Tuesday, 16 November 2010

How To: Holiday Hair Wrap

I'm trying to get into the holiday spirit this year, but it still seems a bit early. I did a festive hair wrap this morning though, so it's a slow, but steady start!

Want to learn how to make one for yourself?

Skill Level: it's frustrating and tedious, but almost anyone can figure it out

Time Needed: Depending on how long the hair is that you're working with. For mine, it took 1.5 hours.

Supplies needed:
- embroidery floss in at least 3 colours
- beads (optional)
- a full head of hair (so no baldies hehehe)

Step One:
Choose the colours that you would like for your hair wrap. I chose red, green and white to make it festive. You can choose up to 6 colours if you like.
Cut very long strands of these colours out of your embroidery floss. Don't split the floss, use all six strands for the wrap. To give you an idea about how much floss you will need, I hung mine on a door with both ends of each colour hitting the floor. But don't worry if you miscalculate - you can either add more with a knot or cut off the excess at the end.

Step Two:
Decide where on your head you would like the wrap to be placed. Section off a strand of hair to wrap the floss around. Warning: Don't choose a place on your head that you want to part or that you brush over a lot. These hair wraps can last for months with good care, so choose wisely!

Step Three:
With each strand of floss folded in half, tie a knot in all the strands around the top of the sectioned piece of hair.

Step Four:
For a solid design, choose a colour and find both strands of it. It chose green first. Place the unused strands of floss in line with the sectioned hair. Begin wrapping the green strands around your hair. Around and around and around. The beginning is frustrating if you're doing it on your own hair because you have to see it in a mirror. But keep trying.

Step Five:
For a striped design, choose one strand of each colour you want in the stripe. I chose red and white for a candy cane kinda look. Place the unused strands in line with your sectioned hair again. Begin wrapping around and around again.

Step Six:
For a solid background with an X design - first choose two strands of floss that you want for the X. I chose green and white. Then choose the background solid. I chose red. Leaving the white and green X strands at the top of the section, start wrapping the red strands as if you were doing a solid piece.

You see how I left the white and green strands singled out at the top of this piece? Now we can take those and wrap them in an X design around the background.

It hard to see in this photo, but you'll see later on how the X works.

Step Seven:
Repeat all the designs over and over again until you have a finished piece. You can continue to wrap the unused strands past where your real hair ends if you like your hair wrap to be longer. If you run out of floss, just cut more, knot it onto the wrap and continue.

Step Eight:
If you want to add some pretty beads, then just thread a bead onto a strand of floss and keep wrapping! I recommend using plastic beads that are shower safe. Glass ones might break with a lot of wear.

Step Nine:
Once you reach the end, string a few plastic beads onto the bottom if you like, then tie all the strands in a tight knot and cut off the excess.


Look how festive you are!

Note: I apologize for the crappiness of the photos. I was running back and forth from the bathroom mirror to my webcam and ended up using a combination of my regular camera and my webcam. Not the greatest photos in the world, but if you have any questions, just pop them in the comments or email me (link to my email in my profile).

If you do make yourself, or your friends, daughter etc a hair wrap, I'd love to see them. Please send me a photo or link one up in the Tawny Bee Flickr Group!


Sharing this holiday craft with:
Market Yourself Monday - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

1 comment:

Jennie said...

You are so wacky.

(I thought that comment would be most ominous without an exclamation mark!)