7 Easy Ways to Style Head Wraps for Natural Hair

by Joanna E
How to Style an African Headwrap: 7 Easy Ways to Style Head Wraps for Natural Hair

It’s been almost 7 years since being natural, but have only recently started doing head wrap styles on lazy hair days or as a way to protect my hair on vacation. Styling headwraps on natural hair isn’t a new trend, but it has become pretty popular amongst celebrities like Solange, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, and the Queen Mother of Wakanda Angela Bassett.

Where to Buy African Print Head Wraps for Natural Hair

There are many Indie designers that sell head wraps for natural hair in their online store, Etsy, or Instagram. Favorites include Cee Cee’s Closet NYC and The Wrap Life. You can also take a trip to your local fabric store to purchase the material and stitch the ends yourself. I love supporting black-owned businesses and Caribbean Natural Hair Brands so I recently purchased all of the Tropic Isle Living handcrafted headwraps from Target online.

How to Style Head Wraps for Natural Hair

If you’re in need of style inspiration or looking for some easy go-to head wrap styles for lazy hair days, Here’s a tutorial of seven headwrap styles you learn in 5 steps or less using Tropic Isle Living handcrafted head wraps.

Headwrap Style #1 – The Bow

Easy Headwrap Styles - The Bow

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Bow

Whether it is big or small, tying a bow is one of the most popular head wrap styles for women. Tying a headwrap in a bow is as easy as tying your shoelaces. Here’s how:

  • Place the headwrap over the back of your head and pull ends towards the front.
  • Tie the headwrap into a knot at the center (or side if you wish).
  • Fold the fabric on each end to create a bow.
  • Hide the ends by tucking them into the flaps.

Headwrap Style #2 – The Twisted Knot

Easy Headwrap Styles for natural hair - The twisted knot

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Twisted Knot

If you can do a two-strand twist, you can surely style your African headwraps in a Twisted Knot. Just think of the twisted knot as Bantu knot. Below are the steps to achieving this style:

  • Fold the headwrap in half so that it’s lowered to the nape of your neck.
  • Pull the fabric towards the center, then tie into a knot.
  • Twist the separate ends (like a two-strand twist).
  • Wrap the twisted rope around itself.

Headwrap Style #3 – The Headband

Easy Headwrap Styles for natural hair - the headband

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Headband

The Headband is possibly one of the easiest natural hair headwrap styles and looks best when your hair is in a puff. You can also style in a jumbo bun as I did with my bob box braids. Below are the four steps to achieving this headwrap style:

  • Pull your hair into a high bun or puff.
  • Fold the headwrap in half and place it at the back of your head.
  • Pull ends towards the front and tie into a knot at the center.
  • Pull the ends of the fabric back and tuck underneath towards the nape of your neck.

Headwrap Style #4 – The Spiral Knot

Easy Headwrap Styles for natural hair - Spiral Knot

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Spiral Knot

The Spiral Knot is similar to the Twisted Knot mentioned above with some modifications. Instead of folding the headwrap in half, you place the full wrap over your head. The spiral knot is an easy natural headwrap style that can be worn with your hair down as shown in the picture above, in a slicked-back style, cornrows, or in twists. This can also be worn in the front or back of your head. Here’s how to do the spiral knot headwrap style.

  • Pull the fabric towards the front and tie into a knot.
  • Separate the ends and wrap each side in a spiral motion.
  • Wrap the spiraled ends around each other in separate directions so it appears flat.

Headwrap Style #5 – The Bun

Easy Head wrap Styles for natural hair - The Bun

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Bun

As the name suggests, you wear this headwrap style when your hair is in a bun. It doesn’t matter if it is a high or low; just think of it as two looks with the same style. To achieve The Bun headwrap style:

  • Pull your hair into a high ponytail or bun.
  • Pull the fabric towards the back of your head, then tie into a knot.
  • Separate the ends and wrap each side in a spiral motion.
  • Wrap the spiraled ends around your bun and tuck them into each other

Headwrap Style #6 – The Twisted “Crown”

Easy Head wrap Styles for natural hair - the twisted crown

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: The Twisted Crown

The Twisted Crown is a headwrap style that looks simple but can be worn to give an elegant final look with some drop earrings. Here’s how to style your African headwrap in the Twisted “Crown”.

  • Style hair into a slicked-back style or cornrows.
  • Pull the fabric towards the back and tie in a knot.
  • Twist the separate ends (like a two-strand twist).
  • Pull twisted rope toward around to the front of your head and tuck the ends toward the nape of your neck.

Headwrap Style #7 – The Turban with a “Twist”

Easy Head wrap Styles for natural hair turban with a twist

Head Wrap Style for Natural Hair: Turban with a Twist

The last headwrap style for natural hair is the Turban with a “Twist”. No matter how many tutorials I view, I cannot achieve a full turban style to save my life, so I created a style that works for me. The Turban with a Twist works best when your hair is in a high bun.

  • Pull your hair into a high ponytail or bun.
  • Pull the fabric towards the front of your head, then cross the ends on each side
  • Separate the ends and wrap each side in a spiral motion.
  • Tuck the ends of the fabric into wrap so your hair is completely covered.
  • Lower the headwrap so that it sits comfortably.

These headwrap styles work great for natural or relaxed hair, locs, or braids and you can wear with your hair up or down. If you found this post sharing how to create these simple go-to head wrap styles, share with your social community. You can also pin for future reference.

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2 comments

Mikelah Rose May 27, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The top knot is my “go to” i need to try some other styles. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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Joanna E June 1, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Thanks! I just was catching up with your podcast. I heard you mention them in the interview with Chris Martin ☺️

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