How to wet wrap hair


Wet wrapping the hair is a common trend among the Afro American women. This is a way to protect and strengthen the hair and giving it a different look from the usual. If you are fed up of your ethnic permed hair, you can try for this and get shiny and flowing hair. Wet wrapping adds volume to the hair and makes it bouncy. Especially, the people who have coarse hair are advised to do wrapping when it is wet. The one advantage of coarse hair is that it is stronger than usual hair. You can get that desired style by wet wrapping the mane and steal away the limelight.

Complexity level: Moderately easy

Time required: 45 to 60 minutes

Resources required:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Medium hold setting lotion
  4. Large hair clips
  5. Rat-tail comb
  6. Wide toothed comb
  7. Moisturizing styling cream
  8. Hair dryer
  9. Hair serum
  10. Soft bristled brush


Step 1: Wash the hair

The first requisite step towards wet wrapping the hair is to shampoo and then condition it properly. You can then apply setting lotion to your hair. Comb your hair with a wide toothed comb and remove all the knots. You should comb from the tips to the roots.

Step 2: Make four sections with a rat-tail comb

Rat-tail comb can be used to part the hair from ear to ear. Try to make four divisions of the hair. Comb through your mane again.

Step 3: Sweep the hair clockwise or anticlockwise

Now, the wrapping work starts. Do the sweeping of the hair with hands. You can do it either clockwise or anticlockwise. Make the hair smooth and continue wrapping until all the hair is flattened around the head.

Step 4: Put clips to hold stray ends in place

Once the smoothening and flattening of the hair is done, apply more lotion if necessary. Then use clips to secure the locks. To give the final touch, you can use plastic styling brush.

Step 5: Dry the hair using a dryer

Now comes your turn to dry the hair. Therefore, you can sit under a bonnet dryer and wait for 30 minutes until the hair is dried. Once the hair is dried, take some time and let it cool down. Then finally unwrap it. You can use a few drops of serum to smooth around the wrap to make it loose. If you do not have bonnet dryer, then you can make use of hand held dryer as it is not a bad option.

Step 6: Use wide toothed comb to unlock wraps

Finally, after you are done with all the steps, use a wide toothed comb to unlock your wraps and give it a perfect look. Then style your hair according to your wish.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can a person other than Afro American hair try this wet wrapping?

A. Yes.

Quick tips

  1. Make sure the wraps are as flat as possible.
  2. If your hair tangles, then you can use a detangle conditioner.
  3. Afro American hair is prone to break easily, so make sure you take all care while doing the wrapping.

Things to watch out for

  1. Do not sit under the dryer for more than the given time, this will make you hair harsh and breakable.
  2. Stay away from alcohol based styling lotions. This will harm the hair and again the same breakage trouble will haunt you.
  3. Mineral based or petroleum based products should not be used while doing the wet wrapping.

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