Introduction: How to Make Creative Hair Wraps

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Most of us have seen someone come home from a Caribbean vacation and had one of these beautiful hair wraps. These hair wraps can be very pricy especially if you have long hair as many people charge by the inch and that is if you find someone who does them. If you have ever wondered how to make your own, this is the instructable for you!!! Enjoy and please rate this and leave your comments.

Hair wraps can be worn for up two weeks and can be washed along with your own hair (use light soap) and towel dried.

P.s. If you like this project you may want to check out instructable "Unique and easy temporary yarn falls".

Step 1: What You Need

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-Embroidery Floss
-Rubber bands
-Of course hair, I recommend no less then four inches

You don't need very much to make these. The most important part is how much embroidery floss you'll need. Unfortunately there is no right answer. It depends on how much hair your wrapping, how tight you wrap it, and how long the hair is. Here is some guidelines to help. Never use floss shorter then the length of the hair times three. Use on strand of floss per color. The less colors you use the more string you need, so if you wrap only has two colors in it you may want four times the length of the hair. If you do happen to run out of string I will tell you what to do later in the instructable.

Any type of small rubber band will work but the clear tangle-free type don't last as long as the traditional ones actually made from rubber.

Step 2: Getting Started

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After you have cut your floss you need to separate the section of hair you want to be wrapped away from the rest of it. comb the section all the way thru.

Step 3:

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Take all your strands and run them thru a rubber band so that both sides are even.

Step 4: Step One

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Take the band with the strands in it and wrap around the section of hair as close to the scalp as is comfortable. Have the person roll their neck around to make sure it is in a good place. Now your ready to start your wrap! After you have done this braid the hair all the way down and band the end.

Step 5: Step Two

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Select the color you want to start with and begin wrapping it around the braid as tightly as you can. It does not matter what direction you wrap in, just pick on and stick with it. Hold all the other colors tight to the braid as your wrap. It is more important that you keep a firm grip and wind tightly then to go fast, soon enough you'll find a steady pace that works for you. What you wrap you want it to be at a slightly downward angle (otherwise you won't go anywhere) and take care to cover the hair completely.

Step 6: Step Three

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When you have used enough of your first color add it to the other colors. You will notice in every picture I am holding both the braid and the strands in a very firm group if you don't the wrap will sag or unwind.

Step 7: Step Four

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Separate the color you want to use next, taking care to not let the other colors move. In this step it is critical to to keep hold on the color you were using before.

Step 8: Step Five

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When you switch color start a half in above where the last color ended and wrap it around a couple of times time with an slightly upward angle.

Hint- If you run out of string place a band with more string around it right above where the string ends, Then wrap with an upward angle as instructed above.

Step 9: Step Six

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Once you have finished step five start wrapping in a downward direction again. Repeat steps six thru nine. Until you have wrapped all but the last two or three inches of the braid.

Step 10: Step Seven

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If you get to a point where a few of the colors are to short to wrap but some still have some length here is what you do. You hold the shortest stands close to the braid then take all the long colors and wrap them at the same to get a blend of color.

Step 11: Finish

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Once the wrap is as long as you want band the end and trim the strands. If you like you can add charms or beads to the end of it. Then your ready to wear them.

Thank you Shi for being my hair model!!!


Mauigerbil (author)2012-01-22

This was SO cool to do! I put a plain teal one in my bangs and LOVED how it turned out! Turns out light teal looks good with medium brown.....

dreadyjazz (author)Mauigerbil2012-01-22

I'm so glad you love it. You should share some pics!

jessyratfink (author)2012-01-12

I remember doing this with friends when I was little, but ours never looked this good. Great work. :D

KathyB224 (author)2017-02-23

Great tutorial. I like to do a half hitch in the thread as I am wrapping it around the braid. It seems to make it sturdier and it gives you and easy way to add beads and charms throughout the length of the braid.

handyhippie65 (author)2012-01-16

now i see what the difference in our methods. i take the floss and double it back as long as the hair is, and braid it in. then you start your wrapping over the braid. no rubber bands, and it stays put 'till you cut the hair, or the wrap. i still have all of the ones i put in my own hair.

dreadyjazz (author)handyhippie652012-01-16

Thats intreasting. I do it this way since most people want them to removed easily. For really long term hair wraps, I macrame' them in I will post soon on how I do this.

handyhippie65 (author)dreadyjazz2012-01-17

i used to use macrame too. i made macrame strands that i wrap around the main wrap, and weave them back in. makes a cool spiral that you can add beads, or trinkets to. i guess i haven't had anyone want temporary ones. i am also a carpenter, and i guarantee my work for 10 years, so i try to make everything i make last as long as possible.

dreadyjazz (author)handyhippie652012-01-17

I have no doubt would last that long there no reason for them not like i said most people I wrap for want to change it a few days to match there outfit or change where it is. I know that my dready friends keep there in for months as I use a shorter version for dread repair.

DBrew6 (author)dreadyjazz2015-07-21

Hi. Thanks for the instruction. I was hoping to replace mine with a long lasting hair wrap. Do you reckon you could post the teqnique for that?

DBrew6 (author)handyhippie652015-07-21

Hi. I'm looking to redo my hair wrap in a more permenant fashion. I got min done in India and the technique you describe Here seems to resemble my hair wrap closest. I would appreciate it if you could instruct me how to replace it.

heatherb1275 (author)2015-07-12

These are great instructions, this is the 3rd year that I have used them for my daughters hair. Excellent job.

tegan.r.blackburn (author)2015-02-19

awesome these were all the rage when I was a teen much variety and fun...good one

charli10 (author)2014-01-06

I had one before the dance concert then I had to take it out It took so longer my neck felt like it had whip lash is there an easier way then wrapping it little by little

xxbells (author)2013-11-24

I'm actually really happy with the results, it looks awesome in my hair. c:

1Dtabby (author)2012-10-09

I did this in my hair then pined it so it looked like a headband

handyhippie65 (author)2012-01-16

i learned how to do this when i followed the dead for a summer 20 years ago. i charged $1.00 per inch. kept me in food, tickets and transportation. party materials not included. ;) i generally used the colors of the rainbow, plus whatever other colors i had up to 10. i might see if i can still put one in my own hair. that is a tough one. thanx for the trip down memory lane. but why doesn't yours last longer? mine stayed put for months. you had to cut them out. mebbe i'll post my technique.

dreadyjazz (author)handyhippie652012-01-17

Mine can last that long I just find that generally people don't want them in that long. They like to change colors or positions. My model keeps here in for a long time. Nice story I sell mine at festivals too.

rpackham (author)2012-01-13

Wow, amazing! I've seen people wearing this style and I can't wait to try it out! Looks amazingly easy, thanks a ton. (:

dreadyjazz (author)rpackham2012-01-13

It is very easy as I said its all about not letting the strands slip. Good luck!

bajablue (author)2012-01-12

Well done!!!

dreadyjazz (author)bajablue2012-01-12

Thx! More to come.

Goodhart (author)2012-01-12

Although this kind of thing is not "my thing" I must say you have done well with detailing the steps and with the pictures you've included.

dreadyjazz (author)Goodhart2012-01-12

Thank you! I just got my first digital camera so it means a lot.

dreadyjazz (author)2012-01-12

Thank you so much. That what happens when you strat doing hair when your 14 lol. Just take practice!

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