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Mini Tenugui Wrap

Post by Thandie

I’ve never felt entirely comfortable ‘wrapped’…except at night, when I wear a scarf around my head to keep hair off my face. It’s something I strongly associate with my Mum who did the same. But during the day? God knows what the nuns at my school would have said if I’d arrived ‘wrapped’ – they might have called the police – heh heh.

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie and Zadie Smith

Ntozake Shange, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie and Zadie Smith

Most women in my top 10 admiration list have featured head wraps – Chimamanda, Maya, Zadie, Ntozake – and they look divine.  I guess I don’t feel confident enough to pull it off. But in life I DO use my hair like it’s fabric…I’ll roll it, pile it, bunch it, fold it… and this week I happened on my first casual DAYTIME mini wrap!

I love these Tenugui’s – Japanese towels – they could have a multitude of uses.

Tenugui cloths


When I saw them I bought a bunch for my night time head wrapping.  The gorgeous prints are to dye for (sorry) – in beautiful, natural pigments.

I’m drawn to the blues – indigo, denim, cornflower, powder.

And this ‘mini wrap’ is the simplest solution on a dodgy hair  (alarm-clock-didn’t-go-off) day.


Tenugui cloths



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Step 1Step one

Throw in a few braids.

Step twoStep 2

Wrap your Tenugui around the back of your head, enfolding your braids, with the fabric ends roughly where you want your ‘knot’.

Thandie’s How to do a Tenugui Hair Wrap!

Step three

thandie's tenugui hair wrap

Thandie's Tenugui hair wrapThandie's Tenugui hair wrap

Literally tie a knot (if your hair is short your Tenugui will provide enough length)

Step four

Tuck the ends in (hair and Tenugui) and arrange the knot to your liking.

And that, is IT! So cute, and a subtle variation to the full wrap and pile of fabric. This feels more like a hair ‘accent’ or accessory, and I really like seeing the braids bound together with the fabric, rather than completely hidden inside it.

Also, you don’t need to buy authentic Japanese Tenuguis – any fabric will do! The dimensions of a Tenugui are typically 35cm by 90cm.

The key is the size -35cm by 90cm. But if you love Tenugui’s like I do you can order on line, or there’s bound to be a store near you if you bounce into Google. I did a quick search and I like the look of ones at Rikumo.


I would LOVE to see your variations on the mini wrap theme – instagram us pictures at thandieandkay!

My first daytime mini wrap!

My first daytime mini wrap!


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Thandie Newton’s Hair

Thandie Newton's blogI bought my Tenuguis at Tortoise 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291


Happy Wrapping!

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