While men and women, both black and white, have always worn some type of head covering for practical usage, the fashionable headwrap scarves that we see today have a history that lies with the black woman. During times of slavery, headwraps denoted that black men and women were property. Laws were even passed in the south, that mandated black women to wear them. Female slaves began to tie their wraps in unique ways that reflected their African roots while serving as a form of self expression. Eventually headwraps became a means of distinguishing one’s self and symbol of community (source).
Today African and African-American women wear headwraps for purposes of convenience, cultural representation, self-expression, celebration, and of course fashion! Here are 40 moments that prove the headwrap is the ultimate statement piece!