Anjae Speaks About Being a Biracial Wrapunzelista

I (Andrea) am so happy to share this post with you!  I met Anjae on facebook and was moved by her beautiful writing – I just had to ask her to share her story!

Anjae’s story hits home for me in a personal way as well.  I used to teach at a school with many kids from different backgrounds and cultures.  I was always flabbergasted by some of the girls who told me how long it took to get their hair braided and how much effort went into the whole process.  Many of these girls’ mothers would approach me about my wraps and I would gladly teach them after music class was over.  I hope Anjae’s story inspires you as much as me!

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Meet Anjae!

Hello, my name is Anjae Hatley. I started wrapping about October of last year. I am biracial. My mother is black and my father is white. I have blue eyes, a thin straight nose and dark, thick, curly hair. People are always trying to figure out “what” I am. Hair was a big issue for me growing up. Being half black, there was the question of, “do you wear it natural, do you relax it, and do you use extensions?” As my grandmother always put it, “you have GOOD hair.” Being half white, I get asked all the time, “Can I touch your hair, or why don’t you straighten it- you look white anyway?” So, for much of my 34 years on this earth, my hair has been the topic of discussion for many people. When I got to college, I cut it off, super short. The woman cutting my hair made me call my mother to ask if it was “ok for her to do this to my curls.” Even after getting it cut, I still had little curls and that was still enough for men and woman to focus on. I could not get away from my own hair, it was something that everyone else seemed fixated on as a measure of my beauty. I love my hair, but I am not going to lie, it’s a lot to handle, especially living in the Midwest. My husband loves seeing me with my hair down, and curly. It makes him happy and it warms my heart to hear him say, “I love your hair like that.” Since I have been wrapping my hair, he has been supportive of my decision to cover my hair.

It’s simple, I started wrapping my hair so that the emphasis can be taken of my physical appearance and put on what matters; me being a good person, being capable at what I do, being an educated woman, etc. By wrapping my hair I feel confident when I leave me house, as before having to do my hair was a hassle and I was always fussing with it. I am so much more than my hair. I wrap because I suffer from anxiety and when I have a beautiful scarf on my head, I feel as though it allows take the time to focus on my wrap I am doing and that gives me the moment of clam I need before I start my day. I wrap because it allows me to be my authentic me. The authentic me that I speak of is a woman that has struggled with identity all her life, and has finally found something that allows me to be, without the emphasis on my physical appearance. The focus is on who I am, not what I look like. I say that stumbling upon Wrapunzel has given me so much more than learning how to wrap, it has given me a community of woman that uplift each other.

Thank you for reading my story!

One Scarf, Many Ways!


Let’s start this post off with a bang, shall we?


Regular participants in our fangroup might recognize Mansikka up there and BOY did she ever take this week’s Challenge of the Week seriously! Not remembering the names of each of these styles, she came up with her own hilarious monikers and this impressive display  of tichel-wrapping skill. It’s so amazing to see this many styles all wrapped with the same scarf! Thanks for sharing them with us, Mansikka!!!

Some wrappers are comfortable taking the same scarf and wearing it multiple times in the same week, but for many others, the idea might feel extremely limiting. It can also be easy to fall into a rut and wear specific scarves in the same ways, so in this regard, we all had to flex our wrapping muscles with this challenge, for sure! A huge amount of thought and creativity went into the photos you’ll see in this week’s collage and each contributor truly does deserve a pat on the back for what she accomplished. You all totally rocked it, ladies!

Thank you so much to all who participated and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for this week’s Challenge of the Week reveal video!


This week’s challenge is the celebration of a very specific type of scarf. One that was first introduced to the world of head-wrapping by Andrea, well before Wrapunzel was even a store! No two are alike and our fans just can’t seem to get enough of them! You probably know what’s coming… Check out the reveal video below:



Would you like to be featured in next week’s collage? Head on over to the Wrapunzel Fangroup and share your pictures using the hashtag #wrapunzeledinsaris. If you would also like them featured on next week’s blog post, make sure to also post them in the comments on the pinned post at the top of the Fangroup page, so we know to share them. We can accept up to 5 headshot-style photos per person – no collages, please! If you’re not on Facebook, you can also email your pictures to us at with the subject line “Challenge of the Week.” Can’t wait to see what you create!!

Need to learn how to tie your Sari Scarf? Check out our sari playlist on YouTube and watch the awesome tutorials below!

“Wrapunzel Under Wraps” part 2 – Very Short Hair

Many of you have seen our first “Under Wraps” video and infographic from last summer:

Shaper Comparison

Both became popular very quickly, as many women had been requesting clarification of the differences between shapers and what exactly goes on underneath wraps, for some time! However, for women with little-to-no hair,  these were not accurate representations of how our Essential Tools might work for them. Most Shapers give quite a different look when a bun or pony tail isn’t present underneath and until now, we didn’t have a proper visual guide to illustrate this.

Without further ado, may we present both our newest infographic and “Under Wraps” tutorial, showcasing all four Wrapunzel shapers, when worn over very short hair!

Shaper Comparison Final


Tamar Adina on “Tichel Intimidation”!

“Dear Wrapunzel,

I have a love/hate relationship with the weekly ‘challenges’ Wrapunzel runs. I absolutely LOVE looking at the amazing tichel photos, and I look forward to hearing what the new challenge of the week is going to be! But at the same time, I rarely participate. I’m not a newbie tichel wearer, but I’m not as put together as the other posters! I have a hard time creating pleats and I never get lace to look nice on me without having it “hurt” later in the day. I’m never sure if I’m wrapping my tichel right, I just kind of “put-it-on”. I have lots of scarves in my collection, but I don’t really have the time to play with new wraps, and sometimes I just throw on a hat to do my grocery shopping. I feel like everyone else goes to Target while wearing an amazing tichel. I dunno, seeing the photos makes me feel dowdy. Any advice?

The Frumpy Tichel Wearer”



Dear Wrapstar –

So, first of all, repeat after me: I am not dowdy. I don’t care if you are wearing a pair of oversized sweats with pink fuzzy socks while reading this — you still are not dowdy.

It sounds like you are feeling a little overwhelmed and even a bit insecure about your tichel wrapping ability. The goal of the “wrapunzeledin” challenges was never to make anyone feel intimidated, but I can feel your frustration.


Andrea’s product photo outtake. Yikes!

I’d like to share with you something that one of my favorite professors used to say constantly. She told us to remember that when we entered a patient’s room, even if we had worked with the patient 2 million times, we were still walking in “IN THE MIDDLE.” What does this mean? When walking into a patient’s room, we were seeing a snapshot of the person.   We were seeing one moment from that person’s life. If we were to run into him at another time while in Starbucks, we would like see a totally different snapshot. But in the hospital, the patient is in the middle of some type of crisis.

Even if in theory we know “everything going on” in the crisis (especially since we have a medical chart), the truth of the matter is that we are only able to see part of the story. We really don’t know what happened five minutes before. Did the patient just find out that he has to stay another night? Even though we might have known about that possibility, maybe the patient didn’t. Maybe in addition to the crisis lens, we also need to apply the “missing my pet cat” lens. Did the patient’s best friend just come by for a visit and she brought smoothies with her? That can change the lens as well.


Naomi Rose wearing *gasp* a pre-tied!

Why am I blathering on about being “IN THE MIDDLE”? Well, because that’s exactly what an Internet selfie is! You are logging into the conversation and entering “IN THE MIDDLE.” The beauty of the Wrapunzel Fangroup is that it connects many Wrapunzelistas and gives us a sense of community. Many of us don’t live close enough to each other to socialize in person, and the Fangroup offers that opportunity. At the same time, the picture that someone posts captures only one moment from a person’s day.

The photos in the Fangroup are just that – photos. They don’t tell the whole story. They tell only the information that the poster feels comfortable sharing! And while there is that rare breed that manages to look good all of the time, the truth is that the rest of us are usually “winging it” as we go. That gorgeous tichel someone posted might have taken three attempts to accomplish. Even if the poster wrote: “I had some frustration this morning,” since a picture is worth a thousand words, your brain will register the picture over the comment.


Looks like Rachel needs a nap!

Someone else might have cropped out their tummy/chest in order to hide the fact that they’ve recently gained or lost weight. Another person might have artfully used a necklace to quickly cover a ketchup stain that an adorable toddler blessed mommy with during lunch. Another wrapstar might be posting a photo during her thirty-minute lunch break – the first time all day that she had a second to tie a tichel or apply makeup. Had you seen her two hours prior while she was on the phone dealing with “that client” (you know, the one that makes you question your career choice), she would have looked slightly less polished. Or or or or or….the list is endless.

Also keep in mind that people tend to use their nicer photos as their profile pictures. So while you always see “Tamar Adina Campbell” commenting on Facebook from behind a profile picture that looks phenomenal, the real me might be typing while sitting on the couch and wearing a raggedy old college sweatshirt (yep, guilty as charged).

So while it might look like everyone else is “constantly put together,” very likely that is not quite the case. Some women will wear tichels for a week, and then take a break from elaborate ties while dealing with a sick spouse, or while on a business trip. With the number of women on the Fangroup nearing the thousands, you might not realize that a particular poster only puts a selfie up every few days.

But – (because I know there is a but), what about those women that post a tichel of the day everyday?! Or those women that I know in real life that always seem to look good? Well, the truth again might be that you are again only joining “IN THE MIDDLE”. You see the one selfie that looks amazing, you don’t see the 5 others that were deleted. You see the one tie that looks great, you don’t see that moment where she ran around trying to figure out where her shaper disappeared to.


Lastly, remember that we are our own worst critics. Nobody else will judge us nearly as harshly as we judge ourselves. So while you look in the mirror and see a messy back of the tichel, or a pleat that isn’t perfect, nobody else is giving you condemnation. In fact, it’s more likely that you will inspire someone to share their own wrap! So keep your chin up, and be proud of what you can do – we are all doing our best, and that means different things at different times.


Tamar Adina

How Do I Know if it’s “Me”?

Here’s the story behind this epic wrap:

“How do I know if a wrap suits me?”

This is a question that we are forever trying to answer here at Wrapunzel, and really, it is a question with infinite depth.  Since each and every one of us has huge potential and complex personalities that change day by day, moment by moment, how is it possible to dress in a way that suits us?  How is it possible to dress in a way that truly reflects the inner beauty of our souls?

The answer, of course, is that it is impossible to do perfectly.  We live in a physical world in which it is not possible to convey the infinite beauty of our souls in ANYTHING that we do, but don’t let this deter you – let this inspire you!  While we can’t do it perfectly, we can strive to do it better and better.  And as we learn, we will be able to reveal the beauty of our souls through what we wear.  Life is a journey of learning and growth.  It’s wonderful to know that you will always be evolving and changing!  And it IS possible to learn how to dress in a way that is deeply satisfying and liberating.  We wake each day with new moods, new challenges, and new perspectives.  We want the clothing we cover ourselves with to honor who we are.

This is going to be a short story in which I tell you about my (Andrea) experience that I had with wrapping before Shabbat.

I was super inspired by Naomi’s Duchess wrap, and wanted to try it!  I also had found a sari scarf that I really liked… similar to one I gave away ages ago and missed.  I had in my mind a vision of how the Duchess wrap would work with a sari and lace… all lovely, flowy and hippy dippy.


This is what I had in mind – nice eh?

I had a great outfit to match.  I have been trying this year to wear more white/cream on Shabbat and have had a lot of success doing so (when I say this year, I mean since Yom Kippur.)  A long lace skirt, lace top, and berry shell.  Simple, but so me 🙂

I tried to do the wrap… and do it, I did!  It looked AWESOME… seriously epic.  But something felt wrong – I felt like I was wearing a costume.  It was too high on my head, too “hippy” (who thought I’d ever say that?)  I just wasn’t feeling it.  My husband and I had planned an in Shabbat, just our family and no guests, so we could recharge.  This wrap was too extroverted for the internal bonding experience that I hoped to have.


I asked my husband what he thought and he looked at me and said, “Well, by the look on your face, it’s obvious you don’t like it, but the Wrapunzel ladies are going to love it!”  How right he was.  It really was an awesome wrap, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I made him come outside to snap some photos of me though.

So what’s the conclusion?  Well… I am definitely going to revisit this wrap in the future – perhaps for a wedding or some sort of event where I want to reveal my exuberant hippy side.  But as soon as Yonatan was done snapping photos, I hastily ripped it off my head and did another wrap.

Here’s what I did:

Much better!  But guess what… I STILL wasn’t feeling it!  While I would wear this most other days, I really was feeling introverted and introspective, and this wrap was still a little ‘undone’ for how I was feeling.  I needed to feel held and stabilized by my wrap.  So after snapping these photos, I decided to redo it AGAIN!

(Can you tell that we ready for Shabbat early this week?  This is not normal for us, but definitely left some room for me to think about and experiment with this train of thought.)

So here is what I ended up with!  I wanted to wear this sari scarf, but I didn’t want tails.  I decided to forgo the lace (I had enough of it in my outfit).  I wanted comforting, neat, warm, and stable.  As soon as I wrapped it I felt immediate relief, like I had found myself.

So are you going to have time to do this process every day?  No, certainly not.  And keep in mind that I was rigidly excited to try something new, even though my mood was not appropriate for the original wrap.   But as soon as I tried on that first wrap and felt that whole “this isn’t me” feeling, I knew I had to explore this idea and share the experience with you.

Sometimes it’s good if your wrap feels somewhat like a costume, especially on days when you are going to need to do things that you might not be in the mood for.  In this way, a wrap can help you do what you need to do, step into different shoes, and reveal aspects of your personality that you may not even know existed!

Other times, your wrap should feel like stepping into a warm bath – comforting, warm, and reflective.  It should feel like you have become more YOU.

All in all, wrapping should be a process of self revelation, discovery, joy, and most of all, should honor the beautiful soul that resides within you.

It’s an honor to be on this journey with you – I can’t wait to hear your thoughts an experiences!

Wishing you all much happy wrapping!
Love, Andrea