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.
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.