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How to Wrap an African Head Wrap

Updated April 17, 2017

Traditional African head wraps use colourful fabrics as a way to cover up your hair and protect it from the elements. African head wraps use various types of fabric and can thus match any outfit. In many parts of Africa the head wrap is still worn today, and it is considered to complete the whole outfit that you are wearing. African women use a wide variety of techniques to make their head wraps interesting and one of a kind.

Pick out the fabric that you want to use to create your head wrap. Consider the activity you are doing for that day, the climate and your outfit. According to the Anyiams Creation website, the basic African head wrap needs at least 1 to 1 1/2 yards of fabric to complete the look.

Straighten out the head wrap so that it is all one long piece. Place the fabric over your head so that it covers all of your hair. Adjust one side of the fabric so that it is longer than the other side. This will let you wrap your hair with the longer part of the fabric.

Use the long piece of fabric and twist it around your hair. Do not get your hair tangled in the fabric, for it could damage your hair by breaking it while trying to get it untangled. Continue twisting the fabric around your head until all the fabric is used, and your hair is completely covered.

Wrap the remainder of the cloth around your hair at the nape of your neck. This will create a bun at the back of your head with the wrap and your hair. Tie the end of the fabric off and tuck it into the fabric. Secure with hair clips if necessary.

Consider changing up the look by letting your hair wrap hang a bit more loose, or by having parts of your hair wrap stick up like a hat.

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