How to Tie Gele the Nigerian Way

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If you’ve ever admired those stunning gele styles and wondered how to create them, you’re in for a treat! We’ll take you step-by-step through the art of tying gele and unraveling the secrets to achieve the perfect headwrap. 

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Whether for a special occasion or a fun fashion statement, get ready to rock your gele with confidence and style! So, grab your favorite Gele fabric, and let’s dive into this exciting journey together as we explore De’ Bellas Makeovers’ tutorial video on how to tie perfectly round Gele.

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Before you start tying Gele you’ll need to select a long, wide piece of Gele fabric. The length will depend on your preferred style and your desired volume. Make sure the fabric complements your outfit. 

You can find some really amazing Gele fabrics on Amazon.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Tie Gele the Nigeria Way

The Gele used in this tutorial is 65 to 35, meaning that one side is around two-thirds while the second is one-third of the entire material. Below are the nine steps you should follow to tie your Gele.

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  1. Hold the Gele on your thigh in such a way that some of your fingers will be under it and your thumbs up.
  2. Use your fingers beneath to push the material up and hold it with your thumbs once it reaches the initial plates. Ensure that the space between each material you’re pushing up is the same as the previous one.
  3. Next, place it on the head after four or five plates. Ensure that each plate that you make runs from one end to another. 
  4. Cross it at the back just like you would if crossing a scarf. But before you cross the gele at the back, ensure that you open it, so you can see what you’re doing. Also, ensure that the shorter part comes up when crossing the Gele—the last thing to do when crossing is to pull the longer side to the left completely. 
  5. Continue making your plates with the longer side. You can make around three plates or more. 
  6. Tie the gele by nicely gathering both ends – the longer and short ones. Ensure that you don’t just squeeze them together. 
  7. After tying, continue making the plates on top of each other. These plates are going to be lying on the previous. 
  8. Continue the plates on both sides. After completing the plates on both sides, lift the gele so that the plates can have some height. Remember that you’re going to plate until you exhaust your Gele material. 
  9. Finally, clean and knit up the back and cover it with a pin.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and unleash your creativity!

Video Credit: De’ Bella Makeovers

De’ Bella Makeovers is a Professional Bridal makeup artist based in the United Kingdom. She’s also a lover of all beautiful things.  

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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