Archive | April 2013

Introducing… Nava!

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Hello, world of Wrapunzel! I’m Nava – I am a graphic artist by day, and a musician by night. This is actually how I met Andrea a few years ago, and we have been great friends ever since. A few years after meeting Andrea, I was fortunate enough to meet my wonderful husband, Jonathan, and we have now been married for just over one year.

My husband and I identify with a community where not all of the married women cover their hair every day, and this is what I have chosen to do because this is what usually makes me feel most comfortable . I always cover my hair on shabbat, chagim (Jewish holidays), and at Jewish events (such as weddings, bar mitzvas, bris’s, etc). I cover my hair at these events because I feel it is important for me to send a open signal to the community that I am a married woman, and it makes me feel more comfortable when I know I am making this clear (eg. not every guy does the finger check). I also feel that by covering my hair, I am acknowledging the religious importance of the event and am making an extra outward effort to show respect for that fact (rather than an inward effort) – just like I make an effort to wear nice clothing on shabbat and chagim to make these days special, I also want to cover my hair in beautiful ways for the exact same reason. As well as being a sign that I am married and devoted to my wonderful husband, covering my hair also gives me a way of portraying a membership to my community that I also love very much and am most grateful to have in our lives.

I have always loved scarves and have been building up a collection for years. Before I was married, I always wore these scarves around my neck, but now that I am married, this is what I use to cover my hair!


I love all of the different ties and combinations you can do – I really love mixing colours and textures, and using different accessories. Every dollar store or used clothing store trip is a treasure hunt for new accessories or scarves to add to my collection! I also love incorporating braids into my ties, I find them so wonderfully regal-looking. And since I was never really able to make beautiful braids in my own hair (since it is so curly and knotty), I enjoy having the chance to make braids in my tichels (headscarves)!

Too Much Volume: Is There Such a Thing?

My dear friend, Judith, from Judith de Paris, sent me a volumizer to try out and give my feedback.  It is a long, stuffed, velvet tube, that you wrap around your bun like a snake.  I was quite intrigued, and the results were certainly interesting!  The snake didn’t create that uniform, round volumizer look that I’m used to, and it created a LOT of volume!  For me, it almost felt like too much, but I’m sure it’s a look that I will want once in a while.  The snake also took a while to wrap, which was more time-consuming and requiring or wrapping skills than the regular volumizer that you just slip on.

The first time I wore it was over Shabbat day.  These photos were taken late in the evening, and the wrap stayed put for the whole day!  I found this surprising because it really looked like there was a lot of weight at the back of my head, but it did not budge!  I even took a two hour nap during the day!  I wore the snake with my bun a little lower than usual, so the volume was lower down.  What do you think?

 

The second time I wore it was yesterday, and I wore my bun a little higher.  I really liked the effect that was created, but again, it was much more volume than I am used to.  Do you think there is such a thing as too much volume?  Do you have any suggestions for ways to wear such a large volumizer?  Share your thoughts in the comments section!

My new favourite!

Yes, I spell “favourite” with a “U”;  I’m Canadian, eh!

I was recently inspired by this video and wanted to try the wrap.  I was all ready to use my new sparkly brown scarf for it, but when I attempted the tie, I found the ends were much too long and heavy for it to work.  So, I made an adjustment and wrapped the longer end around my head once again (with a slight twist) and tucked it under the knot once I had brought it around.  Sounds complicated? It’s not.  Let me know if you would like a tutorial!

I finished off the look with a beautiful pin and was ready to face the day.  I got many more comments about my wrap than I am used to… so I consider this one a success!

The Half Bow Solution

This silk flowered scarf is a little shorter and not as wide as I would like.  Solution: layer it with a wider scarf and create a cute “bow” with the ends!

Ticheled Tamar!

I “met” Tamar over the summer when a friend of mine commented on a photo of hers and it showed up on my facebook feed.  Besides the fact that it’s a bit creepy how facebook seems to know me, I am very glad that this meeting happened!  The name of her album was so wonderful that I just had to add her as a friend.  The album was entitled “Tichels Are Cool” and was filled with various photos of her showing her experimentations and gorgeous wraps… definitely meant to be.  Here she is as this week’s Lady Wrap Star!
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Hi Tamar, can you tell us a bit about yourself?  (ie where do you live, what do you like to do, family, interests, etc.)
My name’s Tamar Goldschmidt and I live in the heart of Jerusalem, the grooviest place in the world! I moved here almost 3 years ago, met my husband and now have an amazing little baby boy, Shlomo Nachman B”H…I’m currently studying to be a doula and besides my typical hobbies, including writing, art, reading, analyzing poetry, being a mommy and an orthodox jew with the funk etc – I continuously try to discover new tichel ideas! As a married Jewish woman, it is our job to officially rock!
Where did you learn how to wrap scarves?
I taught myself at around 12 or 13 when I began collecting them. I always knew I was going to cover my hair. I felt so connected to the idea of making something so normal so spiritual and special in a marriage. And since growing up, my dream occupation was to be a wife and mother (with a few novels up my sleeve as well) the idea of covering my hair was something i could identify with.
How long have you been covering?
Well I’ve been covering my hair  “full time” since I got married in 2011…
What tichel wrapping advice/secrets do you have to share with us?
Two words that are so essential they have to be typed in caps: TICHEL BAND…You can get your beauty sleep while wearing the craziest and heaviest tichel ever and it wont move an inch off your head! You can find it in any tichel shop!
Are there any specific ideas that you would like to share about what you have learned about covering based on your face shape, colouring, style, etc.?
If you have short hair: FEAR NOT! There are so many ways to get the looks you want. Everything from voluminazers to socks. This too, requires experimentation. Whatever feels more comfortable! I find that one tichel is never enough though…because it’s not. Go crazy 🙂
Do you have a favourite style of wrapping?
I take pride in my princess-do…and my beehive-do…In short, it’s difficult to choose. I guess it depends what I’m feeling that day.
Most vivid tichel wearing memory?
I remember when I discovered that I could do my princess-do with literally ANY tichel…not just the triangular ones. This was life changing for me!  [Anyone else itching to get her to do a tutorial?]
What do you love most about covering your hair?
I LOVE walking down the street, passing other married women and seeing different styles of tichel wrapping. There was a few times where someone’s tichel caught my eye and they were thinking the same thing about mine…I can’t tell you how many times tichels have been number one conversation starters.
What are you grateful for right now?
I’m grateful for having been given the opportunity to be featured on Wrapunzel!

Contrasting Colours

I really wanted to wear my mustard yellow cardigan and couldn’t figure out a head covering to match!  So then I figured, why match?  Therefore I paired it with a teal/black/blue scarf and wore it with a teal shell and black skirt.  And of course my beautiful tichel tiara.  Awesome!