When we came across LaTonya's Instagram, we were instantly intrigued by the "turban/headwrap connoisseur" title in her description. As this week's Turbanista Trendsetter, we had to learn more about her!
What does the headwrap mean to you?
My headwraps have in a way become a part of my brand. Initially, I wore them for utility purposes: I didn’t have time to do my hair so BOOM turban. Since I’ve been wearing them so often it has become an extension to my identity. Headwraps have unwittingly became my personal brand. Acquaintances and coworkers legit don’t recognize me without it.
Headwraps to me means individuality. It means rejecting a traditional standard of beauty; it’s subversive in that sense. And at the same time headwraps are classic. Head wraps are equal parts political and regal.
Are there any turbanistas that you're inspired by and why?
Lauryn Hill has to be the first person that inspired me to wrap my hair. I just remember the inside cover of “The Miseducation” where she is looking into the mirror and her hair is wrapped I was in love. I would also have to say I was inspired, specifically, by June Ambrose because for a long time head wraps were a part of my weekend attire only. She really inspired me to push the envelope so to speak and start wearing my turbans and wraps to work in corporate America and other events. Ambrose is an arbiter of fashion and if she can rock suits and headwraps, why can’t I?
How would you describe your wrapping style?
I tell people you’ll never wear the same wrap twice. My wrapping style varies on my mood. I keep it simple for work and for errand running. I’ll do some type of bow when I’m feelin’ myself, but I typically dress down and have the wrap be the focus. I’m always running late for something so my goal is to have my wrap stay put as I’m racing out the door; I’m all about function over fashion.
Can you provide wrapping tips/advice for aspiring turbanistas? (written answer/favourite youtube tutorial)
I’ve been wrapping my hair since forever it feels. The only advice I have is be confident in your wrap. Some women may be apprehensive to wear them for various reasons, but be bold.
Where do you shop for your headwraps?
When I first started wrapping, I used scarves from Forever 21 to wrap my hair. But then I went on IG and saw TheWrap.Life and was like, “ My people!!” So that’s where I get most of my wraps. I also have a some Nigerian friends that hook me up with material from home.
Which celebrity would you like to see rocking a headwrap?
Teyonah Parris and Aja Naomi King would look dope in headwraps but they ooze dopeness anyway.
To see more of her vibrant headwrap styles, keep up with LaTonya on Twitter and Instagram.