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How To Tie A Turban For Women

By Cathy Mercer

The turban is a type of head covering. While it is usually associated with men from Asian countries like India and with certain religions such as Sikhism, women can wear it too. If you know how to tie a turban, you can instantly lift any outfit from ordinary to fabulous.

As a fashion accessory, the item often brings to mind screen goddesses from Hollywood’s golden age, like Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner and Elizabeth Taylor. It’s been around for much longer, though. The model in Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ would not have been so striking if it hadn’t been for the luxurious blue and white fabric she had wrapped around her head. More recently, Kate Moss, Eva Mendez, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez have all worn glamorous versions at red-carpet events. Even Queen Elizabeth II has sported the look.

Add bold jewelry for an ethnic look or wear the wrap with an evening dress for a dramatic statement. It’s also great for bad hair days. In fact, many women wear the item when they’ve lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

There are many turban styles and different methods of tying the fabric. For the most basic version, you need a large scarf in a square shape. Fold two opposing corners together to form a triangle. Then lean over a little, place the long side of the fabric against the back of your neck and take the ends towards the front. Let the other end hang over your forehead. Tie the two ends that you’ve brought forward together on top of your crown.

Once you’ve made the knot, twist the loose ends a little and tie them back again, making a knot at the nape of your neck. Fold the pointy end back over the knot on your head and tuck it in. You can either tuck in the loose ends at the back too or let them hang free for a more relaxed look.

For an African-inspired variation of the method, tie the ends together on your forehead but instead of taking them back towards the nape of your neck, wrap them around the knot you’ve created. This will leave you with a big, dramatic knot on top of your head. Tie the ends and tuck them in or leave them in a bow shape. If you want, you can now push the knot towards the side of your head.

There is another variation that will leave you with a neat, more subtle turban. Instead of knotting the two long sides together on top of your head, simply twist them twice around each other. Then tie them back and tuck in the ends. Fold back the pointy end at your forehead and tuck it underneath the twisted fabric.

Vintage shops often sell premade versions dating from the 1960 or 1970s. You simply wear these like you would a hat. If however you want to know how to tie a turban from any piece of fabric, you only need to look online. There are many tutorials on different methods and styles. You’ll also find online inspiration for how best to wear the look.

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