Do-rags have become synonymous with rappers, hip hop icons and urban street wear.  But did you know that there was a time when do-rags were worn only as a practicality?


What is a do-rag?

For anyone who wasn’t sure on the purpose behind the do-rag, it was aptly named for its ability to hold a person’s hair-do in place.  Over more recent years do-rags have emerged as fashion accessories in urban street clothing.  A do-rag is a small piece of cloth which is tied over the top of a person’s head.   They are typically made from polyester and come in a variety of different colours and patterns.  We stock a selection of do-rags here at Give Me Face.


From practicality to fashion statement

Do-rags were first worn by African-American‘s with chemically processed or treated hair around the 1930s.  They would tie a Do-rag onto their head before going to sleep in order to protect their hair whilst they were sleeping.  Back in this time they were often made from women’s stockings and called stocking caps. 


It was during the 1970s that do-rags first began to emerge as fashion accessories.  Men started to wear do-rags either alone or under a hat.  At first the trend was quite slow to catch on; it wasn’t until the late 1990s and early 2000s that do-rags really made it into the mainstream.  As urban fashion and music became more mainstream and popular so did the do-rag. Many urban music stars began to be spotted sporting do-rags including Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Eminem, Nelly and Jay Z and soon men and women alike began catching onto the trend.


As long as youth around the world continue to embrace urban fashion and music the do-rag looks set to remain a popular urban fashion accessory.