I remember when was younger I use to beg my mum to let me have a hair braided and wrapped whenever we were on holiday or at the beach and every so often I would get my wish and would be happy with my new accessory.
That was until a few weeks, days or sometimes hours later, when the novelty would wear off or it would start to grow/fall out and i would end up complaining or begging for another, that my mum soon came to realised it was actually a rather big waste of money and major cause of stress.
That is why, when I got older I was desperate to learn how to do a wrap in my hair and for my future daughter’s hair. I wanted my daughter/s to be able to have one any time of the year and it not cost me an arm and a leg to do it, plus if it fell out or they changed their mind so be it.
Even though last summer when we were on holiday in Tenerife, I was still very tempted to spend the 8 euros each for E and I to have wraps done. Just for old-time sake. Luckily E is rather shy around strangers so she didn’t want a lady she didn’t know playing with her hair, which actually ended up saving me from myself.
So that is why I thought I would share my easy steps on how to do a spiral wrap in your or your child’s hair.
Firstly this is what you will need:
- Hair Brush
- Coloured thread
- Hair elastic
- Coloured or Shaped Beads
To start with you will need to brush through the hair with the hair brush and remove any knots or lugs and separate the hair in to its usual parting.
Then you want to take the comb and section out a thin area of hair to braid. When this is done secure the end with a hair elastic.
Once you have done this, measure out 150 cm (200 cm for longer hair) of coloured thread.
*Choose different colours to make it stand out.
Then find the middle of each piece of each thread and single knot them close together at the top of the braid, starting with the first colour you are going to use at the top.
Hold the thread flat against the braid and wrap one piece of the starting colour 5 times the braid as to cover the knots.
Once that is done start looping the thread around the braid in a single knot and pull tight. Repeat this 30 times.
When you reach the end the 30 knots you can switch to a different colour and just continue to loop and pull tight the second colour 30 times. At the end of 30 switch the colours again and continue to do so until the braid is covered.
When you reach the bottom tie the remaining threads into a knot and secure the ends.
* If you want to make it look really fancy you can add multi coloured beads or secure gems to the bottom of the wrap before you secure the knot.
It probably won’t look as well done as the one you get at the beach the first couple of time you try it and it does consume a lot of your time, this is because you are still learning and the ones you get on holiday or at the beach are done by people who do this kind of thing for a living. So make sure you or your child is sat comfortably.
I find it is great when my girls and I are wanting a girly day in braiding hair and painting their nails, because it gives us time where we can sit together and just talk while I don’t their hair and it looks super awesome in summer.
Specially if you practise and get the hang of it because you can make it look like your child has spent the day at the beach when really they have just stayed at home chilling out with their mum or step mum.
x Nikki x