How to braid threads & twine for hair wraps

Updated April 17, 2017

Hair wraps are popular to add interest, and sometimes colour, to hair. There are two types of hair wraps, permanent and removable. You can use twine, generally hemp, or coloured thread, like embroidery floss, to braid a hair wrap. Twine is a bit easier since the long lengths of thread get tangled easier than twine. Using hemp twine as your medium is also faster since it is larger and does not take as many knots to make the same length. It is available in many colours but most hair wraps made of twine are in the natural tan colour.

Cut the length of material needed. The length of material will depend on what medium you are using, the length of your hair and the number of colours you have. For a simple yet stunning natural hemp wrap with beads, you will need 2 lengths of hemp. The first will be about 3 times the length that you want the wrap. Aim for 1 to 2 inches longer than the hair being wrapped. The second length will be about 3 times the length of the first. You will need more of the second length if you are using thread.

Fold each length of twine or thread in half. The centre point is where you will begin the wrap.

Place a wisp of hair in the centre folds of the wrap medium. If you are making a removable wrap, just begin braiding about 1/2 an inch down from the centre, leaving a loop at the top.

Tie a knot at the top of the hair, near the scalp. Make sure it is tight so that it doesn't slip out. There should be two strands of material on either side of the hair, one shorter and one longer. The longer strands should be on the outside.

Lay the right-hand outer strand over the centre strands and the hair, then guide the left hand outer strand over the right, under the centre strands and hair and up through the loop on the right hand side. Pull to tighten. The continued use of this method will wrap the hair.

Continue braiding the thread or twine until the hair wrap is as long as desired. Begin from the same side each time for a spiral pattern or alternate sides for more of a square pattern. Tie a knot in the bottom and trim the excess strands to finish.


To add beads, simply slide the bead onto a thread before knotting. To change colours when using thread, make all of the lengths of outer thread the same and alternate which colour you use to begin your knot. For removable hair ties, simply insert the clip into the loop and attach the wrap under your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine (recommended: hemp)
  • Thread (optional) (recommended: coloured embroidery floss)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Small attachment device (recommended: spring loaded clip) (for temporary wrap)
  • Scissors
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