Head Wrap Tutorials

About Head Wraps

 The following is an excerpt from Zongile Nhlapo’s Huffington Post article, The Evolution Of The Headwrap In Africa: It’s More Than A Beauty Statement.

“Also known as iduku in isiZulu, dhuku in Shona, duku in Chichewa, and gele in Yoruba, the headwrap is an undeniable and glorious African statement. It originated in sub-Saharan Africa…

For centuries, headwraps have been a consistent feature in the daily living of African women…. one could tell from a headwrap if a woman was married, widowed, young or old. According to Yoruba tradition, for example, the way a gele is tied can indicate whether a woman is married or not. An end leaning to the left means she’s single and leaning to the right means she’s married.

 In other cultures, headwraps signify respect. Southern African women have been known to culturally wear doeks as an outward sign that they are engaged, married or bereaved. In Zulu culture, a woman is expected to cover her head when she visits or is in the presence of her in-laws to show respect. Some Xhosa women are also expected to wear iqhiya in the presence of in-laws as a sign of respect. For a Sotho traditional wedding, in-laws give the makoti ituku, as a sign that she has been accepted into their family.

Spiritually as well, head coverings are perceived as a sign of respect, humility and sometimes modesty. For example, women from the Zion Christian Church wear headwraps even outside their place of worship. Some Christian women cover their heads when praying or receiving communion.”

Tutorials By Toni

  • Check out some super cute but easy head wrap tutorials by our beloved intern, Toni! All head wraps featured in the videos  are available here

Full Coverage Head Wrap Tutorial

Quick Back-Bun Head Wrap Tutorial

Super Easy High-Bun Head Wrap Tutorial

The Open Front-Bun Head Wrap Tutorial