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Reader Question: Wet Wrapping

I got this question in my tumblr ask box and I wanted to know what you all thought about wet wrapping.  I’ve never tried to use it as a styling method, but I’ve seen it done at the hair salon before.  It seems like it’d be a good way to air dry or at least a quick and easy option for straighter hair with indirect heat from a hooded dryer.  Below was my response, but I’d love to hear what you all think.

The only real danger I could foresee with wet wrapping is breakage.  Manipulating your hair when wet could cause some breakage depending upon what your hair texture is like when wet.  If you’re not experiencing anything more than minimal breakage, and it gets your hair the way that you like, I say keep it up (especially if it’s helping you to avoid heat tools).  But if you start to worry about it, don’t avoid this technique completely, just do it in moderation. 

I would try wet wrapping too, but I just know that my wet hair texture is too difficult to stand up to the process wrapping.  I feel like the straighter your hair is when wet, then the more likely wet wrapping will work for you.  Good luck to you!

 So, what’s been your experience with wet wrapping? Have you tried it? Did you like? Would you give it a try?
Yay or Nay?
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14 thoughts on “Reader Question: Wet Wrapping

  1. I get wet wraps all the time after my relaxer to avoid two direct heats of blow drying and flat ironing. I can do wet/damp wraps (i prefer damp) and usually do them after my relaxer up to 4 weeks post before my hair starts to look puffy. I suggest using a wide width comb first, followed with a smaller teeth comb to avoid breakage.

  2. I think it depends on your hair. My hair is weak when wet and wet wrapping is too much manipulation for my fine strands.
    If you know your hair is able to be manipulated wet with no problem, I'd think it's better to wet wrap than to use direct heat.

  3. I tried it when my hair was short and bone straight. It worked okay, but I've never been able to wrap my hair (wet or dry). I don't think I'd try it just because of the potential breakage, but it's cool to have that option x

  4. I used to wrap my hair (dry) every night, but I had to stop because it was causing one side of my hair to be considerably shorter than the other. You may not be missing out on much by not ever wrapping your hair. I agree, those who can wrap their hair without damage are very lucky because it's a great option.

  5. I used to love my wet wraps when my hair was bone straight. It was my go to heat free style. Since beginning my transition to texlaxed this is no longer possible due to the amount of texture I now have. It does seem to be quite a bit of manipulation. I think if you are careful, use leave-ins with a lot of slip, and start with a wide tooth comb like Tome said, you can avoid a lot of breakage. Also by alternating which direction you wrap your hair you can avoid putting too much stress on one side.

  6. Yeah, I hope that any ladies who end up reading this realize that it can work for them if they have bone straight hair and FOLLOW THE TIPS THAT YOU LISTED ABOVE. Thanks for commenting, Andrea!

  7. You're too sweet, Kim!

    I didn't go to that salon I told you about in Durham … I was just a bit too worried about the products they used and how they may handle my hair. I went to Sephora in Crabtree a few days ago and this natural lady was talking with me and shared an experience of her visit at a salon. She watched the stylist carefully and wanted to know what products she was using, she wanted her hair detangled a certain way, etc. and she said the stylist said … "Oh, you're one of THOSE!" SEE??? That's why I try to stay out of stylists seats!!!

    Hope all is well with you! 🙂

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