Kids Corner


The Turban Clinic



There are salons to advise one about hairstyles.

But what about salons on how to wear turbans? And to keep up with the latest trends?

A unique salon in Amritsar, Punjab, has the answer to this. Called The Turban Clinic, it advises Sikh youth on how to tie the perfect turban and what style will suit them.

The clinic has devised as many as forty ways of tying the turban. Patrons can pick the style that suits them the best, according to facial structure, height and nature of work.

Advice is also given on which colours to use, depending on complexion. A specially-designed software, Smart Turban 1.0, is used for this. The customer's photo is downloaded into a computer and various turban styles superimposed on the image, and selected.

And, if you want to learn the art of tying a turban, take the help of Turban Tutor 2.0.

The salon is the brainwave of Amritsar-based lawyer, Jaswinder Singh, to promote turban-wearing among Sikh youth. Many now prefer to shear their locks in order to look "trendy". Also, those who aren't permitted to do so, wear caps to escape the "tedious" exercise of tying turbans. Singh says his service is free.

The venture has already become a success, he claims, as young Sikhs throng the place in the evening to take lessons.

"We try and evolve new styles for everyone, because the traditional three styles of tying turban of Majha, Malwa and Doaba regions, now look archaic and conservative", he says.

Officials at the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, the supreme religious body of Sikhs, feel that lately, the turban has come under attack from various quarters. France has banned religious headgear, including turbans, in public schools.

In fact, post-9/11, many turbaned Sikhs were mistaken for Muslims and attacked. This has led to fear of lowered esteem among turban users. Also, there is a perception that a majority of girls prefer clean-shaven Sikhs. So, Sikh bodies are taking various steps to restore the pride of place turbans have always occupied.

Jaswinder Singh explained: "The basic purpose of the clinic is to stop the youth from shearing their hair, as this goes against the basic tenets of Sikhism. This is one of the most serious challenges confronting Sikhism today".

But, he adds that the youth can't be entirely blamed. "Take a glamour industry like films. A young Sikh man would have trouble finding a role in mainstream films as a hero, unless he takes off his turban, cuts his hair and shaves his face. Those who wear turbans in films are often used to provide comic relief. They are shown as provincial, uneducated and amusing. This has bruised the feelings of the community".

Jaswinder Singh, who is running an organisation called Akal Purakh Di Fauj ("The Army of the Timeless One") to work for Sikh causes, says, "The turban is an integral part of the complete look of a Sikh. We're just trying to inspire Sikhs to look smart, without relinquishing their turbans. We want them to realize that their turbans only add to their looks".


January 6, 2008

Conversation about this article

1: Shawn Singh (Oxford, U.K.), January 07, 2008, 6:03 PM.

This is wonderful! Keep it up! When I go to Amritsar, I will be sure to stop by and see which style suits me best. As of now, I wear a Keski or African style, but am considering changing it. Thanks for this service!

2: Khushwant Singh Virdi (Pune, India), January 07, 2008, 8:43 PM.

This is fantastic. Just what the doctor ordered. He should start a chain of turban salons. Girls/women should know that there is no comparing the machoism that goes with the turban. The turban exudes royalty.

3: Kabir Singh (U.S.A.), January 07, 2008, 9:12 PM.

Keep it up! We need more of these across India!

4: Ravinder Singh (Remington, IN, U.S.A.), January 07, 2008, 9:39 PM.

Chardi Kala, Jaswinder Singh ji. We would like to start a clinic here in the U.S.A. also.

5: Ravinder Kaur (Delhi, India), January 07, 2008, 10:35 PM.

This is a great step! Must open more outlets or try giving franchises in other cities as well.

6: Jasvinder (Jammu, India), January 07, 2008, 11:01 PM.

Veerji, first of all, congratulations to you for your beautiful cause. Please post your address so that people can come to you from other places too.

7: Harinder (Banglore, India), January 08, 2008, 12:17 AM.

Let us make this a global project. One in each major city ...

8: Sarjit Singh Khalsa (England), January 08, 2008, 1:26 AM.

These are beautiful colours.

9: Prabhjot (Amritsar), January 08, 2008, 2:01 AM.

I am really glad. This is much needed in Punjab ... and everywhere else. I am proud of you. God bless you. Can someone post the address of the clinic, please?

10: Mandeep (Delhi), January 08, 2008, 2:43 AM.

It's really great to read know about The Turban Clinic. I would love to see you open one in Delhi.

11: Jasdeep Singh (Nangal, India), January 08, 2008, 2:54 AM.

Better late then never! I would like to congratulate the people behind such a novel and unique service. I think there should be a similar camp for Sikh girls. We need to enlighten them about Sikhism too, if we want to perpetuate this religion.

12: Baljeet (New Zealand), January 08, 2008, 3:11 AM.

A good start for a good course. Perhaps Sikhs in other nations will consider trying to do the same. It is an impressive venture. Many youth are shedding the external symbols of the faith ... such clinics could help revive awareness and commitment.

13: Manwant Singh (Delhi, India), January 08, 2008, 3:57 AM.

Job well done. We as Sikhs are proud of your efforts. We hope our leaders will endorse your wonderful work. We need to motivate the youth to be proud of their identity and wearing turbans.

14: Parvinder (Gurgaon, India), January 08, 2008, 5:36 AM.

Great Work. Good innovation. Keep up the good work. I think cricketer Harbhajan Singh can learn something from this act.

15: Prabhjot Luthra (Chandigarh, India), January 08, 2008, 6:00 AM.

Eh jaan kay mann bahot khush hoya. Jay ho sakay taan, please post the address of this clinic.

16: Sunny (Dewas, India), January 08, 2008, 9:21 AM.

This is the right way to teach the young how to wear a proper turban. I wish you could open a clinic in Indore (Madhya Pradesh, India) ...

17: Kulvinder Singh (Gurgaon, India), January 08, 2008, 9:43 AM.

On foreign shores, this project should be taken up simultaneously with Punjabi teaching schools. Let us get going, Khalsa ji, and wear our identity with pride, as the "American" Sikhs do in North America ...

18: Amarjeet Singh (Delhi, India), January 08, 2008, 9:59 AM.

Very often, badly trimmed persons are seen in turbans. They should be discouraged from wearing the turban and requested to first improve their appearance otherwise.

19: Major Bhupinder Singh Daler (San Pablo, California, U.S.A.), January 08, 2008, 1:05 PM.

I strongly feel like saying "Why did'nt I think of it", but I'm glad that you did. I'd like to get hold of the two software programs that you mentioned and open a free clinic in North California. Can someone please post more info about it?

20: D.S.Sidhu (Vancouver, Canada), January 08, 2008, 4:14 PM.

It's a timely gesture to teach our youth to tie neat and tidy turbans ... and feel proud and glorious ... keep it up.

21: Manjeev Singh (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.), January 08, 2008, 6:06 PM.

Why didn't I think of it? How about adding a beard-dressing class on the side? We could certainly use the software here in Atlanta. Keep up the good work.

22: Amrik Singh (Delhi, India), January 09, 2008, 3:21 AM.

The concept is wonderful. Keep it up. Even I am keen to devote myself for this kind of a venture. How is it possible to extend another branch of this clinic in Delhi?

23: Harpreet Singh (Dubai), January 09, 2008, 10:00 AM.

Keep it up. We need these centres to teach our young boys how to manage their beards, dress them up properly if they so desire, help them select which style of turban suites them, etc - all of this will boost their self-esteem, self-image and self-confidence and prepare them for the outside world.

24: Surjeet Singh Rawal (Montreal, Canada), January 09, 2008, 7:50 PM.

Wow. This is a wonderful step taken by S. Jaswinder Singh. Keep it up. And do your level best to open more such clinics all over India and across the diaspora, please.

25: Darleen R. Dhillon (Berkeley, U.S.A.), January 09, 2008, 11:09 PM.

Hmmm - why is this now an issue? My late husband, Sulakhan Singh Dhillon, told me that a man learns his turban-tying style from his mama jis (mother's brothers) - so that his style actually reflects that of his naanke (mother's family). I am sad to learn that in our modern age, this link is forgotten, and young Sikh guys cast about for an image to copy, and find it wherever - as seen on your web page.

26: A. Singh (U.K.), January 10, 2008, 7:51 AM.

To all those who have dificulty dressing their beard: try using fixo, brush the beard farward, apply a small amount of fixo, then brush back, use a hair dryer to dry when shaping the beard with the brush, gather the beard at the bottom and twist it into a knot, if possible, and tuck it in. Once again, use the hair dryer. Wrap/tie the "thatha" under the chin up and over the head, so it's nice and tight, apply hair dryer to speed up drying. Then take off the thatha. And a tip: if you are uncomfortable when it dries and sets, put some oil over the beard to "relax" it.

27: Jaswinder Singh (Chandigarh, India), January 10, 2008, 8:22 AM.

This is great seva for Sikhi. So, keep it up, and thank you. Tuhaanu chardi kala bakshey!

28: Prabhu Singh Khalsa (Española, New Mexico, U.S.A.), January 10, 2008, 11:09 AM.

It definitely seems like a unique and fun way to promote the turban. I can't agree with the other commentators about "dressing" the beard. The best a Sikh can get is to leave it open and natural, just as the Guru did. Nothing else is needed, just nature. Also I hope that those wearing turbans are not proud of "machoism." If we are going to promote the turban, we should promote the Sikh qualities of daya, sat, santokh, nimrata, pyar. That's what the Guru's bana represents, despite people trying to hijack the bana and use it to intimidate, judge, and promote machoism.

29: Rajwant Singh Kalsi (Florianópolis, Brazil), January 10, 2008, 2:05 PM.

Good that people with less resources and information can avail of this clinic. And, I greatly appreciate that it is being initiated in Punjab.

30: Malkit Sappal (Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.A.), January 10, 2008, 5:39 PM.

I am very impressed by what you're doing. Let's not blame the girls for the problem ... all true Sardarnis want their men to be true Sardars! I blame the parents of young Sikh boys - and girls - who have failed in their duty.

31: Maheshinder Singh (Stanton, California, U.S.A.), January 10, 2008, 10:46 PM.

This is a very noble cause. May God give you strength to spread it all over the world.

32: Gurpreet Singh (Mumbai/Delhi, India), January 11, 2008, 1:24 AM.

Keep up the good work. The S.G.P.C. should support the cause by encouraging people like S.Jaswinder Singh who are thinking out of Box and taking initiatives for the benefit of the community. The response proves we need more people who can guide the youth in the right direction with inovative ways and using the technology available. Great Job.

33: Maninder Singh (New Delhi, India), January 11, 2008, 2:47 AM.

Great Work ... I would like to have one in my city also ... If someone knows about this clinic, please share the address.

34: Jagjit Singh Sandhu (Hong Kong), January 11, 2008, 7:05 AM.

Veer ji, nice to hear about you. I am on my way to India next month and will surely would like to meet you. Could it be possible for you to give me the address of your clinic?

35: Ujjalbir (Mumbai, India), January 11, 2008, 8:01 AM.

The originator of this project should be allowed to use this site for more info. Also, please tell us about the "pooni" as well as the type of cloth recommended; these matter in the final outcome of the turban.

36: Kulmohan Singh (Delhi, India), January 11, 2008, 10:11 AM.

Jasvinder ji: The "clinic" is a very good step for our youth. We need such institutions. I will call you "doctor" because a clinic is for treatment, and you are providing it. Thanks.

37: Amar Pal Singh Sethi (Meerut, India), January 11, 2008, 1:00 PM.

It has given me immense pleasure to read about your clinic. I have posted an enlarged version of the article on the notice board of Singh Sabha Gurdwara here in Meerut. You have done a commendable job for the chardi kala of the panth. Whenever I visit Amritsar next, I will surely visit you for a crash course, because I am always eager to wear a better turban. God bless you - keep it up.

38: Narinderpal Singh (Tampa, U.S.A.), January 12, 2008, 7:06 PM.

It's a very good step. Guru raakha!

39: Navneet Singh (Delhi, India), January 13, 2008, 4:33 AM.

I would like to get copies of the CD ROMs of your software, "Turban Tutor" and "Smart Turban". They would be of great help to my cousin and I. Where can I obtain them?

40: Guv (Sydney, Australia), January 14, 2008, 4:42 AM.

Congrats ... These tough times too shall pass. And the day will soon come when people will fully understand and appreciate the values behind the turban.

41: Baljinder Kaur (Croydon, U.K.), January 14, 2008, 7:21 PM.

Veer jio, Waheguru has already blessed you with great seva. Keep this wonderful work going. May you be blesed with great thougths ... and with more clinics around the world!

42: Harjeet Singh (India), January 15, 2008, 3:02 AM.

A great idea, albeit slow in coming. But better late than never. Such clinics are the need of the hour, when many youth are going astray, almost losing hold of their intellect. They are abusing the mind, ignoring the message of the Gurus, which was directed to stregthening and empowering it. Congratulations! Why not more of such clinics in all prominent areas of every city, town, etc. Let's start a trend!

43: Dr.M.P. Singh (Hyderabad, India), January 15, 2008, 9:16 AM.

An effort which is to be highly appreciated and encouraged. Please think of organizing such a clinic in Hyderabad: initially, say, during the summer camp held in gurudwaras. We will provide all the basic support you need.

44: Bhupinder Singh Ghai (New Delhi, India), January 18, 2008, 3:30 AM.

We have a unique religion which holds forth a universal message. Our appearance is a USP and not a hinderance. Only, we need to ensure that our kids to know their history and culture. A great step in the right direction.

45: Amandeep (Patiala, Punjab), January 25, 2008, 3:38 AM.

A welcome and noble effort.

46: Saranjeet singh (India), January 26, 2008, 10:05 AM.

Great service. Please post your address.

47: Sukhbir Singh (Melbourne, Australia), January 31, 2008, 12:11 PM.

I was surfing for better styles of tying a turban. Could you please post the address of this clinic?

48: Manjit Singh (Canada), February 16, 2008, 10:06 PM.

This is great. Does anyone know where I could get the software?

49: Dilpreet (Chandigarh, Punjab), March 21, 2008, 8:07 PM.

The addrress of the Turban Clinin is: The Turban Clinic, Dastaar Training Center Project, Akaal Purkh Ki Fauj, Akaal House, Roop Nagar, Bhagtaanwala Amritsar. Punjab - INDIA -143001. Ph.:91-183-2526659. Cell: 91-98148-98806, 91-98148-98201, 91-98148-98802. Email: Email: Website: You can also visit

50: Gurmeet Singh (London), June 14, 2008, 7:34 PM.

This is a very good concept to teach us to wear the turban proudly. I am from Amritsar and do not wear a turban, but this time when I go to Amritsar, I would surely go and learn how to tie a turban and then start wearing it.

51: Jaswinder Singh (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), September 13, 2008, 3:06 PM.

Hello, brothers: you are doing great work for the Sikh cummunity. I salute you.

52: Perminder Singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), September 25, 2008, 7:13 AM.

Where can I get the software?

53: Abhijeet (Mumbai, India), January 05, 2009, 11:05 AM.

Great work. Keep it up.

54: Amrit (Phillaur, Punjab), January 20, 2009, 11:57 AM.

How does one tie the African-style turban?

55: Baljinder (United Kingdom), March 08, 2009, 6:13 PM.

I want to learn to tie a turban in the Sikh Regiment style. Where can I learn to do it?

56: Manikaran Singh Alagh (Delhi/Faridabad, India), March 13, 2009, 4:29 AM.

I am intrested in joining turban-tying classes anywhere in Faridabad or even Delhi. Please let me know if there is any turban clinic which teaches the youth to tie a turban in the area. I am keen to join these classes.

57: Parminder Sngh (Phagwara, Punjab), March 20, 2009, 3:23 AM.

Can anybody please provide me the contact information about a similar turban clinic in Ludhiana? Thanks.

58: Balteg Singh (Chandigarh, Punjab), April 04, 2009, 12:22 AM.

Where can I download the smart turban software, please?

59: Ricky (Delhi, India), May 04, 2009, 2:58 AM.

Wow, it's so encouraging for all turbanators. I think it has become a fashion statement now.

60: Tarinder (Delhi, India), June 04, 2009, 10:36 AM.

Please open a clinic in Delhi.

61: Akashdeep Singh Bal (Amritsar, Punjab), July 31, 2009, 2:56 PM.

Veer ji, you are really doing a superb job for the community as it is the need of the hour. What is the address of your 'clinin'? - I would like to visit.

62: Manpreet Singh (Amritsar, Punjab), August 14, 2009, 9:14 AM.

I agree with Harinder from Bangalore, that this should be made into a global project. SGPC & other Sikh organizations can help you set up a proper office and to help establish franchises - one in every city. Arranging funds for such a project will not be a problem, I assure you.

63: Ramanjot Singh Virk (Jalandhar, Punjab), August 22, 2009, 4:00 AM.

This is a very good platform and project to help connect Sikh children with their Faith. All our children should know the importance of our traditions and values. Awareness will undoubtedly grow through this.

64: Inderpreet Singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), August 23, 2009, 7:43 AM.

I would like to know when you're opening a turban clinic in Ludhiana.

65: Gulzar Singh (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), August 25, 2009, 9:19 PM.

It's really a pleasure to hear about this turban clinic. I must visit it whenever I visit the Darbar Sahib next.

66: APKF TEAM (Amritsar, Punjab), September 10, 2009, 7:18 AM.

You can view Turban Tutor Videos and Smart Turban Software from

67: Gurvinder Singh  (New Delhi, India), September 12, 2009, 2:52 AM.

This is very good and amazing, but I cannot go to Amritsar. So, tell me, where can I can download turban tutor 2.0., pleazzzz ...!

68: Harneet Singh (New Delhi, India), November 08, 2009, 2:14 PM.

Veerji, I am from Delhi and want to learn how to wear a turban. Please tell me if you have any centre in Delhi.

69: Paramveer (Hyderabad, India), December 02, 2009, 10:45 AM.

This is a fantastic idea. I live in Hyderabad and there's no way to learn to tie a good puggh here except for our family members. But an expert is required. More of such clinics must be opened. I'm sure youngsters like me - 22 - are very eager to tie a good puggh. Especially when the trend is of wearing caps.

70: Jasmeet (Chandigarh, Punjab), January 09, 2010, 6:49 AM.

Can you please give me the address of the turban clinic in Chandigarh?

71: Harjot Singh (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), January 28, 2010, 2:18 PM.

I am interested in learning how to tie a good turban. Is it possible to do so here in Toronto?

72: Manpreet singh (Ludhiana, Punjab), March 03, 2010, 2:52 AM.

I want to learn how to wear a perfect turban. Can you please help.

73: Hardeep Singh (Noida, India), March 07, 2010, 3:57 AM.

Where can I go to learn how to tie a turban well?

74: Aman Pal Singh (Delhi /Jaipur, India), March 26, 2010, 5:30 AM.

Saaryaa(n) noo(n) pyar bhari Sat Sri Akal ... Really a great cause. A clinic in Delhi is most awaited. Please think about it @ the APKF team. And please, whosoever has any software and videos regarding neat turban tying, post the links here. God bless.

75: Japjit S Sethi (Mumbai, India), April 15, 2010, 2:23 AM.

I would like to visit the clinic and update as how I can wear a better and neat turban which goes well with my personality. Can you please update me with your address, as I would be coming to Amritsar next month?

76: Bhopinder Singh (Jammu & Kashmir), May 01, 2010, 5:26 AM.

I want to learn how to wear a perfect turban. Can you help me please, and let me know where I can get the video.

77: Mohan (Chennai, India), September 26, 2010, 4:17 AM.

Where do I learn how to wear a turban?

78: Harjinder Singh (Amritsar, Punjab), September 27, 2010, 10:49 AM.

I am the son of a Sardar!

79: Sukhvinder Singh (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), October 14, 2010, 11:04 AM.

I want to learn how to wear a perfect turban. Can anyone please help us have a turban clinic in Jaipur?

80: K.S. Hundal (Amritsar, Punjab), October 14, 2010, 11:08 PM.

How can I contact you? My son wants to learn tying a turban.

81: Chandeep Singh Sodhi (Delhi, India ), November 09, 2010, 6:39 AM.

Please let me know the contact info of the person who can teach me in Delhi.

82: Raman (New Delhi, India), December 15, 2010, 7:45 AM.

First of all, congratulations for starting such a service. I have been trying for months to know about someone who can teach me how to tie a good turban. How can I get in touch with this or a similar group?

83: Amandeep Singh (Delhi, India), February 13, 2011, 2:54 AM.

Are there any turban-tying training centres in Delhi? Where?

84: Tarundeep Singh (New Delhi, India), March 01, 2011, 3:06 AM.

Congratulations for the great work. Is there such a salon in Delhi?

85: Gurpreet Singh (Delhi, India), March 16, 2011, 7:43 AM.

Is there any turban tying training centers in Delhi? [Editor: Why don't you check out the video on turban-tying posted on - just go to any article page, and you'll spot the box on the right side of the page.]

86: Navkaran Singh (Amritsar, Punjab), March 31, 2011, 12:54 AM.

Where are such training centres in Amritsar? [Editor: Please also check out the turban-tying video currently posted on each article page of]

87: Jitender Singh (Delhi, India), May 15, 2011, 8:27 AM.

I am a Sikh boy, and a student of first year. I want to learn how to tie a better looking turban - where can I get coached in Delhi?

88: Fernando Ortega (Mexico D.F.), May 20, 2011, 5:34 PM.

I'm a new Sikh. I live in Mexico and here it is very difficult to find a helper for learning to tye a turban. Where can I get the Turban Tutor 2.0?

89: Ranjeet Sidhu (Delhi, India), July 03, 2011, 3:25 AM.

Congratulations for the great work. Can you please tell me about any such training center in Delhi?

90: Ranjit Singh (Delhi, India), July 05, 2011, 1:07 AM.

Veerji, you are doing great things with the turban clinic in Punjab but this type of turban training centres are very much required in Delhi also to motivate and ease the art of turban tying.

91: Umarpreet Singh (Jalandhar, Punjab), August 01, 2011, 7:29 AM.

Can you teach us to tie turban online, please? [Editor: If you Google "How to Tie a Sikh Turban?" or variations of this question, you'll find a whole variety of excellent video lessons.]

92: Jaideep (Amritsar, Punjab), September 26, 2011, 5:38 AM.

I just want to know about the address of the clinic so i can go there and learn a good style that suits me for the turban.

93: Nishan Singh Johal (Amritsar, Punjab), December 18, 2011, 9:49 AM.

Does anyone have the address of the clinic in Amritsar?

94: Jasmeet Singh Chandhok  (India), March 21, 2012, 6:01 AM.

I know how to tie a turban but every day it seems to take a different style or shape. How do I develop a steady style?

95: Jaswinder Singh  (Amritsar, Punjab), July 03, 2012, 1:42 PM.

Thanks to everyone who has appreciated this idea. Sorry for the delayed reply. I just came across this article and comments. We also want to open such clinics in other locations. A lot more can be done in this direction. Your suggestions and cooperation can make it happen.

96: Baljeet (Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), July 04, 2012, 3:18 PM.

Is there any turban clinic in Jaipur? Please help me out! [EDITOR: Baljeet ji: If there isn't one, get one started. Approach some young Sardar professionals in the community and tell them you need one!]

97: Tanpreet (Mumbai, India), December 06, 2012, 11:15 PM.

Please try to set up this type of clinic in Mumbai or other cities where the Sikh community is in smaller numbers. In Delhi or Punjab usually there is compulsion in schools to wear a turban, so the children learn at a very early age.

98: Navjot Singh (Melbourne, Australia), June 30, 2013, 6:01 AM.

Is there any center in Melbourne where I can learn how to wear a turban?

99: Tej (Delhi, India), September 25, 2013, 5:45 AM.

Please let me know the puggri wearing clinic location in Delhi.

100: Narinder Pal Singh (Jabalpur, India), August 18, 2014, 6:33 AM.

Veer ji, I want to learn Punjabi Style Turban. I know how to wear a turban, but I want to perfect it. I am in Delhi for a job, so can you tell me where in Delhi I can learn it?

101: J Singh (India), March 23, 2015, 2:05 AM.

All gurdwaras should provide turban tying classes for free - every day or, at the very least, every weekend. Plenty of people will be happy to teach.

102: Manmeet Singh (Delhi, India), February 08, 2016, 7:52 AM.

Is there any branch in Delhi?

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