To tie a traditional African head wrap, stretch the wrap around the back of the neck, then bring one side across the front of the head and the other side over the top of the head before wrapping both sides around the back and finishing by folding them together and securing with bobby pins. While bobby pins aren't necessary, they will help to make sure that the head scarf stays tightly wrapped.
African head wraps were originally worn by slave women in the 1800s. The wraps were made from European fabrics and served as a symbol for communal identity to those who wore them. Use the following steps to properly tie a traditional African head wrap.
- Stretch the wrap around the back of the head
- Pull one side around the front of the head, and the other over the top
- Reverse the ends of the wrap around the back of the head to their original opposite sides
As the wrap is pulled around the back of the head, make sure that both sides are of equal length.
Pull one side of the wrap around the forehead. Then, bring the other end up over the head, covering the side that is around the forehead. The two sides should be sitting on opposite sides of the head.
Pull the wrap that went over the top of the head around the back to its original side. Then, pull the side of the wrap that went in front of the head back to its original side also. Finally, tie the two sides to each other on top of the head and secure with bobby pins.