How to Wrap Afro Hair

Updated February 21, 2017

Wrapping your hair at night is an essential step in maintaining the shape of your afro, as the wrap keeps your hair in place while you sleep. Although there are many wraps available on the market, a satin scarf or wrap is the best way to keep the shape of your hair intact and maintain your hair's natural oils, according to Lisa Akbari, author "The Black Woman's Guide to Beautiful Hair." For restless sleepers, sleep with a satin pillowcase in case the scarf slips off in the middle of the night.

Apply four to five drops of hair oil to your palms, and rub the hair oil through your hair. Massage the oil into your scalp to saturate the hair. Alternatively, squeeze a quarter-size amount of moisturising hair lotion into your palms and massage it into your hair, focusing on the ends of the hair.

Apply extra oil or moisturising lotion to the ends of your hair, as your ends require additional moisture. Do not use heavy oils such as mineral oil as it will weigh your hairstyle down, attract dirt and require frequent washing.

Comb your hair from roots to ends with a wide-toothed comb. Avoid using a rattail comb, as it will snag your hair and rip tangles from it. If you encounter a tangle, apply a drop or two of moisturising lotion on the tangle and gently comb the tangle out, according to Akbari. To reduce tangles, massage the tangled area with your fingers.

Cover your pillow with a satin pillowcase before bed. According to the web site Treasured Locks, cotton head wraps and pillowcases absorb natural hair oil and dry your hair out.

Wrap the satin scarf around your head, and create a knot in the back to secure the scarf around your hair. The scarf should be wrapped firmly around your head, but not too tight, as it can cause discomfort and create a visible line around your head the following morning.

Remove the wrap in the morning, and gently comb your hair from roots to ends to reshape the afro.


Jojoba, almond, emu, coconut, shea butter and olive oil are all acceptable hair oils to use to seal in moisture in your hair and promote growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Satin scarf
  • Hair moisturiser
  • Hair oil
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Satin pillowcase
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