- An alternative method of wrapping hair is gaining traction on TikTok.
- The hack is to use pantyhose to part and tie your hair like you would a durag.
- A publisher tested the hack and was shocked at how easy it was.
There are very few natural hair hacks that surprise me more. It’s mainly because the black community has done a fantastic job of sticking to what we know, especially when it comes to hair maintenance. I grew up learning from people in my family that to preserve my hairstyles, I had to wear a cap when I went to sleep, or wrap my hair in a woolen cap if it was straightened. That’s how I’ve always done it, and I had no intention of changing my methods. So you can imagine how my world was turned upside down when I discovered a new – and dare I say better – way to curl my hair on Tik Tok.
Although she attributes the idea to someone else, the TikTok user I encountered doing the hack was Tiana Morris. It happens as follows: take a pair of pantyhose and first cut off the feet. Then tuck each half of your hair into each bottom leg and tie it like a durag. It sounded almost too good to be true, so of course I had to try it out for myself.
After my last day of washing, I had a pair of stockings conveniently handy, so I immediately got to work (these L’eggs Everyday Women’s Nylon Stockings ($6) are similar). I cut off the ends of both feet and placed the section that would normally go over the stomach area on my head. Did I look like Spongebob in this episode when he had the ball on his head? Yes. But with the promise of convenience dangling before my eyes, I forged ahead.
The hardest part of the hack was the next part: running my hand through the bottom to pull my hair through the leg. The section that was already over my head was a bit tight so once I managed to get my hand through the feet I had to pull the fabric at the front of my head to create space for my hand to grab my hair. It was a bit tricky to maneuver at first, but once I did, by the time I got to the other side of my head, it was a breeze. Once both sides of my hair were in the bottoms, I tied the two ends together. That’s when I swore never to wrap my hair any other way again.
This hack is nothing short of genius. It’s such a simple technique in hindsight, but my only goal growing up was to perfect my wrapping technique. Despite the fact that said technique involved lots of brushes, bobby pins, and attempts to defy gravity, I had no idea there was another solution.
I will say that if you have shorter hair, you don’t need to have the “leg” area of the stockings as long, so feel free to cut it a bit shorter to avoid struggling to pull your hair out as I did. Also, this will probably only work for blowouts, silk presses, and some variations of locs, so if you have long, thick braids in your hair, you might want to stick with a cap. On the other hand, now that this hack is in my arsenal, it will probably be the only way to curl my straight hair in the future, and for that I am more than grateful. Deliverance: it’s a beautiful thing.
Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ariel Baker