crown style turban is an easy way to achieve a regal, traditional look with your wrap.  You’ll take your scarf and either fold it diagonally as usual or you can use a rectangular scarf to skip this step altogether.  Take the straight edge of the scarf and place it in the middle of your forehead with one side hanging lower than the other.  Bring both sides to the back and switch them between hands, pulling the scarf tightly at the base of your neck.  Take your longer side and begin twisting it so that it forms a thick band.   As you twist gently wrap the band around your head like a crown.  Tie the twisted end with the first end, once the twisted end has reached the base of your neck.

7.  Classic Turban

This final look is an urban version of a traditional Sikh turban.  It will add an element of drama to your headwrap if you want more than your basic bonnet but less than some of the statuesque turbans we’ve seen gracing the runway recently.  You’ll want to start by tying your hair into a bun or ponytail.  Fold your square scarf diagonally into our basic long triangle and lay it on your head so that the top of the triangle is pointing to the center of your forehead and the ends are to the sides evenly (Like in our “Rosie the Riveter” wrap).  Bring the ends to the top of the head with the top point tucked under, only instead of tying the ends you’l want to twist them twice into a knot.  Afterwards bring the ends to the back and tie it tightly and tuck all of your loose ends into the back or front of the turban. Ta da!  June Ambrose would be proud.

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