Head wraps are the best friends of African women probably after makeup (because a girl has to slay and deliver that contour too).
Headwraps has a rich history among women of all race dating from Christo-Judeao times (it’s mentioned in the bible several times) till now but it’s always been a cultural marker and fashion accessory for black women. It was also used as a symbol of resistance and pride during slavery, the civil rights and feminist movements in America. For African women especially from West Africa where it is said to have originated from,the scarf which is known as Duku by Ghanaians and Gele by Nigerians has always been a fashion and beauty statement.
A study by Cornell alum, Helen Bradley Griebel on headwraps and published on Buzzfeed explains the culture behind head wraps. She writes: “The simple head rag worn by millions of enslaved women and their descendants has served as a uniform of communal identity; but at its most elaborate, the African-American woman’s headwrap has functioned as a ‘uniform of rebellion’ signifying absolute resistance to loss of self-definition.”
Truthfully, the art of head wrapping is a gift from God to African women because we’ve tried to understand how African moms and aunties Cc the ones in the women’s fellowship and Christ’s little band (where are the Methodists??) manage to hook up those impeccably made headwrap styles to no avail.
However, thanks to the internet and the ladies from OkayAfrica, we’ve managed to document the ancient art of wrapping your head with a scarf or what some call duku. The video shows 7 women making a step by step tutorial of their favorite styles, it’s so easy that everyone and we mean everyone can do it.