I am sure you have spotted one or two ladies with fancy headgear. If not one on one, I am sure you have seen them in one of the popular Nollywood or Ghallywood films or seen them on a fashion magazine. It is quite lavish and every lady should learn how to tie Gele.
The Nigerian ladies have embraced the African wears especially the headgears that they tie on their head. A Nigerian lady is usually dressed in beautiful fashionable African wears such as the Ankara prints designs, the Kente styles, Aso Ebi, Iro and Buda styles, and the Agdaba. However, this look is never complete without a Gele.
How to tie gele yourself
You can never go wrong with Gele. You can use any fabric with a good texture from the Ankara fabric to Aso oke fabric. The steps are few but need loads of care to give you the perfect look. Applying makeup that blends well with a perfect headgear. Beautiful accessories from necklace, earrings, and handbag or pouch will also give you that fabulous look.
Tying Gele yourself means that you can always rock this fabulous headgear at a moments notice. Have an abrupt function in the village? No worries, simply use this tutorial and come up with a fabulous new look!
How to tie Nigerian gele step by step
The styles that the Nigerians, especially the Yoruba ladies tie their Gele shows that their creativity is beyond words. For a beginner, here is how to tie Gele with pictures and it is among the simplest way. All you need is a good texture of fabric with a medium length to make the tying simpler. Take a seat beside a mirror and be prepared to rock in that event or occasion with a perfect Gele. Keep in mind that the Gele fabric that you should use should be roughly 70/30, since one side should be longer than the other side.
Start off by making your hair
If you are a lady with long hair, start by brushing your hair and fix it up. The ladies with short hair can skip the step.
Cover up your hair
Most ladies prefer to cover their hair to prevent the Gele from failing off.
You can either use your leggings or purchase the transparent fabric for the African Gele stores.
Fold the Gele
Put your Gele straight and make a slight fold at the very end of the fabric or the base.
This is because helps to keep a smooth base especially at the very front of your head.
Start off the wrapping
With your Gele end slightly folded, wrap it carefully around the head your start being the back side all the way to the front side.
Be more keen with the folding because you will make more folds. If you wanted answers on how to tie Gele with layers in front, here is where you should be keen on.
Wrap the left side/right side of the Gele
In this case, we will start the wrapping from the left side. Take the left side of Gele and wrap it all the way to the right side of it that you are holding carefully.
Your right side being longer make the same wrapping all the way to the left. Make the pleats to be thin to make it look fabulous.
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Start off with the arrangement
Arrange your Gele to form slightly tight uniform layers or pleats and ensure you leave a piece of it that you can easily grip at the end.
Make a knot
Both the left and the right side being of the same length, make a knot. The knot should be tight to avoid the Gele from untying itself. Keep in mind the knot should be next to one of your ears.
Finalize with the arrangement
Arranging the layers will be determined by how many you made. All you have to do is to arrange them using your hand, but remember the middle part of the head should be higher than the front and the back side.
Your desire should determine the location of the layers.
Adjust the Gele
You should adjust the Gele to feel comfortable, but don’t pull your ears out of it.
How to tie Gele styles
There so many styles to tie the Gele and this is the reason why ladies dwell on the Internet looking for how to tie Gele Ofi/how to tie Gele Sego/ how to tie Gele Otuto style. It is all determined by your efforts, but one thing that I will assure you as a beginner is that once you are able to tie the style offered here, you will not find any difficulty to tie other styles.
If you find tying difficult for you, you can call a friend to offer a helping hand as you make the pleats. There other people who make a living by tying Gele, you can pay them, they charge an affordable price. It is beautiful to go trendy.
How to tie Gele on the waist
The Gele that is tied on the waist is also known as a wrapper. Others prefer to place a piece of the Gele on their shoulder.
For those who want to tie the wrapper on their waist, the standard size for a single wrapper is 2 yards. However, that is not very sufficient for some CURVY, BIG African women – and they have to either cut their wrappers to about 2 and half yards or a little less; OR sew-in some more fabric to the inner side of the wrapper.
So, if you find that your 2 yards fabric is not making a-looking nice knotted/ twisted wrapper, you have to find a tailor to add more fabrics to it. And you may also want to be buying new wrappers in 2 and half yards or 2 yards and 1-quarter (of a yard).
Once you have the right wrapper size, simply wrap it all around your waist with a stylish knot to finish off!
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In this article, we shared with you on how to tie Gele. Ankara fabric has variety of colors that will make look perfect with well-matched piece of the African print dress. The Ankara Gele will definitely give you that trendy and attractive look that you want. Now that you have tips to tie Gele, it is clear that you know how to tie Gele with Ankara. Use the rich fabric that should be about 6 yards to create the pleats with the steps above.
Here is a video of how to tie Gele