Thursday, August 22, 2013

Summer Scarf Turban Tutorial

Do you know what I hate about a turban? Nothing.

And if you have curly or wavy hair, too, then you need to start scribbling "I <3 Scarf Turban 4eva"  on the back of your spiral notebooks because you are about to meet your soulmate.

My renewed love of the turban actually started with my friend Holli, who was a bridesmaid in my wedding and, coincidentally, has some of the most glorious hair you will ever see.  In high school I wanted to make a pillow out of it. Sounds gross, but that's only because you've never felt her hair.

Back in June, Holli emailed me to tell me that her hairdresser suggested she start using a t-shirt towel to dry her wavy/curly hair instead of a terrycloth towel (google "hair plopping".  No, really, that's what it's called.). After looking to buy one online she actually ended up making her own t-shirt turban out of a (wait for it........) t-shirt, sewing the seam by hand like a boss.  She thought it would make a great diy project for Ducklings In A Row (diy! and hair! double rainbow!) and so she sent it along like the awesome, thoughtful, fabulously-tressed friend that she is.

Eager to try it out in the hopes I'd have worthy of making into a pillow, too, I decided that instead of sewing my own t-shirt turban, I would improvise with a 100% cotton jersey scarf that I bought a million years ago from Old Navy, tying it into a turban on my own.

It worked. And so began my post-shower, turban-tying ritual (which my husband loves), and which has extended into my post-beach-swim turban-tying ritual (which my husband loves even more).  Did I say loves? I meant "is mortified by". My bad.

What You'll Need

- a scarf: if you're using a long, rectangular scarf like mine, do nothing. If you're using a square scarf, simply fold it in half into a triangle.

What You'll Do

1. Place the center of the scarf against the back of your head (if you're using a triangle, place the middle of the long, flat side against the back so that the triangle point is on the top of your head). Slowly move your hands inward, gathering the fabric as you go until your hands are about 8 inches apart.

Curly-haired girls: the point of the t-shirt turban is to allow your curls to dry with the least amount of friction/rubbing/frizz induction possible, so you would do step one upside down in order to capture all of your hair inside the turbanIf your hair is long, you can gently gather it in two "pigtails", similar to where my hands are in the photo above, or you can gather (or "plop") all of your hair in the fabric that's atop your head, sort of like a basket.

2. Cross one side over the other...

3. ...and then cross another half turn in the same manner we made the U-shaped knot in the headband tutorial from yesterday.

4. At this point you can simply tie the two ends behind your head, although I like to add a little "flourish" by twisting the two ends before I tie, creating what appears to be a more finished edge along the bottom of your turban.

5. then simply tie in the back, either in a knot with the ends tuck up or loose, or even a big bow.

What do you think?

Ps - today is my beautiful mom's birthday! I've got a #tbt photo up on my Instagram feed in honor of my best friend, maid of honor and mama. Love you, mama! Happy birthday!

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