African Threading is a heatless hair stretching method that originated in west Africa. African Threading, also known as Ghana plaits, can give you the result of a blow dry without the heat damage. This is amazing news for my tender headed sisters.
I don’t know about you, but I dread the blow dryer. I dreaded it when I had a relaxer, but now that I’m kinky curly, it literally symbolizes pain for me. My tight curls resist the instruction to straighten and this only makes the person blow drying my hair to get rough. Know that one lady that holds the blow dryer right at your scalp? Yeah, well I always have that lady! Where are the gentle blow dryers at??
So to my amazement I discovered African Threading. African Threading symbolized everything my tender scalp needed, a patient, gentle route to stretching out my curls.
I have attached a video tutorial, that guided me, but here are step by step directions: *You will need a spool of thread, preferably the thick thread used for sew ins.*
- Hair must be detangled or your hair will become knotted. Once hair is detangled, section your hair like you would when preparing for a style.
- Starting with your first section, you want to take a small portion of hair. Take enough hair to make a small-medium sized twist. Comb through with a small tooth comb one final time.
- Take your section along with a long piece of thread. Place the thread at the root of your hair and hold it in place while you wrap the thread around your hair. It might take a second to get the hang of this… take your time and please be patient. Once you have wrapped the thread enough, you can let go of the root.
- Continue to wrap the thread around your hair, making sure to keep the thread tight and close to the last wrap. Hope that makes sense… you’ll understand once you watch the tutorial.
- Once done with the first thread, continue on your entire head! Hope you have a playlist or a movie ready.
If you started on wet/damp hair, it is best to leave the thread in over night. For the ladies that truly want a blow dried look, you will want to take the thread out, apply coconut oil(or your favorite oil), comb and apply thread once more. This is time consuming, but you will love the results.
Overall, African Threading gets four stars from me. I took away one star because it took me at least six hours the first time and maybe four-five hours the second time to put the thread in. Maybe I’m a little bitter because my hair is extremely thick… but my arms were hurting!! Please try this out on one lazy weekend and let me know how it goes. Good luck!