Practicing African Hair Threading!
The blog that sparked the interest:
The thread on Nappturality:
Copy & Paste from Tenachie's posted response and instructions:
1) Section hair.
2) Comb section of hair
3) Hold hair as close to scalp in one hand (A) between thumb & forefinger
4) With other hand (B) bring thread and place it under thumb (A), on top of hair while still keeping a very taut hold on the hair
5) Now use hand B to wrap the thread all around the section of hair. After the first few wraps, the thread at the base will "hold" and you just slide hand A gradually down while still wrapping with hand B
6) When you reach the end of the hair make a loop, bring the thread through to form a knot, then cut off excess. This keeps the whole hair section threaded.
7) Repeat for other hair sections
You will be left with threaded hair poking in all different directions depending on how you sectioned (diamond, square, rectangular) and patterned (brick layered, or on top of each other)
9) Now manipulate each plait by bending at the root (near the scalp) in the direction you want it to lay.
10) Now using more thread, wrap bunches of the plaits together in the way you want the final style to be.
1) Oil/grease the hair before threading, not afterwards
2) Cut your thread before hand, but try not to make it longer than an arm's length otw you will tangle yourself
3) You may have to use more than one thread on each section of hair. If this is the case you just start the new thread on top of the old thread in the same manner (hold it under the thumb-hand A until it's secure on it's own).
4) Thread closer if you want stiffer plaits and plaits that result in more stretch/softer hair.
5) Thread looser if you want a more pliable plait and if you want designs within the plait.
Another variation I liked & which takes less time:
1)thread wrap the hair at the base for about 1-2cm
2) divide the hair into three
3) have the dangling thread be in one (anyone) of the 3 sections
4) now braid the hair almost all the way to the end
5) with the last inch, find the thread within the plait and continue to thread all the way to the end and knot
This style hangs well and doesn't stick out all over the head because it's more pliable.
I don't thread my hair often as a style to wear because
(1) it takes a really long time (especially if your hair is longer)
(2) I can't section my hair well and sectioning is very important for the final product
(3) I'm not very good at keeping the base taut on my own head
but I do thread in large sections if all I'm trying to do is stretch it out overnight or something. In this case i use wool, because it's thicker size covers more area.
In terms of threads/yarn to use, I wouldn't use "fluffy" ones because they can draw moisture out of your own hair; similar to how hair extensions can dry out your own hair and cause split ends. You don't have to go out of your way to find the Nigerian thread. You just want a strong thread. You may need to double the thread on itself to make it stronger. I've used crochet yarn with excellent success - in this case I don't double up. Also the thread/yarn you use dictates how stiff the plait will be when all is done (that plus how closely you thread)
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