So, where do I start with head scarves?
Even Andrea once had to ask herself this question! The concept of head wrapping can feel daunting to the uninitiated and trust us, we have ALL been there. After all, Wrapunzel was created for the purpose of providing a resource to answer this question and more!
How do you keep a scarf from sliding off your head? Can you wrap with little-to-no hair underneath? How on earth do you tie a tichel braid and other fancy styles? Aren’t you hot in that?!
If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, THIS is the place for you to get started!!!
Before wrapping, the first thing to consider is that what you wear under your scarf is just as important as the scarf itself! The key to getting ANY scarf to stay on your head is what we call a No-Slip Headband. These are made of stretch velvet and when worn underneath the scarf, prevent it from slipping throughout the day, eliminating the need to retie. There’s no need for pins or clips when you’re wearing one of these! Having a No-Slip Headband is absolutely ESSENTIAL and should not be skipped 🙂
For ladies with little-to-no hair (or those who prefer the look of having a lot of hair underneath their scarves), we are proud to offer the best shapers/volumizers on the market! These are worn underneath your scarf like a wig cap and have a “pillow” of volume in the back, easily mimicking the look of hair or adding a more voluminous look to your own. Several of our shapers also have a built-in No-Slip Headband, eliminating the need to purchase one separately. Many elaborate styles of wrapping require quite a bit of volume to be worn underneath and wearing a shaper makes achieving them a piece of cake.
You can check out our full line of shapers in the ‘Essential Tools‘ section of our website. Want to see them in action? Also check out our “Under Wraps part 2” video, which shows the ins and outs of these products and how they all work.
Do you prefer to wrap without the extra layer of a shaper? Try using an Oomphtastic Scrunchie instead!
Once you know what to wear under your wrap, it’s time to focus on the wraps themselves! We always suggest learning to wrap slowly. Choose one or two simple styles, master them and then move on to one or two more. Remember that wrapping is not a competition! Also, a style or color that looks great on one woman might not look great on you and that’s OK. There are no right and wrong ways to tie tichels and the most important advice is to experiment and have fun!
Before you know it, you’ll know how to tie many wraps and will have women asking YOU how it’s done!
The Wrapunzel Ladies YouTube channel has nearly 200 wrapping-related videos and is THE place to find tichel tutorials online! We’ve even organized them into categorized playlists, to make your browsing as easy as possible.
Check out our Wraps for Beginners video tutorial playlist to learn the following styles and SO much more:
THE beginner’s ESSENTIAL ~ Don’t skip this one!!! – The Regal Wrap
The easiest way to wrap with a “tail” over your shoulder – Beginner’s Luck
How to tie ANY square scarf – Israeli Tichel Tutorial
A fabulously exotic tie – Shira Tails
How do I find the best tichels for me? What materials should I look for? How about color? The solutions are not as daunting as they might seem!
For materials, first think about climate. While a heavier pashmina might be perfect for the winter months, most will find them far too hot for the height of summer. Cotton and viscose will keep you nice and cool, as will silk and other thinner scarves. Try our beloved, high-quality Israeli Tichels or 2 in 1s – they can always be layered or worn as a sash in the colder winter months, making them an excellent choice for any wrapper’s beginner tichel wardrobe!
In terms of color, think about the colors you wear most often and what might compliment those. Some women prefer neutrals that will match everything, while others lean towards bright colors and patterns. The possibilities are endless! Head on over to the Wrapunzel blog to read “Help Me Pick My Colors” and how to “Become a Color Expert“, to learn more!
Are you wondering which scarves are our tried and true favorites?
Check out All About Wrapunzel’s Most Popular Tichels
Our Troubleshooting Playlist covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:
“Aren’t You Hot in That?!” – The Wrapunzel guide to modest dressing and wrapping in the heat.
Tichel Headaches – Easy solutions for this common tichel problem.
Hair Covering in the Professional World – It IS possible!
Tichel Wearing With Glasses – The ins and outs and everything in between.
Head Wraps with Hearing Equipment – An important video for our friends who are deaf or hard of hearing. With captions!