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December 6th, 2013, 02:39 PM
Alright, so I’ve had a couple requests for an explanation on how to do hair wraps with paracord, so get ready for a bunch of pictures!

The wrap is really just a bunch of hitches in a row around the length of the hair. You can see this method on sailboats as ‘coxcombing’.

There are two main looks do doing this hair wrap, straight bar, and spiral. I’m doing the straight version in this tutorial, but if you want to do a spiral, don’t reverse the direction of each hitch, this will make sense once you’re actually doing it. Coxcombing is normally the spiral version. You can mix it up a little by alternating hitch directions at a different rate, like 3 left, 3 right, repeat, that would make a small zig zag pattern.

Paracord works well for this wrap, since it’s thin, strong, and smooth. For this tutorial I’m using some hemp rope I made because it shows up better in pictures, but you probably shouldn’t use something that thick (5mm) unless you have very thick hair all the way down your length. With a cord this big the hitches get unwieldy around a thin (<5” circumference) amount of hair. So use paracord at first, and once you get comfortable with it, you can try other things.

I would recommend starting with 10’ of paracord, the end result won’t be really long, but it’ll help you get an understanding of what the basic steps are. Plus, a really long wrap with paracord is stiff, and you likely won’t be used to having a stick growing from the back of your head.

You’ll probably want to start off by putting your hair in a ponytail, you won’t need to as you get better at doing this, but while you’re still learning, it’ll help a lot! I should have used one for this, as doing things with one hand and trying to take pictures with the other really messed me up.

TL;DR: Get 10’ of paracord and stick your hair in a ponytail.

Step 1: Find your ends
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_ends_zpsd391634d.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/ends_zpsd391634d.jpg.html)

Step 2: Find the center of your rope. The little loop here is called a bight.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_bight_zpsfd0b6e1e.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/bight_zpsfd0b6e1e.jpg.html)

Step 3: Move your bight down the rope to form two loops. The bit my thumb is touching is the center of the rope.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_loop1_zps8d922c7b.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/loop1_zps8d922c7b.jpg.html)

Step 4: Fold the loops together, with the center of the rope wrapped around them.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_loop2_zpsa16e8fe6.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/loop2_zpsa16e8fe6.jpg.html)

Step 5: Put your hand in it like you would a ponytail holder. Keeping your pinky on the outside will help to keep the shape.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_loop3_zps91528618.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/loop3_zps91528618.jpg.html)

Step 6: Put that loop on your hair like a pony tail holder, and carefully tighten. Take note that the rest of the rope, which I’ll now call the tail, is pointing to the right.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_firstknot_zps9d8a5b3e.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/firstknot_zps9d8a5b3e.jpg.html)

Step 7: Make a loop, with the tail pointing to the left. Even if you do a spiral, the first hitch should be in the opposite direction of the ponytail loop to make it hold in place.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_secondloop_zps6f4ad17e.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/secondloop_zps6f4ad17e.jpg.html)

Step 8: Pull your hair through the loop like a ponytail.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_secondsloop2_zpsc09a0dfb.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/secondsloop2_zpsc09a0dfb.jpg.html)
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_secondloop3_zps28b1de73.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/secondloop3_zps28b1de73.jpg.html)

December 6th, 2013, 02:40 PM
Step 9: You’ll probably notice that now the two strands of the tail are wrapped up, rather than parallel. Make sure you have a little slack, and untwist them.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_cross_zpsd204702f.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/cross_zpsd204702f.jpg.html)
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_fixingcross_zpsa3de6d5f.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/fixingcross_zpsa3de6d5f.jpg.html)

Step 10: Carefully tighten the hitch.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_secondknot_zps77846dc4.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/secondknot_zps77846dc4.jpg.html)

Step 11: If you want to do the straight bar, make a loop with the tail pointing the opposite direction of the last one.
If you want to do the spiral, make a loop with the tail pointing the same direction of the last one.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_thirdloop_zps95f7a6c7.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/thirdloop_zps95f7a6c7.jpg.html)

Step 12: Pull you hair through the loop like a ponytail, uncross the strands, carefully tighten the hitch.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_thirdknot_zps79e1fcf5.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/thirdknot_zps79e1fcf5.jpg.html)

Repeat Steps 11-12 a lot.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_gettinglonger_zps9374e269.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/gettinglonger_zps9374e269.jpg.html)

Really, a lot.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_andlonger_zps61c49d7f.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/andlonger_zps61c49d7f.jpg.html)

Keep going.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_andevenlonger_zpsa0a8e6c5.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/andevenlonger_zpsa0a8e6c5.jpg.html)

December 6th, 2013, 02:42 PM
Step 13: You’ve reached your ends, they might be even, they might not be. You can either continue hitches until only the tiny nubs of the ends remain, or you can knot them. If they’re uneven, you’ll probably want to knot them.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_unevenends_zps631b36ea.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/unevenends_zps631b36ea.jpg.html)

Step 13b: Wrap the ends around your hair so they’re on the underside of your wrap. Tie them in an overhand knot.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_overhandknot_zps20ccb280.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/overhandknot_zps20ccb280.jpg.html)

Step 13c: Make another overhand knot, forming a reef knot.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_reefknot_zps52738fd0.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/reefknot_zps52738fd0.jpg.html)

Step 13d: Twist the ends so they point vertically and are less likely to be seen.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_twist_zpsca157111.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/twist_zpsca157111.jpg.html)

Step 14: All done! Make sure to check in the mirror and carefully form the wrap into a straight line, they can get a little wavy. See my mess up at the bottom? I did two hitches in a row with tails to the left.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_complete_zps526786e5.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/complete_zps526786e5.jpg.html)

Remember how I warned you about stiffness?
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_stiff_zps899667ff.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/stiff_zps899667ff.jpg.html)

If you get a tangle in your hair, try adding slack to the loop, moving it upward and out of the way. Then you can detangle and continue hitching.
http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/yy73/09SThr/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/th_fixingtangles_zps686eb1b8.jpg (http://s779.photobucket.com/user/09SThr/media/Paracord%20Hair%20Wrap/fixingtangles_zps686eb1b8.jpg.html)

Reply with any questions you have or success pictures!

December 6th, 2013, 02:47 PM
Wow, thanks for this tutorial! :thumbsup:

December 6th, 2013, 03:00 PM
Very cool! Thanks for sharing :D

December 6th, 2013, 03:38 PM
This is awesome! It looks like it would be a great way to keep hair protected while running or just out in the wind, without the weight of a bun pulling at the scalp. Thank you so much for taking the time to post instructions and pictures!

December 6th, 2013, 03:53 PM
That is really awesome.

December 6th, 2013, 03:57 PM
That's a marvelous tutorial, SThr! Way beyond me, but I'm sure you've inspired others! :blossom:

December 6th, 2013, 04:30 PM
That is crazy awesome! I can imagine doing that with some fun-colored paracord. Thanks for the tutorial!

December 6th, 2013, 05:04 PM
Fabulous, thank you love

December 6th, 2013, 05:07 PM
This is so awesome!

December 6th, 2013, 05:39 PM
:grnbiggriThat is so cool! A hairglove customized to your length! Super neat! :grnbiggri

December 6th, 2013, 05:41 PM
Wow that is neat!

December 6th, 2013, 05:42 PM
That is one of the better tutorials I've seen! :) Well done.

December 6th, 2013, 06:05 PM
yesss! i was hoping you'd post this once i saw the other picture you had posted. thank you! i can't wait for my hair to get a bit longer, then i will try it.

December 6th, 2013, 06:39 PM
Ooh, I love it! It's so pretty.

December 6th, 2013, 07:05 PM
I want to try it! After the hobbit next week though.

December 6th, 2013, 09:28 PM
Wonderful - beautifully executed and easy to follow! :flowers:
Now to only find some long cord...
Approximately how long does it take you to do this?
Also, I wonder what TSA would think about this...probably make you take it out, I'm guessing? :?

December 6th, 2013, 10:20 PM
Love it!! I really want to give that a try now!!

December 6th, 2013, 10:22 PM
This is one of the coolest tutorials I've seen. And with the lingo, I feel like I learned something about sailing too, LOL!

December 6th, 2013, 10:27 PM
Approximately how long does it take you to do this?
Also, I wonder what TSA would think about this...probably make you take it out, I'm guessing? :?

It takes me about 10 minutes to do if I'm careful, less than 5 if I'm not. Eeesh.
TSA shouldn't have a problem with it, it's just cord! They let people on with paracord bracelets all the time. Then again, it is TSA, and they tend to regard unknown things as being made specifically to blow up planes.

December 6th, 2013, 10:56 PM
Nice - that's much quicker than I would have expected!

Haha, you're right about the TSA - just think about all of the dangers of such a long cord! :p
I was thinking they'd probably not like it because it makes the hair so stiff - possibly also a potential hiding-place for a long needle/blade? Just speculation, though.

I think it's super-cool, and can't wait to try it on my hair - I want to have a hair-club! :D

December 7th, 2013, 06:58 AM
I was thinking they'd probably not like it because it makes the hair so stiff - possibly also a potential hiding-place for a long needle/blade?

Well now I have something new to try...:pins:
Just kidding, I could probably smuggle pens in there though.

Zebra Fish
December 10th, 2013, 07:29 AM
This is really cool :D As here is hard to find metal holders when trying to do some styles, I think I might do a go on this instead :) Really nice, tnx for the tutorial :D

December 10th, 2013, 09:29 AM
A different way to get a similar look:
http://youtu.be/ImNct9xSCs0, I have done this before, but I like your way a bit better, because it looks like you would get less damage when taking it out.

December 10th, 2013, 10:19 AM
I think I'm going to give this a try sometime this week. My husband has some lovely red and black paracord I can use. I make friendship bracelets, and it's the same kind of knot.

December 10th, 2013, 01:53 PM
A different way to get a similar look: http://youtu.be/ImNct9xSCs0, I have done this before, but I like your way a bit better, because it looks like you would get less damage when taking it out.

I've seen that video before (JD Lenzen makes some great videos!), but doing it like that leads to icky snags and tangles (00:30), plus it takes longer. The upside of doing it that way is you don't have to correct the crossed strands of the loops that you get doing it my way.

December 10th, 2013, 02:45 PM
That looks really cool. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to give the step-by-step instructions. Great job!

December 10th, 2013, 04:01 PM
Gorgeous and absolutely amazing and unique.

December 10th, 2013, 04:08 PM
Really pretty, love it!

January 1st, 2014, 09:59 PM
I did this today, two 14' pieces. I really like the green/black combo, but then people assume I like Slytherin.
I realize now I could have done a red/white candy cane wrap for Christmas.

Wildcat Diva
January 1st, 2014, 10:50 PM
Whoa! This is neat! One of the things I like about this is that it could be a good look for a guy or a girl. We have so many men who post at times looking for how to protect their hair with different styles. I think this would be a great idea for them especially.

January 2nd, 2014, 06:31 AM
This is amazing! Especially the two colors ! :thumbsup:

January 6th, 2014, 10:33 PM
I've never seen anything like this. This is so cool and I really like the colors.