A Du-Rag HiStory

September 15, 2020

A Do-rag or Du-rag is not just a fashion statement for men, it is also a protective covering that keeps the hairstyle in place. Du-rags are nylon or rayon material, and have also evolved to include silk, satin, or velvet du-rags, amongst others. The velvet du-rags typically have satin on the inside.

A du-rag is used to tie down the hair to keep your style in place, and also to prevent frizzing. According to theidlemen.com, some of the benefits of a du-rag are to:

  1. Maintain the hair's natural waves
  2. Protect the hair from dust and pollutions, which maintains mositure
  3. Keep the hair tied neatly in place and prevents damage
  4. Keep braids in place
  5. And block harmful UV rays from the sun, which keeps the hair healthy.

Did you know that this head gear was originated by African American slave women during the 19th century?

The women wore head wraps while the men typically wore hats. 

The head rag protected the slaves' hair from the elements while they worked and also stopped the spread of lice according to thirteen.org. The head wrap also served to identify a slave person, and was a sign of poverty.

Today, all genders and races may sport a du-rag as a form of fashion or to maintain the hairstyle. Although, it is typically worn by the African American community.

So if you want to keep your coils and curls from popping back up after being brushed down, or keep your braids from causing friction against your pillow at night, be sure you tie it down with a Du-Rag!


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"12 Best Wave Durag Review & Guides." (2020, September 6). The Idle Men. Retrieved September 15, 2020, from https://theidlemen.com/best-durag-for-waves/

"Slave Women and The Head Wrap." (2004). Slavery and the Making of America. The Slave Experience: Men, Women, and Gender. Retrieved September 15, 2020 from  https://www.thirteen.org/wnet/slavery/experience/gender/feature6.html