Feather Wrap Hairstyles

Yolanda Adams rocks a feather wrap bob at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

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Yolanda Adams, Gabriel Union and Beyonce have all graced the red carpet rocking a feather wrap hairstyle. Remember “Charlie’s Angels”? This 'do is an updated and improved version of this blast from the past. To get this look, you can have your stylist cut fashion-forward choppy layers into your mane or use hair extensions.

The Look

While anyone can wear this style, it’s most popular among African American women. When someone mentions this style, imagine straight hair with long, choppy layers and curled ends. You don’t just feather the hair to make it flip or give it volume. The curls you add to the ends of your tresses hug your head for a sleek, controlled appearance. The most popular haircut to get with this type of style is a layered bob. However, if you want to keep your locks long, a stylist can simply add one or two layers into your hair.

The Cut

Ask your stylist to give you a classic bob that leaves your hair blunt, meaning that the hair is all the same length, or asymmetrical, which means it's longer in the front and shorter in the back. After she cuts layers into your hair, your hair guru will then straighten your tresses and use a curling or flat iron to curl the ends. To give you a curl-hugging look, your stylist will then separate the curls at the ends of your locks and place them evenly along your head.

Getting the Style at Home

Ask your stylist to explain how she is arranging your hair so you can recreate the look at home. You’ll notice that she uses a medium- to large-barreled curling iron on the very tips of your hair to create U- or O-shaped curls, not ringlets. After you get out of the shower and dry your hair, flat-iron it straight and curl the ends of your hair. If you don’t have a curling iron, you can also put the ends of your hair in large soft, foam curlers while it’s still wet and blow dry your hair. Arrange the curls on the tips of your tresses so they angle toward the back of your head. Then use an extra-firm hairspray or an aerosol hairspray to keep your locks looking fabulous all day.

Using Extensions

If you want the gorgeous look of a feather wrap hairstyle, but have locks that are too short, invest in natural-looking hair extensions. Try to find a set of extensions that come ready for layering or buy extensions in two different lengths. Before you burn your money, make sure you choose extensions that are made of natural hair or are heat resistant, so they don’t melt when you use a curling iron. Place the shorter set of extensions on the back of your head so they’re in line with the tops of your ears. Fix the second layer of extensions halfway between the first set and the bottom of your hairline.

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