How to tie a durag (with pictures)

How to tie a durag (with pictures)
How to tie a durag (with pictures)

Durags can be worn as a fashion accessory or just to give the hair a neat and attractive look. Successfully tying a durag is simple and easy, and there are a multitude of techniques you can use to make it happen. In addition, everyone has their personal preferences in the matter.


Part 1 of 4: tie a regular durag

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Step 1. Put the durag on your head

You have the flexibility to choose the type and color of durag that suits you. Most people prefer to wear durags made with a stretchy material that you can see through when stretched. These kinds of accessories make it easier to breathe when they are tied tightly around the head.

  • Place the center seam at the middle of your head for a symmetrical result.
  • Position the durag so that the front edge rests between your eyebrows and your hair. Make sure your hair is completely covered. If you have favorites, they should come out from below.
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Step 2. Wind the strings of the durag behind your head

Take the ends in each of your hands. Pull the two behind your head so that they cross to form an X. The strings should be rolled up so that they look more like ropes than bands of fabric.

  • Pull each string backwards on its respective side. By doing this, the string from your right hand will be pulled back to the right side of your head.
  • The strings should be positioned between the head and the ears, so that the ears remain visible.
  • If you don't want the strings to wrap around like ropes, you can press them flat against your head as you pull and wrap them.
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Step 3. Cross the strings on the front part of your head

Once you have crossed the strings behind your head, bring them back to the front. You will need to make sure that they cross in the middle of the forehead. Then pull them once more to the back of your head.

  • If you want the strings to lie flat, you can also flatten them at this level.
  • Don't pull on the strings too much, otherwise you might get a headache.
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Step 4. Tie a knot

Tie a knot in the strings at the back of your head. This knot should be positioned at the level of your neck. Start off by pretending you are tying your shoe laces, but keep in mind that instead of making loops you will just need to tie a double knot.

Be careful not to tie the double knot too tightly or you may not be able to untie it later

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Step 5. Lower the cape

At this point, the cape should be hanging down at the back of your neck under the strings. Pull it down like you're trying to get it to touch your back. This will tighten the durag and compress your hair beautifully.

Do not pull the flap too hard, otherwise you will not feel comfortable

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Step 6. Fold the flap if necessary

As soon as the cape is pulled tight, you should tie it up or pull it up. This actually prevents the flap from hanging over your neck, which can be tedious to manage or make it look very sloppy.

  • You can wind the flap from top to bottom and wedge it between the strings so that they hold it in place.
  • If the flap is long enough, you can tie it in a knot and then wedge it between the strings. This can create a small loop on which the knot will be attached.

Part 2 of 4: tie a durag before going to bed

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Step 1. Put the durag on your head

Turn the durag over so the parting is facing out. This will prevent the parting from leaving marks on your hair overnight. Thread the durag so that the seam lines up with the middle of your face.

You can use a durag made with any type of material you like

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Step 2. Wrap the tails around your head

Take a tail of the durag in each of your hands and wrap it around the back of your head. The tails should cross at the back of the head. Once that is done, wrap them around your head, so that they cross at the level of your forehead before bringing them back to the back.

  • Do not tie the strings. If you tie the strings and sleep like this, it will leave marks on your forehead.
  • To make sure the knots will be held in place for a while, you can twist them.
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Step 3. Put a headband around your head

Find a soft headband that you would normally wear for sports to help keep the sweat in check. This headband should have a strong elastic band, but not uncomfortable or too tight to wear overnight.

  • Wedge the durag under the headband.
  • You can sleep very well with a durag without using a headband. However, the technique presented here will limit the risks of the durag leaving marks on your forehead, in addition to providing great comfort.
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Step 4. Untie the strings

As soon as the durag is inserted under the headband, you can gently pull on the strings to separate them. They should then be free and no longer tied around your head. You can wedge them at the back of the headband so that they don't get tangled up while you sleep.

You can keep the knots tied overnight, but you will surely be more comfortable untying them, especially since it will prevent the durag from leaving any marks on your forehead

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Step 5. Fold the flap

Make sure to fold the flap inside the headband as well. This will prevent you from having pain when you sleep which could loosen the durag from the headband.

You also have the option of rolling the cape up and tightening it or just tucking it inside the headband

Part 3 of 4: quickly tie a durag

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Step 1. Tie the tails of the durag together

Keep it in your hands and make a double knot with the ends of the tails, so that they cannot come undone easily. The durag will then look like a loop and you will have the part that covers the head at one end and the knot on the other side.

You can cut off small pieces from each end after you've tied them together

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Step 2. Put the durag on your head

Most people prefer to face the parting upwards, so that the part does not leave any traces in their hair. You can point it down, however, if you want to give the top section a great curb appeal.

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Step 3. Wrap the tails around your head

Pull the curl formed by the tails of the durag towards the back of your head. Turn them to twist them. This will cause them to come back naturally to the front of your head and wrap around your forehead.

  • If you use this technique, the tails will be really coiled like ropes and not flattened like strips of fabric.
  • Since the knots are already tied, you will not have to take any further action at the level of the durag tails.
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Step 4. Attach the flaps to your head

Take the flap in one hand and use the other to tie it into a knot. It should practically look like a ponytail made from fabric. After that, you can tighten the flap and tie it under the durag in question.

By adopting this technique, your durag should be very comfortable and you can easily run your finger between the knots and the part that covers your skull

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Step 5. Untie the knots if necessary

You can untie the knots if you're just spending time at home or about to go to bed. However, it will give a sloppy look and could prevent you from sleeping.

Part 4 of 4: use a bandana as a durag

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Step 1. Choose a bandana

Bandanas are generally less expensive accessories and can be purchased at clothing, household goods, and beauty stores. They usually have a standard size, which should fit the heads of a large number of people.

Most bandanas have dimensions of 60cm x 60cm

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Step 2. Fold the bandana

Fold one corner of the bandana down, so that its end points to the opposite corner. If you have a large head, you will simply have to fold a small part of the bandana down. On the other hand, if you have a small head, you can afford to fold a larger part.

You can experiment with different folds to see which one fits your head better

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Step 3. Put the bandana on your head

Take the two ends of the bandana that are located on either side of the folded end. Keep one end in each hand. Holding the bandana in this way, lay it on your head so that the crease created can stay above your eyebrows, along your forehead.

Pull the ends between your hands towards the back of your head

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Step 4. Tie the bandana

Using both ends at the back of your head, form a simple, comfortable knot at the base of the skull. Hold the knot with one hand to prevent it from slipping. Then take the middle end at the hairline and pull it down over the single knot.

  • Tie another knot with the two ends you were holding. This time, tie the knot above the center corner that you pulled down.
  • You can adjust by pulling down the center end or by tying the knot above.


  • Durags are excellent for containing hair overnight.
  • The knot you make with the two ends at the back of the head can be a double knot.
  • Tsurags are a great alternative to durags if you don't want to be shy about tying knots.
  • Never use knots while tying a durag. They are too restrictive. Instead, tighten the strings at the back while orienting them one under the other. This technique offers some advantages. Indeed, it is thus easier than tying a knot. It is also possible to adjust them if you tie them too tight. When removing them, all you need to do is pull the strings out instead of having to loosen a knot. Also, they'll stay tight all night and make the back of your head look neater than a knot. You can tie the loose ropes using the slipknot and everything will be secured in one knot. This option is more viable than having one slip knot and another threaded.

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