Friday, 20 November 2015

African Threading for Natural Hair - My Experience

Last week I had an event that I and 2 other bloggers were hosting. I didn't think too much about what I would wear and how I'd style my hair. In fact, 2 days before the event, I was still trying to decide if I would wear one of my wigs, or clip-ins. But then I watched a video via someone's blog, and it showed AMAZING results of someone's threading. The video is below. I mean, she looks like she literally blow dried her hair, right?


I figured that even though I didn't have 2 consecutive days to thread my hair, at least there would be some significant stretch, right? Well let's see what happened!

So I didn't exactly follow the directions. My hair wasn't freshly washed or damp. It was done on hair that had been washed a week or two prior.

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african naturalistas, african threading, threading, natural hair, berry dakara

I didn't use thread either. I used some yarn that I had at home.

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african naturalistas, african threading, threading, natural hair, berry dakara

I did leave the thread overnight. I won't lie - it was quite uncomfortable. And I had a migraine - but I have migraines almost regularly so I can't exactly attribute it to the threading.

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african naturalistas, african threading, threading, natural hair, berry dakara

In the video, she loosened the thread, combed out and re-threaded. I didn't have that opportunity to re-thread, but these are the results from threading overnight.

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african naturalistas, african threading, threading, natural hair, berry dakara

african naturalistas, african threading, threading, natural hair, berry dakara

I forgot to take a photo of my hair after I styled it - my camera died. But a few hours later...

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The hair was shrunken!!!! Sorry the photo's blurry.

Have you threaded your hair before? I think I'm going to try doing it again according to the video's steps.

Have a lovely weekend.
Berry Dakara.




37 comments :

  1. In happy to see a threading post here.So TESTIMONY TIME..... I am a threading connoisseur(is there such a thing sef)?,I thread after washing and keep the threading in styles for up to a week,so yeah my hair is stretched to an optimum level,real blowout like.The style lasts me a week or a week and some days(depending on how lazy I am to wash).As for the uncomfortable feeling,it generally lasts a day or two as with most new styles,i try not to thread my roots tightly to reduce traction and pain on my scalp,so when I take it down I simply pick my roots with a comb(problem solved).African threading has been a lifesaver cause it takes little time for me to do,helps me keep a style in for a week and does the best job at keeping my textures blended without using heat.Great stuff,threading.

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    1. Wow! 1 week? I kent even try that.

      And yes you can call yourself a Threading Connoisseur - you seem to know a lot about it

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    2. I used to do it often after washing my hair on going natural.I keep the style for two weeks or more.But now that my hair is longer, I have got no time

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  2. Oh,Berry I think the effects did not last for a while was i)you started on product-ified hair,lol,that wasn't freshly washed,depending on the products used,if they contained any humectants be rest assured a swelling spell is on the way(its why at this point,i avoid glycerin and its cousins like a tooth ache.
    ii)the style wasn't left in for long,while I have never re-threaded my hair,it certainly helps that I keep it in for 5-7 days.
    Love the style you had in by the way.

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    1. @Jennifer - the products enh. That week I even went on overdrive with leave-in conditioner. Oh well.

      @Ore - for real!

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    2. @Oreoluwa,abi o.If you see me rocking my sister Amaka thread,you'll know I sabi.lol.

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    3. loool sis amaka @ jenny u don kill me oh lol

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    1. It stretched yes, but shrank before I could enjoy it well

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    2. I have to say same,but this our humidity will not let anyone be great.

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    3. Lagos humidity ehn

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  4. I think you should try again, I tried the threading method to stretch one time when I was an amateur in hair care, using the sewing thread. The bad part was that I tied to the very tips, thus breaking my ends a considerable amount. I haven't tried threading since then.

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    1. I'll try again and use Jennifer's tips. I thought it was supposed to be threaded all the way to the tips though. Oh and I forgot to mention that taking out the threads was such a hassle too. I needed help

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    2. Sorry about that.I learnt how to three by watching my hairstylist from childhood thread

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    3. Same here Ashake,i wore thread more than every other style,even in secondary school when it wasn't considered cool.It definitely helped me maintain my APL relaxed hair.

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  5. Yep! I've threaded my hair with yarn before. Left it for about 48hours. My hair was decently stretched.

    Plan to try it again though.

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    1. The only thing I don't like about using Yarn to thread is that it leaves *I don't know what to call it* in my hair

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    2. I think you're talking about lint,i dislike it too.So hard to remove.

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    3. yup i agree i used it for twist mehen the lint

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  6. @oreoluwa,don't mind me o.Its one of like 3 styles I do all the time,so in quite passionate.Free me sef jo.

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    1. mama tread , mama tread ( singing and dancing

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    2. I hope its not me you're singing for o.Take that back.

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  7. @African naturalistas,yup the ends are really a hassle,I work around that by bending the ends and wrapping it upwards.I do not use sewing thread so I don't know how that is,I use the usual rubber thread.

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    1. Lol tying it is a technique on its own level but surprising enough, you'll realise how easy it is when you eventually master it.

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    2. I find the rubber thread easier to use

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    3. @Nkoli,yes i don't even need to look at a mirror to do it.It just the by force hand exercise I have to do everytime I wanna thread it.lol

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    4. Lol as in, that thing qualifies as a workout. Arm day even

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  8. Love threading so much. Both for stretch and also using it to set a style in place (see threaded Bantu knots on YouTube in case you don't get what I mean).

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  9. In fact the threaded Bantu knots have become my go-to low maintainace protective style. I'm that obsessed with it lol

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    1. I still need to perfect my bantu knots

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  10. Ooh,ill need to try that,threaded bantu knots@nkoli.

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  11. Please do. Not only is it considerably easier, it's also much cuter.

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  12. For all my fellow britico folk, there is a lady/stylist called world of braiding she can really thread some hair! I saw a thread post on KL's blog. O gurl I wish I could have someone do my hair like that!

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