Hair wraps and braids can be a fun way to add a pop of color and textural interest to your hair. If you aren’t familiar with hair wraps, they are strands of hair that have been wrapped in brightly colored embroidery floss and adorned with beads, feathers or other accessories. They are sometimes incorporated with small coast braids, or can be used in unbraided hair as well.
Typically wraps will last as long as you want them to. Some people wear them so long that they wind up eventually cutting them out. Fortunately, if you don’t want to go to that extreme, they can also be removed easily anytime you want. You just have to unwind the embroidery thread to reveal the hair that lies beneath.
This look is often seen in the Caribbean or other exotic locations. It is also popular among surfers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Many so-called “hippies” also take part in the trend. If you visit just about any large music festival, chances are you will see at least a few hair wraps in the crowd.
These wraps can be treated just like your natural hair. When you wash your hair, you just gently shampoo them, taking care not to be too rough with the fibers. You don’t want to accidentally unravel the thread. When you are done, allow the wraps to air dry.
You can get your wraps done at a salon. Alternatively, they are often offered by street vendors in exotic locations, on beach-side boardwalks or in places like Dreamworld and Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Hair wraps and braiding is a service typically offered by people who charge by the centimeter. That means that if you want a 25-centimeter wrap, you will pay twice as much as if you want a 12.5 cm wrap. Also, you will also be charged for any beads, feathers or other adornments that are added to the wrap.
Alternatively, if you have a lot of patience or a friend who is willing to help, you can wrap your hair. Simply start by separating a small strand of hair from the bottom layer of your hair. Pin all of your other hair out of the way. Place a small rubber band around the strand of hair, tightening it all the way up to the roots.
Cut several pieces of embroidery floss that are at least twice as long as your hair. Pull the floss through the rubber band to its center point so that the two halves of the floss are about the same length as your hair.
Hold the hair and the floss firmly in one hand. With your other hand, take a single piece of the floss and start wrapping it tightly around the hair and the other strands of floss. Wrap until you want to change colors. Then, place the strand that you have been wrapping with back in with the other hair and floss and grab a strand of a different color. Slightly overlap it with the first color, and continue wrapping the hair.
Repeat this process as often as you want to change colors while wrapping. When you get to the bottom, you can either braid a small section of the remaining hair and rubber band it, or you can just rubber band it and add beads or other decorations.
Hair wraps and braids can be a fun way to add color, texture and visual interest to your hair. They give off an exotic vibe that can help you stand out from the crowd. Although they take quite a while to put in, they last for a very long time, making the effort worthwhile.