How to Tie A Turban- Part 2

how to tie a turban

I’ve never been a big fan of headpieces, like hats or beanies, however when it comes to head scarves, it’s a whole different story. In addition to my fave red lipstick and chunky statement jewelry, I find the turban to be just as glamorous because it can easily add a touch of drama to your basic jeans and T-shirt or even your little black dress.

Although there are several different ways to rock a turban/headscarf, I basically only wear it in one of three ways. The Top Knot Bun Turban is my favorite style and in second place comes the classic turban style.

how to tie a turban

If you have a TWA (teeny weeny afro) or short hair in general then you’re already one step ahead the rest of us because turbans work especially well with small afros. But…if your anything like me—rocking a full head of hair then you’ll want to start by tying your hair into a low bun or ponytail. I also wear this style when my hair is in a protective style like flat twists.

Below is a step-by-step guide to tying the perfect turban using a lightweight rectangular scarf
(you can also use a square scarf to achieve this, but I personally prefer a long, rectangle scarf).

turban fashion

1. Start off by folding your scarf in half lengthwise or if the scarf is already the perfect size start by just holding up the scarf lengthwise.


2. Line up the center of the fold with the base of your head and pull the scarf forward. Hold the front of the scarf securely.

how to tie a turban

3. Next separate both ends and tie a knot to secure and begin twisting together.

Turban- How to

Turban Tutorial

4. As you are twisting you should begin wrapping it into a bun at the top of your head, and just keep wrapping and twisting. When you get to the end, tuck the loose ends of the scarf under the bun to secure and hide.

How to tie a headscarf

& this is how I achieve this turban style.

 How to tie a headscarf

How to tie a turban

headscarf fashion

stripe handbag stylishlee

retro sunglasses stylishlee



  1. November 24, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    • November 25, 2014 / 10:31 am

      i send my heart back to you too. thanks you

  2. May 18, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Hi. Love the tutorial. Is it ok to use it for my newsletter?

  3. Cierra
    December 31, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if it’s appropriate for a white woman to wear this? Or would it be wrong/ cultural appropriation?

    • January 1, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Hey Cierra, thanks for stopping by! This one is always a tricky subject to tackle, but I personally think it’s okay for anyone of any race to wear a turban. But it is also important to pay homage to artistry and ideas while acknowledging their origins. Often times cultures are appropriated for eg. costumes during Halloween, which completely removes the original meaning. Culture is more than just a new style or trend. So I think it’s always beautiful to be able to admire another culture but to truly appreciate it I think its also important to understand the cultural significance within that groups community.

      • Cierra
        January 1, 2017 / 7:44 pm

        Okay, thank you for your prompt response! I was wondering because this is similar to how I put my hair up in a towel. Which I love because the towel doesn’t come undone nor pull on my hair. I usually forget I even have my hair in a towel lol! So, I was wondering if I could do this with a different material than a towel and wear it as part of my outfit. It seems very practical but I didn’t want to just do it because I don’t know if there is any cultural significance to this particular style. I’ve looked but haven’t found anything on it though. I have found that other wraps and even the material used in other wraps have cultural significance. So, I figured I would ask.
        I just want to look presentable even though I’m a hot mess mom lol!