This post has probably been a long time coming…
Remember the last time I wore a head wrap on the blog? I think it was some time around my birthday last year (check this post here). I remember sharing some portrait shots on my Instagram I’d taken with close ups of the head wrap and lots of you had asked for a head wrap tutorial on the same. I’m so so glad I can finally share this with you guys! Better late than never, hey?
Before we can go ahead with the tutorial, allow me to just put it out there that when I shared the head wrap picture on my Instagram, I had literally forced the fabric to look somewhat presentable. Sometimes I just wing it when it comes to tying head wraps, and they turn out okay. I see you working there, God. Lol.
So here goes:
Step 1: Protect your hair with a scarf, either satin or silk
I usually protect my hair by tying a satin scarf on my hair to prevent the moisture and oils being sucked out of my strands and into the head wrap. I took this one from my Mum but I’m pretty sure you can find them in local hair and beauty supply stores.
Also, it is probably important to note that you should tie the scarf in the same way you’d tie the head wrap, to prevent having some parts of your head bulging out of the wrap, especially if you’re tying the head wrap into an updo.
Step 2: Identify your desired head wrap fabric
Here, I basically used the same fabric as in the post where the said head wrap was first seen. I got this fabric from an old stash of scraps that usually stay laying around, that are either too small or too awkward a size to be made into an item of clothing.
Step 3: Place the fabric at the back of your head
Make sure there are equal parts of the fabric hanging on both sides to prevent having one end longer than the other. This makes for an easier time wrapping the fabric or tucking it in if necessary.
Step 4: Tie the fabric
Place the left side of the fabric over the right side of the fabric (or vice versa) and turn it so that the fabric lays securely on the head.
Step 5: Tie another knot
This ensure the first knot will not loosen up and unravel (therefore maybe revealing your bad hair day or your bantu knots/twists that are like 85% dry). Be careful not to tie the knots too tight. We wouldn’t want to cut off the blood circulation to our head or cause any headaches.
Step 6: Tuck in any loose ends of the fabric to prevent that ‘bulging head’ look
‘This also helps to ensure that all the hair is tucked in and hidden away, depending on the reason for tying the head wrap.
Step 7: Take any side of the loose ends of the fabric and place it around the knot done earlier.
Take either the left/right side of the fabric and take it around itself, then ensure to tuck the remainder part into the wrap to secure it. This sort of creates a bun type shape.
Step 8: Repeat step 7 for the other loose end of the fabric
Take the remaining fabric and wrap it around the ‘bun’ created in step 7 and tuck it in to secure it well.
Step 9: DONE!
Ensure you’ve followed through steps 1-8 and after that you are done! In case the wrap does not feel secure, you can always use bobby pins to hold it in place.
Now go on girl and SLAY YOUR LIFE!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you manage to recreate this look please share it with me through my social media!
Have a great weekend ahead!