Gelee, khimar, and other scarves and headwraps are usually done by the wearer for themselves, but if you know an expert, you can have your wrap done professionally. Head scarf artists in Africa, the middle east, and other parts of the world provide their services for weddings, formal occasions, and those who prefer a precise wrap that looks good from every angle.
Aisha Bilal, Nanees Selim, and others use beautiful fabrics, pins, and decorative materials to create unique and fabulous designs. A trip through YouTube will reveal many willing to teach others their head wrapping methods and styles.
If you’re a hair stylist, especially a natural or African hair culturist, becoming an expert in scarves will be good for your business. Wrapping is good for times when the hair needs to rest from styling tension and to protect the hair from the harsh elements. It will also enhance your services to the modest dresser, since you’ll be able to finish them
with a beautiful wrap, not just shoo them away when you’re done with their hair and let them fend for themselves.
Adding wrapping to your repertoire is inexpensive, but you will need to know where to get the right supplies, and be aware of safety and sanitation. If you’ll only be doing wraps, you don’t need a hair styling license, but you will still need to study proper disposal, contagious diseases, and proper handling of hazardous materials, as well as proper cleaning and storage of fabrics. You don’t want to cause any allergic reactions because you didn’t use a green detergent or spread pediculosis because you put a used scarf back in your box.
You can get swatches and remnants for cheap from just about any fabric store. It’s nice to keep a supply of these handy aside of a collection of full sized scarves, so that you can have things on hand that will match the patrons’ clothing more closely. The smaller pieces can be made into flowers or used to cover hair sticks or for other nice accents.
Be creative with it.
Good pins are also important. Though some are okay with straight pins, I prefer safety pins and hair pins. They’re not as easy to conceal, but they are more secure. I recommend getting a collection of hair matching and colorful hair pins, many small safety pins, and sitting down to make a nice collection of hijab/scarf pins. You can also buy pretty pins already pre made for this purpose.
Practice makes perfect in this art. Seek as many opportunities as you can to style scarves for your friends and family. If you like, send us some photos of your work.