Nicole Dunn – True Devotee and Lady Wrap Star

(written by Nicole Dunn)

A little about myself. Well lets see, I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota  (USA). I left a few times, but always made my way back home, as all my family lives here as well. I became a Christian six years ago , and began my journey of reading and studying the Bible. What a journey that has been! So many things I didn’t understand in the beginning. And I thought to myself, “Well isn’t that just suppressive?”. I was so naive! Oh how the Lord has opened my eyes and opened my heart.  Three years ago, when I first became interested in head covering, I had no idea the religious significance it had or would have in my life.  Yes I was three years into my walk with the Lord before I began to cover, and even then it wasn’t full time. I did it when someone was sick like my father, or someone needed prayer, or I needed to be in deep prayer for myself.

I received a lot of negative comments when I first started to cover, and it’s always the ones closest to us that that seem to want to judge us the most, So I went about a whole year with out covering because I felt condemned. I felt judged.

Then I had a light bulb moment. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more, and asked myself, “Nicole who are you trying to please? Man or God?” I still struggled. As I covered and went to work, I was asked if I was becoming Muslim, and was met with many evil-hearted comments. I took these horrible slurs to my Maker and said, “Please help me, and help them to understand the significance of being under Your authority.” It was in this understanding of God’s authority that I was able to smile through it all, and realized that it didn’t matter what people thought or said anymore, because I was doing it for G-d,  And for the first time, I felt absolutely beautiful in my cover!

I came across Wrapunzel in a Christian Head Covering support group. Yes, in this day and age us ladies need all the support we can get. 😊 I used to wear simple things, just like Chemo cap coverings, but Oh my Gosh… Wrapunzel! Their Shapers, their scarves. I can’t say enough about them. Absolutely beautiful! And the Shapers have changed my life. I have short hair so having a shaper has made it all the more possible to get the look and feel I was going for. Thank you, Wrapunzel.  

I am not a very creative person, so I needed some help learning how to wear these coverings. Leorah is my absolute favorite person on YouTube to learn from. And sometimes, I just go with what feels right that day. And some days I have to take the whole scarf off and just start from scratch. And if I’m being totally honest here… some days it feels like such a burden to me, but Then I think of the Glory it’s bringing to my Lord.. And we start wrapping and tucking and when it’s finished. I claim “Thank you G-d!” 😊

I pick out my outfit for the day and then I go into my bathroom and look at my scarves hanging on the wall and say, “Ok, which one is speaking to me today? What can I do with this and this?” And then I just let the magic start taking place.    I’m normally listening to some sermon in the morning or I’m singing and worshiping as I’m getting ready.  I’m constantly reminding myself of the Glory I am bringing to G-d, and praying He shows me favor throughout my day. 

My favorite scarf is the Petalsoft Scarf at Wrapunzel. They are so easy to tie and absolutely so very comfortable. As far as tips and tricks? Well ladies, as I’ve said, I’ve had to start over from scratch many many times. I’ve watched tons of Wrapunzel’s tutorial videos online, and when all else fails, I tuck and tuck some more. But I can’t encourage you enough to get a Shaper. They will change your life. And your look.

I am going to tell you this. Covering for me is a personal conviction I feel from G-d, it took a long time for the Lord to speak to me about this. And for a long time I’ve let what other people think and feel about it sway me in one way or another. I even resisted the Lord over it,  Me and G-d, We’ve had some arguments. 😊. But once I submitted, once I obeyed what G-d was telling me, I found things in my life falling into place like never before. Oh I still get looks, and people still make comments to me about it, some not so very nice, but I’m living to please the Lord and not man, and that makes all the difference in the world to me.  That’s what makes me smile each and every day, and that’s what keeps me grounded. Honor yourself, and be true to yourself.  Love Yourself, and you will have all that truly matters.

My Love to all my Wrapunzel Sisters!

Love, Nicole

The Colors of Love – by Olivia Henderson

Hi Wrapunzel Ladies!

I had a little time on my hands – and I began to think about the Colors of Love!

Of course, red and pink are perhaps the most obvious color choices for love, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to create a week’s worth of Love Wraps with just two colors!

So I found myself seeing all of the different types of love in my mind’s eye, and then envisioning the myriad of colors we could associate with each. I was discovering that each color I mulled over would evoke different emotions and auras. Each color embodies love, is valid, and is unique and worthy of exploration.

As with so many of my musings, these thought processes translated into a week of fun Tichel styles and a bit of reading and research into color meanings. I got up each morning and picked up the scarf that called to me, did a bit of reading on the color, thought about which wrap type/style represented the aspect of love associated with the color, and then executed the wrap.  It was planned spontaneity…and I came up with what you see below.

Warmest Regards,

Olivia

PINK = Playful Love

Pink is a delicate color. Its meanings include… nice, sweet, playful, romantic, charming,, and tenderness. Pink is associated with flowers, babies, little girls, and sweetness. It is also considered the colour of universal love of oneself and others, representing friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.

This look was created using:

  • Wendy Beret Volumizer in Blonde
  • Wrapunzel Comfort Scarf (no longer available on the site, but am hoping it will return)
  • Wrapunzel Soft Pashmina
  • Brooch from the Wrapunzel Scarf Of The Month for January 2020

PEACH = Immortal Love

This is the second look in my Colours of Love Series. The Focus Color is Peach.

In researching the meanings associated with colors, I read that the peach fruit represents immortality in Chinese civilization; having been associated with the peach tree of immortality.

I have also learned that Peach is said to…
1. Encourage great communication
2. Stimulate great conversation
3. Inspire good manners
4. Put people at ease, and
5. Be charming

This look was created using:

  • Cream cotton scarf
  • Wrapunzel Original 2 in 1 in Peach
  • 3D lace applique
  • Wendy Beret Shaper

ORANGE = Adventurous Love

Today’s colors are Orange and Royal Purple with the main focus being on the color Orange.

Fun Color Facts:

  1. Orange is flamboyant and dynamic and radiates warmth.
  2. Orange gives confidence and injects fun.
  3. Other words associated with orange are: balance, abundance, adventure, happiness, optimism and strength.

This look was created using:

  • Orange Solid Pashmina
  • Purple Utter Enchantment Scarf, that could be replaced with a similar color in the Original 2 in 1, Tuff 2 in 1, or maybe even a Solid Pashmina in Eggplant
  • Ruffle option included an orange Israeli  Tichel
  • Wendy Beret volumizer 

BLUE = Intuitive Love

Today’s love color is blue. I am wearing several shades of this wonderful color in the artsy side swoop style.

Associated with blue…the sky and the sea, freedom,intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity.

The color blue represents… depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, and intelligence.

This look was created using:

  • Wrapunzel Cranberry Scarf in Slate Blue
  • Wrapunzel Israeli Tichel (Silver Threads) – Dark Blue
  • The grey scarf was not Wrapunzel, but a viable option would be a Wrapunzel Tuff 2 in 1s Scarf in Pewter-
  • Wrapuznel Wendy Beret Shaper in Black (fully stuffed)
  • “Antique” pin (lol from the 1980’s) from my collection

GREEN = Abundant Love

Today’s focus colour is Green… the colour of life, renewal, nature, and energy

Green is associated with… freshness, safety, fertility, the environment, harmony, growth, and peace.

Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful.

This look was created using:

  • Wrapunzel Bubbling Brook Scarf
  • Simple Style
  • Over a low bun velvet cap

GOLD AND BROWN = Illuminated Love

Today’s Colors are Gold and Brown. I chose to combine these two colors into the same look because they are cousin colors and they balance one another.

Gold is associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. As a precious metal, gold is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity.

Brown is the color of stability and Reliability. It is associated with dependability, comforting, honesty, support, and protection. Brown inspires us to appreciate the simple things in life.

As an aside… brown can be seen as boring and dull. I was not a big fan when I was younger and it has taken me many years to come to appreciate the beauty in such a humble color.

This look was created using:

  • Cranberry Scarf in Saffron
  • Cranberry Scarf in Olive
  • Shimmery Scarf in Gold
  • Wendy Beret Shaper in Blonde

RED = Romantic Love

Red is the colour of Fire and blood…

In eastern cultures, such as China, red is the colour of good luck and is a traditional colour worn by brides for their weddings. Brides in India also often wear red for their weddings.

Red is an emotionally intense colour.

Words associated with red…energy, strength, power, determination, passion, assertive, confident, spontaneous, determined, desire, and Love.

Signifies pioneering spirit, leadership, and is the colour of physical movement.

This look was created using:

  • A Red and Black “scarf” made from a remnant of the fabric used to make the dress I’m wearing
  • Tuff 2 in 1s Scarf in Black
  • Wendy Beret Shaper in Black

YELLOW = Optimistic Love

The focus color for today is yellow; which happens to be my favorite color.

Yellow is the color of the mind and intellect. It is optimistic and cheerful, uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, and inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.

Words associated with the color yellow include: happiness, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment,honor, loyalty, cheer, and joy.

I love to say yellow is the color of sunshine and dandelions… both of which bring me joy!

This look was created using:

  • White Soft Pashmina
  •  Light / Baby Yellow Pashmina (this one is similar to the Soft Pashmina but I think a light yellow Solid Pashmina would work. I may be mistaken but I thought there was an option for a very pale yellow Soft Pashmina in the past)
  • Shimmery Scarf in Saffron
  • Wendy Beret Shaper in White
  • Pin is from a Wrapunzel Scarf Of The Month I think from 2019. It’s my absolute favorite Wrapunzel pin. It looks like a chrysanthemum!

Brittney Lake-Telford: Air Force Wife/Mom, Advocate for Special Needs Military Kids, AND Lady Wrap Star!

Hi! My name is Brittney Lake-Telford. I’m from South Carolina, but I currently live in Montana. I’m an Air Force wife, and a stay at home mom to two amazing children— Isaiah and Ruth. Both of my babies have special needs and they both keep me on my toes. I spend a lot of time advocating for my children, and helping other military dependents who have special needs children learn about events and services that may be beneficial for their families. In my spare time, I sing, I do makeup, and I crochet. I am also involved in a graduate chapter of my sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. I stay pretty busy.

I started covering my hair part time in high school. I would cover for church and school events; however, I didn’t start to cover full time until about a year ago. As I studied the scriptures more, and looked into the history of Christian Head covering, I felt compelled to cover full time.

I’m almost always covered in some way. I’m either wearing a scarf or an under cap. Since I started out with covering part time, transitioning to full time wasn’t too big of a deal. I remember wearing my hair covered for the first time in high school, and I felt so empowered. I also remember enjoying having more time in the morning to spend doing other things than my hair. It has been 18 years since I’ve been wearing head scarves in some way, so it’s second nature now. 

One of my most memorable moments was right after I graduated from college. I was working at a therapeutic recreation camp with special needs children. On Fridays we would watch movies, and this one day, we were watching The Princess and the Frog. One of my clients looked at me in a white scarf and yells, “Ms. Brittney! You look like Mama Odie.” It was absolutely hilarious.

Life Lessons From Mama Odie | The princess and the frog, Disney ...

I remember the first time that I heard about Wrapunzel. I came across a tutorial on YouTube from one of my favorite makeup enthusiasts, and she was reviewing some Wrapunzel products. A few weeks later, I made my first purchase, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the Wrapunzel scarves because I can be really creative. I watch tutorials and I learn a lot from the ladies in the Community Facebook group, and this is where I draw some of my inspiration from, but I’m quite partial to the Turban. I love different variations of it. I feel so dignified in a large and high turban— especially when it’s paired with my Uber Pouf Shaper.

I love bright colors, and Spring/Summer is the perfect time for me to show off the bright colors that I have in my collection. I also wear a lot of neutral colors, so bright head covering are my way to throw in a little spice. My favorite color is yellow, so I wear it quite a bit in my daily routine. My absolute favorite scarf is the Million Dreams scarf paired with my yellow Tuff 2 in 1. Oh my goodness, I love these two scarves paired together. There are times that I’ll completely change my outfit, just because I want to wear these scarves.

I enjoy longer scarves because I want the height and I need the material to cover my shapers. I always try to tuck my ears into my scarf but never into my shaper. That’s when things get too tight for me. Keeping your scarves secured yet loose is important. I’ve had days where my wraps were so beautiful, and yet, I had to unwrap my head and start all over because I had things wrapped too tightly. 

Wrapping in Southern Black communities is actually becoming more and more common. I never really felt as if I stood out because of the fact that my head was covered. Back home, there are so many other women who use African prints or solid scarves to wrap their heads. When our family got stationed in Montana, I didn’t notice too many women who use scarves or tichels in order to cover their hair. I definitely get asked a lot of questions about it.

Whenever I go grocery shopping, people ask me about my scarves. I definitely get a lot of stares, but I’m certain that it’s because I’m super cute. LOL! I’ve been asked for tips when it comes to wrapping, but my only suggestion is to practice. If you don’t like it, take it down and start over. Don’t spend too much doing any style.

I am so grateful for my life right now. My husband and my children are an absolute blessing. I’m grateful for this opportunity to tell the Wrapunzel a little more about myself. I’m truly thankful.

Coping with Stress

WRITTEN BY: Meira E. Schneider-Atik, Contributing Author

What with everything going on right now, we’re always looking for ways to cope with the stress of it all. 

I love clothes and accessories so my favorite way to cope is to wear real clothes and accessories and not spend the days in pajamas. Aside from jewelry, my favorite accessories are my wraps.

Meira in Brown Print Scarf with Red Wrapunzel Sari Scarf

 Normally, I reserve sari scarves for special days. But this past Sunday, I just wanted to feel good so I wore this sari. I love the combination of brown texture-y print with the textures and prints of the red sari. 

Meira in a Turquoise Green Layering Top and Layered Wrap

This past Friday, I had errands to run and I needed an energy boost, so I chose my favorite color- green. A layered wrap of print scarf plus green 2-in-1 added that extra element of fun. 

Meira in lovely outfit of Light Blues, and a Sari Turban

As a precautionary measure, my shul (synagogue) is closed. However, Shabbat (Sabbath) doesn’t stop just because I’m not going to shul. Putting on Shabbat clothes and a great wrap helps me get into that mode. A sari turban (worn over a 2-in-1) feels fancy and fun. 

Meira in Light Greens plus Print Scarves

One of my wrapsisters recently posted that the only reason she wore a particular scarf was that it brought a smile to her face. I told her that there’s no better reason to wear it. This combination of green flower print scarf plus Watercolor 2-in-1 puts a smile on my face (especially since green is primary here) and there’s no better reason to wear it. 

As you can see, great wraps have been helping me cope with the stresses of this time. If you love wraps, this is a great time to play around and have fun.

Here Comes the Wrap!

Ahhhhhhhhh! The day is here! You’re about to publicly affirm your love for another soul in front of witnesses. You’re making a life-changing commitment to your most special, treasured one – and should you lean towards the spiritual, the presence of a Higher Power is palpable. Many women will, for reasons of religious obligation, marital status, medical adversity/hairloss issues or just pure choice, choose to cover for the first time ever, or to resume covering, on their wedding day.

My personal story was a combination of some of the above, with a twist, but we all have our own stories. 🙂 I had been married once before, ten years prior to my second marriage, and had covered for the most part with hats during that first marriage. I did own a few scarves, but they didn’t become my primary covering style during that time. I tried sheitels (wigs) too, and I still do not ‘get along’ with them!

While preparing for my second marriage and wedding ceremony, and meeting with my Rabbi in Baltimore, we had a discussion about how I would wear my hair for the special day. After my divorce, I had no desire to cover whatsoever, and decided to wear my hair ‘out’ when my religiously-granted divorce became final.

However, my sweet fiance and I had been making a spiritual journey together to Orthodox Judaism, and I wanted, by covering from our wedding day onward, to honor our commitment to each other, to our (often difficult at times!) journey and to our One and Only G-d by covering my hair. For this second wedding and marriage, I was a bit shocked when I blurted out to my Rabbi that I wanted to begin covering again ON the big day. I surprised myself – and I think I may have surprised my Rabbi as well. So, after arguing with the Rabbi a bit when he refused to allow me to wear a hairpiece of bangs, I set out on my search for the perfect dress and tichels to top it off – and this was way before we had even set our wedding date!

Being an ‘older,’ plus-sized bride with a very limited budget and a definitive personal style, I began the trek. Bridal shops and online bridal sites carrying very ‘typical’ wedding styles were a wash for me. I wanted something different, yet something ‘diva.’ After lots of looking i found, on a plus-sized clothing site, the perfect short sleeved, fully-lined dress in a sheer, flowing ivory fabric, ornamented with large metallic gold roses. It had a lot of silvery bling added on. It was so me and so perfect for me – and anything ivory with metallic gold or silver could coordinate; jewelry and tichels. The dress was delivered and found a home in my Rebbetzin’s closet until I became engaged and a date was set. I also found the perfect shoes shortly thereafter. I wound up wearing them for a big 5 minutes on the big day – using them for a gorgeous, artistic photo – and returning them to the seller as soon as I could! OUCH!

Now the hard part. To find the perfect tichels. I had never heard of a Shaper before to use for height and volume. This was all in the year 2012, when Wrapunzel wasn’t even around! I saw many styles that I wanted to imitate, many ideas that I had found mostly on websites geared to formal wraps for Muslim women. There were pleats, rosettes, bling, netting creating tails and braids – none of which I knew how to create. I thought I’d enlist the help of a super-spiritual lady and the best head wrapper in Baltimore at the time, Rivka Malka Perlman, to help me on that day. And help me she sure did! These two videos will show (and tell!) you everything!

Procuring my wrap supplies was fun. I shopped online until I found the perfect open-weave, ivory scarf with gold threads subtly woven through. I went to my local fabric store and found netting in gold and silver metallic. I still felt, however, that something was missing. Brides…..lace and pearls! At that same fabric store I found a wide lace ornamented with pearls. But alas, it was bright white. So I called my sister who happens to be a crafter, and she suggested that I tea-dye the lace. So I did, turning it a perfect shade of ivory, a length of which i secured to the part of my tichel that would rest on my forehead. I was now ready to get ‘coiffed’ for my big day!

Rivka Malka came up with a gorgeous combo to get me to the chuppah (wedding canopy) in style. Blinged up, too, with a pin from my best friend’s mother in law, it lasted all the way through the first dance, at the end of which all of the excitement and jumping up and down brought it tumbling down. Time to re-wrap! So I enlisted the help of another friend and head wrapper in the community, Esther Gur, who had hosted a “tichel shower” for me a few weeks before the wedding, growing my collection. Esther created a lovely ‘do’ for me to wear for the remainder of the reception.

But ladies, this is only my story, and I wanted to find out about some of yours! So I went to the ladies of the Wrapunzel Community Group for some added material:

Jordan A., married three years and from Arizona reminisces:

I didn’t wrap full-time before getting married, but I did wrap for church and for some private prayer. I knew that the wrap I wore on my wedding day would be important because of a particular moment that occurred while dating my husband. He and I were praying together after a particularly rough day, and this is hard to put into words, but you could say I was feeling emotionally drained and empty spiritually. As he prayed, I got a strong feeling that I needed a scarf, so I dashed upstairs to retrieve one. He told me later how that struck him, and how it clearly influenced what was going on both between us and beyond. Knowing that he knew the power of wrapping definitely made me feel more confident choosing to wear a wrap over a traditional veil for our wedding day.

How did I come up with my wrap style? Actually, my husband was involved in the process of choosing the wrap. I kept my whole ensemble a surprise for him, but I asked him some questions about his preferences. He wanted me to use a scarf or scarves that I could wear after the wedding, and he wanted it to actually fully cover my hair, as opposed to most traditional veils that you can see through. Finally, he wanted me to wear my hair down underneath. It was a bit of a tall order!

Other than commemorating my wedding day itself, I didn’t have any milestones to celebrate by wrapping that day. At least not anything I can sum up in a few words! There was so much going on during that time frame as far as my “life journey” was concerned… way too much to put on paper at this time!

Check out this absolutely stunning pic of Jordan A. and her husband on their special day. It truly radiates the peace, love and spiritual depth they shared that day and beyond!

To sum things up, no matter what the occasion, but especially on days associated with life-cycle (and life-changing) events, covering one’s hair creates an indescribable, highly personal aura that radiates from a woman. It is an aura that is perceivable to all around her – her spouse, her family, and her friends. It is an aura that connects her to the divine within herself and with the Divine. It is an aura that bestows a bit of the Holy Presence upon our world, and for that, so many of us are eternally grateful.

Headwrapping and Headaches – A Conundrum: To Wrap, Wrap Differently, or (GASP!) Not To Wrap?

Here’s our worksheet summary for you to refer to while reading the following article and use for yourself afterward.

Whether you suffer headaches chronically or occasionally, it’s very wise to have as much information at your fingertips which you can then access in making informed decisions regarding your head wrapping. This blog article is meant to provide the essential information you’ll need to answer some of the questions below. All personal testimonials have been shared with permission, and this article is not intended for use in diagnosis, treatment or cure of any medical ailment:

  • What is a headache, and what actually is happening to my body when I have one? Are there different types of headaches?
  • Could wearing a headwrap bring on a headache?
  • Can wrapping my head provide headache relief? Can headwrap factors such as overall weight, fabric texture and breathability make a difference for headache prone wrappers?
  • Are there certain wrap-traps that I can avoid if I am prone to headaches?
  • What does a Neurologist have to say about all of this and how do I wrap my head around all this information?

Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, yourdictionary.com defines a headache as a ‘pain in the head, or something, such as a problem, that causes annoyance or trouble.’ Certainly, headaches are a problem! They’re painful and bothersome, and can even put a person completely out of commission for up to a few days, as in the case of migraines. Medically, the Mayo Clinic, on their website, mayoclinic.org gives a more detailed definition. They define a headache as pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a vise-like quality. A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly, and may last from less than an hour to several days.

The Mayo Clinic goes on to classify headaches in two categories; primary and secondary. A primary headache carries its own diagnosis, and doesn’t come about from a pre-existing illness or other possible medical cause. It is simply brought on by overactivity of, or issues with, pain sensing structures in the head. Brain chemistry, nerve endings, blood veins and vessels around your head and neck, or a combination thereof, can play a role in the primary headache. Genetic tendencies may also signal a predisposition to primary headaches. The most common types of primary headaches are the cluster headache, the tension headache, and the migraine headache (with or without the experience of seeing ‘auras’). Less common types of primary headaches may include specific features, such as an unusual length of time with pain, pain caused by certain activities, or pain brought on from lifestyle factors, such as stress level, drinking alcohol, or improper nutrition.

Secondary headaches signal an underlying illness, allergy or disease and trigger these same pain receptors in the head and/or neck. They vary greatly in severity and length. A secondary headache, for example, may be caused by anything as medically treatable as dehydration or a sinus infection, to more medically catastrophic illnesses such as meningitis, stroke, brain aneurysm or tumor, G-d forbid. The more common types of secondary headaches include, but aren’t limited to, sinus headaches, spinal headaches (from receiving a spinal tap or epidural), the dreaded “brain freeze” that many experience when enjoying their favorite frozen delights, or, and this is where things get interesting, external compression headaches, brought about from headgear causing pressure around the head or neck areas.

Yes, head wrappers may be setting themselves up for a headache simply by donning their daily ‘do,’ whereas others may find relief from previously diagnosed medical conditions. Certainly if one wraps too loosely, their wraps are doomed to slip, and if they wrap too tightly, they do chance an external compression headache. In a video interview entitled “How Head wrapping Relieved My Medical Condition,” Dani, who suffers from a medical condition causing regular bouts of ‘non-headache’ head pain that she describes as an ‘internal pressure or pounding,’ together with Andrea Grinberg, Owner and Founder of Wrapunzel, LLC, explore head wrapping as a possible treatment for headache associated with a medical condition. Dani describes to Andrea a certain style of tight headwrap that she has found to alleviate the annoying head pressure that she experiences on almost a daily basis. To help other women experiencing the same, or similar, medical issues, Dani has made her own video tutorial demonstrating exactly how to create this style that she has found so soothing. Please note that Dani’s condition is not a ‘regular’ headache, and that tight headwraps are counter-indicated for most headache sufferers.

Of course, Dani’s wrapping techniques and suggestions could be helpful for some wrappers with headache issues, but let’s take some time to explore more headache-specific tips and tricks from actual headache sufferers who wrap.

Andrea Grinberg, Owner and Founder of Wrapunzel, LLC, has been asked innumerable questions through the years regarding the ins and out of head wrapping. Questions regarding head wrapping and headaches – for new wrappers and more seasoned wrappers – were prevalent, as well as questions regarding how to wrap (or not) if these symptoms occur, or while they’re occurring. When she was a teenager, Andrea suffered from horrifically painful, debilitating migraines and thank goodness, with her ‘miracle’ cure of Vitamin B2, a treatment mentioned in the National Headache Foundation Blog, these subsided as she entered adulthood. Needless to say, the memories of the pain and knowledge of how migraines can affect people stay with her to this day. Surprisingly, Andrea found that her migraines were less frequent when she started wrapping, so when she was approached by wrappers who suffered from headaches more frequently when wrapping, she set out to clarify the reasons why this might occur.

Andrea found that the most obvious reason this occurs is due to wrapping or securing either one’s hair or scarf too tightly. To pull one’s hair back into a tight ponytail or bun and fasten it with a tight elastic can only lead to headache symptoms. A velvet scrunchie, when secured loosely, alleviates hair loss from pulling, and also lessens tugging on the hair due to the scrunchie’s soft, yet secure hold. A Wrapunzel exclusive product, the No-Slip Headband, should also not be worn too tightly on the head. It needs to fit snugly, like a gentle hug, but not too tight. Just recently, in October of 2019, Wrapunzel released a tutorial video on how to correctly measure one’s head circumference in order to ensure purchasing the correct size of No-Slip Headband and related products.

And even after securing one’s hair comfortably with one of Wrapunzel’s velvet scrunchies and a properly-sized No-Slip Headband , one may still be tying one’s scarves too tightly, causing headache issues. There’s no need to do this. One must also be concerned about possible ‘pulling back on the head’ or heaviness caused by certain wrapping techniques. Andrea finds that a way to alleviate this is to, while wrapping, hold the hands palm-up more often and to feel a more ‘forward’ momentum towards the face. Do not pull downwards or backwards, as this can only cause your wrap to pull in that direction later, causing symptoms. Wrappers who employ these techniques may actually find their symptoms to improve, as did Andrea.

Another wrapping technique that Andrea found may exacerbate headache symptoms is how one ties one’s knots (check out the great video from Naomi Rose below). Firmly tied double or even single knots at the middle back of the neck can cause an instant, banging, tension headache for some. First of all, as we’ve already mentioned, there is no need to tie so tightly, and it’s so important to remember this as rule number one. For some, not even tying a knot, but rather doing a simple criss-cross of scarf ends could provide just the relief you’re looking for in those tension-headache prone locations.

Yet another potential cause of pain is where and how your ends are tucked in. If you bunch your scarf up and simply tuck it under at the nape of your neck, you’re asking for trouble. Rather, you should try figuring out how to position your scarf ends so that you may tuck them into the scarf itself, perhaps at the top or side of the head, nice and smooth and not bunched.

Perhaps the most obvious obstacle to pain-free wrapping is undergarment, scarf and hair weight on the head. Obviously, you don’t want to put on two or three pashmina weight scarves if you have headache issues and it would benefit you greatly, if you’re a multiple scarf wearer, to opt for lighter weight scarves for comfort. However, a lot about weight on the head actually lies with how your ponytail/bun is positioned, and this can vary from person to person. Many say that securing their hair in a low bun is best to avoid headaches or lessen the pain, but for Andrea, she prefers her pony to sit medium high. Some may even feel that a ‘pixie pony’ way up top and center on the head is the best for them. To figure out what is best for you, you must experiment with this until you find the right place for the weight of your hair to lie.

Lastly, one should experiment with different undergarment options, wrap styles and varying levels of ‘wrap heat.’ For example, a style where a scarf wraps around the head fully, with merely a criss-cross in the back, which provides an overall ‘head hug,’ can provide relief of head pain symptoms for some, while sticking to lightweight, breathable coverings of natural fibers may be just the thing for others, such as Rachel Weintraub Stein, a thirty-three year old wrapper of almost six years from Silver Spring, MD, finds that using simple, one hundred percent cotton “Israeli”-style tichels helps her to avoid headaches due to their light weight and cool feel and breathability.Some prefer the comforting snugness of a fabric with stretch, whereas others prefer fabrics that lie flat on the head with no stretch.

Numerous ladies from the Wrapunzel Community have commented regarding a variety of options. Kelly O., a forty-something newbie wrapper of approximately ten months from West Virginia shared that:

..when I’m feeling a headache coming on or already have one, I prefer a Wrapunzel Regal Wrap (a simple, around-the-head style that distributes scarf weight evenly around the head) or other similar style that puts an even pressure over my entire head.

–Kelly O.

Kelly also shared with Wrapunzel that her husband has also found relief from headaches by donning a lightweight scarf in an around-the-head style.

Cynthia Al-zageruri, a thirty-one year old residing in New York with her husband and children has been covering hijab-style for eight years, since marriage. A very regular presence on the Wrapunzel Community Group, Cynthia shared with Wrapunzel that most of her headache issues come from the length of time she wears her hijab, how tightly she wraps it, and how she wears her hair in a cap underneath. She isn’t able to wear her hair in a tight ponytail under the cap without having symptoms, so she leaves it loose or in a low, extremely loose ponytail. If her hijab is wrapped too tightly, she will loosen it when pain symptoms strike, but she doesn’t feel any need to change her actual hijab style – which she wears to cover her head and neck/collarbone area simultaneously in accordance with Muslim religious law. Cindy has found the head and neck covering hijab style to provide even balance and weight to her wraps. In this style, wrap weight doesn’t pull backwards or forwards, and therefore lessons headache symptoms.

Heather Fullerton, who is in her mid-thirties and resides in Tennessee, has been covering full-time for almost two years. Heather suffered from occasional migraines as a teenager, and after the birth of her second child, was diagnosed with an endocrine disorder which only made her migraines worse. She now has migraines at least one to three times per week. Heather remarks:

As far as alleviating symptoms, I’ve noticed that not only does the ‘no knot’ technique help, but also the way you wear your hair under your shaper. Unfortunately, some shapers make my headaches worse, especially those with a band of grippy velvet that’s wider at the top of the head and tapered at the back of the head. I’ll wear that shaper only for special occasions, or when I know I won’t be wearing it for long. In general, wearing any kind of velvet tightly around my head feels like a vice squeezing my head.

I also tend to wear my hair in a loose bun and wrap scrunchies very loosely. The bun is under the wrap, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Any type of wrap that causes pressure points makes my headaches worse, so not only do I not tie knots at the back, but I don’t tuck ends between my shaper and scarf. The only time I will tie an actual knot is if it’s a slippery scarf. If I do tie a knot, I try to make it as loose as possible, while still trying to make the wrap secure. I believe most people think that if they don’t tie a tight knot, their wrap will fall off. That’s just not the case, and I’ve had ‘no knot’ wraps last for more than eighteen hours without budging.

I’ve also noticed, for me anyway, that lighter scarves and scarves made of t-shirt material work best. They are forgiving and you don’t have to tie them tightly to get them to stay put. Cotton ‘Israeli” style scarves and printed viscose scarves are great for summertime. Wearing too much bulk or weight on the head makes things worse, but I’ve noticed I can get the look of a two or three scarf wrap with a simple ombre scarf, if it’s pleated the right way. Less is more. The more weight I have on my head, the worse the headaches. I also stretch out any headbands before wearing, stretching them out using a shoebox, otherwise I get the vice grip feeling again. For adding embellishment, therefore, I tend to stick to pins. Also, a good scalp massage before wrapping is helpful. If anyone is like me and sometimes wakes up with a migraine, pre-tieds, slip-on turbans and berets are also a great option. And, as always, if your headaches persist after trying all of these tips and tricks, see your doctor. Also, Stephanie Halapija’s video on headaches was a real game-changer for me when I was still new to wrapping and I highly recommend it.

To sum it up, no knots, no tight shapers or velvet headbands, keep embellished headbands to a minimum, and always aim for lightweight scarves and one-scarf wraps to reduce bulk.

-Heather Fullerton

Lisa R., a 50-something wrapper of several years, shared the following with Wrapunzel:

I have discovered that when I get migraines, which I haven’t had in a long time, but have begun to return, if I put my shaper on in one way it helps the pain, and if I try it another way, it doesn’t.  Also, I have discovered that if wrap my tichel in certain ways, it will help, but in other ways it just aggravates the migraine or headache…whichever I am having that day.  On the days with no migraines or headaches, I can wear my tichel any way I want and I am fine.  Something else I have noticed that affects my headache symptoms is how and where I place my shaper on my head.  I have both Signature and a Cloud9 shapers.

All these things make a difference for me.  On headache days I make sure I have a dark, solid scarf with no pattern other than the weave of the fabric.  Usually I choose an even weave instead of textured so my eyes do not wander to points where the light might hit the texture of the scarf.  I usually choose a heavy weight, such as a Solid Pashmina, although at times I will choose a lightweight scarf, such as the Cornerstone.  The material plays a big part in helping me through my headaches.  There are times where I will wear both a Cornerstone and a Solid Pashmina scarf.  Why two?  Doesn’t it weigh on my head?  Actually, no.  Not if wrapped properly.  If wrapped according to the size and shape of your head, and the pressure points, it will help greatly.  There is much relief which can be gained just by relaxing your shoulders, and tilting your head back a little bit and letting the scarf or scarves do the work to begin to help alleviate the pressure.  Also, for me, wearing them together provides for wonderful comfort and natural “air conditioning.”  

I usually like to wrap my head a little tighter or more snug than a gentle hug on headache/migraine days.  For me, putting pressure on my head from the outside, takes pressure off it on the inside.  For instance, think of a dot inside a circle.  Think of the dot as the headache or migraine, and the circle as the outside of your head.  When we get headaches or migraines usually they are localized, although sometimes they can be in more than one place or travel.  In order to fight that, everything tenses up and goes to fighting that at that location.  When we put pressure on the outside of our heads, then it feels as if our nerves go into overdrive to figure out what that pressure is, and how to get it off.  Little by little they leave the localized headache and spread themselves out around the perimeter of the scalp.

All of a sudden, we put pressure, just a little bit, but all of a sudden some of the pain goes away.  Why?  because the nerves have gone to see what they can do about getting this pressure off so they can go back to work of being stressed in one location.  Some stay and try to hang on, but depending on the conditions and situation, sometimes it takes just a little bit to work their way out, and other times, it takes a bit longer.  Yes, mine have hung on longer while using these tips, however, during the time I had the headaches and migraines, I was able to get a bit of relief here or there…before they came back.  

I do have migraines again, but I am so thankful that they are not nearly as bad as they used to be.  At times they are still debilitating, but now I know I can do something about them.  When I was younger I would try to pull my hair out, or touch my fingers together from either side of the temples of my head.  That was how hard I was pushing.  No, it never happened, and I cried and cried that I couldn’t make the pain go away.   Now, I don’t have to, as I have different techniques for different times or parts of a headache or migraine. 

-Lisa R.

We asked a Board Certified Neurologist and Headache Specialist, Sara Crystal, M.D. who practices in Manhattan, New York and resides in New Jersey, for her medical expertise and input regarding how head wrapping may bring on a headache, exacerbate one, or even relieve one. Here’s what we learned in speaking with her. Headache triggers are caused by compressing of the nerves that travel over the skull (see Diagram – nerves are in yellow).

As to why so many wrappers are prone to tension headaches from triggers along the several sensitive areas in the back of the head, this is caused by the location of the occipital nerve. The occipital nerve travels over the back of the skull. Pressure over this nerve, particularly along the bony ridge at the back of the skull, can cause pain that may radiate to the back of the eye on the same side.  Also, irritation of the nerve branches of the upper cervical spinal cord can contribute to headaches.  What may be interesting to many wrappers is that in the scalp itself there are few muscles (there are no muscles at all over the ‘crown’ of the head, but rather tendons and ligaments securing the forehead muscles), but many nerve endings.

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Certainly, making sure to keep wrapping undergarments and scarves loose, as well as giving yourself a thorough scalp massage before wrapping and after removing your wrap can be quite therapeutic, stimulating blood flow and easing tension. One should focus on the forehead, temples, and back of the neck from the occipital skull ridge downward. In addition, one should avoid their known headache pressure/trigger points, and stop massaging that or any other area entirely if there is pain of any kind.

Extremely common are headaches from seasonal allergy symptoms, and migraine headaches tend to be more common in people with seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis (inflammation of nasal tissues due to allergic symptoms). Allergies can also trigger more frequent headaches as well. The reason for allergies contributing so often to headaches may be the inflammation they cause, or nerve irritation.

To determine whether you are experiencing migraine headaches, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Has a headache limited your activities for a day or more in the last three months?
  • Are you nauseated or sick to your stomach when you have a headache?
  • Does light bother you when you have a headache?

An answer of “yes” to two of the three questions above suggests a ninety-three percent chance that migraines are the cause of symptoms, and if things are getting difficult, you should consider seeing a doctor.  Otherwise, your headaches are likely tension-type headaches, and if they are occasional and respond to over the counter treatment, they may not require a doctor’s visit.  Should anyone ever experience any type of headache that has sudden, severe onset, or a ‘thunder-clap sound,’ it could very well benefit the sufferer to visit a hospital emergency room immediately.

Dr. Crystal stressed that headache sufferers who cover should always strive to wrap loosely, alternate the position of their ponytail or the style of their wrap often, and avoid pulling on the hair using any type of clips to secure one’s wrap to their head. For bad headache days, wrappers should avoid any and all accoutrements that may cause excess pulling, weight and pressure on the head, such as extra headbands for ornamentation. 

So where does this leave us head wrappers? Here is the bottom, or rather the top, line. If you’re afraid that wrapping is going to cause or worsen your headaches, you must take the time to experiment with ways to secure your hair under your wraps, new wrap styles and techniques and fabrics to find what works best for you. In incredibly rare situations, a person may find themselves (gasp!) absolutely unable to wrap without it causing pain, and we feel so badly for them that their finding joy in head wrapping may simply not be possible. For women who know they’ll be starting to wrap soon (as in a Kallah [bride] or G-d forbid, a cancer patient), now is the time to open your ‘wrap lab.’ For seasoned wrappers who may have only recently started experiencing headache issues, take some time behind closed doors to identify your pressure/trigger points and learn how to wrap in order to avoid them. Wrapping isn’t rocket science. Rather, it’s all about ‘live and learn.’ And of course, it’s really NOT a headache!

Fandom Headwraps!

Wrapunzel Community “Groupies” – your FANDOM WRAPS gave you the chance to put on your thinking caps (lol!) and create colorful, crazy, and yes some quite creepy headwraps to sing the praises of whatever “tichels” your fancy!  Be it a book, movie or television series, fictional character, sports team, college or university, favorite color, whatever, your heads carried the message of your unfaltering devotion to your fandoms.  You can read more about fandom below, but NOW, Wrapunzel sings YOUR praises!  GO WRAPUNZELISTAS! 

What is a “fandom?” Well, back in the ‘olden’ days, people with fandoms were called “groupies.” Groupies would usually show up at every concert a particular music band had to offer, no matter its geographic location. Some would take their “groupiness” on the road, traveling from coast to coast to see their faves perform their biggest hits night after night. The crowds would go wild – and the groupies would end one show waiting for the next time when they could eagerly worship their ‘heroes.’  Offhand, Deadheads (The Grateful Dead), Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet) and Metalheads (Heavy Metal Music) come to mind, and they’re still roaming the globe today in hot pursuit of their beloved celebrity. 

Today, “fandom” seems to have taken on a broader scope.  Wikipedia defines a “fandom” as subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow around any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbiesgenres or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.[1]

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms,[vague] many of which overlap. There are a number of large conventions that cater to fandom in this broad sense, catering to interests in film, comics, anime, television shows, cosplay, and the opportunity to buy and sell related merchandise. Annual conventions such as Comic Con InternationalWonderconDragon Con and New York Comic Con are some of the more well known and highly attended events that cater to overlapping fandoms.

Regardless of its definition, fandom is a mindset of celebration, an opportunity to let your creative juices flow.  A way for one to express love for anything at all.  A way to let others know a little of what YOU are all about, and each and every one of you is beautiful inside and out – others just can’t wait to know you.  OUR Favorite Fandom is YOU, Sweet Wrapunzelista!  Keep that in mind, and on your HEAD, each and every time you wrap!  

Wrapping in a Corporate Professional Office Environment: Part Three

Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!”  Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One: Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two:  Storage and Structure, and ‘wrapping up’ the series, Part Three:  Corporate Me!

It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!

Part Three: Corporate Me!

As my work environment became more familiar with my wrapped presentation, I began to try more variations on my overall office wrapping theme.  The most common theme to wrapping successfully in professional office environments, in my opinion, comes from the countless observations made by those around me, especially, “Your wrap always matches your clothes!”  My wraps can be simple or  complex, but the matching of wraps to what I’m wearing at the time seems to make people interpret that the wrap goes with what I’m wearing, and translates as “fashionable.”

Add a nice pin or beaded headband and one becomes fashionable! If you are so inclined on a given day to give your wrap a special touch of creative interest, go right ahead. My workplace is a very conservative, professional environment, and I work at a senior level position where it’s necessary that I maintain a professional appearance at all times, for the clients and the professionals with whom I interact daily within the course of my responsibilities.

I should mention, too, that I do wrap for medical reasons.  With the extensive library of tutorial videos featuring Andrea Grinberg (Wrapunzel Owner and Founder) and the other gracious Wrapunzel ladies, who freely share their wisdom and experience with those of us interested in learning more, Wrapunzel enabled me to start off with manageable “beginner” wraps and expand my wrapping to  more interesting and intricate wraps as time went on (and when I invested the time to pursue and practice my wrapping). I then became more and more comfortable in presenting a consistently professional office ‘look.’

I share my experience of wrapping full-time in a professional corporate workplace to benefit anyone who may desire to do so.  In no way do I mean to suggest I have any rules or “musts.” Rather, I can only offer how I was able to incorporate my process into what was most effective for me, especially in the beginning.  Getting past the beginning and interacting with Wrapunzel helped me put things into reasonable prospective.

In looking to Wrapunzel for ways to evolve my new, daily headwrapping presentation at work, I never missed a day from work in “Corporate America.” I remain grateful to Andrea and all of Wrapunzel for creating a supply of beautiful scarves, accessories and fresh videos showing “how to” and even having conversations.

Upon attending a Wrapunzel Event in February of 2019 in New York City, Andrea asked if I would consider sharing my personal experience of wrapping daily in a professional corporate environment. I submit this blogpost with the very best of intentions and with some wisdom regarding how I managed to streamline my efforts in arriving at my own, personal, corporate and professional wrap style.  The reasons we wrap may differ, whether medical, religious, cultural, simple curiosity, a way to manage bad hair days/seasons, etc.  Whatever your reason for wrapping, Wrapunzel supports the ideal that each and every woman should feel beautiful in that effort.

I find that wrapping has made it possible for me to feel positive daily, and sometimes exceptional about my appearance (“Wow!  Look what I did today!”) as I enter my office.  It is my hope that some of my sharing can be helpful to others who are pondering how to get started.

Best wishes to all in your wrapping journey in or out of a professional corporate environment!

Note:  I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article.  As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!

 

 

Wrapping in a Corporate Professional Office Environment: Part 2

Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!” Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One: Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two:  Storage and Structure, and Part Three: Corporate Me!

It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!

Stay tuned for Part Three coming soon…

Part Two: Storage and Structure

In storing a large wardrobe of scarves, for easy access and for protecting the scarves from my kitten (who is sure that he can fly!), I store the majority of my “wear to the office” scarves in “gown” size multi-garment bags (54”, clear/see-through and heavy duty). I hang the scarves within the bag on hangers using cascading hooks so each hanger can hang from the hanger above, etc. Each garment bag is approximately 5 to 6 hangers deep, and with the garment bag being at gown size proportions, the scarves are kept where they are protected and easily accessible for choosing during your daily scarf search. For convenience and easy access, I also coordinate of my scarf color collections separately by garment bag. Because most of my scarves are stored by color range, they are stored in similar color tonalities, one each for:

  • Blacks, grays and muted silvers
  • Whites, off-whites, creams and beiges
  • Reds and burgundies 
  • Browns and earthy colors
  • Sunset Colors:  Gold, yellow, mustards, warm orangey, rust and sienna tones
  • Corals, pinks and purples
  • Blues:  All shades, including navy
  • Teals and turquoises
  • Greens:  All shades, and
  • Multi-colored (where the base color to match has more than one possibility to choose from)

When rushing to get out of the house early in the morning, I first select an ensemble color (suitable for the current season). Then, I grab the garment bag(s) containing the desired color ranges and then simply choose my scarf/scarves to wrap with from the selected garment bag. If winter, I will choose a heavier, winter-appropriate scarf. If spring/summer, then I choose from the lighter weight scarves in that same garment bag.  

I recently switched to one-piece stainless steel hangers (from Amazon) to hang my scarves because the “hook” portion of the hanger (constructed as one piece with a tip protector) does not pull out from the base when the hangers begin to feel the weight of many scarves. The clear zippered garment bags (multiple gown size) also serve to protect the scarves from my cat AND my kitten, not to mention other potential disastrous mishaps.

As mentioned above, I keep a separate garment bag of “multi-colored” scarves that have multiple  base colors, matchable to more than one ensemble, like

The exception to my garment bag storage method is my “special/delicate” scarves requiring special handling, such as metallic, glittery or patterned “accent” scarves. These “special” scarves are those that I find very delicate or easy to damage. These I store per style of scarf and not by color:

The end of the work day and evening are often tiring, and sometimes I just can’t find the strength to put all things back where they belong. I keep a clear container with a lid to simply fold my scarves and leave them protected until I can make the concentrated effort to restore them to their rightful storage places, whenever that may be!

Note:  I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article. As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!

Hijab in Healthcare

Meet Chaya! Working every day in the Healthcare field, Chaya was tasked by her current employer to research and provide documentation that her head coverings met the guidelines necessary for healthcare employees in sterile environments.  Here are her findings – they’re fascinating!  We hope you find them just as intriguing as we did, and helpful if you’re already in, or are considering, a profession in healthcare!

There are really two aspects to head wrapping in a healthcare environment- being the provider versus being the patient. The premise is, however, the same. The interesting part for me is that I work in an IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) laboratory these days, and similar to in an operating room, everyone covers their hair! But they wear those paper tissue caps and take them on and off, repeatedly, every time they go in and out of the lab – because they look ridiculous. And then they complain all day that their hair is messy. I don’t have that problem. 🙂 

I was wearing regular tichels and covering them with the paper caps, but I was concerned that this may not have been the best practice, and started researching where the concept of “scrubs” and head coverings in clean/sterile environments originated. There are two schools of thought behind it. First of all, you do not want to bring any unwanted “stuff” into the area – “stuff” being lint, pollen, bacteria, etcetera. Surgical clothing is designed specifically of low lint, low absorbency fabric for this reason. So a tichel with fringes was not the best choice.

And secondly, healthcare providers see many patients per day, and don’t want to carry pathogens from one room to the next. Again, the low absorption factor is important. This is also why in high-risk areas like an operating room, the facility provides the scrubs, and the facility washes the scrubs- so pathogens don’t leave the space to travel to peoples’ homes. 

My research led me to a position statement by the Association for peri-Operative Registered Nurses, who explored the needs of operating room staff members that wear head coverings. They acknowledged that ideally, head coverings in the operating room should be disposable or laundered by the facility, and loosely wrapped around the neck. They also understood that the typical caps used may be too transparent, or not cover enough (ears, neck) to satisfy the needs of some who cover. They state that it should be the responsibility of the facility to provide a head covering that meets standards both for the healthcare provider and the facility, whether that means letting someone layer two or three paper caps, purchasing a different style disposable, or ordering from their uniform supplier. 

These factors are what has led me to decide to have “work head coverings” and “home head coverings.” A bandana-like fabric would work just as well, but I went for scrub caps. Experience eventually led me to add back my Wrapunzel No-Slip Headbands underneath. (Yes, Wrapunzel No-Slip Headbands still meet standards! There was actually a study done exploring whether surgeons wearing socks and underwear contributed to increased infection rates. The consensus was that it did not.) 

My experiences in school with clinical uniforms and work with clinical standards taught me to know the guidelines and know my rights, as well as to inform employers of proper accommodations for my head covering needs. If there’s a facility policy, it usually isn’t hard to find. For example, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has a policy stating “For cultural or religious purposes, a solid navy blue, black, or white head-covering may be worn with the uniform scrubs.” And it’s right there alongside the rest of the uniform policies. In most encounters I had, I was either told something specific that was arbitrarily made up by the person I spoke to, or was told that there isn’t a policy, and to do my own research. 

When I was in school, I asked my instructor about my scarf and was told I needed to provide a letter from a religious authority (good thing my grandfather was a Rabbi with personal stationery!), and that my head covering had to be a solid color. I begged and borrowed for a burgundy scarf from everyone I knew. A year in, I met a student wearing what I’m pretty sure was the Wrapunzel Imagine That Scarf! When I asked her about it, she shrugged and said it didn’t occur to her to ask anyone, and nobody had ever approached her and told her a policy. When I worked in a hospital, I asked a coworker wearing a scarf. She said she had been working there when the hospital instituted their system of assigning a specific color uniform for each department. At the time, her supervisor had told her not to bring up scarves – she said “if they don’t talk with you about it, don’t ask! You’ll be the only pop of color left in the hospital!” At my current workplace, the Director of Nursing asked me to do the research and provide documentation showing that whatever I was wearing met guidelines, so that if ever there was a state inspection they could prove I was “clean enough.”

The result? Well, you’ve already seen a picture of me at work above, as well as other pictures of head coverings used by healthcare professionals. In addition, I’ve attached a very informative continuing education report that discusses my findings and more!

Wrapping in a Corporate Professional Office Environment

Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!”  Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One:  Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two:  Storage and Structure, and Part Three:  Corporate Me!

It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!

Stay tuned for Part Two coming soon...

Part One:  Beginner’s Luck!

Good day and thanks for stopping by.  I have been wrapping my head full-time since May of 2017.  I wrap daily in conservative, Corporate America.

Once I decided to wrap, I began my efforts with various YouTube searches for ways to cover one’s head if bald (my hair was falling out from what was eventually diagnosed as Alopecia). I was fairly ignorant as to why or how many women of various cultures were inclined to wrap.  During my initial searches on YouTube, I thought about getting a wig, but my physician advised me to avoid any potential irritation to my scalp which could potentially make things more challenging, at least at that time. 

To do my due diligence, I did try some of the many varied suggestions shared on YouTube, and learned that I could cover my head using old t-shirts and leggings, as well as by many other curious methods. After trying some of those, I found Wrapunzel (on YouTube) and have been a faithful Wrapunzelista ever since.  Wrapunzel stocks many gorgeous scarfs (for cold & warm weather), and also various accessory products to enhance one’s wrap.  They post an abundance of wrap tutorial videos on the Wrapunzel web site and also on YouTube, which is where I found this amazing company.  In these tutorial videos, Wrapunzel shows many ways how to begin wrapping, as well as how to improve and expand one’s wrapping technique.  

They also have conversations which help to support the emotional impacts of wrapping, such as how it makes all women feel beautiful, how it makes each woman’s uniqueness shine, how to handle questions you may get when you start wrapping, and many other interesting topics. These topics, plus others, were helpful to me as I started my wrapping journey.

After beginning my wrapping relationship with Wrapunzel, I felt really encouraged in decision I’d made to headwrap. It felt “natural” to me for the way I live my life.  From my perspective, the most important factor was to maintain an executive-level presentation in my company, as we interact with clients and other professionals outside of our company on a daily basis.  At the time, I was not aware of anyone else within my company who was wrapping.

Since I began wrapping, many have expressed interest in possibly starting to wrap themselves! I was often stopped at Grand Central Station with inquiries.  I began keeping Wrapunzel business cards with my monthly commuter ticket, so I had them at the ready when an inquiry was made. My personal corporate “uniform” consists of suit ensemble pieces and generally include a combination of either a suit, skirt, pants or dress with a jacket and sweater or cardigan.  Of course, I pair these with the classic ‘corporate’ pump, or with pants, often an ankle boot.  I match my headwrap to either the color of the skirt/pant/dress/suit, or to the blouse or tank I pair with them.

My goal in sharing my personal experience here is that it might prove useful to other women who also wish to wrap in a conservative, corporate, professional environment. Initially, I took what I learned from Wrapunzel and just figured it all out as I went along. 

In the beginning of wrapping, especially if you’re the only one doing it, it can feel unsettling.  Soon, however, you will realize that you are still you, and you can still execute all the aspects of your job while wearing a wrap.  I found that, as you become more at ease with being wrapped, those around you also become more at ease with it. Your wrapping will then stand out less and everyone will acclimate accordingly.  

At the start, some people in my office environment felt uneasy to express their curiosity and concern that health issues might be the reason for my wrapping.  I attempted to be at ease and make them comfortable to ask me anything, which then made their fearfulness turn into curiosity.  They became less concerned and this opened the conversations as to what or how I’d wrapped that day, with comments similar to “I really like your outfit today!” and “Wow, it matches!” 

If a particular day in the office is deemed especially conservative or stressful, then I am inclined to wrap conservatively with that in mind.  I might choose a turban style or simple wrap with classic tail(s).  If a more relaxed day, I might be a tad bit more creative in my wrapping.  My bottom line for my office ‘look’ is that I must always feel free to walk confidently into a conference room and engage accordingly.

Over time, wrapping my head has simply become a part of my “presentation” to my daily work experience.  Wrapping did not change my work ethic, my anticipated intelligence or my ability to conquer any project.  Many would compliment me on a scarf color or pattern, a particular “match” or style making me feel like the “Queen of Sheba” in their kind observations.  People would happily comment the likes of, “Blue is a good color for you!,” “ Well done!,” “Did you do THAT wrap yourself?,” “How do you always match your head wrap to your clothes?, ”I like what you have on top!” and such  (I then graciously shared that it was called a “wrap/headwrap”. The gentleman then responded that he didn’t know what it was called, but he liked it.)

Initially, I started simple in my approach to wrapping in choosing only one scarf and using simple wraps matching one color of my ensemble.  Later, I tried various kinds of scarves and combinations as I became more experienced and then more confident (thanks to Wrapunzel tutorial videos).  My ‘look(s)’ each day then became a topic of conversations, observations and expressions of curiosity. As long as I was comfortable with my wrapping, people had interest and would interact accordingly, also feeling comfortable with the topic.  Mostly, people would ask me, “Did you do that yourself?” and “How do you consistently match the scarf to your outfit?”

I respond with the answer “Wrapunzel.” Yes, I did wrap it myself. Wrapunzel taught me how to wrap and encouraged me to find my own style in wrapping. I purchased 99% of my scarves and wrapping accessories at Wrapunzel, and the rest were recycled from scarves that I used to wear around the lapel of my suit. Wrapunzel varies their stock seasonally, according to climate. They have numerous sales through the year. 

In starting my headscarf collection, I chose scarves that I considered would specifically match my work attire. The remaining items I might catch at a street fair in NYC and, occasionally, something will catch my eye at a store. Once I began wrapping full time, there were some items in my closet that I simply did not wear, until Wrapunzel stocked a scarf which I felt would match THAT particular color ensemble for work.  My office wardrobe ensemble was confined to that which also had a matching headscarf.  And so, I just waited.  Eventually, I did build a wrapping wardrobe that pretty much covers all of my office ensembles (across the seasons).  For myself, my wardrobe is sorted via color tonality, as are my scarves. 

Note:  I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article.  As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!

Meet Lady Wrap Star Channah!!

Introducing… Channah! Channah is an amazing Wrapunzelista whose passion for wrapping shines through every conversation and photo. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did! 

Hey! I’m Channah and I’m a Jewish woman. I truly believe I will never “grow up.” I love being a child. I love playing games and having the freedom of fun and laughter that being a child gives me. Anything, from kicking a soccer ball around with my kids or having a water balloon fight to fingerpainting or making macaroni necklaces. I love being young at heart. The innocence of a child is so amazingly beautiful.

I was raised in a home where religion was not a thing we did. One thing I always knew, there is Someone up There and I want to know Him. I have always leaned more toward my Jewish heritage and beliefs. No matter what I did, I never felt whole. I never had that “choir of angels” AHA! moment that I somehow knew existed, but wasn’t sure where to find it. I always found great comfort and advice from the Old Testament (Tanakh). I have joined other holidays as a respect to a friend’s family and way of life, but I always held strong to my line of feeling. I was more than blessed to find that Judaism was my missing piece. Covering my hair sealed the deal and filled that need to feel closer to Him.

When I made my first attempt, I thought I would start small with a mennonite-style veil. Especially because it was summer! I decided to wear it only during prayer. One day, I rolled my hair into a bun and neatly tucked it under a white veil that I had accidentally placed too far forward. It was then that I realized I needed to go big to go Home! After finding Wrapunzel (Andrea specifically) on YouTube giving a tutorial on a basic regal wrap, I have felt so empowered and full of life. I had finally reached the Light my heart and soul sought. I have been a wrap and Wrapunzel addict since, ha ha!

I was searching for new wrap ideas when I saw a video of Naomi Rose teaching her version of the Duchess Wrap, I think? Either way, she kept referring to Andrea’s tutorial. I watched both. I tried both. I failed at both. But, I fell deeply in love with whatever I did when I messed up with Andrea’s tutorial! The veiled look, the elegance and respect for self and G-d just radiated out of me. It is my favorite style to wear, the Duchess and the Regal wraps. As for my tichels, I don’t think I could name an absolute favorite. I can say my Wendy Beret volumizer is nothing short of my personality. I like to wear it up a little higher than most, so it gets heavy and hard to hold. My secret is to use a Wrapunzel velcro velvet headband (1 size down) and place half over the velvet on my shaper and the other at the edge of my hairline. It holds so perfect that I don’t need to tie my tichels too tight.

I frequent all sites Wrapunzel, of course. I love seeing so many beautiful and strong women and the art they have created on their heads for their own reasons. I do typically try to match my tichel with some part of my outfit, or contrast it with a flattering combo of colors. Some days I start with a scarf, some days I start with an article of clothing. No matter what, the mitzvah is sincere and is less vane than it is spiritually cleansing and gratifying.

I used to color my super curly hair a bright bold red, I loved it and it was me. But with a ponytail or bun. Always. I would spend the time and money on a hair color I loved, but hair I never felt comfortable showing off. After wrapping, I don’t feel “normal” if my head isn’t covered. I feel exposed and like I want to hide. Covering lets me want to be seen so I can share the Light within me.

To be proud of my heritage or my tichels, it is very easy for myself, but other people make it hard to walk through life feeling safe. The Jewish community where I live tend to stay to themselves, it’s rare to see a tichel and I’m often mistaken for a Muslim woman with a Hijab. I’m ok with that, Islam is a beautiful faith. There were times when my safety was in question and I realized the human wall that stood around me, as if to keep the unkind from getting near me. I have never felt community or humanity the way I have since wearing tichels.

The biggest lessons I have learned since starting my wrap journey are self respect and self love. I am of His image and I feel, for me, this is my honor to Him for giving me the blessings He has given. I can tell covering has made an impact in my sense of self worth by the responses I get from my community. Such praise for how beautiful my wraps are or how my walk has purpose and confidence. I have had amazingly beautiful women twice my age say they wished they had as much spirit as I have. I smile and tell them to smile, it will change their life. I offer words of kindness in return and go on my way. Strangers that would probably never speak to another stranger in public, if that isn’t His love and joy giving me a big hug then I don’t want to think it anything else!


If you are new to tichels, hijabs, or just covering for fashion- find a good scarf that feels comfortable in your hands. If you want to go full in, I would start with a Signature or Classic shaper and a headband. Get a nice soft cotton or cotton blend that is easy to work with and has some give, but not too much. Be prepared to find muscles in your arms you didn’t know were there. Most importantly, stay patient and stay with purpose. There is no right or wrong way, unless you are unhappy. Then its wrong. I am not at all a fan of the colors purple or blue. However, I have green eyes and I know purple makes my eyes really shine bright. So, when I really feel life and purpose and want to share it, I wear a purple tichel or combo with purple in it. I had a few friends say how great I look in blue, so I got blue tichels! My slate blue Cranberry tichel is one of my go-to scarves. My absolute go-to is a name I can’t remember. But if I’m running late or not feeling well, or even if I have to wrap quickly without a mirror, that was my first Wrapunzel tichel and I cannot imagine I would be this far if not for that one.


Each living being is beautiful in it’s own way. Grass, trees, bugs, people, dirt, etc. We all have a purpose and even when life feels like you’re failing, remember that you are not failing! You are learning and take from it the blessings it leaves you with. We are all unique and in our vast array of life on this Earth, it takes only one second to see the good and let it overtake the bad.

My favorite quote is one that I received as my first Wrapunzel inspiration card. I had tried my best to put this emotion into words, and there it was. “Kindness is not a random act, it’s a lifestyle.” How motivational is that!? I am hoping to do some tutorials for others to see, I think it will be interesting to watch because I seriously have no clue what to do! So, we shall see. For now, I have discovered I love selfies and have compiled some of my favorite shots and styles.

I will end this “brief” bio with my favorite tagline- Have an amazing day and don’t forget to wear your smile!

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Olivia’s 7 Day Challenge!

We are so excited to introduce you to Olivia! Olivia is an amazing Wrapunzelista who recently shared a personal challenge that she created for herself on the Wrapunzel Community Page. We loved her challenge so much that we wanted to share more about it and her story here! Enjoy! 

A bit about me…
Hello my name is Olivia Henderson. I was born and grew up in the Baltimore area. I have been married to the kindest and most loving man for nineteen years and have had the pleasure of raising three strong and beautiful young adults.

The question of why I Wrap is complex. I could simply say it’s because  I am a married Jewish woman, that it makes me feel pretty, or that It creates boundaries. My daughter tells me it’s just who I am. All of these answers are true, but I think the biggest reason for my wrapping journey is that I find it empowering.

Wrap-spiration….
I have been on this wrap journey for many years beginning with the snoods and special hats bought for holidays, but I truly embraced covering full time when I saw a beautiful Israeli lady at one of my daughter’s ballet performances in a tichel. I was mesmerized by her simple elegant style. Soon after I discovered Wrapunzel and haven’t looked back. Now just because my family accepts my covering now, doesn’t mean it’s been smooth sailing. I thought most of the issues concerning my covering would be from strangers, but sadly it’s the ones we hold near and dear that are the challenge. During this time I got a lot of practice in patience, persistence, and perseverance. Lol. I say this to give fellow wrap sisters whose families are struggling with their choice to cover hope. They will come around given time.

The Marrakesh Turban Challenge began as a fun way to test my skills with different kinds of scarves and maybe use those scarves that just sit and look pretty. After the first day I realized that I wanted to do more… in our collections there are scarves that are only for this wrap or that wrap and it’s probably the style that sold us the scarf.

I met the Marrakesh Turban in the last 30 day challenge and liked it, but this uses a pashmina and that’s not warm weather friendly. It is also too fancy for everyday wear. Recently I got it in my head that I needed to challenge these ideas and that maybe by doing this it would push the imagination to see just how many other wrap boundaries I can change.

 


Day one is the Scarf of the Month from November. I had to use this one with all of its splendid colours and details …. including a strip of Magen Davids!!!!

Day two was chosen because of its simple elegance. Cotton fabric with a hint of shimmer.

 


Day three was chosen to truly test my skills with this silk stunner. A bit of patience goes a long way with this scarf. Lol

Day four was chosen because of necessity. Two days before a holiday means comfort and ease maintenance of scarf cleanliness is vital. Of all, I was surprised the most by how lovely this one turned out.

 


Day five was all about a return to glamour. This scarf is smooth as silk and wraps like a dream.

Day six was Harvest gold. This scarf is usually wrapped in partnership with its sister scarf in brown, never alone. It’s a rather simple scarf and yet it puts pizzazz into this wrap.

Day seven I wanted to pick a special scarf to end my challenge and this embroidered silky scarf fit the bill. Due to its contrary nature I must admit this one is the most underutilized scarf in the closet. That may change.

 

Check out the Marrakesh Turban tutorial here! 

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Lady Wrapstar: Cate!

I am so excited to introduce you to Cate! Cate is an amazing Wrapunzelista whose stunning wraps and style are an inspiration. She radiates joy, and I can’t wait for y’all to learn a little about her!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Hi beautiful ladies! I’m Cate! I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I’m married to my absolute best friend and love of my life and we have two adorable cats! I’m about to start nursing school – wish me luck! I became religious around 18 and I have a bunch of tattoos (battle scars as my family calls them). I’ve ALWAYS been fascinated with hair covering! Some hobbies are reading, studying (I know I’m weird like that), for suuuuuure playing around with all my scarves, learning anything related to Judaism and anything that will help me grow as an individual

What led you to start covering your hair with tichels and when did you start doing so? 

There was this stunning Muslim girl in one of my classes who wore a turban perfectly wrapped and it was so regal I couldn’t help but stare. When I first started wrapping my hair I was in love but I would also get frustrated easily because I’m seriously a perfectionist and this craft definitely takes a lot patience! Now that it has been quite some time since I’ve started (I think it’s been close to a year), I’m a lot more confident with my techniques and feel a little bit braver to leave my comfort zone and try new styles that I normally would never go for. A memorable moment was the first time a stranger complimented how stunning my wrap was when I was feeling kinda self conscious! I don’t really remember how I found Wrapunzel but a friend recommended I join the community group on Facebook so of course I couldn’t move quick enough!

What inspires your head coverings?

Have you always been this creative? I get a lot of inspiration from old Hollywood stars, anything that is regal, and a lot of the beautiful ladies in the Facebook group! I’ve had a bit of creativity but it really shines when it comes to wrapping

Please tell us about your style – how do head coverings help you express your personality? 

I have such a weird style that it’s hard to put it into words! A little bit old school, a little minimal but mostly all over the place haha! My wraps are very different and funky but almost basic so I guess that explains me! Do you match your head scarf to your outfit or the other way around? I tooooottally match the outfit based on which scarf I’m in the mood for! What are your favorite colors and styles to wear? I love love love like dusty rose, greys, blues, purples, and earth tones! My favorite styles are probably Shira tails, the Marrakesh turban (a new found love), anything with twists, and a basic turban with angled front!

What is your favorite tichel?

There is absolutely no favorite tichel, it’s impossible to choose! I love each scarf for its own uniqueness

PLEASE share with us your tichel tying tips and tricks!

So some tricks that have worked would be wearing a wig grip underneath your shaper, the further forward you pull your shaper and scarf the better the whole wrap stays, if you show hair try changing up your part style, it gives the wrap a whole different look.

How has your life changed since starting to cover? 

Covering with scarves has promoted a lot of growth in regards to my love and intentions for the mitzvah of hair covering (with every new style I fall more and more in love with hair covering) which has then led to the increase in confidence and understanding of my position in the world. What are some of the most important hair covering lessons you’ve learned over the years? I’d have to say to take it slow, baby steps. If you overwhelm yourself when you’re not truly ready for something you may resent it and not want any part of it (unfortunately I’ve been there).

Have you had any cool experiences or realizations since starting to cover? 

I think some cool experiences were things like unexpected people asking me to show them how I did that particular wrap. Or the times when I’ve spotted a fellow wrapper in the wild! I actually have had some amazing realizations since covering and covering with scarves. If you’re a good and mindful person with pure intentions and always kind, it transforms you and the light shines out from within and is displayed across your face which then totttallllyyy enhances the wrap or whatever your choice of hair covering! Also, you shouldn’t (I know it’s really hard) give a damn about what anyone thinks of you! There are always going to be haters and people who make comments or stare but you keep being the queen that you are!

What recommendations would you make to someone just starting to learn how to tie? 

For all my fellow perfectionist ladies, be patient, and don’t give up! It can be frustrating sometimes and tichel tantrums are soooooo real but just breathe! Also learn the fabrics that work best for you, some are easier than others. Jersey fabrics are a great one to start with because they’re super stretchy and easy to manipulate.

Any inspiring words for the ladies on the Wrapunzel blog? 

Absolutely! Remember we are all royalty and we should always treat each other and more importantly our selves, as such so always always always be kind! Wear your crown and stand tall my darlings!

What are you grateful right now? 

Omg literally everything! I’m constantly aware of the things I should be grateful for because it’s so much! My husband, my vision, breath in my body, this wonderful community of women, EVERYTHING!

 

Leorah: Wrapstar Stylista Extraordinaire!

I am so excited to introduce you to Leorah, a stylist and makeup artist who is taking the modest fashion and headwrapping world by storm! She is just as exciting in person as her creations: check out her interview and amazing photos!

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Some interesting facts, where you’re from, how you spend your time, hobbies, etc.?
My name is Leorah Hallel Goldberg. I’m 38 years old, I’m married for 14 years and I’m a mother of seven children (ages ranging between 11 and 2). We have four boys and three girls, including two sets of twins. I was born and raised in Germany and decided to immigrate to Israel at the age of 20. By profession I am a registered nurse. Back in Germany my hobby used to be horseback riding, but I haven’t been able to do that in many years. I’m just too busy with all the demands of a very large family and besides that starting to build my own career as a makeup artist and stylist. In the last year I’ve started modelling and running accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about my latest looks. At the end of April I started a YouTube Channel about Beauty and Lifestyle with three uploads weekly which I really love.

What led you to start covering your hair with tichels and when did you start doing so?

As I am a religious jewish woman I started covering my hair on the day after my wedding. In the beginning I wore small caps with my long hair showing underneath, but I was never happy with it. A friend encouraged me to try out wearing a tichel and that was the beginning of my tichel-journey. I remember the first time I put one on how good it felt. From then on I never had a question anymore if that is the right way for me to cover my hair. In the beginning I put it on only when I left the house. Once my first child grew a bit older and started to ask questions I decided to cover all the time (from the time before my kids get up in the morning till after they have gone to bed). Now, wearing tichels has become so much a part of me and my style that I couldn’t imagine to go without, even if religion wasn’t an issue. I remember the first time I wore a tichel to the office where I worked back then. I came through the door, my boss looked me up and down, gave me a pitiful smile and said: ‘Wow, you really look like a cleaning lady…’ That was not a nice experience. I found Wrapunzel through a nice young woman I met at fundraising dinner for a charity organization for terror victims. We started talking, she commented on how beautiful my tichels were and recommended Wrapunzel to me.
What inspires your head coverings? Have you always been creative?
I’m very inspired be the colors I find in nature. There are just no limitations on combining colors and patterns in nature, for example if you just think about the hundreds of different kinds of butterflies or flowers… I have always been creative, I just wasn’t aware of it as much as I am now. I’ve always crochet or painted or played instruments, which is all about being creative. Only now through the modeling I really started to see what is possible.

Please tell us about your style — how do your head coverings help you express your personality?

I used to wear only dark colors because I thought that being religious meant dressing that way, that it is immodest to wear anything that will draw attention to me. Eventually I broke free from all that and from on there were just no limitation for me anymore. I was discovered as a model for modest fashion and that’s when I stepped out of my own protective bubble and tried how far I can go with my own creativity.
I started to use a volumizer and just created on my head whatever I felt like and wanted. No rules is my only rule. Everything is allowed as long as it doesn’t slip or slide. I see my tichels as part of my design when I’m creating my outfits for my fashion blog. They complete the look in so many ways and I’m so glad to have that tool.
What is your favorite tichel?
I have no answer for this question, because I feel different every day and feel colors and materials differently every day. I love to be able to turn myself every day into a whole new person using my clothes, makeup and tichels. It’s all art and a way to express my emotions and needs in a new way every day. Plus, I do have a very large collection of different shapes and sizes of tichels for winter and for summer. Not that one needs that but it is largely a result of the fact that when I was obese, for years there was nothing else I could easily buy without having an issue of it not fitting me. So when I felt like shopping I usually bought tichels.

Please share with us your tichel-tying tips and tricks!

My YouTube Channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFUo7P9bdQ_a82_DqK3clYw 🔸Facebook (Leorah Hallel Goldberg) 🔸Instagram (@leorah_hallel)
🔸Twitter (@Leorah_Goldberg)

How has your life changed since starting to cover?

In the very beginning it was hard for me, because in the whole family I’m the only one covering my with tichels and the only one who is covering her head all the time. I went from feeling insecure about it to feeling proud of it and making it into ‘my thing’, giving it my spin. Ever since, I have been getting enormous amounts of positive feedback (online, but also when I’m just outside meeting random people on the street) and that is a wonderful experience.
What recommendations would you make to someone who is just starting to learn how to tie?
-Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect, there is no perfect. We are all on the way.
-Don’t just copy others. Get inspired by others and create your own way.
-Be bold and sparkle. Turn your tichel into your crown.
-Realize that different ways to tie work better or less good with different face shapes.
-Not all colors work for your skin tone. Try to find a balance that works for you.

Any inspiring words for the ladies on the Wrapunzel blog?

I’m beyond glad I got introduced to this wonderful, loving and supportive community. I’ve made amazing friends in such a short time and I’ve received so much love here. I just want to thank everyone for that.

What are you grateful for right now?

I’m grateful that I can finally live my dream of building my business as a makeup artist and stylist and as well as building my YouTube Channel and my fashion blogs on social media. And I am grateful for the support of my husband Gabriel, who believes and invests in me.