Want to learn how to tie a gele headtie? Come on, let’s show you – with video tutorials and also by explanation. It’s not that hard, even if you have never tied a headtie before. We’ve had some of our friends learn for the first time to tie a simple gele, just from these tutorials and so you too can. The two video tutorials below will guide you through, step by step to tying a gele yourself. Just get out any gele fabric and practice along while watching the video – just play, pause and repeat. A list of steps with explanation is also down below if you prefer that (after the videos).
#1. How to Tie Sego Gele With Pleats (Video)
- Video 1 Above: Gele tying video tutorial using wired aso-oke headtie | Video 2 (above): How to tie pleated sego gele headtie
#2. How to Tie a Simple Pleated Gele for Beginners
- Video 1 Above: Gele tying video tutorial using wired aso-oke headtie | Video 2 (down below): How to tie pleated sego gele headtie (scroll down to after ‘the explained steps’).
DIFFERENT GELE-TYING STYLES TUTORIALS:
- How to Tie Twisted Fan Gele Style (Video)
- How to Tie Rose Gele (Steps by Step)
- How to Tie Infinity Pleats Ankara Gele
- How to Tie Ankara Turban Gele Styles (in Different Ways)
- How to Tie Nigerian Turban Headwrap (using Velvet or any Fabric)
10 Quick Steps to Tying a Simple Gele with Layers (THE EXPLANATION)
Tying a gele into a headwrap involves tying it around the head and making pleats in layers, and knotting the scarf to keep it firm on the head. The finished look is a gorgeous hat. So, how do you tie a gele head-scarf (for a beginner)? Or how do you perfect your skills (if your gele-tying skills are below average)?
In case you prefer to learn by reading steps than watching the video tutorial above, here is the step by step instruction on how to tie Nigerian-style gele headtie:
Material Needed: Any of these headtie fabrics in about one-and-half arm length width: aso-oke gele, sego gele, a few yards of Ankara wax print or any firm fabric. That’s all.
STEP 1: Get your hair out of the way, by slicking/ packing it to the back. If you’re wearing weaves or braids, pack it up into a center-bun. Alternatively, or wear a wig cap or hair net.
STEP 2: Straighten one end of the gele’s width, and fold up a small part of the fabric’s edge.
STEP 3: Place the gele head-tie over your head, covering both ears; and hold both ends of the fabric until it is very tight on your head. Now, you are holding on to the ends of the gele with each hand (right and left).
STEP 4: Ease off pressure on one side of the fabric, so that one end is longer than the other. The usual ration is to have one-third of the fabric (shorter side) on one hand and two-third or the gele fabric (longer side) on the other hand.
STEP 5: Now, both ends of the gele should be behind your head. Next, pull the shorter side inward (to the back of your head) so that the longer side is out to the front, over the shorter end. If you’re right-handed, the longer end of the gele should be gripped by your right hand, and the shorter side should be gripped firmly by your left hand.
STEP 6: Next, wrap the long arm of the gele around your head, while holding firm to the shorter end. Ensure that the shorter end is wrapped into the inside of the back of your head, and have the long side wrapped outward to the front of your head. While wrapping the gele around, take time to make nice pleats and folds; and also smoothen the layers that are forming – although you can leave it until later if you like.
STEP 7: Pull the long arm around tightly to form a layer. If the gele fabric is very long gele, you should do another round of wrapping the longer end (of the fabric) around your head one more time. If not, move to the next step.
STEP 8: Next, bring both arms of the gele fabric to the back of your head and cross the ends of the headtie (to get ready to tie the ends).
STEP 9: Now, knot both ends of the gele arms together to secure the head-tie tightly. Tie it one or two more times to keep it locked down.
STEP 10: Next, make a clean finishing by using your hands to adjust the gele from side to side. Use your thumb and fingers to smoothen the folds and layers of pleats. Adjust the top to make the gele fan-out. Keep adjusting your gele until you like what see in the mirror. Your gele hat is ready to wear. Congratulations, you just tied your first gele like a pro.
That’s the end of your gele-tying lesson. Be sure to come back to re-watch the video tutorial above and practice some more.
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