As the weather outside gets frightful (on our end of the hemisphere), it’s time for us to start planning ways to nurture our hair. This means a number of things: scheduling a salon appointment to install a protective hairstyle, or rather, styling it ourselves; amping up our moisture and conditioning regimens, and switching up our personal style to cater to the changing weather—with the help of some chic accessories.
The most popular (and my favorite!) go-to accessories for protective styling are headwraps and hats. Headwraps are dope because we can mold it into different shapes to match our outfits and mood. Hats are awesome because they’re versatile: you can wear a beanie with an oversized sweater, or a bowler hat with high waisted jeans and a printed blouse. With both accessories, you have the option of wearing a bang, or letting some locs hang loosely in the back. Add a pair of glasses, sleek eyeliner and a stunning matte lippie and you’re ready to conquer the rustling wind, snow and rain that awaits in the months to come.
We rounded up a list of black-owned businesses that make headwraps and hats for all your fashion-forward winter goals.
1. Fanm Djamn
Founded by Paola Mathe, Fanm Djamn, meaning “strong woman” in Haitian Kreyol, is an online outlet that sells hand-made headwraps, original jewelry, bags and clothing. Their headwraps, both vibrant and regal, are fit for all styles and aesthetics.
2. Natural Born Hats
Used to wearing satin caps under your hats? Well, this hat brand eliminates that step, with their satin-lined headwear that protects your tresses while keeping your head warm.
3. Constant Covering
For some with different abilities, it can be a hassle to create the intricate headwrap designs many people rock effortlessly. At Constant Covering, you can order pre-tied, satin-lined headwraps that come in bow and knot shapes, as well as reversible and denim styled headwraps.
4. Baby Buddah Bug
This one is for all of the Teyana Taylor fans. The dancer-singer-rapper-mom started a headwrap company dedicated to her daughter, Junie. At Baby Buddah Bug, you’ll find an array of teeny-tiny headwraps for the little fashionistas in your life.
5. D Piper Twins
Looking for hats that have the flair of headwraps but the comfort of a beanie? D Piper Twins’ hats are half African print, half comfy hat. These are perfect for days when you want to amplify your outfit with a cool pattern, but also want to brave a snowy day.
6. The Wrap Life
Perhaps the most well-known headwrap brand right now, The Wrap Life features eclectic wraps with colors from all over the rainbow and then some. In addition, you’ll find faux septum rings, hair jewelry and sacred items to cleanse your home and stimulate your senses.
Caheez features chunky crochet hats and cowl scarves lined with luxurious satin. Found in a range of bright, funky colors, they’re sure to turn up your winter.
8. Africanly Fab
If you’re like me, and seriously can’t get enough of African headwraps, here’s another brand to check out. Africanly Fab has bold headwraps with artistic designs and patterns.
9. Simone Evans
Inspired by tie dye prints? Simone Evans’s fabrics are swirling with complex tie dye blends. She sells kimonos, robes and wraps that can be reconstructed into unique headwraps.