Hair Wraps Beautiful! Easy Tutorial

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair wraps are a fun way to add to your summer style, and making them yourself is easier than you might think. All you need is some embroidery floss and a few pretty charms to get started.

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

Supplies:

  • 2 or more colors of embroidery floss
  • Small hair elastic
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Charms

Directions:

1. Braid the hair

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

Braid a small section of hair and secure the end of the braid with a small hair elastic.

2. Cut the embroidery floss

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

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

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

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

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

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

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

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

Add a little flair to your summer hairstyle

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.

Hair Wraps!

My cousins went away for a vacation in Mexico and when they were down there Lisa wanted to get a hair wrap done.  Turns out they were charging $10 for a braid with a silver string wrapped around it and some beads tied on the end.  When they got home Lisa asked asked me if I could do one.  It’s been a long time since the last time I did it but I thought it would be fun to give it a go and it gave me something else to post on my blog!
Things you need:
Embroidery floss (at least 2 different colours and up to as many as you’d like)
scissors
tiny elastic for hair
big hair elastic
beads, bells or charms if you want
Step 1:  After choosing your colours, cut each piece at least twice as along as the hair you’re wrapping.  It’s better to have too much than not enough string!
Step 2:  Section out some hair where ever you’d like the hair wrap and make a small braid and use you tiny elastic for the end of it and with the rest of the hair tie it back with a big elastic.  It’s easier if the rest of the hair is pulled back so it doesn’t get in the way of the wrap.
Step 3:  Find the middle of each piece of string then tie a knot around the top of the braid.
Step 4:  Start wrapping!  All you have to do is pick which every colour you like (and it doesn’t matter which piece of string you use) and wrap it around the hair and the other string that is not being used.  Just pretend that the unused string is a part of the braid.  Keep the string tight and wrap the rows close together so no hair shows through.  When you want to change colours, just pick the next colour you want, just hold the piece of string you were using between your thumb and forefinger and start wrapping with the next colour over top of the colour you just used.
Step 5:  For designs or patterns, you can do a lot with just wrapping the string.  You can make each colour a certain length and do patterns that way.  Or alternate colours after wrapping each piece of string once around the hair (this will make it look like each row is a different colour).  If you want something a little more complicated, and you can also make Xs around the solid colours you have.  To do this all you need to do is chose a colour to be the solid and a colour for the Xs.  Before you start wrapping your solid colour keep out both strings of the colour you want to make your X.  Wrap the solid colour around the rest of the hair and string.  When you’re solid colour is as long as you want it, get someone else to hold the end for you (I just had Lisa hold it for me when I did it) and then take both strings of the colour for the Xs and wrap them around the solid colour.
Then just pick the next colour you want to start wrapping with and wrap as per normal.
Step 6:  To finish your hair wrap, keep wrapping until you’ve covered the end of the hair and all you’re left wrapping is the unused string.  If you want beads, string a couple of beads on at the end of the wrap then just tie it off at the end.  You can also use beads throughout the hair wrap if you like, Lisa didn’t want any beads in hers because it makes it hard to sleep and brush her hair, so just keep that in mind.
And that’s what it looked like in the end.  They will stay in for a pretty long time!
TIP:  If you underestimated how long you needed for your string and you don’t have enough to finish the wrap, just get some more and tie one piece of string at a time part way down the braid.  If you tie one piece at a time instead of making a big knot like you did at the top of the braid then it will make it easier to cover.

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.)

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Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

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Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

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, and the hair won’t be gross after you take it out.)
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 1:

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.
Part 1:
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.
Before:
After:

TO SWITCH COLORS: make one bk with both strands. (If you’re doing this as a lefty, it will most likely be a fk.)

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

DESIGNS:

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

 

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

 

  • 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.
  • Scissors
  • Elastic band to secure hair.
Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps



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!

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

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.

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

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.

Hair Wraps

Hair Wraps

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.

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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.

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As you can see it’s not neat at all!

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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.


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7. TADA! Finished wrap.
OTHER FINISHING TECHNIQUES…..
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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?!


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