How to Wet Wrap Hair

by Brittany Westerfield ; Updated September 28, 2017

Many African American women wet wrap their hair to help keep it healthy.

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Wet wrapping is typically done with African American hair to keep the hair healthy. The wrap also adds volume and shape to the hair and helps relaxers stay in longer. Wet wrapping hair is a good method for those who have coarse hair. Coarse hair is stronger than fine hair, but it can also be harder to style. Wet wrapping can help maintain hair and make it easier to work with.

Shampoo and deep condition your hair. Apply leave-in conditioner. Apply medium hold setting lotion to your hair. Comb hair with a wide toothed comb starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Carefully comb out any knots that are in your hair.

Use a rat tail comb to part your hair from ear to ear. Part your hair down the center of your head from your forehead to the nape of your neck. You will have four sections of hair.

Use a wide toothed comb to comb each section down, then around your head clockwise. As you comb down and around, make sure the hair is smooth with no lumps. Apply wrap lotion to help the wrap stay in place. Continue to smooth hair by combing the hair clockwise all the way around your head.

Use a soft bristled brush to tame your edges and any other loose hair. If the wrap is not securely in place, use 4-6 large hair clips to hold stray ends in place.

Sit under a bonnet dryer for 45-60 minutes, or until hair is dry. After hair is dry, give it a few minutes to cool down, then unwrap it. Use a few drops of serum to smooth around the wrap to loosen it.

Use a wide toothed comb to comb the wrap out in a clockwise direction. Style as desired.


  • Lay the wrap as flat and smoothly against your scalp as possible.

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