Hair wrapping is a popular styling technique for black women that can be done to any type or length of hair. Wraps are typically done either to protect hair while sleeping or as an alternative to blow drying. Wrapping is done by smoothing hair against the scalp and wrapping it in a circular motion around the head to create a beehive style. The wrap is secured into place and covered with a scarf. Hair wrapping is designed to protect African American hair from damage and is most effective when applied to straight black, relaxed hair.
Basic Steps for Wrapping Black Hair
Although there are various renditions of the hair wrap, there are two main types of hair wrapping: dry hair wraps and wet hair wraps.
Dry Hair Wraps
Dry hair wraps are the most common types of wraps and are done to dry, styled hair at night to protect hair while sleeping. This wrapping method prevents naturally coarse, dry and brittle African American hair from pulling, snagging or falling out while sleeping. Hair wraps allow hair to stay fresh for the next day so you can comb your hair and go, without having to use harsh heat styling to fix messy morning hair. The basic technique for dry wrapping hair is simple:
Divide straight, dry hair down the middle of the scalp, into two sections and comb completely to remove any knots.
Take one section of hair, beginning in the back, and comb it around the front of your forehead. Pull hair in a circular motion so it wraps around the head and secure down with a hair clip.
Repeat the process on the remaining section of hair, combing this section of hair in the opposite direction.
Tie a silk scarf, or a silk wrap cap, around the head so it stays in place. It's important to use silk scarves for dry wraps as this will prevent hair from pulling and snagging during sleep. An easy way to tie a scarf is to lay a square, silk scarf directly on top of the head and gently pull the corners of the scarf towards the forehead. Take all of the ends of the scarf and tie a knot in the front, and tuck under any loose ends of the scarf so they are hidden and secure.