Hey #TEAMLOVELY! I wear a head wrap AT LEAST once a week because the style is beautiful, very convenient and it is a part of my culture.
The headwrap style originated in sub-Saharan Africa and was worn for religious reasons, cultural reasons, fashion statements and a representation of marital status. When Africans were enslaved in America, the headwrap endured the tribulations of colonialism. Headwraps became a symbol of courage, strength, rebellion, and cultural identity. The style was then passed down through generations.
A SENSE OF PRIDE
I feel very proud wearing headwraps because I feel connected to my ancestors. The enslavement of Africans restricted the ability of African-Americans to practice our original cultural traditions, however, some practices and beliefs survived.
NAMES FOR "headscarves" AROUND AFRICA
South Africa - Doek
Malawi/ Zimbabwe - Dhuku
Ghana - Duku
Nigeria - Gele
Sudan - Tarha
Sierra Leone - Enkeycha
East Africa (Swahili) - Kilemba
DR Congo (Lingala) - Kitambala
Rwanda/ Burundi - Igitambara
Uganda - Ekitambala (Luganda)/ Latam wich (Acholi)
Zambia - Chitambala
Here are some cute wrap/turban styles that I love. Keep a few things in mind:
For these styles I never have my edges exposed... all my hair is tucked away.
I wear a satin scarf underneath the turban style in order to protect my hair.
Instead of using the donut bun maker (that I use in the video) you can just put your own hair in a bun!