I first began to lose my hair a few weeks after my first chemo treatment in the dead of winter in Manhattan, so scarf turbans weren’t exactly top of mind. Now that the sun is heating up the city and it’s the first day of Spring, I’ve been practicing by turban ties and top knots with my favorite, one-of-a-kind Duka scarf (also called a Kanga), handmade in Kenya. How cute would it be to rock a turban in a bikini? Not to mention functional. A bald head that rarely sees the light of day and the bright sun do not mix well. Keep reading for four ways to style a turban this Spring and Summer!
1. Classic Wrap and Tuck
Hold the scarf longways (you may need to fold the scarf in half, hamburger style, if it is large) with two fingers equidistant from the middle point. Place the scarf on your head with the center aligned with the middle of your forehead.
Cross the left side to the right and the right side to the left. It doesn’t matter which side is on top.
Pull one side to the front and wrap around your head. Try to keep the scarf in the middle-front of your scalp.
Pull down to tightly secure.
Wrap around to the back of your head and carefully tuck the scarf around the edge. Try not to tuck all in one area as it will create more bulk in the back.
Wrap the other side around to the front-middle of your head.
Tuck the excess fabric of the scarf into the back like so. Again, try to spread out around the back and not all in one place to minimize bumps and bulk.
2. Top Knot Twist
Center the scarf on the back middle of the nape of your neck. Grasp either end of the scarf tightly.
Cross either side of the scarf and pull one end through the hole, like you are beginning to tie a bow. Pull tightly to secure crossover.
Take one end of the scarf and pull to the back of your head and make a “C” with the middle of the letter at the crown of your head.
Wrap the tail end of the “C” around in a circle to meet where the letter began.
Proceed to do the same with the other side of the scarf.
Wrap the scarf around the previously made circle.
Tuck any loose ends or extra fabric into the circle. To help secure the top knot, insert bobby pins around the circle.
3. Braided Crown
Similar to before, start head down with scarf centered at the nape of the neck and either side of the scarf grasped separately in each hand.
Slightly shift the scarf to one side of the head (it doesn’t matter which side) just above the ear and crisscross the two sides of the scarf.
Begin to twist the scarf tightly.
Keep twisting until you have about 5 inches of the scarf leftover.
Bring the 5 inch tail to the front of your head and tuck the excess fabric into the head scarf.
I present to you the “next” flower crown.
4. Twisted Mohawk
You should be a pro at this start now! Start head down with the scarf centered at the nape of the neck and either side of the scarf grasped separately in each hand.
Similar to the top knot twist, cross either side of the scarf and pull one end through the hole, like you are beginning to tie a bow. Pull tightly to secure the crossover.
Loosely twist the scarf.
Continue to twist alllll the way to the bottom.
Wrap the twisted scarf over your head to the back of your head. Make sure to stay in the center.
Separate the very end of the twist and tuck each end into the head scarf.
Cute and edgy!
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