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Doesn’t she look gorgeous?!

You can get a gele to look as fabulous as her’s thanks to Bimtan Elufowoju of Faces of Bodin. Today, she will be sharing a step by step tutorial on how to tie a gele perfectly.

So grab a seat and gele and start becoming a pro! Enjoy.

1. Start by folding in the end of the gele, this will ensure the is a smooth base at the front (crown of the head).

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2.Take the gele and wrap it around the head from the back to the front (towards your forehead) ensuring that the ends at the front are equal. This aspect is very important.

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3. Then take one side of the gele, e.g: the left side, and wrap it towards your right all the way round to the left ear and secure with your hands. At this point the left side of the gele will be shorter that that of the right side.

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4. Take the right side and cross it over the left side of the gele. Then take the right side (the longer side) round the head to the back, wrapping it and securing it with your hands at the back.

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5. At the side & back of the gele, begin to arrange the gele measure around the head in levels and layers…

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…begin to squeeze the ends to form a fan from the middle of the layout, ensuring that the left over at the end closest to you is enough to grip.

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6. Repeat the same on the other side.

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7. Secure the grip by typing both ends closest to you into a knot twice and neatly tucking in the loose bits.

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8. At this point there will be 2 layers at the top of the gele piece. Start arranging the layer at the back first making sure the highest point of the gele is in the middle.

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9. Then move to the layers at the front. Start making lines and pleats forming layered steps at the front of the gele with your fingers. Be sure to try to make them as defined as possible.

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10. Push the gele back as desired away from the face to give the face a lift. Be sure not to push back excessively as to prevent the gele from falling off your head. Also be sure not to pull your ears out of the gele.

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The final step is to keep adjusting the gele until the desired result is achieved.

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That’s it! If you have any special tips to add to the process above, be sure to add them in the comments.

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A huge thank you to Bimtan Elufowoju of Faces of Bodin for the helpful tutorial.

Makeup & Gele
: Bimtan Elufowoju of Faces by Bodin | Phone Number: 07863398769
Asst. Makeup Artist: Caroline Sobowale of Faces of Bodin
Photography: Abi Oshodi | E-mail: [email protected] | Website:
Model: Folasade Cline Thomas

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  1. Igbayinadun

    September 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, thanks. I am bookmarking this page.

    • Yanju J.

      September 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      The make up is lovely, is it also by Faces of Bodin?

  2. Vikkie

    September 29, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Helpful tutorial but 4 someone tying herself i doubt if layers can b achieved as much as dis oooo. I realy desire to know how to tie myself but i dont get it wit all my trials. Quite frustrating sha.

    • Rennie

      October 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

      I saw a DIY video of how to do it yourself on youtube. Watch to learn it better. I hope it helps!

    • joyce

      November 10, 2015 at 8:46 am

      yes l did a small video as well for a newbie on how to tie or make ready to wear gele if your interested you can check it out on u will see the tutorial.

  3. Rs

    September 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’m bookmarking this, you make it seem so easy…… the struggle I went through tieing gele this past weekend no be small thing…. Thanks

  4. YES

    September 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks so much, Faces of Bodin -you will go far. Pls can we have more of this for us that dont know how to tie gele. thanks BN too

  5. tee

    September 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Pls can you get the video.I got lost when it got to the back bit.

  6. chica

    September 29, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    WOld have preferd tO see the video

  7. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 29, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    This girl fine die!

    • Dora the explorer

      September 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      I knowww! I didn’t even focus on any gels tying and I am a straight girl.. teehee

  8. name

    September 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    model is really pretty

  9. Ifunanya

    September 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks a lot,bookmarking dis for sure,u made it so easy I keep on wondering hw d steps are made tho am tryin in my own little way Buh can’t get d steps thanks again

  10. Truth Teller

    September 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    God bless you for this! You’ll save people a whole lot of money by doing it themselves, thank you! You can’t imagine how mean some people are while tying gele, they don’t want others to see and learn but here you are putting it out here for us, for free! You will indeed go far. Can you kindly upload a video? Many many thanks.

  11. Frances Okoro

    September 29, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this..i bookmarked it before I even read it..yes, I really, really need this.thanks

  12. eme

    September 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This explanation no clear. I no undastand

  13. Teekay

    September 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for making it ssooo easy! God bless u for sharing it. Would love d video though. LOL

  14. Queen1

    September 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Oh dear. I never seem to get this right

  15. diana muro

    September 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    waooo am so happy my dear to see how to tie the gele may God bless you so much please help us to cee the video cause it will be simple to understand ,pleas

  16. Akpo 'Diddie Uyeh

    September 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks…it is very praticable

  17. Akpo 'Diddie Uyeh

    September 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks…it is very practicable

  18. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    September 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Wow wow wow!!! Thanks alot for this post. This is the best pictorial tutorial I have ever come across,

  19. bukola onasanya

    September 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    you not a video.

  20. viv

    September 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    O my dis one no be smll thing to do oooo, thanks

  21. nwa_baby

    September 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    A video would have been more effective na. ..thanks sha.

  22. Ci

    September 30, 2014 at 2:37 am

    make a video please!!

  23. Joy Read

    September 30, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Pls i think i need d video to be watching while i try because i do really need to Learn it.thank u for this post

  24. Mzz_modele

    September 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Very helpful tips! I LOVE it
    You are also a great teacher *bows in respect*
    The tip I want to add is : using safety pins to hold some “straying parts” in place. This is not compulsory but if you feel you need to adjust your gele you can just use safety pins to hold it in place.
    With all that being said, THE MODEL IS PRETTY………dang!

  25. vicmajek

    September 30, 2014 at 7:30 am

    that step 6 tho…confused..

  26. happychick

    September 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    me I jus got tired of reading, pls a video wuld be better.

  27. Riena Chisa

    September 30, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Sweatie, u re the best. Thanks 4 this lovely tips. But pls, I would appreciate it more if u send d video. Thanks u 4 d love u shared with us cos there is love in sharing.

  28. Free Mind

    September 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

    please give us a tutorial on the make up. it is so luvly.

  29. Alero

    September 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Sheabutter or vasline are so cheap and wonderful too. 🙂

  30. anie

    September 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    tying gele made of aso oke is much easier than doing it with the ‘regular’ gele. my suggestion is try learning how to tie with a soft one or iron one that you don’t use anymore to soften it for easy practice. lots of luck!

  31. God's favourite

    September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    well, I’ve given up on tying gele myself. it always comes out horrible

  32. Na me

    September 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Nice. But there are other beautiful ways to tie gele and ichafu. Everybody seems to be doing just this. BN pls post other styles, am guessing you know them.

  33. jumie

    September 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    wow!this is nice.

  34. sum1special

    September 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    i did not learn anything.

  35. Tudbee

    September 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Ok maybe I’m the dumb one but I didn’t get it.

  36. Aderonke

    October 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    dz is luvly,i luv d tutorial

  37. jennifer

    October 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I wuld hv been better with the video

  38. fisayo

    October 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks. Pls make a video too 🙂

  39. mrs.O

    October 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    thank you but this tutorial had at least “4 hands” as against one person tying the gele herself.. oh dear! its to get assistance while tying the gele to get this..

  40. JustThink...

    October 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I have watched/read several gele tutorials and haven’t found any of them easy to follow. Either I am slow or not talented enough. I tire o….

  41. Jmk

    October 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Why not do a video, as this is not a really explicit way for beginners.
    Kindly do a video on YouTube.


    October 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    A video would be very helpful please,

  43. XOXO

    October 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    the number 0 step is pulling your hair back/ up. NO FRINGE OR ANY LOOSE HAIR LYING ABOUT. it just always looks very wrong/ weird whenever I see someone with Gele and i can see their weave (or fringe) sticking out. Nice work Faces of Bodin. I remember the one Adenike Ogungbe (may she RIP) of Ewar makeover did sometime ago, that was what i used to learn.

  44. Tumi

    October 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    WOW! Thanks for this!

  45. Stella

    October 13, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Thanks, I like the pictures illustration.

  46. margaret

    October 18, 2014 at 12:33 am

    this is really ! Idont mind if i get the video too. God bless you real good.

  47. sylvia nwachukwu

    October 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

    its awosome,am stil practising d

  48. superv

    October 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Thank so much for the tutorial God bless you the more.

  49. Priye

    November 24, 2014 at 12:47 am

    I followed the steps and it looked quite similar to this. So happy my gele game is moving up. There are actually many ways to tie it but from what I’ve seen this way is actually the easiest to achieve that disc top look and numerous layers.

  50. Motunrayo

    December 4, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Whao!An applause for You!After series of practice and mastering of your step by step illustrations I finally got it right!Thanks a million times!1000 kissesssssssssss

  51. Abdulquadri rukayat

    December 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Nice step, can get it on my own

  52. Sharon

    December 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I really want to appriciate ur time but I am a beginner and I got totally lost when I got to step 3,would really appriciate a video.

  53. Carolyn L Davidson

    February 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    What at the dimension of the fabric used?

  54. Ms Allison

    February 25, 2015 at 12:55 am

    thanks a lot for this. very useful piece.

  55. Constance C. Mkangi

    March 3, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I would like to know how to tie the gele. They a really fabulous especially during occasions. From Nairobi , Kenya may be you have somebody who can teach how to do it.. Please direct me.

  56. Betty

    March 9, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I luv dis. Pls d step 2, is confusing me, hv tried it often bt cnt wrap it around my head. Is it d folded part that will be at d top or down d neck? Thanks

  57. chosen is blessed

    April 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hello dear. thanks so much for this tutorial, quite helpful. For those finding difficult to understand, keeping practicing it. your blessed in Jesus Name, Amen

  58. Nikki Anike

    April 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love to know how to do gele.
    Can l get the cd to buy???

  59. joydivine

    May 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    It got to a point that I got confused with everything, can you please help with a video

  60. Odiri

    June 25, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Hi how can I get in touch with the writer I would like to feature your write up in our magazine

  61. Sheriff

    July 15, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I really love the tutorial cause u mad it very easy and stright forward thank to FFB and the crew. My question is, do u use pin for the finishing at all? I did nt hear u mention that.. Thanks

  62. Toyin Ogunsanya Thompson

    August 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    you ate indeed a great tutor. Tying Gele is now made easy for me try your tips. thanks so much.

  63. Juliet chidinma

    September 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful tutorial but I find it difficult to tie gets for someone but on myself it’s perfect.

  64. sandra

    October 10, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Nice tutorial bt need d video on tying gele not asoke. Thanks

  65. cebo

    November 24, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I really need someone in South Africa pretoria, i need a gele asap. Please help.

  66. Johnson benedicta

    January 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    This is helpful

  67. Oluwabunmi

    January 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Great job and well done, but I’m a little bit concerned as to the holding from the back to the forehead. If you try it the other way round i.e from the front to the back, it’s more easy to control and form well defined layers. You also get the perfect head shape of the bride.
    Anyways, this is good.

  68. agnes

    April 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    thanks very much, at least i wil have a trial, cos is too difficult
    trying to make one

  69. kate

    May 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    huh! so lovely, the steps are quite easy to follow. Nice job, thanks

  70. gloria

    July 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    wow ! thanks so much. This is self explanatory

  71. Sally

    July 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Is there someone in Johannesburg South Africa who can help with gele? im struggling and have an event coming

  72. Blizzy Une

    November 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I really love this tutorials. I guess when I tie mine tomorrow, it will look more beautiful than yours #smiles#. Thanks so much. Kudos!

  73. Esther

    November 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial

  74. flora

    December 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The step is easy thank you and look nice

  75. esther otisi

    January 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

    l love this, how I wish I can get it like u thought me

  76. job mommoh okee

    February 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I love this` very nice. Thanks you for this tutorial

  77. suzie

    February 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    wow! nice job. I will really appreciate a video on this. Thanks so much

  78. Job momoh okee

    March 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Very nice and great work i love it

  79. Charles

    August 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

    this is a wonderful tip

  80. Shola

    August 30, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Wow it beautiful and step are easy I wish I get more explanation better than this

  81. Happy Okorie

    October 30, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    nice post dear

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