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Cristina at ShopStyle

If you've got relaxed-yet-wavy hair (like curly Bella), you've probably at least heard of "wrapping." The technique can help breakage-prone or frizzy hair preserve sleek styles while you sleep or work out. Whether it involves chemically straightened, flat-ironed or blow-dried tresses, wrapping provides less stress on your hair and holds straightness through the night with a satin sleep cap or scarf. It's not a hard process once you get the hang of it, so see my steps to get started when you

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  • Divide the hair. Starting at the crown of your head, brush the front middle part of your hair – from top of head to forehead – over the front of your face with a boar-bristle brush. (Think of Cousin It). The back and side portions of your hair should be left down as usual.
  • Choose your direction. To begin the wrapping process, you'll want to brush the hair in the direction that you part your hair (e.g., if you part on the left side, you'll comb around your head going toward the right.) To get a strong start, place one palm on top of your head to hold the hair closest to your scalp down pat.
  • Keep it moving. Keep brushing hair repeatedly in the same direction around your head until all your hair wraps around it. If necessary, add pins to hold down any pieces that fall.
  • Top it off. Many people complain that satin wraps or scarves come off in the night. If you're into lasting results (and sacrificing fashion), grab a pair of clean pantyhose. Put the "top" part over your scarf/satin cap, wrap the "legs" around your head, and tie to secure. It ain't pretty, but it gets the job done.

Have any advice to add? Share it in your comments below.

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socialitebabe socialitebabe 6 years
Great work Bella! I love posts that deal with women of color! As a mixed girl who chemically relaxes her hair I do this every night. My white bf and friends look at me like I'm crazy but it keeps my style and prevents dryness. I just use a silk scarf tho.
mythai mythai 6 years
Great post! Thanks!!
mythai mythai 6 years
Great post! Thanks!!
MsWalton MsWalton 6 years
THANK YOU BELLA!!!! I am SO happy that the posts are more diverse. I've been wrapping my hair for years and I'm glad that more readers are learning about this as well.
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
I wrap my long curly hair too, but i learned to part your hair right down the middle of your head, take your left side and pull it around the back up to your forehead and clip it, then take your right side in the opposite direction. Then tie off with a silk scarf. But i like the multi-ethnic posts it's nice to have a site recognize everyone's different problems.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
That smiley came out so weird...I forgot to mention that people in the Caribbean call this a tubie (spe?) too.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Yea, and I think these tips are great for caucasian women too, I've always thought they could benefit too :) Oh and I love how Bella broke this down in an easy to understand manner, very cool :)
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
Yea, and I think these tips are great for caucasian women too, I've always thought they could benefit too :)Oh and I love how Bella broke this down in an easy to understand manner, very cool :)
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
I meant to add, I also add hair pins to my scarf, pinning the scarf to your head.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
Great tip, I wrap my hair when I don't wear rollers. A silk pillowcase is great.
isahrangme isahrangme 6 years
can you post pictures? i am confused...
Allytta Allytta 6 years
Bella ment put nylon on top of satin ;)
margokhal margokhal 6 years
More multiethnic topics, Bella!And yeah, at least for me and most women of color that I know...stockings/pantyhose will only dry out the hair, and cause lots of friction which leads to breakage. Nylon is SOO not good for your hair!Get a mesh wrap cap, wrap foam [if you need it], and a satin scarf or cap. It's much easier to sleep with, and it won't break your hair! Also, a good investment is in satin or silk pillowcases, if you don't want to wear a scarf or cap. Silk's the best in that case.
margokhal margokhal 6 years
More multiethnic topics, Bella! And yeah, at least for me and most women of color that I know...stockings/pantyhose will only dry out the hair, and cause lots of friction which leads to breakage. Nylon is SOO not good for your hair! Get a mesh wrap cap, wrap foam [if you need it], and a satin scarf or cap. It's much easier to sleep with, and it won't break your hair! Also, a good investment is in satin or silk pillowcases, if you don't want to wear a scarf or cap. Silk's the best in that case.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i wonder how other posts were oriented at white women only?
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Yes, keep the topics for women of color coming. It feels good to be included.As for the product. bunk that. I'll stick to my satin scarf, thank you.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Yes, keep the topics for women of color coming. It feels good to be included. As for the product. bunk that. I'll stick to my satin scarf, thank you.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Interesting.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i was wondering: how come it's satin, and not silk? for it to be cheaper?
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I wrap my hair too :)I just use a regular bandana, does the same and stays on at night.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I wrap my hair too :) I just use a regular bandana, does the same and stays on at night.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 6 years
I'm liking the increase in muliticultural/ethnic topics in Bella! I wrap my relaxed hair nightly with a simlar satin scarf!
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