All Wrapped Up: The Art of Hair Wrapping
I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with hair wrapping, although I would never had called it hair wrapping until recently. Perhaps I should say I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with head scarves. When I was a teenager, I’d often tie a shimmery cotton scarf I’d bought from the local hippy shop around my long curly hair. At uni, I sometimes wrapped all my hair up in a scarf, although it was not well done. Over the years, I’ve flirted with wearing scarves on my head, with varying degrees of success.
And then in January, I shaved my hair off, as you’ll know if you’re a regular reader. It’s a look I loved, and (once I got over how cold it was), I was proud to show my shaved head out and about.
Well, that was eight and a half months ago, and I still shave my head. Still love it. Still have no plans to grow it back. And yet …. I feel tugged back to the headscarves again.
It started out when I went out a few times when my hair felt like it was long overdue for shaving again. I felt like it was a mess and so, not having the time to sort it, I tied a scarf over it. I liked it. I did it more often. And then, through a chance sighting of a website on my Facebook feed, I found Wrapunzel, a website for all things hair wrapping. Wrapunzel is run by Andrea and Rivka Malka, two Jewish women in Chicago. Their hair wrapping journey began as a way of fulfilling their obligation to cover their hair as married Jewish women, but it has become so much more than that. They now have a website, You Tube channel and online store, all dedicated to hair wrapping, and they even tour the US teaching others how to wrap! Something like 75% of their followers are non Jews though, showing just how wide an appeal hair wrapping has.
I began experimenting with some of their styles. And then I bought my first tichel shaper and some scarves from them. And my confidence increased and I got bolder in my wrapping.
A few days ago, I found time to do a bit of actual shopping, in actual physical shops, without the children. The first place I went to was a charity shop filled with bric-a-brac. I found three scarves I liked, priced at £1 each. One of them (which I am wearing as I type) was from Monsoon! I also found a small brooch in need of a clean and two beaded rings in the shape of a flower, which I think I can transform into brooches, all at 50p each.
Next stop was the outlet centre, and an accessories store that I wouldn’t normally consider using for myself. I looked through the clearance section and found half a dozen flower clips that will work for what I have in mind, some earrings that look great with my scarves and a headband with a pretty metallic design.
And now I have a real assortment of things to add to all the scarves I already had and feel I can make some really nice arrangements out of them.
I love the way this new style (for me) looks, but I’ve definitely noticed that around my home town I get more stares now than I ever did with a shaved head!