Updated: Jan 30
Let me let you into a little secret, before deciding to sell head wraps in my store, i'd never actually worn one! I'd seen them in photoshoots, on friends and aspired to have the courage to one day rock my own. It wasn't until I started selling African print headwraps that I actually found it.
Crazy I know, but true...
So many people I know, shy away from wearing headwraps because
They have no idea how to wrap one
They've never worn one
They don't know how to wear one
They don't feel confident enough to wear one
How do I know all of this? I used to believe every single one. Truth is, there's a first for everything and really, what's the worst that can happen?
To help persuade you to give it a go, here's my Headwrap 101; everything you'll need to know
Not all headwraps are the same
This may seem like the most obvious thing in the world but don't misunderstand me here. There are different factors to different wraps which can limit or extend its capabilities. Things to look out for
Fabric - African wax print fabrics are just that, wax printed and the more wax in the dye, the more crisp the fabric will be. I like to categorise them into 3 different types. Lightweight, Medium & Crisp. My recommendation for beginners are lightweight. Why? Because in my opinion there's no wrong way to wrap them. The fluidity of the fabric makes it easy to manipulate and create many styles.
Colour - Headwraps don't usually come in block colours (,although they can, and i'm looking into this for the new year). As a result it can be hard picking one you really like. Think of colours you like or colours that suit your wardrobe, style and personality. If you're still struggling remember that you can wear any headwrap with black so it's never a problem,
Size - I offer 3 different sizes of head wraps to give my customers a great choice. Mini Wraps are perfect for buns and sleek straight styles whereas standard headwraps are great for full coverage. The last size, the Midi Wrap is great for voluminous updo's.
The Headwrap Misconceptions
What you really need to know about slaying in the headwrap game
There's no right or wrong answer
People always think there's a right and wrong answer to head wrapping. It's totally incorrect! There are thousands of ways to wrap and the best way to figure out which one suits you is to try it yourself. The easiest wraps are a sequence of knots and the hardest are continuous, turban styles but with determination both are equally achievable. I can't guarantee that the first time you wrap it'll be easy, but I can guarantee some inspiration and guidance. Check out these head wrap videos!
Headwraps don't give you confidence
That's a common misconception. The women wearing headwraps always look confident but that confidence is found within themselves. I like to think that when you look good you feel good and that's what I tell my customers. Choose a print you like, a style that suits you and wear it with pride. Even if you're not confident, if you can tell yourself you are, others will believe it too.
Our inspiration here at Laura Jane Fashion comes from Psalm 139:14 - I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
The reason I chose this quote to be our mantra and our focus is because every time I read it, I remember that I am created by someone who only makes beautiful things. His works are marvellous and if I remember this, i'll also remember that His creations include me and that's where I get my confidence from. The inner & outer beauty God declares I have.
No more bad hair days
One thing I love about headwraps is their ability to hide the mess*. I no longer have bad hair days because if I do they're covered up by an explosion of fabrical (,no it's not a word but it should be) colour! *Please note that if you're looking for somewhere to hide the Midi and Mini Wraps won't give you the support you need. One more thing, headwraps are not just for bad hair days because they can work just as well to accentuate good hair days.
Although head wraps don't give you confidence they can act as a crown as can many other things like your afro for example. The extra height, the pop of colour, the exciting design thats happening above your brow, definitely qualifies in my opinion as a crown. Wear it with pride girl!
Well those are the tips I thought to share with you today and I hope they are helpful in some way. Let me leave you with this thought, you can do it, there's nothing to fear!
How did you like my Headwrap 101? How do you feel about wearing Headwraps? Let us know in the comments below or better still send us a photo of you in one of our Headwraps for a chance to be featured on our blog or social media page!