Remember when wet wrapping was all the rage in the nineties? Well, I hated it. With a sincere and very deep passion. I remember the stylist wrapping my hair while it was sopping wet with a fine toothed comb no less! Then I would be directed to sit under the dryer for HOURS. After the first hour, they would check my (very thick) hair and realizing it was still damp, they’d use their fingers to disrupt the shape of the wrap so the air and heat from the dryer could reach the deeper layers of hair. Then after the second hour, it still would not be dry and they’d proceed to blow dry it. Each time I’d think, why didn’t we just start at this point? Finally after a few experiences like this, I learned to speak up and refuse the wet wrap from the beginning. Then when I went to college, I was introduced to the wonderful world of rollersetting and I haven’t done a wet wrap since.
A few months ago, I was reading a post from Shar of The Awkward Stage and she said she’d wet wrapped her hair that week. What struck me as interesting is that Shar’s hair is as thick, probably thicker, than mine and definitely longer. I was like holy crap, SHE can do a wet wrap? Maybe with my amazing dryer I should revisit the idea. As you know, during this week’s wash day I did an amla treatment for the first time, which was very time consuming so I didn’t have it in me to rollerset after all of that. But, I did want to wear my hair straight and using heat was out since I just flat ironed last week. So, after applying a bit of my leave-in conditioner (Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk), I applied a few pumps of Jane Carter Wrap n’ Roll (the same wrapping lotion Shar used actually) and used my wide toothed seamless comb to begin the wrap. Once it was in the general shape, I went back over it to really smooth the hair into place. I sat under my Pebco dryer for about 30 minutes, after which my hair was clearly still damp. But I just covered with a scarf and went to bed.
The next morning, it was still a bit wet and I could have sat back under the dryer, but I decided to just keep it wrapped for the day. I applied some Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer and grapeseed oil around the wrap, slapped on my full PL wig and went about my day. That night, I checked my hair and realized it was completely dry. But, since it had been 24 hours + some dryer time, I figured it should be at that point, right? Anyway, the following morning I unwrapped it and I was shocked at how straight and smooth my hair was! I had some puffiness at the roots at the VERY center of my head, where the wrap wasn’t as smooth, but overall I couldn’t believe after all this time…I finally did a wet wrap! To smooth and add a bit of shape, I quickly rolled my hair on five jumbo 1″ flexirods (green) to shower and dress and once removed my hair was perfection.
So, yes this was a two day process but honestly, totally worth it. It took almost no effort, is low manipulation, kept my hair protected for two days, required no heat and gave me a perfect straight hairstyle! What more could I ask for?! Thanks Shar, for giving me the inspiration to try this style again because based on my memories from the 90’s had it not been for you…I would have welcomed death before trying to do a wet wrap again!