On this very special Tichel Tuesday I'm reviewing the fabulous Charlotte Wrap from Judith de Paris, a gorgeous line of of handmade, fashion forward hair coverings. The Charlotte Wrap was collaboratively designed by Judith and Lena of Lena's Sheitels, who told me I had to try it. She was right!
The Charlotte Wrap is long rectangular tichel made out of crazy comfy, easy to wrap jersey. It comes in several versatile colors and patterns. I love this one, because the blue and yellow floral print transitions well between seasons. It has just enough substance to give it body even when worn on its own, but not so much that it weighs me down.
This simple turban is just the Charlotte Wrap without a volumizer. It's ever so slightly lighter to wear it without one and doing so creates a less dramatic look. The jersey material stays tied securely and doesn't slip off my head -- no no-slip velvet grip needed!
Another volumizer-less turban. This tichel wraps so easily that even as a novice tichel wrapper I was able to make up two completely different turban wraps without even trying! Either that, or I have no idea what I'm doing and I can't figure out how to recreate the same wrap twice... Um, let's just go with the first option. I wore this second turban look on Friday for all my erev Shabbos errands. It didn't budge, it was super comfy for running around town and I felt like a newly crowned queen as I walked down the grocery store aisles picking out vegetables.
Lena also sent me a volumizer, a padded cap that adds volume when worn underneath wrapped tichels, because I didn't own one yet and I just had to try one of those too! Again, she was right -- it's a total game changer. It adds some "oomph" to my Charlotte Wrap and my other rectangular tichels when I wear the "poof" on the back of my head and tie them the traditional way. It gives just the right volume when I position the "poof" on top of my head and tie a turban using a long rectangular scarf. It also works wonderfully with any of my square tichels, adding just the right amount of drama, any way I tie it! This volumizer in particular is a winner, because it has a built in velvet grip along to edge to keep it from slipping off your head and the material that it's made out of grips onto any tichel, so you never have to worry about anything falling off!
Not gonna lie, my favourite way to tie long rectangular tichels like the Charlotte Wrap is as turbans. Clearly. Turbans keep the volume on top of my head, which is exactly where I like it! I think turbans feel more "put-together" and classy than any other way I wrap my tichels. I love how well this volumizer works to enhance my favourite tichel look -- the little bit of extra volume makes such a difference!
I call this look the traditional wrap because in my head it's the most basic, standard way that women wear long rectangular tichels. This look isn't super "me", but had to try it anyways, because I'll do anything once and I'd be remiss in my duties as a reviewer if I didn't tell you how well this tichel works for this wrap. I loosely followed this tutorial.
I'm pretty sure I invented this look. I love it, because it displays the gorgeous colors and floral print and it makes a huge statement. Would I actually wear this out of the house? Maybe, maybe not. But fashion is an art and we'll just go ahead and call this look experimental. That's also definitely why this image is so blurry: I'm an artist, it was clearly on purpose.
Another original creation, I took the ends of my Waterfall Wrap, tied them into a big bow and it saw that it was good. Bows are great, bows in my hair are better, but bows on my tichels? The absolute best. I love how prettily Charlotte Wrap jersey forms into a bow! Is there anything it can't do?