How to Tie Ankara Turban-Style Gele Headwrap: Video Tutorial and Steps

We’re loving the ankara turban-headwrap trend, so much so because it’s versatile – looks good on almost any type of outfit, from simple to luxurious and even looks good on english-wears.  Ankara turbans are also easier and quick-to-tie than the traditional Gele.  But then, to do a fashionable turban-style ankara headwrap fit for a special occasion or wedding, you need style inspiration. Scroll down to for step by step video tutorials on how to wrap a turban Gele with ankara fabric.

Video #1: 5 Different Styles to Tie Ankara Turban Headwrap (Tutorial)

Video #2: Big Front-Knot Ankara Turban Headwrap Tutorial

What You Need:  Ankara / Wax Print Fabric – from 2 or 3 yards and more (if you want a bigger turban). Oh, by the way, you can use any type of ankara to achieve the African turban head wrap style – the dutch wax print (vlisco hollandais, woodin), uniwax, daviva, hitarget, ABC wax… anyone at all would do.

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Fun Ways to Rock a Nigerian/ African Ankara Turban

  • Tie an Ankara turban scarf on an ankara gown or skirt-and-blouse;
  • Wear it on denim/ jeans to turn up your casual wear
  • Tie your ankara turban on an office or church outfit – trad or English wear (just be sure to find a matching or complementary colour Ankara fabric to go, or use the same exact material if you’re wearing an Ankara gown or skirt-and-blouse or Ankara wrapper-and-blouse)
  • Can you wear Ankara turban headtie to a wedding or an owambe party or with an asoebi outfit? Absolutely, yes, you can draw inspiration from the pictures below of Tiwa Savage in this picture

picture of women wearing ankara turban headwrap scarfs

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Turbanistas: Top Ankara Turban Gele Fashionistas

Every Nigerian women, in fact every African woman, has plenty Ankara wax print in different forms and styles, and there’s always a piece of fabric reserved for tying a Gele, and so we’re loving this new Ankara in turban style currently making waves on Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.  The above video tutorials will show you how to do beautiful ankara turban head-wrap styles.

When I think of ankara turban gele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie comes to mind. Ankara fashion turban head-wrap has become one of her signature look everywhere she goes (Nigeria or abroad) and whatever she wears (native or English wear). That babe reps Naija 24/7, and we love her for that. Lupita Nyongo and Solange (Beyonce’s sister) occasionally step out rocking Ankara turbans.

These Fashionista looks amazing in the tribal head wrap.  Arewa/ hausa babes are also top on the wearers of Ankara (atampa) fabrics – we love them because atampa is a big part of the Hausa asoebi (for women) and bridal fashion. Our arewa fashionistas also love this Ankara turban fashion trend.  Hellooo, every African woman loves adding fresh new style to their headtie game.


Ready-to-Wear Ankara Turbans (and Where to Buy them)

Do you know that the ankara turban is now available in neat, ready-to-wear form? Yes, it is and sold by Abeke Makeovers (check them on Instagram and on their website) – they come in a lovely box and easy to tie just they way you wear a cap, and they ship Worldwide to buyers. Some other Nigerian Gele artists also have the ready-made version of ankara turban, but Abeke Makeovers has some of the best. She calls her ready-to-wear headgears ‘autogele’.

FUN FACT: Did you also know that ankara wax fabric is also called kitenge, chitenje or khanga in some African countries. From this side of the World you’d think that people everywhere call ankara wax print by the name ‘ankara’.

So, if you are invited to a wedding, and you don’t want to rock the regular Gele, now you have a simpler and quicker alternative. That’s it on this tutorial on how to tie the ankara turban gele head wrap – ensure to replay the video and practice some more until it sticks. Now, leave us a comment below to tell us what you think of these new styles of tying gele we’re seeing on stylish wedding guests.

Photo Credits: Instagram/@abekemakeoverlimited | @nhn_couture | @poshbelle__makeupstudio | @officialstephperez | @arambemakeup

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