How to tie head wraps?
Head wraps have been used for centuries as a fashion accessory and to protect the scalp and hair. In fact, this was why head wraps were first worn. Their use has a complicated past but have now been reclaimed and turned into a look that exudes pride and power.
At Nkeoma, we offer head wraps, head scarves and bonnets so that you can make a style statement and protect your hair the way you want to. All of our scarves, wraps and bonnets are made from the finest quality materials in traditional, powerful African prints.
How to Choose the Right African Head Wrap?
First of all, the most important thing when you choose a head wrap is your personal taste. There are so many different colors, designs, patterns and styles that you might be spoilt for choice. That choice is completely yours and is down to what you prefer to wear.
There are a couple of other things to consider too. First of all, think about the size you need and how you want to tie your wrap – a shorter wrap won’t be as versatile so try a wrap that’s 60-72 inches long. Wraps also come in lots of different materials, again this is a personal preference and depends on the style you’re looking for.
How To Tie Your Head Wrap?
Now that you’ve selected your head wrap, it’s time to learn about the different ways to tie it. When it comes to tying an African head wrap, it might seem complicated but there are some easy instructions that you can follow. This can stop you from wondering how to tie a hair wrap.
The Front Knot Hair Wrap
If you’re not feeling your hair then the front knot is the style to keep it covered. Use your head wrap to cover your entire hair (leaving your bangs out is optional).
Place your scarf around the back of your head and hold each end at the side of your head. You want the ends to be balanced and have roughly the same amount of fabric on each side. Then wrap the scarf around your head and twist the two ends around each other at the front of your head.
Keep twisting until you’ve created a knot at the front of your head. Secure it by tucking the ends into the wrap.
The Low Bow Hair Wrap
This style of head wrap is perfect if you’re wearing your hair straight (or working with a straight weave). It’s easy to do and looks great.
Put the head wrap on your head, covering it from your forehead to the top of your neck, and tie a knot. Make a big bow and try to make it as symmetrical as possible on both sides. You can change up how you have the bow depending what you want your wrap to look like.
The Low Bun Hair Wrap
The Low Bun is ideal if you want to cover your hair and keep it out of the way easily.
Tie your hair back in a low bun and work out where you want to wear your wrap. Then drape it over your wrap. Hold the ends firmly, pulling it into a ponytail. Twist the length of it. Hold the knot with one hand, while you wrap the longer pieces around your fingers. Continue wrapping and twisting until you reach the end of the knot.
The Nefertiti Head Wrap
If you’re wearing braids as a protective style, or just because you like the look, then adding an African head wrap is a great way to keep them in great condition. They’re also a perfect choice if you just want to change your look for the day. Braids come with a little commitment (hours in the chair means you probably want to keep them as long as possible.
The Nefertiti Head Wrap looks stunning, and far more complicated to do than you might think. Here are the simple steps to create this look:
- Gather your braids into a bun at the center of your crown.
- Tie the wrap around your head from the back and keep tying it around until you reach the ends of the fabric.
- Secure the ends of the wrap in the first layer you created.
If you want to add a little more drama to the look, add another wrap on top of the one you’ve just added.
The Wrapped High Ponytail Head Wrap
A wrapped high ponytail head wrap is beautiful for locs or braids. This is a good style to begin with if you’re not used to wrapping your hair when it’s been braided.
All you need to do is tie your hair into a high ponytail, on the top of your crown. Then roll your scarf into a band and wrap it around your head from the back.
Cross the two ends on top of your head, twist them around your ponytail and tie them together.
Ready to Wrap?
If you’re ready to try out a head wrap or you want to look at some alternative accessories to showcase your African heritage, check out our accessories.