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How I Cross Wrap My Relaxed Hair

I stink at wrapping my hair the traditional way. I always have and it seems like I always will. I've watched several videos, read many posts and have had stylists walk me through it multiple times. Despite all of that help I can't get my hair to wrap smoothly or stay in place. So imagine my great joy when I discovered cross wrapping.

I came across cross wrapping by reading some other relaxed hair blogs. One of those bloggers also had trouble with doing a traditional wrap so she started cross wrapping. This got my attention because I could relate. Another blogger noticed her hair thinning on the side she wrapped her hair when using a traditional wrap. This made her switch to cross wrapping.

A step-by-step visual tutorial on how to cross wrap relaxed hair. | arelaxedgal.com

What is cross wrapping?

So what is cross wrapping you may ask. It's an alternative to the traditional way of wrapping your hair. Instead of wrapping all your hair across your head, the hair is parted down the middle and each half is wrapped around the back of the head in opposite directions. This allows your hair to lie in a more natural position.

What are the benefits of cross wrapping?

The benefits of cross-wrapping include
  • It's easier than regular wrapping
  • It straightens out kinks, bends and dents that can sometimes result from up dos
  • The hair isn't being pulled or manipulated against its growth pattern
  • Less tension is placed on ends and edges
  • A comb or brush isn't needed 
  • Hair doesn't end up looking really flat the next day

What are the disadvantages of cross wrapping?

The key disadvantage of cross-wrapping is
  • Repeatedly parting the hair in the middle can cause some tension and breakage in the area

How do I cross wrap my hair?

Check out this infographic below to see a step-by-step tutorial on how I cross wrap my relaxed hair.

A step-by-step visual tutorial on how to cross wrap relaxed hair. | arelaxedgal.com

What's been your experience with cross wrapping?



  1. I like doing both and its less tension to cross wrap than to full warp. Full wrap gives me better results

    1. Yes it is less tension with the cross wrap. I've seen some ladies who have had hair loss on their edges from doing the full wrap the same way everyday. For some reason I could never master the full wrap.

  2. I'll be trying this out......


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