For as long as people of color have been braiding, treating, and curling their do’s, they’ve had ‘do rags’ to protect them:

For centuries, African-American women used silk scarves or bandanas to tie down their hair.

Males started to adopt the practice in the 40’s and 50’s, wearing a piece of fabric on their head to protect conked and other chemically processed hairstyles while they slept. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that men began to wear do-rags during the day as accessories or under hats:

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, urban trendsetters regularly used do-rags to maintain cornrowed hairstyle or waves.  Do-rags were typically made of polyester with two long sides on each end to secure the rag in place and came in a variety of colors and patterns…

Though most OG’s bet on black:

Not everyone was amused by the popularity of the hair accessory. In April 2001, the NFL banned players from wearing do-rags under helmets.

Now, wearing do-rags is generally frowned upon, though you can always catch an outlier at your local supermarket!

Hit us with your funniest do-rag memories!



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