Friday, August 29, 2008

Hair Wraps

I used to do these in Venice Beach about 15 years ago. That's when they first started to become cool. Then after a few years, we saw them everywhere that attracted tourists

Hair Wrap-What you need:
  • At least 4 or 5 inches of hair
  • 4 or 5 colors of Embroidery Floss-- 5x the length of the wrap So if the final length you desire is 5 inches you need about 25 inches of floss. (Quick way to do this is hold the end of the floss up to the scalp with about 5 or 6 inches dangling on the recipients shoulder and have them to pull the end down to where they want their wrap to end. Then fold your strands 4 times so you have 5 times whatever the length is.)
  • Beads with Big Holes
  • A little piece of wire to thread the beads on.
  • Hair scrunchie, clips, bobbie pins to hold the rest of the hair up & away
You start by choosing a little strip of hair close to the nap e of the neck. Use a piece that is about an inch in from the hair's border. (see picture) Have the person put their hair up into a tight bun while you hold onto this strip. Use bobby pins or whatever to isolate this strip and give you clean access to the strip of hair. The hair gets braided together with the floss to form the core of the wrap. Hold the floss at the desired length of the wrap add the strip of hair at the scalp to this. The rest of the floss gets wound around the pony tail or bun just while you braid the floss and strip of hair together. After you've braided it down to the bottom, trim the little poking out hairs. Unwind the long length of floss from the bun. Now you should have a core (braid of hair and floss) with a long length of floss hanging out of the top. Just like making friendship bracelets when we were kids, you going to create blocks of color by knotting the strands around the core. Don't put too many beads or it will be too heavy.

This one I did last year for my friend, Courtney. It took about 6 hours to do. It was really nice and sturdy. It looked really good at that length. I was really proud of it. She chose earthy, natural colors. There are little african bells dangling from the very bottom, They can get a bit annoying and you can forget about sneaking up on anyone. It's just a novel thing to add, most girls take the bells of after about a week.

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