Wrapunzel Fangroup Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for anyone that wants to join the Wrapunzel Fangroup on Facebook!

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Dearest Ladies,
Welcome to the Wrapunzel Group!

Your Moderators are:
Heather Thompson
Tamar Adina Campbell
Rachel Stolley Gray

Tabitha Johnson
Kaede Fyrecreek
Penina Taylor
(nighttime hours)

If you’re new here, we are so excited to get to know you. Each woman brings her own special spark and makes this community vibrant and miraculous. This is the place to swap tichel wrapping ideas, answer questions, get inspired, and safely share with each other, no matter what background you’re from!  It is a place of love, understanding, and connection.

The details are what make any home special, and the Wrapunzel Fangroup is no exception.  Your moderators want to make sure you have the most positive experience here possible.  These rules have been created with much care and deliberation from to our collective knowledge and past experiences.  We’re very serious about your safety and making sure that no one takes advantage of the wonderful atmosphere here.

Wrapunzel Fangroup Guidelines:

By requesting to join this group, you affirm that you have read and understand these guidelines.  If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

These rules are all based on the very important bottom line that this group is a community fostered and inspired by creative output of the ladies from Wrapunzel.  The rules are here to maintain the special, supportive, and safe atmosphere of the group.  Anyone wanting to join or already belonging to this group with any agenda that is not about personal growth and spiritual health (whether it be pushing your religious beliefs on others, money/business oriented motivations, political interests, or just general negativity, etc.) should please not join this group.  The following rules should help clarify this:

1. If you have any questions about whether or not it is appropriate to post something, clear it with a moderator before posting.  Do not post anything starting with something like, “Not sure if this is okay to post here but… “ or “Moderators please let me know if this can be approved…” or “I know this is off topic but…”  Any questionable posts need to begin with “[Moderator Approved]”, and the way to get this done is by asking a moderator before posting.  Please follow this rule so other ladies know to do the same.  See guidelines below for kinds of posts that may need to go through a moderator before posting, but when in doubt, ask a mod first!

2. This Group is for women only.  Please message a moderator if you have any questions about this (such as shared profiles with partners, gender identity etc.) and we will discuss with you how to best participate in the group.  If you are joining this group and have high privacy settings on your profile, please write us a short note telling us a little about yourself.  We will PM you when you request to join the group, so make sure that you check your ‘message requests’ folder for messages from moderators!

3. Please keep your posts and comments on topic (aka related to tichels!) and within the framework of what Wrapunzel is all about: a life affirming community that seeks to bring women together from all walks of life, bonding through the shared love of head wrapping.  This group is a safe haven for many; a place to come and experience joy, acceptance, and positivity.  We love sharing our personal journeys and stories of growth, and have built beautiful movements through this sort of sharing on here. Please keep in mind that personal posts such as these must be thought out before posting in order to keep our group an open and beautiful space for all; this is not a place for posting prayer requests, excess negativity, or simply venting.  Prayer requests must go through a moderator first.  However, this is a wonderful place to come to for advice on any struggles you might be having with hair covering and how it affects one’s life.  Treat everyone on here with the respect that you would hope to be treated with, and please do your part in maintaining the positive atmosphere of this group for everyone.  Sharing stories of overcoming struggles and dealing with personal growth challenges is highly encouraged, and the support system here is out of this world.   However, we need to always be aware of the power of our words, and be considerate of all the members that come here to experience the positivity and light that the Wrapunzel community has to offer!

4. Wrapunzel respects that each of us live different lives. We come together from vastly different backgrounds and the bridges that we have built are what makes this place so miraculous. While you may make mention of your place of worship, lifestyle choice, holiday etc., please do not overshare or attempt to influence others through religious teachings, other doctrines or misrepresentation either on the group wall or in private messages.  Note that any mention or allusion to missionary work/proselytization is strictly prohibited   If you witness anything of this sort happening, please notify a moderator immediately.  Since this rule is somewhat of a grey area, it is always best to ask before posting if there is a doubt.

5. With this in mind, please keep in mind that while Wrapunzel is a Jewish website run by Jewish ladies, the community of Wrapunzel comes from all over the world (and is only 1/3 Jewish!)  Ladies on here cover because they’re from different religions, for health and hereditary reasons, for fashion, for feminism, and much more!  When you post, please be considerate of the reality that the ladies here come from different backgrounds and try to define any terms that you use.

6. You may not use this group to solicit members for personal/outside ventures through posting or private messages unless you have been granted express permission from a moderator.  This includes sharing events, writing papers, trading of merchandise, personal videos that are not about hair wrapping, your own blog, looking for volunteers for a cause, etc.   If you have a something of this nature that you think would benefit the Wrapunzel community and would like to promote and share, you must clear it with a moderator before being allowed to post.

7. We encourage sharing creative ideas but please note posting affiliate sources (aka stores, online or otherwise) or links is not allowed due to past incidents related to #8.  While we understand the innocence in saying “Got this scarf at 50% off at X big box store!  Woohoo!” we sadly can’t allow this sort of sharing, because there is a huge grey area between this sort of sharing and advertising for said store.  Unfortunately we have had incidents in the past of businesses exploiting members of this group and we need to keep that sort of thing away from here.  If you want to know where someone got her outfit, please message her privately.  You must approach the person, and privately – she may not approach you.  (Posting your own personal tichel tying tutorials, as long as not related to another store, is totally fine!)

8. This community is fostered by Wrapunzel and the obvious effort that goes into building this type of trust and connection. It is unfair to the members of this group to exploit this closeness by using it as a business network rather than a social one. Therefore, if you are a vendor that sells tichels or scarves/accessories, please do not join this group. Using this forum (including the blog/site/page and privately messaging members) as a business network is strictly prohibited.  If you sell tichels, no matter how few, you may not post your products on here, however subtly you are showcasing them.  You may not use this group as a business network in any way.  If you witness anything of this sort happening, please flag the post and notify a moderator immediately.

9. Political comments do not have a place on this group. World events can be discussed elsewhere.  Please message a moderator if you have a question about whether or not a post may be political.  Here we focus only on our own personal journeys. For further clarification, please see the footnote at the end of the list.

10. We all love and admire each other’s incredible photos and posts!  However, many members of this group treat this group as a private safe haven.  If you would like to share someone’s photo/video/writing on any forum other than this one, you must ask and be granted this person’s permission before doing so.  On the same note, we must remind you that while this group is a ‘closed’ forum, please use your common sense when sharing.

11. Please do not arrange meet ups, swaps, etc. using this group.  We are serious about your safety and cannot be accountable for any of the mishaps that may happen (use your imagination – a lot can go wrong!)  If you become friends with someone that you meet in this group, you do so at your own risk.  Please inform us of any negative incidents so we can deal with them and protect our community as much as possible.  While we try to speak to every member that we let in here, we cannot vouch for everyone’s integrity.  Please use common sense and discretion and remember that while this is a private group and we do everything we can to keep it safe, this is also the internet, and anyone can take a screenshot.  Please use your ‘street smarts’ when sharing personal information; we do everything we can to protect our members, but we would rather not have to deal with incidents after the fact, if possible.

12.  If your post was removed from the group, please review these guidelines to see why it was removed.  If there is any confusion still, contact a moderator and we will let you know why it was removed.  If you see a post on the group that is offensive and/or goes against the group guidelines, contact a moderator right away.  Do not take matters into your own hands by privately messaging the offending party or engaging in negative speech on the post.  Simply tag a moderator (or even better, tag more than one!) in the post and send us a private message as well.  You can (and should) also report the post so we can remove it quickly; this is easily done by clicking the little grey arrow at the top right side of the post.

Your moderators are peace loving, hard working individuals and everything that we do on here is with the benefit this group in mind.  In a large and diverse group like this, we sometimes have to make difficult decisions, but rest assured that we discuss these issues at length, always do our absolute best, and work together continuously to make this group the miraculous and safe place that it is.  Please note that being rude to and/or blocking a moderator on facebook will result in your removal from the group.  All major decisions are discussed between us and we are in communication constantly in order to make this group better and better for you!  

Thank you for following these guidelines and being such a wonderful contributor!  We’re looking forward to spending may more gratitude filled days together with you and some incredible tichels!

Love, your moderators ♥

Footnote regarding #9:

Your moderators would like you to know that we care about each and every member of our community. And so, in an attempt to keep the fan group from becoming political and exclusionary to those with differing beliefs on the politics going on in the Middle-East and other strife-ridden areas, we are respectfully asking that if you choose to wrap in national colors, that you do not include political messages, opinions, or hashtags in your post.

Hashtags or references to specific political situations, terrorism, patriotism for any country, etc. will result in your post being removed. While it may seem harsh, this policy protects the group from extremism as well as making it a space safe from arguments, hate speech, and conflict – unlike so many other media outlets that we have to deal with.

Please do not construe this as support for or nonsupport for any political stance, but merely a way to keep the peace in the Fangroup and to keep it a safe place for all our members. We have worked very hard to make this group a place where women come to get away from all the negativity in the world, a safe haven, and we do not want world events brought in here.

Thank you so much for understanding and respecting our request!

The Song of the Sari Scarf

The First Sari Scarf
The First Sari Scarf

Many of us don’t know the story of the first sari headscarf.

It was before Wrapunzel, before andreagrinberg.com, before the head wrapping movement.  Just a cold, lonely day in Chicago, and a shivering woman contemplating a weird looking piece of colorful fabric strips in her local thrift store on half price day.

Little did she know that odd scarf would revolutionize how she covered her hair, and in turn inspire thousands of women and create jobs for talented artists across the ocean!

That woman is me.  And this is the story of the first sari scarf and how it has changed the world:

I remember holding up that first sari, and putting it down, trying to turn away from it, yet I couldn’t.  It was so beautiful, yet I couldn’t fathom how I was going to make it work as a head covering.  I already had a vast collection of scarves and didn’t need more, and I certainly didn’t need some messy bunch of fabric strips cluttering up my closet.  But it was so pretty, just begging to be made into something beautiful.  I bought it on a whim, hoping that maybe I could make it work.  One day.

It sat in my closet for weeks and eventually fell to the floor, forgotten.

I grabbed it one morning, and my thoughts were, “What was I thinking?  How can this ever work?”  With doubt and a bit of laughter, I put it on my head haphazardly in front of the bathroom mirror.  And I gaped.

The first try - it's come a long way since then!
The first try – it’s come a long way since then!

And never turned back.  The head covering world hasn’t been the same since.

That first sari quickly became my most worn scarf.  It was so easy and looked like I was wearing 10 scarves at once!  All I did back then was put on a simple underscarf and then tie the sari on top, knotted once at the nape of my neck.  I was asked, “How did you do that?”  “How many scarves is that?” and no one believed that it was only one.

By then I was slowly, shyly starting to make tichel tying tutorials.  But I never brought out the sari, because it just wouldn’t be fair to teach others how to tie something that simply wasn’t available to them!  But I wore it, oh, did I ever wear it!  I wore it to weddings, and on Shabbat, and basically every formal occasion that came up.

I also wore it for a cello playing video which eventually went on youtube, which meant the sari scarf was now public.

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And now so many women were begging for advice on how to find one.  And I had nothing to give.  There were rumors of some craft stores selling similar ones, but they were so expensive, and the color options made me sad.

I just wished I had a way to give sari scarves to everyone!   But alas…

That first, beloved sari is long gone now.  I don’t know who has it, but I know I gave it to a lucky lady off of my head when she fell in love with it.

What has happened since then?

the Wrapunzel Store's first Saris!
the Wrapunzel Store’s first Saris!

Well, a year later I started the Wrapunzel Blog, and then a year after that, the Wrapunzel store became a reality.  I remember before opening earnestly telling Rivka Malka that we *had* to give the ladies sari scarves.  We both agreed, but the question was… how?

It wasn’t easy.  We contacted seamstresses, who sent us to someone else they knew, who sent us to someone else, and then to another person, and then another.  Finally we ended up getting to know someone very special who could make them for us.  This person was able to collect silk strips from factories in India and upcycle them to make gorgeous sari scarves in infinite colors – true artistry!

They sold out on the first day.  And when we got more, they sold out again.  And again.  And again.  (I think they’re actually sold out right now as I write this!  We’re getting more, don’t worry!)

The demand was so high that other artists were needed, so every woman that covered her hair could have a sari scarf and enjoy the colorful silk magic.  The connections we made were miraculous.  We were (and still are) so happy that we’re able to bring these gorgeous creations to the tichel tying world!  And we are honored to know that we’re supporting artists overseas with these beauties.  Truly a crown in every single way!

Since then, the tichel tying world has exploded, and sari scarves are no exception.  Sadly, we do hear that there are now manufacturers out there making similar scarves involving immoral practices, but the only thing we can do is continue supporting the values we hold dear and praying for the others that aren’t as fortunate.   We hope that one day this changes and the world is a fair and bright place for all that make sari scarves!

The Sari Scarf finally gets the photoshoot it deserves
The Sari Scarf finally gets the photoshoot it deserves

In the Wrapunzel world, we are all about relationships.  On its own, a scarf is just a scarf, but a Wrapunzel tichel is about real connection and a real relationship.  This is the Wrapunzelution!  Our relationship with our community means everything to us, and this means all our contributors.  We know our seamstresses and distributors personally (and often their families too!) and we are so honored that this journey has allowed us to meet so many talented human beings all over the world.

I still can’t believe that crazy colorful jumble of fabric years ago has turned into such a head covering staple.  Who would have thought?  As I sit here with a beautiful new sari sash on my head, I am so humbled that the first sari scarf found me on that cold day, and in turn, found all of you as well.

The sari sash I'm wearing today
The sari sash I’m wearing today

From the lovely saris (and me!) thank you.
Andrea

Penina Taylor’s Message to Wrapunzel!

Are you ready for our next FACES OF WRAPUNZEL lady? Penina Taylor has a message for us, all the way from Israel. She is a truly inspirational speaker and spiritual leader, and we are so excited to share this with you!

“The Wrapunzel community represents a microcosm of what the world should be.”

Rivka’s Poem

 

Last week, I posed a question on The Wrapunzel Page, asking what was making you feel renewed today.  The answers were beautiful, and it was so hard to pick just one to feature on the blog.  I decided to sleep on it, and when I woke up, one answer was resonating in my head, and that was Rivka’s.  She wrote so beautifully and simply, her words ringing poignant and true.  She has such a loving perspective on hair covering, and I knew that we needed to hear more from her:

Rivka's Response
Rivka’s response to the question, “What is making you feel renewed today?”

I wrote to her, asking if she’d like to contribute more, and her response was an enthusiastic, “What a coincidence!  I just wrote a poem for the Wrapunzel community!”  I’m honored to share Rivka’s Poem with all of you, and I know you’ll join me in saying that we can’t wait to hear more from her.

~*~

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Soft thin strands,
Strands of yarn,
Twisted together,
Strengthening itself,
Into a thread.

A few special souls,
Brought together,
Over a love of a mitzvah,
Becoming wrapunzel.

So many threads,
Blue, pink and red,
Gathered together,
Woven,
Intertwined,
Creating a masterpiece.

So many woman,
Of all different faiths,
From all over the world,
Connect together,
Unite as one,
One wrapunzel community.

An oblong tichel,
Beautiful patterns,
Beautiful textures,
Tied tight,
Wrapped as my crown.

A community filled with beautiful women,
Women full of love and compassion,
Of understanding and respect,
Supporting each other,
Embracing each other to embrace their crowns.

– by Rivka Breuer

The Headband Secret Tutorial!

It’s long been talked about that headbands can add a beautiful layer to your headwrap with minimal bulk and almost zero effort… but I’ve never tried putting on 6 headbands at a time before!  Can you believe I’m only wearing one scarf in the photo below?  LOVE the result!

The Headband Secret Wrapunzel

On the Wrapunzel Store site, we call these babies “The Headband Secret”!  They’re perfect stretchy cotton and they don’t budge once in place!

Here’s the tutorial!

Meet the Green Family!

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Mushky, Shifrah, and Zahava

The Wrapunzelution has allowed ladies from all over the world to connect, and I am so happy that it has allowed me to get to know the Greens!  I met Mushky when my husband and I first moved to Baltimore and she expressed so much excitement about covering her hair when getting married (which was happening soon!)  She works at our favourite local bookstore, which my husband and I *may* (cough!) have a slight addiction to, so we get to see her a lot!

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Mushky wearing The Cranberry in purple!

After getting married, we were continuously wow-ed on the Wrapunzel Fangroup by Mushky’s creations… but the thing I love most about her is her infectious enthusiasm for putting together gorgeous, colorful combinations.  She just loves tichels!

Recently, a new face has appeared on the fangroup… Mushky’s mom, Zahava!  It turns out that one Shabbat, Mushky made her sit down and try on a tichel.  It took a little coaxing, but now Mrs. Green is a bona-fide Wrapunzel Wrap Star!  Her beautiful eyes and shining countenance are such a special addition to the community.  She is soft spoken, elegant, and warm – a true aishet chayil!

Mrs Green, wearing the dreamy lace and shinylicious
Mrs Green, wearing the dreamy lace and shinylicious

Zahava says, “Before, I was always in my sheital or a snood, and I really disliked the way I looked in a snood.  I felt like my options were either my sheital which I still wear, or being underdressed in my snoods and pretieds.  Now I have another option, and I finally feel like I’ve found ‘me’.”

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Shifrah wearing the turquoise Signature and light teal Shimmery

Mushky’s sister-in-law, Shifrah, has been wearing tichels since she’s been married, but for the longest time only wore a simple Israeli tichel with nothing underneath.  “Discovering the shaper/volumizer and learning how to layer has changed everything for me.” she says, “I love it!”

It was so much fun taking photos of these lovely ladies.  They all have such different styles and so much love for each other.  Mushky loves to pump up the volume (she adds extra scarves underneath (WITH the shaper) and wear bold, royal tones.  Shifrah looks great in twists and tails in bright colors, and Zahava looks perfect in elegant wear with a little sparkle.

There are eleven kids in the Green family, and that means a lot of in-laws and grandchildren!  I am so blessed that I was able to capture these three together!  What an incredible mother/daughter bond there is between them – you can just feel it looking at these pictures!  Enjoy!wrapunzel

The Wrapunzel Gratitude Challenge!

This video says everything that is on my heart right now…

To be a part of the gratitude challenge:
1) Write to a woman (or call!) that has shaped you and express your gratitude.
2) Share this video so other women will be inspired to do the same!
3) Leave us a comment (on facebook is preferable but on here works too!) to let us know that you did it and tell us about your experience (can be as little or much detail as you would like).
On Jan 29th 8pm, we will pick one woman and her mentor and send her two personalized tichel kits from Wrapunzel including a no-slip headband; and she can give her mentor the kit as a gift. (If the woman doesn’t wear tichels, do not worry, we will find gorgeous jewelry/accessories for her!) We will speak to you personally and choose something absolutely perfect to help you show your gratitude!

Hello Tamar Adina!

I’m majorly happy to introduce you to Tamar Adina from Chicago, one of our new FACES OF WRAPUNZEL ladies!  She’s a teacher, artist, makeup/face painter/henna creator extraordinaire, mother, and all around super helpful (and hilarious!)  She’s going to help us with choosing the right head scarves for our skin tones and learning how to match colors with beauty and ease.  Oh, and she just so happens to look gorgeous in tichels, so we’ll hopefully be seeing some modeling from her too!  Woohoo!!

The beautiful Tamar Adina (and her husband!)
Tamar Adina (and her photobombing husband!)

Hello Wrapunzel!

My name is Tamar Adina.  Some of you might remember me from a post on Rivka Malka’s blog about henna.

Tamar WrapunzelAndrea asked me to talk about when I started covering my hair, how I cover my hair, my sense of color, my sense of style, and some advice that helps someone pick tichels.

No pressure Andrea.

Noooooo pressure.

Riiiiiight.

Anyway, I started covering my hair on August 22, 2007, the day after my marriage.  I always knew that I would one day cover my hair and to be honest, throughout high school, I secretly looked forward to covering what I cynically referred to as “my rat’s nest” (not to be confused with “the squirrel”, my best friend’s method of referring to her sheitel.) 

To understand my rationale, you need to understand that I was the kid in elementary school pictures that had eight feet of hair standing up in all directions.  I used to tell friends that I had styled my hair that morning by sticking my finger into the nearest electric socket.  To better explain the problem, imagine Hermione Granger (not the movie version where her hair was barely frizzy, the version that you had in your head before Warner Brother’s made Hermione synonymous with Emma Watson).  Now imagine that Hermione’s hair was black and that you were the one that needed to take hours of time to tame that mess into submission.  Makes sense now, doesn’t it?

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Tamar Adina’s childhood and teenage hair

However, as someone that looked forward to covering her hair, I was surprised to find myself exasperated with the concept.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I loved the thought of not having to make my hair presentable to the public, but the pre-tied tichel that I packed to wear to my new apartment slipped back every .05 seconds.

It turns out that lycra can be an incredibly slippery material.  Who knew?

Since I didn’t want ¾ of my head showing, I started trying to find a solution that I was comfortable with wearing.

For my first sheva brachos, I tried to wear a sheitel.   To be fair, I didn’t understand the concept that a precut isn’t really cut, I could barely put the darn thing on, and I looked ridiculous.  The side swept “bangs” fell into my eyes every two seconds, the combs pulled in all of the wrong places, and I felt like my scalp was overheating.  Although there might still be some photos on Facebook, I’m pretty sure that I deleted 99% of them from my sister’s camera. 

It wasn’t until 3 years and over $1,000 dollars later that I finally figured out how to wear a sheitel (hint hint, before you worry about a good cut, make sure that your cap fits!)

But in the interim, I kept searching.  My sister-in-law brought me a half a dozen rectangular scarves from Israel.  Sadly, I had no clue how to tie them.  I went through a phase of wearing hats, snoods, pre-tieds, but everything eventually slipped off my head.  I had a number of Israeli tichels, but I couldn’t figure out how to tie those properly either.  I’d make a low bun in the back of my head, tie a haphazard triangle, pin the living daylights out of it with bobby pins, and every two hours over the course of the day I’d rinse and repeat the process. 

So I stuck with either a sheitel, a black snood that I stole from my mother, or a pre-tied.

But none of those options really worked well for me.  During undergrad and my multiple various volunteer hours, practicums, and internships I wore a pre-tied.  Nobody really said anything to me, but there were times when I felt underdressed.

After graduation when I started to work as a high school teacher, I wore a sheitel, but I found myself exasperated by how dirty it would become from the horrid combination of chalk and expo markers.  I wanted to be professional, but I became easily annoyed with hair that required upwards of $25 to clean, that always fell straight over my eyes, and that over time “died” on me.  Maybe if I’d have spent more on my sheitels I would have felt differently, but considering that I had become accustomed to eating, $2100 just wasn’t in my budget. 

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Tamar face painting with some lucky kids

I spent my weekends and summer working as a face painter, makeup artist, and henna artist.  While painting, I needed something that a child couldn’t pull off my head and that wouldn’t fall into my eyes while I was working.  I settled for pre-tieds, but most of them couldn’t contain my hair, they’d eventually rip, and every once in a while, a child would make a grab for the applique.

But I had no other options.

Until one day I met Andrea. 

Andrea and I actually first met on Facebook way before Wrapunzel became an Internet sensation.  I posted a picture of a skirt for sale and she called instant dibs on it.  For reasons that I still cannot quite understand, that skirt is still in my closet and Andrea still talks to me.

But I digress.

Andrea handed me a velvet headband, advised me to put my bun higher up on my head, and showed me how to tie a rectangular scarf.

It was a light bulb moment. 

Suddenly, I could wear the scarves that had formally been collecting dust in a drawer!  I’d love to tell you that I suddenly magically figured out how to tie hundreds of different ties and that I felt complete confidence in my tichel tying self…

However that would be lying.

It took me about two years to really become comfortable playing with different fabrics, colors, and textures  — and I’m an artist!  But, I walked into my grad school internship with a tichel on my head and the conviction that my wrap wouldn’t detract from my abilities to be seen as a competent professional.   Although at first I sometimes questioned my decision on Facebook, I learned to tie on a tichel and then walk into multiple job fairs, interviews, and finally, this year, I walked into a classroom of 21 high school juniors…and my hair was wrapped.

And while I still look at the scarves that Andrea, Rivka Malka, Chagit, and some of the other fantastic Wrapunzel ladies wear and say “yeah…I can’t do that without a tichel tantrum”…

I’m okay with that.

Because I have learned a number of tricks that really help me out.  As a makeup artist and a painter, I play with color schemes…a lot.  And hopefully some of my issues can help you.

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The same tie with different scarves

1) My first tip doesn’t actually have anything to do with color.  Instead, it’s to find one tie that you like, and learn to do it well.  Even after two years of doing hair wrapping, I tend to wear the same three (yep, 3!) ties.   That doesn’t mean that I constantly wear the same thing!   I vary the scarf color, texture, accessories, etc.  But these photos are all the same tie. 

2) I find that I personally cannot wear a long tail.  By that same token, I cannot wear a long braided tail, a double tail, or even the newly popular Shira tails.  I find that long tails wind up in my face paints – and that’s not ok.  I used to primarily wear square scarves with a twist, but pashminas and other rectangular patterned scarves looked like too fun to exclude from my wardrobe and so last year I started wearing rectangular scarves more.  I tend to wear a maximum of a shoulder length tail on one side of my face. 

3) Wrapping highlights your face.  So, I personally find that when I fix my eyebrows and put on some concealer to hide the bags under my eyes, I help focus on my better features (my eyes!).  But, if I’m completely out of time, I put on a pair of earrings – they serve as a focal point and can help draw someone’s eye away from the fact that I graded twenty-one final term papers the night before.

4) My next tip goes back to color.  Grab a color wheel, and use it to create analogous and split-complementary color schemes! Many people have heard of analogous color schemes.  They involve colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  They usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs.  Most people have heard of complementary color schemes, when two colors are opposite each other (like red/green).  But these can actually be harsh and quite difficult to pull together properly.  Instead, aim for a split-complementary color scheme.  This uses a base color and then the two colors that are adjacent to its complement.  This gives a strong visual contrast, but it has less tension, and it’s fairly goof proof.

5) Next, color behaves in relation to other colors.   Basically, the relationship of warmth or coolness of respective hues can cause noticeable differences in the perception of color.  This can mean that a tichel kit that looked harmonious on the model looks horrifying on you.  What color is making the amazing tichel look horrid? Why…your skin color of course! The exact specifics of this can be a little lengthy, but basically there are two basic skin tones – cool and warm. You can determine which category you fall into by investigating the color of the veins on the underside of your arm.  If the veins show through blue, you’ve got blue or white undertones, meaning that you have a cool skin tone. Those with green veins have yellow undertones and are therefore warm. 

If you can’t tell what color your veins are, grab two pieces of jewelry: one gold and one silver.  Hold them up against your skin.  Depending on which one stands out, you can determine your skin tone.  Gold means warm, and silver means cool. 

Still confused? Grab a piece of yellow fabric and place it next to your face.  A warm-tone will have a bright complexion, minimal shadows, and an overall healthy look.  A cool-toned person will look like she has had the stomach flu for the last ten hours.  If this horrible transformation has happened to you, attempt a blue fabric next.  If it gives you the same healthy glow that I promised the warm-toned folks with the yellow fabric, then you are cool toned.

Great…so what do you do with that information?  Well…now you make tichel combinations!

Warm skin tones look for colors on the “warm” side of the color wheel like red, orange, yellow, brown, and pink.

Cool skin tones look best in richer colors and those on the “cool” side of the color wheel, like blue, purple, and green.

The shade of a color affects where it falls on the warm-cool spectrum.  For example, purple with more blue or gray undertones works well for cool colored skin.  But, if the scarf has pronounced red or magenta undertones it is better suited for a warmer toned person.

Wrapunzel Tamar Adina6) Lastly, find a time to try out new designs when you are NOT rushed.  Although we already all tend to ask for help with special occasion wraps, it’s the tichel tantrums that occur on a random morning that can make you want to give up wrapping permanently.  I find that for me, tichel tantrums come from trying something new.  I personally know that it’s not a good idea for me to come up with new scarf combinations in the morning before work.  When I am getting ready for work I typically have 15-20 minutes to go from stepping out of the shower to out the door.  So, I grab combinations that I’ve tried at least two times before.  I tend to play with new tichel ideas on Shabbos afternoon or later in the evening.

I hope these tips are helpful!  I’m really looking forward to expanding on some of these ideas and having intricate discussions about earrings (love them!), clip on flowers (not my style), color combos (that include options for all skin tones), makeup (yeah, as a makeup artist, that’s one of my favorite topics!) and how to look professional in a tichel.

I can’t wait to catch up with ya’ll!

-Tamar Adina

An Exciting Photoshoot!!

We’re so excited about starting to introduce you to THE FACES OF WRAPUNZEL!  Read more about it on our facebook page!

We’re waiting to get the photos from today’s shoot (which is just the beginning!) edited and sorted, but here are some teasers for now!  We can’t wait to show you the real ones!

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Layered Shira Tails Tutorial (and lots more exciting!!)

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Hello lovelies!!  It’s a cold and sunny day here in Baltimore, and it’s the perfect weather for a double pashmina wrap!  Enter the Shira Tails!  This has been a well circulated wrap tutorial, but sometimes ladies have a little trouble looking at it because we took it randomly when meeting Shira at one of our shows!  So here is my layered version!

I am totally loving this wrap… it’s been too long since I’ve broken out my favourite Blue and Black Midnight Lakeshore Bliss scarf (one day I’ll tell y’all the story behind this tichel… it’s pretty incredible!)  I paired it with a black pashmina and our (surprise!) new lace sash!  It’s not online yet but you can bet they will go crazy when we have them up for you!  This is just a taste 😛

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And just because I felt like it, I decided to experiment with adding our new Celtic Braid headband… WOA!  It just took this tichel from cozy fancy to wedding worthy!  I only wore it long enough to snap these photos, because it was just a little too fancy for teaching music to kidlets, but I know I’ll be wearing it again soon when the occasion arrives!

Wishing you all a beautiful day, filled with lots of light and connection!  May you get to appreciate something new, and share it with someone else!  It’s such a pleasure to know you all ❤
Love, Andrea

Warm Brown and Rust

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It was an overcast day, and this color combination was calling me in the morning!!  (Yes, my tichels sometimes talk to me… don’t yours?)  There’s something about rust paired with brown… it’s so earthy and warm!  I felt so “at home” in this and it nurtured my soul!  Definitely something I’m going to ry again soon!

Because I know you’ll ask, I’m wearing a brown soft pashmina, burgundy/gold Israeli tichel (these are AWESOME!), and a beaded twist necklace made into a headband by the regal clasp!

I know that many of you are going through some crazy rollercoaster times right now… and I want to let you know that I’m with you and sending you so much love!  Hang on tight!
xo Andrea

Ethereal White, Cream, & Taupe

A lovely lady on the Wrapunzel Fangroup posted an gorgeous photo of her wearing white and cream, so I was inspired to try it as well!  My husband loves when I wear white on Shabbat, so this was a treat for him – and I also felt so special and holy!  It’s incredible how choosing your colors and style truly alters how you relate to the world around you!

I paired the Dreamy Lace with three 2 in 1s!

I tied this in a DB (Double Braid) with a criss cross at the front, and simply placed the lace scarf on top, letting the fringed ends hang.  I wore it with two skirts layered (a shorter camel one, with a longer white underneath) and brown boots 🙂  I haven’t felt so good about an outfit in a long time!!  (And that’s saying a lot, most of the time I am loving what I wear, but this was just another level!)

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Share with us a time that you put a little extra effort into what you wore, and how it affected your day!  Let’s inspire each other!

Love, Andrea

Lotsa Wintery Twists!

Decided to do a combination of twists this morning – one around the crown and a double at the side!  I’m loving it!  So perfect for this chilly weather!  (And I’m loving this sweater that I got at goodwill on sale!  So big and comfy!)

Here are some tutorials/inspiration to check out for this wrap!  Should I make a tutorial for this?
Artsy Twists;   Do the Twist!;  Triple-y Twisted

I’m wearing a denim Lakeshore Bliss, Navy NYB, and a gold Perfect Headband 🙂

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Wishing you all a Shabbat filled with love and shalom!  Hope you’re doing well and sending you hugs!

How to Not Have Too Many Scarves :)

This. Is. Hilarious!  I nearly spit hot chocolate all over my computer when reading it the first time (hey, it’s cold here!)  Reminds me of the days when I read though the Confessions of a Shopaholic series.  This was written by the hilarious Alana Sheldahl, who has been a part of the Wrapunzel community for years.  I think we’ve all had those moments when we organize our scarf collections and are completely overwhelmed!  Well, this should help!

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How to NOT have too many scarves:

Divide and conquer. It’s not a question of how MANY scarves you have. After all, life is full of so many different seasons, occasions, and colors. Divide and conquer, sisters. Divide. And. Conquer.

1. Step one: set aside all your sari scarves and sari sashes. You can count them later.

2. Pull out all your pashminas. Inventory. Realize you only own 30 of them and if you wear one per day, you will still not have enough pashminas asthere are days left this winter. Drink some hot cocoa and browse the Wrapunzel site for what else you can buy to fill in the obvious gap in your winter tichel wardrobe. Pashminas are their own separate entity and don’t really count in your tichel inventory, do they? No, they stand alone. Give them their own space.

3. Set aside all your sashes…because they aren’t real scarves anyways. These sashes hardly count, because they need other scarves to go with them. They are decoration.

4. 2 in 1‘s don’t count in your “real tichels” pile….soooo light weight, and basic. You need ALL of them. Make a list of the colors you lack.

5. Separate out the rest of your tichels into color categories. Notice how each shade of blue is different, that your half dozen mostly-green scarvces are all unique and how there’s so many shades of reds the mind is boggled. Clearly, when you divide them by color you have very few tichels […of each color].

6. Put all your New York Brights in one place. Only five of them? Plan to rectify as soon as possible.

7. Again, Shimmeries and Shiny scarves are in a special category all their own. Like 2-in-1’s, a full tichel wardrobe means having all the colors. Collect on, sister!

8. Notice how FEW scarves you have when looked at categorically. Be amazed at your frugality. Oh, and everything lace goes in that drawer over there…

9. Have another cup of hot beverage and make a wish list.

10.; And whatever you do…never ever EVER count your sari scarves.

Teal&White VS Teal&Black – and one great accessory!

I’ve gotta say… it takes a lot for me to fall in love with an accessory.  I have pins that I wear once and never wear again (I usually give them to a friend!) or headbands that look great but sit around unused.

This hasn’t happened with this headband – I haven’t even had a chance to put it away since I nabbed it!  On both these tichels, I wasn’t planning on incorporating it… but then as I finished the wrap, I realized that it needed a little something, and this was the perfect something!  There’s something so lovely about the style – and it matches all my jewelry!

Here I am, trying out the Dreamy Lace in white – I’m definitely going to do something like this for Shabbat!

And on Sunday, I went to a wedding – Mazal tov!  It was one of those Yeshivish weddings that was EXTREMELY packed (standing room only!) and I was the only one wearing a tichel!  Now, I’ve been the only one in a tichel in lots of weddings before, but lately I’ve been getting spoiled in Baltimore because so many ladies here are getting Wrapunzeled!  It was kind of nice to attend a wedding in Baltimore and be the only one in a tichel again!  I decided to go for a more subdued and elegant look (black shimmery, hello!) and this was a perfect option!  I was really excited about this more subtle look – the lace sash that I’m wearing on my head is actually from the dress!

Hope you’re all doing so so well!  I’ve certainly missed blogging on here, and am uper happy to be back!
Love, Andrea