African Hair Threading

Guest Blogger, Aisha, shares her experience with African Hair Threading.

  • I first learned about hair threading from my friend, B, who is from Ghana. She uses this method to stretch her daughter's hair. I always said that it looked to difficult but after seeing several of her styles as well as Nadine's wonderful videos (GirlsLoveYourCurls) I decided to give it a try. I started with clean, detangled, moisturizer hair. Her hair was still wet when I started. Check out her shrinkage!!! I used regular weave thread that was purchased at Sally's for a little over $1. I started by making a knot at the end of the string. Next, I carefully wound the thread around her hair as if I was making a ponytail. Once the base was secure, I continued to move down the remaining portion of that section. I chose to space out the loops while threading her hair because I did not want her hair to be tightly bound. The closer you wrap the thread, the stiffer the braids will be. Threads that are done in this fashion allow for more of a sculptural type style.
  • Three braids are done in the back! I had to wrap the thread tightly around the section of her hair that was cut because that portion was sticking out. I've had to be very creative with that section of her hair ever since she cut it.
  • Two rows in the back are done. The white stuff that you see is from the Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer. I guess I was a bit heavy handed with it.
  • I braided the back together but I changed it once I was completely done.

The results!!! I continued to thread her hair all over, making various parts. I didn't take a picture before I made the ponytails. Sorry!

Check back later to see the style Aisha did after stretching Anisa's hair with the African Threading technique.