Head Covers and Turban Tying for Women
Wear knitted caps or bandana triangle cloths from hairline to hairline, cover all hair except sideburns. Have cap or bandana behind your ears, a cap may hurt after a time if over the ears. You want either rather snug to activate pressure points.
F74 Turban fabric is softer and lighter than anything else. It breathes well too. Lengths may vary according to the style you wear. 12 foot is small, 15 ft medium, and 18 feet long. You can use any length and even a 9 foot for someone who wants to start very small.
Stretch them on diagonal with someone then fold it. Tough to do it alone. You can hold one end in a drawer or lie it on a bed if absolutely necessary, slow and sloppy method. To fold stretch the fabric and fold in half, let the free ends hang down and shake them out even. Fold in half again and again until it is the width you like to work with 3 to 7 inches with 4 or 5 inches typical.
One person hold and other one fold over as you roll it up, keep it tight. To wash it spread it out completely and hand wash, rinse well. Place a towel across the shower rod and stretch the turban across it. If it is too long fold it or overlap it. Stretch gently to smooth out any wrinkles and when you are done there will be no wrinkles, so it will stretch and roll easier. Never fear, if it is crinkled you can stretch it out as you wrap it by pulling tight. It will dry in about 2 hours. If it is really hot out you can put it on damp and it is very refreshing.
Start with a 4 inch to 1 foot piece of turban fabric over the left side of the head and let the folded edge of the fabric cut across the center of your head at the hairline or barely below. wrap tightly hugging all the right ear inside and just below the hairline in back to cover all the cap. Cover the left ear next and come up the face to create a perfect V which aligns with the nose. Now wrap in back but smooth out the bottom first wrap and overlap to secure the bottom piece. Wrap it high and when you come to the front the turban is tight and secure.
The rest is determined by what style do you like. Predominantly that is a wrap of about 1/2 inch all around and winding up the head. Keep the V's clean and ado not let the second V cross and cut the first V. When you get to the last wrap then wrap it high so about 1/2 the fabric is above the prior wrap. This allows for easy tuck and roll. So angle the last 6 inches to make it look finished and tuck 3 to 5 inches down inside the turban as far as you can tuck it. Tuck it in a way that it won't create a lump or lopsided turban.
Remember Kundalini Yoga is for balance, so is the turban! Where it tucked deep start "tuck and roll" process and make it smooth all around and the height you like. The cap grabs the tucks and keeps them in better than any other inner fabric I have seen. Varying finished styles--Angle the wraps back as you go for a more swept look or upright for a taller look. You can keep the V's even if you alternate the wraps high then low then high again and keep doing that. That technique needs a longer piece of fabric, 15 to 18 feet. It is also a little slower and harder to keep the ends tucked smooth so I do the fast way described earlier. Longer fabric brings the energy up more and you can use any length or style variation you like.
If you see a turban you really like ask the person to show you their method. Most people are delighted to demo and share their method. When you are done you can put a turban pin on with a nice Adi Shakti that has the middle blade cut through the center infinity circle.
I have turban pins too, some big Adi Shaktis. They run $130 to $200. Smaller ones are less powerful but are $75. Really feel the extra boost of the pin. Brings people's eyes up to your crown and not down below the face. :)
The turban feels like a face lift and brings energy up as if you just had a 3 hour nap. Really nice at end of the day. I like to tie it where the students can watch and it encourages discussion of benefits of headcovers and turbans.
When you remove it -- just lift it off like a hat. Leave flat and the next time you put it on it is already folded for you. Start with the prior tucked section and you will have the other side out, nice and clean. :)
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Jaap Kaur Khalsa