Wearing a turban is a cute way to deal with a bad hair day, or just a style to get your hair up off your neck in the summer.

I’m going to use the same method on two different sizes of scarves here to show you the difference scarf size makes. The smaller the scarf, the closer to the head the finished look is.

All you really need for this tutorial is a cute scarf, but if you have a lot of hair you might want a hair tie and a few bobby pins.

I’m going to start with the smaller scarf, this size is ideal for people with less hair to work with. If you have a ton of hair, you’re going to have a hard time fitting it all under there, so I would suggest skipping to the bigger scarf tutorial.

Start with a scarf about this big, this one is about thirty inches by thirty inches. Fold the scarf in half so to create a big triangle.

Flip your head over and use your fingers to push the hair away from the neck. With the triangle facing downward, place it at the nape of your neck and pull it forward.

At this point you can keep your ears tucked under, or leave them out. Making sure all your hair is underneath the scarf, tie the ends of the triangle together now. The knot should be just above your eyebrows.

Flip your head back up, and you will look insane, but it’s okay. Gotta break a few eggs to make a beautiful omelette. Push your hair back away from your face and into the folds.

Now take the top of the triangle and tuck it under the knot in front. Pull the turban up closer to your hairline.  Now tuck the triangle into the sides. This is what gives it the shape you want. At this point it’s just tucking and moving and pushing and pulling it into the shape you desire. You can leave a little hair out at the front by pulling the fabric back and pushing it forward to create some volume. The idea is to have flatness on the sides and back and more height in the front and top. If something falls out just put it back. For a messy look you can leave some pieces hanging out of the side.

And there you have the small turban. The larger turban is only a hair more complicated.

The larger turban is essentially the same thing, but you have more fabric to work with so you will end up with a much bigger look. This scarf is about fifty-six inches by fifty-six inches. This size is ideal for people with a lot of hair, but works just as well for people with less hair who want to make a bigger statement. If you have a lot of hair, I suggest putting it into a bun on the top of your head, keeping it as close to the head as possible. Securing stray hairs around your face with bobby pins.

Fold the fabric into a triangle. Flip over, push the hair forward and place the scarf in the center of the neck with the triangle facing down. Pull your ears out from underneath the fabric, or leave them in, it’s a personal preference. Take the corners in front and tie them just above the eyebrows. Make sure all the hair around the face is tucked up under the scarf.

Flip up now. Tuck the corner piece underneath the knot in front.

Take the fabric coming out of the knot and wrap it around the head, making sure to keep the wrap low on the head in the back. You can tie in the back if you want. Tuck the end into the opposite side. Repeat on the other side.

Tuck the top triangle piece into the gap between the fabric and the head. Keep on tuckin’. Sometimes hair will fall out, but just push it, push it real good. Keep shaping the fabric until you achieve the end result you desire and everything feels secure.

I like to pair the turban with a pair of big earrings. And there you have it! A fast, easy look that will have everyone asking, “How did you do that?!”

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