African Headwrap styles are now popular than they used to be. Back in the days, headwraps wear a thing for only older women in the African society, but the trend has changed over the few years.
Traditional weddings are now dominated by head wrap styles (Gele or duku), Christian women(both young and old) wear it to church services.
It doesn’t end there, our ladies now tie beautiful African print headwraps to those classic events, outings, etc.
If you’re looking for head wrap styles or how to tie an African head wrap, you’re at the right place.
Here are African headwrap styles with image and video tutorials.
The Nefertiti headwrap is a quick and easy-to-make style that must form a high crown similar to the head-dressing of Erykah Badu and the Queen of Egypt Nefertiti.
It requires 2 long turbans or scarf (minimum 1 yard), or an African fabric. The African fabric could be a piece of Kente, Batakari or Ankara.
The sophisticated knot
Step 1: Style hair into cornrows or another slicked-back style. Fold the headwrap in half so that it’s lowered to the nape of your neck and covering your ears.
Step 2: Pull the fabric towards the front and tie into a double-knot.
Step 3: Tuck the ends of the fabric into wrap so your hair is completely covered.
Step 4: Lower the headwrap so that it sits comfortably.
The Nigerian gele style
Gele is a beautiful and popular African scarf in Nigeria. The popular headtie is worn during important events such as weddings, church etc.
Lupita Nyong’o wore this headwrap style in 2016 at the Toronto premiere of her film Queen of Katwe. Fashion critics called it “flawless.”
The side braid
Step 1: Place headwrap behind the head.
Step 2: Gather the ends to the top of your head.
Step 3: Make a knot.
Step 4: Make three more knots to form a knotted braid.
Step 5: Take the knotted braid and place on the side of your head, either left or right depending on your preference.
Step 6: Tuck in the end of the braid into the back of the headwrap.
The spiral headband
This style is good for braids, rasta or even natural hair.
Step 1: Pull your hair into a high ponytail or bun. Fold the headwrap in half so that it’s lowered to the nape of your neck.
Step 2: Pull the fabric towards the front and off-center, then tie into a knot.
Step 3: Combine the two separate ends by twisting into one large spiral rope.
Step 4: Tuck the spiral on one side at the nape.
The gigantic bow
Step 1: Start by gathering your hair into a topknot. Place the headwrap at the back of your head, making sure the fabric is lowered to the nape of your neck. Then, pull ends towards the front.
Step 2: Tie the wrap into a knot at the center.
Step 3: Fold the fabric until it creates an oversized bow.
Step 4: Hide the ends of the wrap by tucking them into the bow flaps.
The looped headband
This is a head wrap style for natural hair. So if you have a natural hair and you want to wrap it with a matching African print while flaunting your natural hair, this is the right style for you.
Step 1: Pull your locks up into a high bun or Afro puff. Fold the headwrap in half and place it at the back of your head before pulling ends towards the front.
Step 2: Tie the wrap into a double-knot at the center.
Step 3: Tuck the ends of the fabric underneath towards the nape of your neck.
Step 4: Slide the fabric back just enough until it has the feel of a headband.
The big knot
You need a helping hand in this style.
The French braid
Similar to the French braid headband.
The big pile upfront
Other African headwrap tutorials
Here are other head wrap styles you can try.