Culture

Remarkable Symbol of Headwraps

Headwraps are not specific to any culture, how it’s tied is what is cultural about it. We are past the days when wearing headwraps determined your social status, identity and other dismissive perspective.

One symbolic function of the headwrap was to maintain Southern white power in a society based economically and socially on racial slavery. Noteworthy in this respect are the ordinances which regulated African American dress throughout the South during the eighteenth century (Wares, 1981:131-136). In effect, whites used these dress codes to outwardly distinguish those without power from those who held it.

 

Just like the queen’s crown, headwraps denotes boldness, beauty and pride in this century. Creativity has transformed how headwraps are tied, from a knot somewhere on the crown of the head, either at the top or on the sides to distinct admirable designs. It’s not a new thing but as it has gone viral individuals wear headwraps for different reasons; Bad hair days, exhaustion of twists turns at the salon to being broke, although I wouldn’t say they are the wrong reasons for wearing a headwrap.

I just feel that whatever reason behind wearing a headwrap as an individual should not be based on situation, even if so cause we can’t really dodge some staff, I think the perception should be different. I keep my hair short, sometimes I wake up in morning feeling lazy to brush it but when I choose to wear a headwrap, I wear it with a sense of fashion, pride and beauty, it so pleasing to put on one.

                                                     

If you have never tried one I think you should, tying headwraps is not an uphill task, plus the cost of the cloth is reasonable. Different styles are out there for us, for those who keep it short like me, we can’t roll our hair back and forth but we can roll the headwraps.

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