How To Nail Long ‘Gele’ Style (Video)

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The classic Yoruba ‘iro and buba’ and more modern trad looks are styled glamorous for traditional events with ‘gele’ which can be tied in different ways bringing the whole look together.

From the infinity pleats gele (done with 6 yards of Ankara fabric) to small gele, avantgarde and more, gele can be done in different styles to suit different occasion/individual preference.

The long headtie is perfect for creating clean pleats that can be tied compact or all out glam. Yemisi Seriki shows how to nail the perfect gele in simple steps. Here’s a step by step guide of another style the makeup artist and vlogger swears by:

Step 1. Fold the Gele into 2 equal half ( I am using half Gele )

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Step 2. Wrap around your head.

Step 3. Overlap the Gele at the back of your neck

Step 4. Bring the hand of the Gele forward and pause at the middle of your forehead.

Step 5. Make a few pleat

Step 6. Take the pleat to the back

Step 7. Change hands to help create wings

Step 8. Fold to the middle of the neck where the other hand is

Step 9. Make sure you have a firm neat grip

Step 10. Make sure both edges are gripped firmly

Step 11. Then tie tight (Twice if necessary)

Step 12.  Make more pleat to the front of your Gele

Close up at the pleats

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