Everybody has a bad hair day and sometimes you simply don’t have the time to work on your hair-do. These are the times you most likely think about wearing a wrap. However, you can also dress up your look with a very impressive and fashionable headwrap.
Africans, north and south, use head wraps a great deal and they convey a dignified and elegant look. Muslim women in many cases must cover their heads and they have created ways to imitate hair with cloth that looks great. There are places where Islamic rules are much more severe and any woman in public must wear a chador.
A chador is an outer robe that is worn over the head and falls to the hemline. There is an area in front of the face that is a gauzier weave and this is what you use to see from. I never tried it out but it is a more severe example of head covering. For our purposes we will be looking at a much simpler form of head covering.
To start with you have to search the fabric stores for a favorable cloth to use. You will want to choose a cloth that has good “drape” to it and that is not too thick. Pick material that is not too slippery like silk or satin, rather, pick a material that has more “tooth” to it. Satiny materials easily untie themselves and instead gauze is a great choice to start. Anything cotton works really well with Egyptian cotton being the best.
What ever material you decide on, it’s a good idea to tie your head with a thin pliable satin scarf before wrapping your hair. This great trick will not only keep your hair down, it will also help to keep the actual wrap in place and prevent your delicate curls from drying out while wearing a wrap.
If you are really a beginner you can start with the $2.99 pre-made wraps that are available in most beauty supply stores. They are the quickest solution to a bad hair day because they are so easy to do. All you have to know is how to tie a knot so within seconds you can turn your bad hair day in a more than decent look.
As a matter of fact wrapping is just as easy if you have a long scarf that is made from stretch polyester. Wrap your material around your head and tie the wrap firmly at the back of your head, with the tails being even in length. Once you have tied the ends you will have long tails hanging in the back.
You can easily get more creative as you hardly need experience to wrap the cloth around your head. You can do this until your reach the end of the scarf or until you are satisfied with the look. The stretch material will stay put so you don’t have to be afraid the your wrap will slip of while you are in public.
Once you are used to do the easy wraps you can try a more elaborate one. It will take some practice to learn to work with stiffer material and to keep a wrap from slipping off your head. For the next one your material should be about 6 to 7 feet long and as wide as your head from the middle of your forehead to the base of your neck.
1. Before you begin tie your hair down with a pliable breathable scarf, preferably silk and preferable the same color as the color of the wrap that you will use.
2. Put the tail of the scarf at the center of your forehead and bring the rest of the material via the back of your head to the front again
3. Repeat wrapping from back to front until you reach the end of the scarf.
4. Once you reach the end of the scarf carefully find a place to tuck the left over end in to secure the wrap. If you are not convinced use a pin.
Feel free to get creative. This one is wrapped the same way as above but the center is left out to hang free.