How to Wrap 101

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A lot of our new customers are intimidated by headwraps. In their minds, we've created something incredibly elaborate and intricate that can only be duplicated by expert wrappers. While headwraps can look complicated, most styles are just a couple of knots, a tuck here and a fluff there. We like to simplify the whole notion of tying wraps by comparing it to other common tasks. If you can tie a headscarf to go to sleep or twist/braid your own hair, you have all the skills you need to tie a headwrap. 

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Here are a few tips to get you started:

How do I care for my hair under my wraps?

We always recommend that you wear a silk satin scarf or bonnet underneath your headwraps, especially if you wear them regularly. Our wraps are made out of cotton which is an extremely absorbent material; this means it will absorb the moisture in your hair overtime. The silk scarf will serve as a barrier. It also helps you if you're trying to keep your hair contained under the wrap.

You can find silk satin scarves and bonnets at most beauty supply stores and drugstores for around $5. If you're interested in something a bit fancier, you can also find pure silk scarves at most department stores. And of course, you can find anything online. 

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I can't get the wrap to stay on my head.

The key to keeping your wrap on your head is friction. Whether it slides off because your hair is in an updo and the wrap is sliding up your head, or because your hair in general is a silkier texture, here are a few methods to try:

// Bobby Pins

// Twisting/Braiding your hair.
The individual braids/twists will create something for the wrap and/or silk scarf underneath to grip onto.

// Hair Spray
(we have not tested this ourselves but we've heard some people do this).

 

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I have so much hair, I can't fit it all under my wrap.

If you have a lot of hair and you want to cover your entire head with a wrap, the easiest solution is to braid or twist your hair so that the volume is reduced. If you just want to rock a wrap in whatever style, you can put your hair in a bun/ponytail/puff and create a headband style with the wrap. The tutorial below is a great example of how you can rock a headwrap with some of your hair out.

What wrap is best for beginners?

Though we believe that all of our wraps are capable of achieving the same styles, the handprinted wraps are the "easiest" to work with. They're lightweight and easy to bend. And as a bonus, the print is on both sides which means you won't have to be concerned with tucking in the reverse side of the print (if you even care to do so). 

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How do I tie it?

We have a ton of tutorials on our website and youtube page. Find a style that you enjoy and practice. Once you're comfortable with one style, you'll be excited to try others.

 The most important tips of all for wrapping headwraps are:

Do NOT be intimidated.

Be flexible. 

Have fun.

 

 

 

Nnenna Okechukwu