Wednesday, January 4, 2012

HEADWRAPS . A PROTECTIVE STYLE OPTION FOR NATURAL HAIR

"She's a queen!" is the vibe you get when an African American woman wears her hair wrapped. Head wraps aren't reserved for the orthodox Rastafarian, or the women with an Afro-centric style. Protecting hair from the, wind, rain & snow, and retaining moisture is just some benefits of keeping your hair wrapped.

Please read Helen Gabriel's essay "The African American Woman's Headwrap: Unwinding the Symbols"

EXCERP:
The African American headwrap holds a distinctive position in the history of American dress both for its longevity and for its potent signification's. It endured the travail of slavery and never passed out of fashion. The headwrap represents far more than a piece of fabric wound around the head.
This distinct cloth head covering has been called variously "head rag," "head-
tie," "head handkerchief," "turban," or "headwrap." I use the latter term here. The headwrap usually completely covers the hair, being held in place by tying the ends into knots close to the skull. As a form of apparel in the United States, the headwrap has been exclusive to women of African descent.
The headwrap originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and serves similar functions for both African and African American women. In style, the African American woman's headwrap exhibits the features of sub-Saharan aesthetics and worldview.













26 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!!! Gorgeous. Definitely going to incorporate headwraps into my style this year.

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  2. You look gorgeous! Head wraps and scarves are definitely one of my style choices lately!

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  3. Absolutely love this! So regal!

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  4. I love the look of head wraps but don't know much about them or how to make some of the beautiful styles I've seen.

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  5. "LOVE IT" A.E. HUmmmmmm for some reason they always seem to slide right off my head though.

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  6. @Lunar Irony I will post a tutorial today or tomorrow on my youtube channel

    @Angela It may be the fabric is too heavy or too much fabric can make it unstable

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  7. Ive been wanting to do head scarves for a while. Do you know of an affordable place to buy them..online maybe? Fabric store? Help please. PS:youre beautiful

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  8. @jahsmommie I would go to the fabric store , or check your local thrift store for scrap fabric. Stretch Jersey or poly-blend

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  10. HUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! omg you are beautiful. I think you are on to something with the Lekair cholesterol. My hair felt UBER dry today so I spritzed ir with a glycerin , aloe vera juice mixture, and then added the cholesterol on top. Talk about SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my curls popped all over the place and were rejuvenated and detangling was a breeze. I was trying to use all natural products but when something works you just have to go with it. I added my Carol's Daughter Loc butter to seal and braided my hair in 10 large braids. Can't wait to see if the moisture holds up. However, I think I've found my PERFECT and CHEAAAAP leave in. Thanks for helping a sista out :)

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  11. @She Del Your comment made my day . Im glad that it seems to be working for you. I think that because I drench and condition my hair every other day it's improved my hair. Cholesterol is a great consistency for my thick and kinky hair. Please keep me posted on Facebook or Twitter how your hair retains moisture. *hugs

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  12. You are gorgeous. I used to wear head wraps a while ago I think I will start incorporating them back into my wardrobe

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  13. OKay, you're photos look amazing! You are such a gorgeous woman and I love that material! Can you please tell me where you got your earrings? I've been looking for a similiar pair forever!

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  14. i love u.... just fell in love with u

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  15. @PAIGE I love you back , your style is sick, I love it . MUAH

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  16. This is such a beautiful look! Can't nobody rock this the way you rock this. point blank.

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  17. @Moke D Im gonna work whatever I wear . Thanks for the love :O)

    @alx Thanks

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  18. The color of this wrap and the way you wore was just beautiful. I could never pull that off!

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  19. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! You look so Regal. Queen Vanisha. :-)

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  20. awesome style!
    here's a collection of 5 great ways to tie a tiechel/head scarf. http://www.headsuphairwear.com/Tichel-Tying-Guide.html

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  21. http://jfrassini.com/ For Head Wraps

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