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October 26, 2023

How to Tie a Durag

Wearing a durag can be challenging for beginners, but with practice and the appropriate techniques you can master this art of tying a durag.

Before beginning, place the durag on your head, aligning its front edges with your eyebrows and hairline for optimal symmetry. Pull the ties towards the front of your head until they meet up symmetrically before tying a knot at their base.

Place the durag on your head

Tie your durag tightly enough so it stays put, without being so tight as to cause pain, while tucking or folding its flap under for extra comfort and style.

Assemble the durag and ensure its seam faces downward while its front edge rests comfortably over your eyebrows. After pulling and crossing the ties at the back of your head, this will compress your hair, which is especially helpful if using 360 waves with this technique.

Alternately, you could tie one knot at the back of your head instead. But be aware that this method won't provide as much compression than double knotting does and may take more practice before getting it perfect the first time around.

Pull the ties to the front of your head

As part of your durag tying technique, it's essential that the tension of the tie is sufficient to hold in place without harming your head. You can do this by pulling on the part that drapes over your head; this will compress your hair for a sleek and stylish appearance.

Pull back both sets of ties until they rest comfortably behind your ears, then cross them in front to form an X. Be careful that they remain flat as any rolling-up may result in an unsightly "durag line" on your forehead.

Pull down on the flap that hangs beneath your ties to tighten and compress the durag, giving it some additional compression. Be cautious not to pull too hard, as that could give rise to headaches! This step is essential and worth practicing until it can be completed perfectly every time.

Tie a knot

Tieing your durag knot correctly will have an enormous impact on its comfort. If you experience any niggling sensations while wearing your durag, loosening its knot may help find its ideal placement and find your best fit.

Tie the long ends of your durag into a knot at the back of your head so it fits securely at the base of your skull. While not necessary to tie tight knots, they should still ensure that your durag won't slip or come unfastened during wear.

Pull the ties tight and cross them in front of your head in an "X", making sure they are flat; rolled-up ties can create unsightly durag lines on your forehead and simply don't look good. Tuck the back flap under the knot as well.

Tuck the flap under the knot

Once the knot has been tied, tuck the flap under it to ensure your durag does not slip off during sleep or throughout the day, and avoid getting any creases that might show up in your hair or cause marks on your forehead. This step helps ensure it fits comfortably without coming undone during movement or sleeping.

If you prefer front-tie durags, the procedure is similar to side-tie durags except the ties are brought around your head from front and crossed at the back to create an X. To keep them flat and avoid creating ugly durag lines on your forehead.

At its core, wearing a durag should look good. Donning it correctly will keep your strands smooth and enhance 360 waves, as well as maintaining your style for an elegant and clean appearance.