The beautiful and soulful Andra Day is taking our breaths away with her voice, and not only that, but her style is something I have watched closely. Especially her signature head wraps.
The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter keeps her long tresses tucked away in wraps, which by the way, is a good technique for the summer to protect it from the heat. She is on the record saying that she is a fan of the natural life and uses as many natural ingredients as possible to maintain her beautiful pin-up curls.
So you are probably wondering “how do I wrap my hair like Andra Day?”
First, you must style your hair.
Andra Day’s wraps are not your typical wraps. She states that she was greatly influenced by the likes of Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge (Liebling-Goldberg, 2016). She is now influencing the hair community greatly with her pin curls and pin-ups.
The most notable style is one where she french rolls the back of her hair and ties a Bantu knot in the front. She tends to leave out some of her hair so the front is styled curly or in a (bump) and the back section is held back tightly by hair ties*.
First, please start with shampooed and conditioned hair. Shampooing your hair will allow your hair to be clean and neat when styling your hair. Conditioning your hair moisturizes your hair and allows it to increase in manageability. Washing and conditioning hair is always a good prep for most hairstyles especially protective hairstyles, as you will be leaving them for an extended period of time.
Secondly, you have to detangle your hair because you will be sectioning your hair soon so a good detangling comb will do the trick. Remember, your hair has to be thoroughly detangled for this hairstyle so, do not skip this step.
Then, you will want to run a blow dryer* through the hair or stretch it overnight to retain as much length as possible. Andra Day’s hair is long, naturally so in order to copy the hairstyle properly, we must make sure that our hair is tangle free and stretched. You can use a heat protectant* prior to blow drying as to protect your strands from possible heat damage.
Now, section your hair into two parts: One of the parts you make will be about three inches (if you don’t have a ruler measure the distance between where your left eyebrow starts coming from the left side and the right eyebrow’s beginning). You can keep the hairstyle off-center or you can move it to the center of your forehead. Use duck bill clamps to secure the front section and a hair tie to secure the back section.
To make sure that this look is sleek, make sure that you add pomade to the edges, sides, and nape of the hair. Andra’s styling product is listed below for your convenience.
Let’s make the curls!