How to Wrap a Rasta Turban

Updated April 17, 2017

Rastas or Rastafarians, are members of a religious group that emerged in Jamaica in the early 1930s. Rastas wear their hair in thick dreadlocks. Whether you are a new Rastafarian with fresh, young dreads or a dyed-in-the-wool veteran with long locks, you can cover and protect your hair with a traditional Rasta turban. It is easy to wrap a turban, which will keep you cool.

Pull your dreadlocks into a bundle on the back of your head and secure them with a ponytail holder. Smooth down any stray hairs and use hair clips to secure loose or short dreads from popping away from your head.

Lay the scarf across your shoulders so the tails drape over each of your shoulders and down your front. Spread the scarf out so it lays flat and smooth on your back and shoulders without any creases or folds.

Pick up the lower edge of the scarf -- the edge that is lower down on your back, not up by your neck. Bring it over your head until the edge is rests along your forehead. The scarf should now be holding all of your dreads together.

Gather the ends of the scarf at either side of your head and pull the scarf in tight around your head. Twist both sections individually until the fabric feels snug and is holding your hair comfortably against your head. Twist slowly to avoid letting the scarf slip off your forehead while you work.

Bring the twisted tails of the scarf down towards the nape of your neck until they cross each other like an 'X.' Once the tails have crossed, you can spread the fabric so you have wide bands instead of twisted strands.

Wrap each of the tails up and around your head, one at a time so the fabric lies flat on your head. Keep wrapping the tails around your head, crossing the tails at your nape until you only have a few inches left of each one. Tie the tails into a knot to secure the wrap in place.


Try different amounts of wraps and leaving the tails longer or shorter for different looks. You can tuck very short tail ends into the wrapped sections to hide them completely. Tie your dreadlocks up at various positions on your head to adjust the height of your finished turban for a more extreme or discreet effect.


Do not twist the scarf too tightly around your head or you may develop headaches while wearing your turban.

Things You'll Need

  • Ponytail holder
  • Hair clips
  • Dreadlock scarf
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