Durags were originally the headgear of poor African American women laborers and slaves in the 19th century. In the 1930s, during the Harlem Renaissance and Great Depression, the durag evolved into a hairstyle preserver. After the Black Power Movement in the late 1960s, the durag became a fashion statement among African Americans, worn by rappers, athletes, and men of all ages. In the 2000s, wearing durags in public lost popularity in certain areas but maintained its popularity in others. However, because of rappers, such as A$AP Ferg and the return of waves as a hairstyle, they have now regained their status as a fashion among the African American community.
As for who invented the Durag, there is no specific inventor though Darren Dowdy, president of So Many Waves, claims his father, William J. Dowdy, invented it as part of a hair grooming kit. He called his durag “tie down” — he hated the name durag— and it was first sold widely in 1979.
Of recent, the Durag has become very trendy as we can see more men wearing them. The whole idea is to have spinning waves. As you brush your hair continuously in the same direction until you find your hair pattern. You then put on a Durag to compress your hair and make sure the hairstyle stays.
Now you all know what to do if you want to have the best waves.
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