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How to Make a Hair Wrap

Grab a friend and learn how to create decorative hair wraps at home.


  • Step 1: Prepare floss strands Choose at least 2 1-yard strands of embroidery floss in different colors, and cut each to twice the length of the wearer's hair.
  • Step 2: Braid hair section Take a small section of hair about the width of a paper clip from the top or side of the head and braid it all the way down, securing it with an elastic at the bottom.
  • TIP: Use a hair clip to pull the remaining hair out of the way so you can work freely with the braided section.
  • Step 3: Tie starter knot Hold 2 strands of floss together under the base of the braid and tie a basic overhand knot around it, as close to the scalp as is comfortable for the wearer.
  • Step 4: Separate strands Separate 2 strands of one color from the braid, holding the remaining strands and the braid together with your other hand.
  • Step 5: Wrap first color Wrap the color you separated tightly around the braid and the remaining strands downward from the base of the knot.
  • TIP: If you find it difficult to hold the wraps tight, an alternative method is to thread the end of the string through the loop to form a knot each time you make a wrap.
  • Step 6: Switch colors Switch colors every 1 centimeter to 1 inch of wrapping, by dropping the working strands and picking up the strands of a different color. Continue wrapping tightly and alternating colors until you reach the elastic at the end of the braid.
  • TIP: Add a pony bead for decoration at the end of the braid by wrapping a small piece of paper around the loose ends of hair and string, and threading the bead on. Remove the paper.
  • Step 7: Tie off Remove the elastic at the bottom of the braid and tie off the wrap by making a secure double overhand knot with each set of floss strands. Style the rest of your hair to show off your fashionable new wrap.
  • FACT: In the Victorian era, it was not uncommon for women to use hair to create pictures and wreaths to display in their parlors.

You Will Need

  • 2 or more colors of embroidery floss
  • Elastic
  • Hair
  • Pony bead
  • Piece of paper
  • Hair clips (optional)

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