5 Chic Turban Headwrap Styles - Easy Step-By-Step Tutorial

Bisa Styles
by Bisa Styles
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Today, I’m going to show you five different turban headwrap styles. Turbans, headwraps, or headscarves, whatever you want to call them, are a great option to throw on on days that you don’t feel like styling your hair.

I was wearing a turban in one of my previous videos and got so many requests on how to recreate this look! So, in this tutorial, I'll show you how to tie a turban African style using two different scarves and five techniques - perfect for my short natural hair queens.

Tools and materials

  • Headwraps or scarves
  • T-shirt
Wrapping the scarf around the head

1. Twisted

To achieve this look, take a long rectangular scarf, bring it around the front of your head, and tie it at the back.

Bringing the head wrap ends to the front

You will then have two long pieces of scarf dangling down on each side.

One twisted end pulled over

Take one side and twist it all the way down, bring it across the top of your head, and tuck it in at the back. Then repeat for the other side.

Turban headwrap style 1

Voila! You have a beautiful twisted turban look.

Placing the scarf at the back of the head

2. Topknot

Take a long rectangular scarf and place it around the back of your head with the ends pulled forwards.

Knotting the head wrap at the front

Tie a knot at the top of your head.

Twisting the scarf ends together

Bring the two long pieces together and twist them around each other.

Coiling the fabric around the knot

Coil the fabric in a circle around the knot at the front.

Turban headwrap style 2

Lastly, tuck the end in so that it's not sticking out, and you’re done! A perfect topknot head wrap style.

Turban headwrap style 3

3. Side topknot

This is pretty much the same as the previous style, but instead of tying your knot at the top, you want to tie it at the side for an off-center, asymmetrical look.

Coiling a t-shirt into a ball

4. Twisted updo

For this look, you want to have a bit of volume. If you have long hair, then you're already good! If - like me - you don't, then there are two options. You can either wear a volumizer cap or, if you don't have one, then you can DIY one by taking an old shirt or a pair of leggings and coiling it into a ball.

Placing the t-shirt ball on top of the head

Placing it at the crown of your head.

Placing the head wrap on the head

To style the scarf, bring it around the front of your head, cross the two sides at the back, then bring the ends forward.

Knotting the head wrap at the front

Tie a knot at the front. With the two hanging sides, twist each one and bring them round to the back, where you'll tuck them in.

Turban headwrap style 4

This turban style creates the illusion of long hair underneath the head wrap.

Placing the headwrap on the top of the head

5. Easy wrap

Last up, we have the easiest of them all. First, bring the scarf around the front of your head.

Crossing the ends at the front

Cross over the pieces at the back, bring them up to the top at the front, then cross them over again.

Turban headwrap style 5

Tie the ends at the back and you're done!

Turban headwrap styles

Those are the five African head wrap styles that I have to show you. All these different turban styles are so straightforward and easy to do. Choose a fabulous scarf that you love and wrap away!

Suggested materials:
  • Headwraps
  • T-shirt

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  • Angelina Angelina on Aug 29, 2021

    Even non - Africa ladies did various turban styles in the 40s. I've seen pix of my grandmother hiding her pincurls that way and always thought it looked so cool!