Styling a head wrap the right way

Styling a head wrap2There are a lot of different ways to wear your scarf around your neck, sure. But what if I told you that you can incorporate it into your look more than successfully by simply rocking one in your hair?

A good scarf can do wonders for your overall appearance, making you look more casual, laid-back, and simply more youthful. I’m here today to give you a couple of quick tutorials on how to tie a scarf without making a too big of a fuss about the whole matter. So, if I managed to spark some of your interest, feel free to stick around and read what I have to say.

We won’t be loosing much time on idle chit-chat here; time is money so we won’t be loosing any. Let’s get straight down to business.

Scarf wearing tutorials

For my nest trick I’m going to need assistance. I’m just kidding; let’s get down to our first tutorial.

It all begins by folding your scarf by its length, so you’ll have it about 3 inches wide. There are numbers of ways we can proceed from here, but we’ll try to keep it simple since this is just the beginning after all. Just tie your scarf around you head and there is your first look. Just be sure that the knot is positioned on the back and not on the side. We’re going for that Esmeralda look here, not the karate kid. Hat would be the simplest way to incorporate a scarf into your daily outlook. It’s very casual, and it gives off the feeling that you don’t have a single worry in the world. We’ll go to some more complicated looks from here on out.

Styling a head wrapBe sure to get a scarf that is large enough to cover your entire head. Stretch it around, and bring both of the ends to the back of your head. I think you’re probably already guessing where we are going with this. Just tie off the ends in a comfortable but firm fashion and you’re good to go. There is one thing I should mention here though. Now you don’t want to be walking around looking like a pirate of the Caribbean right? So, there is a simple trick for avoiding that piraty look altogether. The only thing you’ll have to pay attention to is where the knot of your scarf lies. If it’s on the back of your head, then you got yourself a pirate look all the way. The trick is to let it fall on you neck and be angled enough to give you that “chick with the pirate bandana” look. Your neck’s nape is the know sweet spot. Ha, that even rimes, so it’ll be that much easier to remember.

The third tutorial will require you to get your scarf through an elastic band of some sort. The band should preferably be clear or in the color of the scarf itself, but clear is the best way to go. Get the band to the middle point of the scarf and we can move on. Now the ends of your scarf should be spread before you wrap it around your head, strictly following your hairline. All that is left to do now is tie it securely at the very back of your head and there is your exotic look for you. To add a bit more pizzazz to the overall look, you should just let one end of the scarf rest casually on one of your shoulders.

Those would be my few simple suggestions for a great ways to use your scarf. Enjoy.

Basics of African hair braiding

Ok, today we’re going to say a few words about braiding. Hair braiding was invented about 5k years ago, and it has been present in our lives ever since. It is more common for African-American people to be seen with braids, because their hair is pretty much perfect for braiding purposes. But, as the time went by it is more and more common to see members of every ethnicity wearing a braided hair.

So, I thought it was time for us to get to know a bit more about this phenomena. I’ll be telling you here everything I know about hair braiding, in order to get you up to speed with these ever-growing hair trend.

We’ll have to go over the historical part, learning a bit about where the braids stand as far as historical point of view is concerned. Then, if I have any words left for this article, I’ll give you a quick tutorial on how to do them yourself. Sounds good? Cool.

African hair braiding

African hair braiding

History of hair braids

Let’s see what the braid actually is. A braid, also called a plait is a pretty complex pattern or structure, which can be formed by simply interlacing any number of strands of hair. We all knew this pretty much, but I had it elegantly defined for you. So, the next time anybody asks you what a braid really is, you’ll have your answer ready to go.

The simplest way to make a braid is the well-known one that is made out of 3 strands of hair. It is a very flat and solid structure. Since the humble beginnings we’ve had a vast number of different braids developed, each more complex than the other. They can consist out of pretty much any number of strands.

Many of the African tribes and citizens of modern cities have braided their hair for as long as they can remember, and they still do. The perfect example would be the Namibian Himba people. But braids are not only used for hair styling, they’ve had a much more versatile uses over the years. They were used as animal regalia, costume decorations, sword decorations, hats and bowls (made of palm leaves), and even for making locks (which can be found in Japan).

AFRICAN hair braiding

Ok, let’s talk a bit about strictly African ways of braiding hair. Their braids are often called cornrows, and represent a hairstyling manner that is traditionally African. These braids are made very close to the one’s scalp and going in a straight line by using an upward, underhand motion, producing a continuous and raised row. As I’ve said, they can be braided in a simple way, producing only straight lines, but they gain much more appeal knowing they can be made to represent much more complicated curvilinear and geometrical designs.

One of the other factors that raises their overall appeal is the fact that they’re pretty easy to maintain. They can last for weeks if you wash them and oil your scalp regularly.

Well, I guess we’ll have to leave that tutorial for another article. Until then…

African hair braiding2

Ways to style you hair using a blow dryer

Blow dryers are one of the most popular personal grooming tools used by men and women worldwide. Although people tend use it to quickly dry their hair before they have to leave for work, but blow dryers can be a very effective styling tool as well. It’s not as if only the latest and the most expensive models that can be used this way; the tips I am going to share can be accomplished using any blow dryer provided it comes with the following:

  • A nozzle so that you can focus the hot air right where you need it
  • A cool shot button that helps in setting your hair style
  • Has variable temperature settings that can be adjusted based upon the type of your hair and the style you want to create.

Besides the above features, if you have an ionic hair dryer, your styling will go a lot easier because they bombard your hair with negatively charged ions that prevent electrostatic charging and ‘fly-away’ strands. Also to execute these tricks you will also need hair mousse, a round or paddle hair brush, a moisturizing hair spray and hair clips.

Styling short hair

Evenly apply the moisturizing hair spray, as this will protect your hair strands from the blast of heat it is about to receive. Now take a walnut-sized helping of hair mousse and let it work your way through the hair while you blow dry that particular section. It is also advisable to hold up that part of the hair with hair-clips until you are finished and your hair returns to the room temperature. Use the cool shot setting to expedite the process. You will soon achieve volume that you never thought possible with hair your size!

Styling hair with a bob haircut

Bob haircuts look their best when the hair has a lot of volume and the ends are turned inwards. To achieve this, apply the hair spray and then separate your hair from the top in equal strands. Maintain the separation with hair clips. Now use your round brush to brush a particular strand while you apply the heat at a 90 degree angle (relative to the brush). This process might need to be repeated a couple of times so use your judgment and remember to end the process with a blast of cold hair. Once you are done, you will enjoy fantastic volume and will also see that your ends are turned inwards!

Styling Long Hair

Long and luscious locks are the envy of most women, mainly because they require a lot of work. So after you take a shower, make sure you towel dry your hair as much as possible. Once that is done use a generate amount of mousse and apply it evenly throughout your hair, followed by an even application of your moisturizing hair spray. Once that is done, rough dry your hair with just the hair dryer and your hands, no combs necessary at this point.

Also alternate between hot and cold blasts while you are doing this. Keep repeating until your hair is about 80% dry. Now separate your hair in equal strands and maintain the separation with hair clips. Now wrap your hair around the round brush and apply the heat from the hair dryer at a 90 degree angle. Do not try to cover the entire length of your hair at one go, but separate your individual strand into sections and focus on each section individually.

For example start with the root, then move on to the mid-shaft and finally focus on the ends. Keep repeating the process for every strand and once you are done, you will be left with the classic look that you have always wanted!

Please note that applying blow dryers every single day can cause damage. So I would suggest that you make your look last longer by avoiding excessive moisture, using a shower cap in the bathroom and applying dry shampoo till you decide to wash your hair again!