People often use silky kerchiefs and scarves to create African head wraps. Using a stiffer fabric can provide the wearer with additional design options when fashioning a head wrap. Alternative techniques include replacing fabric with fashionable bands for a more Egyptian-inspired look.

African head wraps also provide a cooling function in addition to being an integral African fashion tradition. Wearers tie head wraps in a myriad of ways, from a simple double-wrap and knot to exquisite, multidimensional designs. Some common ways to tie head wraps include on top of the head, at the nape of the neck or twisted and tucked under.