Celebrities like Minnie Dlamini, Rihanna and Beyonce have made head wraps popular and uber fashionable again, and we couldn’t be happier. Not only are head wraps a great protective style for natural hair, but they instantly add a pop of colour and character to any outfit. There are many fabrics to use and, of course, different styles to try.
Here’s how to tie a head wrap + 4 of our favourite ways to style it:
The OG of head wraps
The original way of styling head wraps is the simple wrap-around. It’s easy to do and can be personalised to suit your style. Simply tilt your head forward and place the mid-point of the head wrap at the nape of your neck. Now, bring it forward and wrap it around your head as many times as it will go, before tucking the ends underneath to secure the scarf – perfect for beginners.
The twisted head-wrap style is a modification of the original wrap. Copy all the steps you followed for the OG, but this time, twist the ends of the scarf before wrapping them around your head.
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This is the easiest to achieve. Plus, it’s a super stylish style for beginners to try. Start by wrapping the scarf from the back of your head, twist the ends; then roll them in on themselves, like you would when creating a bun with your own hair.
Let your hair down
Head wraps are perfect for those infamous bad hair days, but this one, I’m afraid, requires a little more styling to pull off. Tie your hair in a high pony before you begin. Then, wrap the scarf from back to front, make sure to leave your hair out for a ‘waterfall’ effect on the crown of your head.
This style is actually not as complicated as it looks. Tie your head wrap as you would with the original style, except when you come back around to the front of your head, make a bow (like you would when tying shoelaces). Puff out the ends of the bow for bigger loops. If you have a fringe, be sure to leave it out.
Top tip: If you have a friend over, ask them to press their finger on the base of your bow as you tie the scarf. This will create a tighter, more structured bow.