Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

The Wrap

A classic styling technique used by women with coarse, and wavy hair types to create a smoother, flatter style is The Wrap. In this style, the hair is styled into a spiral around the scalp and dried smooth to the scalp, so that when it is set (dries), the hair is combed to soften the styling product and styled into a flat, smooth, sleeker hairstyle.
The style is especially popular among African-American women because of the fact that it works especially well for this hair type. You get especially sleek results from relaxed hair, and the smooth styling tends to be long lasting.
The style works well on short and medium-length hairstyles, since longer styles can become too thickly layered to dry well and evenly. Generally, the shorter the hair is when wrapped, the more quickly it will dry and the better the result. If you are a woman with short to mid-length hair that is coarse and wavy, give this style a try if you want to reduce the amount of volume in your hair.
What you need:
• Styling product (gel, or setting lotion)
• Combs and brushs in a range of sizes
• Tissue Paper Strips (can be obtained from beauty supply shops)
• Hair clips
• Curling Iron, or Flat iron for finishing
• Rollers (optional)
• Hair dryer (hooded or blow-dryer, optional)
After the hair has been shampooed, conditioned and towel-dried, apply a liberal amount of your favorite styling product. The product used should be selected based on the level of style hold you want.
The wrap hair styling technique
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As an option you can start in the crown section of the head and use rollers of the desired size to add height to the style in the crown area. If you want the entire style to follow the scalp closely, then skip this step.
Comb the hair outward in a radial pattern from the crown of the head keeping the hair smoothed flat to the skull. Once you've smoothed the hair completely around the scalp, continue around the head shifting the angle of the direction a bit with each pass. As you make subsequent passes around the skull, increase the curve of the hair. The goal is to comb the hair smooth all around the head with no bumps or ridges.
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