How to Wrap Hair Without Breakage

by Julia Michelle ; Updated July 18, 2017

Wrapping your hair helps maintain your hairstyle, especially after perming or straightening. Proper wrapping also prevents your hair from tangling and breaking while you sleep. An improper wrap can actually cause the breakage it is intended to prevent. Proper wrapping helps protect your hair from breakage, and can also hold in moisture. All the supplies for a proper wrap are available at drug stores, beauty supply stores or online retailers.

Apply a moisturizing styling cream to your hair while it's dry. Use a light moisturizer if your hair is thin or oily, and a thicker moisturizer if your hair is dry. Start at the roots and work the moisturizer to the ends of your hair. Massage your scalp.

Use a wide-toothed comb to part your hair on one side. Comb your hair gently. Untangle any knots by starting at the end of the knot and working back to the roots. Do not try to comb through the knot. Then comb through the hair after you have untangled the knot.

Use your hands to sweep your hair around your head in the direction of the largest section. For example, if your hair is parted on the right, sweep to the left and around your head until all of your hair is wrapped around your head.

Smooth your hair around the contours of your head with a wide-bristled plastic styling brush. Incorporate any stray strands.

Fold the silk scarf into a triangle. Place the long edge of the triangle on top of your head with the center point hanging down in back.

Cross the side ends of the scarf behind your head and over the center point. Pull the side points up the sides of your head and cross them over the top of your head; secure the ends by tying or with a clip. If the scarf is long enough, wrap the ends around your head a second time. Tuck any hanging points into the scarf.


  • Avoid alcohol-based styling or setting products, which can dry the hair and cause breakage.

    Avoid mineral oil or petroleum-based oils, which can clog the pores and do not absorb properly into the hair.


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About the Author

Julia Michelle has been writing professionally since January 2009. Her specialties include massage therapy, computer tech support, land and aquatic personal training, aquatic group fitness and Reiki. She has an Associate in Applied Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in integrative medical massage therapy.