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Women Hair Wrap Styles: Stop Hair Breakage

Updated on December 7, 2012


Hair wraps are a relaxed, healthy and convenient way to maintain and manage the hair. Most hair wraps are used by African American women, but any woman could take advantage of hair wraps.

The hair is wrapped and brushed in a circular motion around the head. Hair should be as straight as possible and combed through before wrapping. Any hair length can be wrapped – short or long. The three different ways to wrap your hair that I will be discussing in this article are: Dry wraps, Wet wraps, and Roller-Set wraps.


The purpose of a hair wrap is to not wake up the next day with frizzy or unmanaged hair, but instead wake up and go. A hair wrap is the perfect solution to straighten the hair and keep it smooth. Hair wraps are simple, and a way to keep the hair straightened and kept in place while sleeping. Tie a satin or polyester scarf around your head to hold the wrap.


Hair wraps keep your hair moisturized, hydrated and healthy. You’ll be amazed at how shiny your hair will be. Hair wraps are also beneficial if you experience hair breakage from relaxers, perms, or coloring. It also manages split ends. Hair Wraps are one alternative out of a few in my opinion to relaxing your hair. I don't personally relax my hair because of the damage it caused in the past. I have been chemically relaxed-free for over 7 years as of 2012 and my hair is the most healthiest it's ever been and I do not go to the salon at all. I do my hair myself. I used to go to the salon all the time when my hair was relaxed, spending lots of money and I still didn't have optimal hair. You may be interested in another article I wrote: Natural Hair Relaxers.

Three Hair Wrap Styles

Dry Wraps
Suggested for any relaxed, straight permed or flat-ironed hair styles.

Items Needed
1. Wide-tooth comb
2. Bristle soft brush
3. Hair Sheen Spray
4. Hair scarf
5. Hair Pins
6. Hooded Hair dryer (optional, but definitely not necessary)

Directions for Dry Wrap: Use a wide-tooth comb. Start at the center of the hair, and comb hair straight downward around the entire head. Spray hair sheen. Comb through hair to distribute hair sheen. Part the hair on either side of your forehead. Brush hair clockwise or counter-clockwise in a spiral. You may need to secure hair with hair pins to keep hair in place. Tie hair scarf tightly over your head overnight.

The next day, unwrap, you are good to go. It is optional to sit under a hair dryer for about thirty minutes. This will quicken the results if you are styling your hair for the day.

Wet Wraps
Suggested if you want your natural hair straighter. If your hair is already straight, this style will make it smoother and shinier.

Items Needed:
1. Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Setting Lotion
3. Hair Pins
4. Wide-tooth comb
5. Bristle soft brush
6. Hair Sheen
7. Hooded Hair Dryer (necessary unless you use a hand hair dryer)
8. Hair Scarf

Directions for Wet Wrap: Shampoo and condition hair as normal. Dry hair damp with towel. Apply setting lotion. Hair should be wet. Comb hair straight downward around the entire head. Spray hair sheen. Comb through hair to distribute setting lotion and hair sheen. Part the hair on either side of your forehead. Brush/comb hair clockwise or counter-clockwise in a spiral. If you have longer hair, you may need to use hair pins to keep your hair in place. Leave hair uncovered while you sit under a hooded hair dryer for thirty-minutes.

After thirty minutes, lightly spray more hair sheen over your hair. If you will be relaxing at home, place a scarf over your dry wrapped hair to keep hair secure. If not, use a comb to unwrap hair and style as desired and go.A hooded dryer is highly recommended, but if you don’t have one, I suggest a hand held hair dryer.

Roller Wrap Set
Suggested if you want to add lots of body and volume to your hair. Also known as the old-school wrap.

Items Need:
1. Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Setting Lotion
3. Hair pins (these should be pins that are used for plastic rollers)
4. Wide-tooth comb
5. Bristle soft brush
6. Hooded Hair Dryer
7. Plastic Rollers
8. Hair Scarf

Directions for Roller Wrap Set: Shampoo and condition hair. Towel dry hair so it’s still damp. Apply setting lotion. Hair should be wet. Part sections of hair. Place rollers on the sectioned hair, secure the roller with a hair pin. Spray hair sheen over entire head while rollers are in. Sit under hooded hair dryer for thirty-minutes. Remove rollers. Style as desired. Use more hair sheen as necessary. Hair will have body and bounce and will certainly look full. You can also use rollers on dry hair and secure the hair with a hair scarf.

Side Notes

Shampoos and Conditioners- As a woman you already know there are probably thousands of shampoos and conditioners on the market. If you use one that works for you then great, keep using it, but I thought it necessary to give my suggestion if you aren't 100% satisfied with the current shampoo and conditioner you use. I too have tried several shampoos, however the one that I live by and will forever only use is WEN by Chaz Dean. You may have heard of WEN on TV or in ads. This is the only shampoo I use. I swear by this shampoo. Because of my hair type I use WEN by Chaz Dean Fig. Sometimes I will use the Lavender as well. Actually with WEN, you don't need to use a conditioner. And I love that. However, I still use one anyway just because I want to. I don't use a conditioner with every wash, but at least once or twice a month.

The two types of conditioners I use and recommend are:
1. Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter - Deep Treatment Masque (Sold at Walgreens)
2. Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment (I bought this as ULTA. You may have to do a little research to see where to buy this if your area doesn't have an ULTA beauty store) Suggested on Oprah's website, that's how I originally heard about it, and I absolutely love it!

Hair Sheen - There are numerous hair sheens on the market, but I HIGHLY recommend the following: “PROFECTIVE- Mega Growth Pro Growth Sheen.” It doesn't have alcohol in it, like some hair sheens do. It is in a yellow can and has several natual and healthy oil ingredients like: Avocado, Coconut, Lanolin, Soybean, Jojoba, Olive, just to name a few. By far this is the best hair sheen on the market, that I've research and used and has greatly contributed to my personal hair growth. Also it's inexpensive. I normally pay about $5.99 for a tall can from my local beauty store as of 2012.

Setting Lotion – There are several setting lotion brands on the market. You can even buy them at Walgreens and Walmart. However, read the ingredients and don’t just pick up the first one you see. DO NOT choose any settling lotions where "Alcohol" is one of the ingredients. This is where many women make the mistake when choosing their hair products in general. Trust me on this one. Actually don't ever put anything in your hair where "Alcohol" is one of the ingredients, especially if you have naturally dry hair. I understand some people may put holding hair spray in their hair or products with alcohol in it, but my hair is natually dry, so I never take the risk. With Setting Lotions, you may have to experiment a little to see which one works best for your particular hair. I’m not 100% set on any one kind, because I still try out different ones.

However, if I had to suggest a few, here they are:

1. Lottabody Olive Oil Setting Lotion. Sold at many local beauty stores.
3. "Dr. Miracle's Healing Wrapping & Setting Lotion" Sold at many local beauty stores.

You can even make your own setting lotion. How, you might ask? To make your own try using an empty spray bottle and mix one of your favorite liquid leave in conditioners (Do not use a cream based leave in conditioner, liquid ONLY)

Then mix in any of the following oils: Avocado, Almond, Argan or Apricot oil. These four oils do wonders for the hair. You can buy any of these oils 100% natural from most any health food stores. Argan oil can also be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply or at other local beauty stores.

Do's and Dont's


Do use a scarf to secure hair after your wrap is dry
Do sleep with a scarf every night, whenever possible to keep hair in optimal shape.

Don’t use a plastic cap in replace of a scarf to cover your hair while it dries. Never. If you do, your hair will come out completely frizzy.


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