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!