How To Tie A Du-Rag


Call it the the du-rag, dew-rag, dune rag whatever… You’d be surprised how many people don’t know how to ‘do’ it (pause for laughter) So, here’s a way to tie it.

Step 1. Determine the size of your head as compared to the dew-rag (the rag).

Step 2. If your head is medium to small and your rag is anything but small, jump to step number eight (8). If your head is big, and your rag is medium to small, you should:

Step 3. Tie a small overhand knot in one corner of the rag, the smaller the knot the better, and the closer to the corner the better.

Step 4. Place the rag on a flat surface in front of you, so that it’s diamond-shaped, with the corner with the knot closest to you, one corner of the rag to the left and one corner to the right.

Step 5. Grab the right corner with your right hand, and the left corner with your left hand, applying slight tension to the rag, pulling your hands apart and raising them to head high.

Step 6. Bow your head down, and bend shoulders a bit forward.

Step 7. Keeping the tension on the rag, lay the knot on your scalp, on the flat or top part of your skull, very close to where your skull starts its downward slope to your forehead. Bring your hands a bit down so that the rag crosses your forehead. Your hands will be even with your ears and directly away and slightly behind from them, again with a some tension on the rag. (Go to step twelve (12)).

Step 8. Place the rag on a flat surface in front of you, so that it’s diamond-shaped, with one corner closest to you, one corner of the rag to the left, one corner to the right, and one corner away from you.

Step 9. Fold the bottom corner closest to you up toward the top corner. You can fold the bottomcorner to meet and lay on top of the top corner, or you can go part of the way. You may have to experiment a few times to get the fold just right for your head (and hair if you have it), because heads and rags are different sizes.

Step 10. Bow your head down, and bend shoulders a bit forward.

Step 11. Keeping the tension on the rag, lay the fold on your forehead. Bring your hands a bit down so that the rag stays on your forehead. Your hands will be even with your ears and directly away and slightly behind from them, again with a some tension on the rag.

Step 12. Throw your head back and straighten up, keeping the tension on the rag so that it stays on your forehead.

Step 13. When you straighten up (or snap your head back), make sure the one loose corner flips over your hair or head.

Step 14. Bring your hands back around to the backside of your head, lower skull, so that the rag is covering your ears partially.

Step 15. Tie a knot in the rag, either on top of the rag that’s covering your head or hair, or at the base of your skull under your hair if that’s the look you are going for

Step 16. Adjust for a better fit – for example, slide the rag behind your ears and against your skull if thats what you want., and you have longer hair.

Tips

  • For a better holding knot, tie a simple overhand knot, and take an extra wrap around with one end of the rag where you are tying the knot. The knot will not tighten as easily, and once you tighten it, it will not loosen quickly.

 


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