Hair Tapestry

We tell you more about where hair tapestry came from and why you should give this festival friendly hair wrap a try

You may have caught our festival themed Instagram series recently which featured an image of a new hair craze, hair tapestry. This sent many of you wild with fascination, confusion and concern (how on earth would you brush that out? it’s a weave apparently so we can all rest easy!). So we wanted to delve a little deeper and find out more about this exciting new hair decor and share our results with you.

So what is tapestry and why are we putting it in our hair? Tapestry weaving has been around for years. The Ancient Egyptians and Incas buried the dead in tapestry cloth. Tapestry has been hung up on the walls of the Parthenon and medieval weavers extracted dye from plants and insects in less than twenty colours.

With all this rich history, the tapestry has become an iconic textile so there is no wonder that we want to explore its diversity. The brains behind ‘hair tapestry’ came from Alex Brownsell of Bleach London, they offer hair tapestry services when working at external events. We are now seeing emerging improvisers showing off their take on the art form. Take a look at some the examples we came across on Instagram:

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Will you be trying this out for your next festival? We will be look out under #hairtapestry to see how this trend continues

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Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert