African Threading

This is the second post in the protective styling series.

Other methods of protective styling include braids, cornrolls, twists, mini twists, mini braids, buns and drum roll please, African threading.

Threading is the process of wrapping sections of hair with thread; the sections can then be bent to different patterns or styles.

Now, this style seems to have fallen so far off the style trend list that you will be in luck to find a woman in the streets of Lusaka- or other cities on the African continent I’m sure- sporting it. Why, you may ask. Because it is too ethnic looking, that is the painfully truthful answer.

It is just not a style associated with class, professionalism, style and sexiness; some may even say it makes one look backward and unsophisticated.

In my quest to go back to basics and rediscover the styles I wore when my hair was the longest and healthiest as a child, African threading came out tops on the list.

Last time I did an African threading style, I was in the 12th grade and one of my childhood friends came to visit me, needless to say, she was not very impressed with my hairstyle. “You are still wearing this old fashioned style” she said, I didn’t have an answer for her but her reaction was enough of a blow to knock me off the African threading style tread till this month, 8 years later when I asked my mother to thread my hair again.

You may ask why of all the available, presumed sexier protective styles I choose this one; my reasons would be the following.

-It is highly effective in stretching natural hair.

-It lasts a relatively long time with little effort required to keep it looking fresh. Just be sure to moisturise hair at night with a water based leave in conditioner-I prefer homemade rosemary tea with a dash of apple cider vinegar- or water on its own, seal with an oil then wrap with a silk or satin scarf. Moisturising can be done around 3 times a week so as to keep frizz at a minimum.

-It allows room for lots of beautiful and intricate styling.

-It will set you apart from what is now considered the norm.

-Most importantly, it effectively protects the hair from the elements and mechanical damage caused by handling.

A word of caution
As with all protective styles, do not pull hair too tight when threading, this is murder for our edges. When I was younger it used to be threaded so tight my eyes would be pulled back and I’d have a headache for days! It was considered neater this way. The goal here is to protect our hair, not yank it out. So be gentle.

Response so far has been positive. I have received some compliments, of course not as many as I do with other styles but I have not received any negative feedback. It helps that I do my best to keep the style looking fresh and neat by taming fly aways with my shea butter and coconut oil mix. Every morning I lay my edges down with my mix then wrap my head in a satin scarf while I bath and prepare for the day. The style is always fresh and neat when I take off the scarf before I leave home.

I will write a post on how I prepare my rosemary and AVC herbal leave in soon.

Side note
I have 3 posts I wrote on my healthy natural hair journey on my previous blog
I will repost them on here.

Till next Thursday on the subject of natural hair care. Have an awesome one!


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