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Today marks National Headwrap Day women around the world are celebrating their “Queendom”. On this day women of African Descent are asked to flaunt their crowns with lavish head wraps to celebrate the beauty of our foremothers.There are countless techniques & tips on how to make various headwrap styles. You can find tips via youtube, or attend a local workshop in your area. This upcoming Saturday (November 26th) I will be attending a natural hair meet-up where there will be a live tutorial on how to style headwraps. There are no words to describe how excited I am to learn more about headwraps. While wearing a protective style a elegant headwrap could make all the difference. Below is a brief excerpt of the history of headwraps by Helen Bradley Griebel:

The headwrap originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and serves similar functions for both African and African American women. In style, the African American woman’s headwrap exhibits the features of sub-Saharan aesthetics and worldview. In the United States, however, the headwrap acquired a paradox of meaning not customary on the ancestral continent. During slavery, white overlords imposed its wear as a badge of enslavement! Later it evolved into the stereotype that whites held of the “Black Mammy” servant. The enslaved and their descendants, however, have regarded the headwrap as a helmet of courage that evoked an image of true homeland-be that ancient Africa or the newer homeland, America. 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.’

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