How to Make Dread Wraps, Scarves and Bandanas

by Baird Daily ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep your dreads safe and pulled back by wearing a wrap, scarf or bandanna.

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You have worked hard to create and grow your dreads. Maintain them by covering your head with wraps and scarves. Dread wraps, scarves and bandannas are great for your dreads because the fabric protects your hair from the weather. A dread wrap is similar to a scarf or bandanna. Scarves also work as a fashionable accessory. Dreads tend to fall out if you wash the hair, so it is important to keep the twists clean by wearing wraps and scarves. Create your own wraps that perfectly fit your head and your sense of style.

Measure the circumference of your head with a measuring tape. Depending upon the length of the wrap you wish to make, you will need to add between six to twelve inches to your measurement.

Cut the fabric of the wrap so that it is as long as the measurement you took in step one.

Cut the fabric to the desire width. Four to six inches is usually wide enough for a dread wrap that you will wind around your hair.

Hem the edges of the wrap using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Fold the fabric one quarter to one half an inch so that the edges face inward and stitch the fold into place.

Experiment with different ways to wrap your dreads. You can try a bandanna style by tucking all of the dreads into the material or a headband style by securing the fabric and dreads in the front and letting the back of your hair hang freely.


  • Add a satin liner to the inside of your wrap, this will help keep your dreads from drying out. Cut a scarf or wrap based on the design of one you already own and love.

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About the Author

Baird Daily is an English instructor. She is published in the "World Literary Review" and has written about music and arts for the "Daily Athenaeum." She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Western Virginia University and is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky.