- 2 or more colors of embroidery floss
- Small hair elastic
1. Braid the hair
Braid a small section of hair and secure the end of the braid with a small hair elastic.
2. Cut the embroidery floss
Cut four strands of embroidery floss so that they are approximately four times the length of the braid. Tie the embroidery floss in a knot at the top of the braid.
3. Wrap around the braid
Choose one color of the embroidery floss to start wrapping with. Grab both strands of that color and wrap around the braid and the other strands of embroidery floss.
4. Switch colors
To switch colors, pull out two strands of a different color, and begin wrapping it around the braid and all of the other strands of embroidery floss.
5. Add embellishments
As you wrap the hair, you will be able to add beads or charms by sliding them on to one of the strands of embroidery floss, then just keep wrapping as usual.
6. Tie the ends
When you reach the end of the braid, tie the strands of embroidery floss in a knot and trim any excess to finish off your hair wrap.
Step 1: Pick 4 different colors doubled. Do NOT cut them in the middle, otherwise step 3 will not work. (Try not to use any more than four otherwise the wrap gets too thick.)
Step 2: Select a small amount of hair: braid the hair all the way to the bottom. (This makes it a little easier on the beginners
Step 3: Make an overhand knot near the middle of the four different colors.
Step 4: Place hair in center of the overhand knot approx. a half inch from the scalp. To secure, do another overhand knot on the opposite side.
Part 2 (the second knot):
Step 5: In order to wrap you MUST use two strands at a time. Take your first two strands and begin to wrap.
Cont. Step 5: In order to keep the wrap tight, a tip: Do four wraps around, then push all the strands upward towards the scalp.
TO SWITCH COLORS: make one bk with both strands. (If you’re doing this as a lefty, it will most likely be a fk.)
STRIPES: You can create many different designs. If you want stripes, pick two different colors to wrap.
*The stripes may be difficult to see! I do apologize for that!*
THATCHED: Before you start your solid color, pull two different colored strands out, and DO NOT wrap them inside your next solid. Make your solid color a tad longer than the others. After your bk to end the solid color, wrap the two left over colors around crossing as you go, make sure whatever color is on the bottom stays on the bottom.
D-I-Y HAIR WRAP
- A selection of colours of embroidery thread or thread of similiar thickness. (I used 3 colours and then black for detailing) The thread has to be just over double your hair length.
- Elastic band to secure hair.
1. Ok, so first of all cut the thread just over twice as long as your hair you’re wrapping is, then tie the ends in a knot. I’ve used 3 colours for this one-GREEN, ORANGE AND YELLOW. It’s important to make sure you have a lot of thread as you will run out before the end if it’s not at least double your hair length!
2. Then take a small section of hair from slightly underneath your hair (just so you can’t see the start of the wrap-I thought it looks neater slightly covered) Plait the hair, then secure with an elastic band.
3. Then tie the thread to the top of your plait with a knot, making sure it is secure. There will be the ends of the thread visible but you will be wrapping the thread over it to cover it. NOW YOU ARE READY TO WRAP! (make sure the rest of your hair is secured away from the wrap as it is very painful when it gets tangled up with the hair wrap.
4. To wrap, take either one, two or all your coloured thread, and literally wrap it around your hair! Make sure you hold the colours you are not wrapping and the plait tightly as you will be wrapping the other thread over them. As you can see above, I started off by only wrapping green, then orange and yellow together.
Be careful-the thread is very long as can sometimes get tangled up at the bottom of the plait, which is annoying.
5. After every section I did, I did a quick knot to secure it just in case, but you don’t have to. It also doesn’t have to be neat.In my reference from my previous post you could see some hair through the wrap and it wasn’t tight, so I tried to be as messy as possible and tried to get some of the plait showing through. Try any variation you like on the wrap! I also left a bit of hair at the end of the wrap.
As you can see it’s not neat at all!
6. At the end secure the wrap with a double knot. You will be left with some excess thread, I just cut mine off, but you can leave it if you want.
7. TADA! Finished wrap.
To decorate it you can add beads, charms, or constrasting thread. For my first one I got a thinner piece of black thread, tied it at the bottom then wrapped it up and down with a gap between wach wrap, so when you wrap it down it creates a criss cross, then tied it in a knot at the bottom and cut off the excess thread!
Wow mY first DIY tutorial thing YAY! I really hope this all makes sense! Would love to see any more hair wraps. Please ask if you have any questions! The next one I do I’m definitely going to add some beads or something, as well as maybe glitter thread?!