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African Threading:Cornrow-Threaded Bun

So you can watch my second attempt with MG3 here.

Things I did differently?

1. Fewer Braids.
2. Cornrowed the base, instead of individual threaded sections.
3. Wound the thread around the base only 2 times.
4. Wound the thread more firmly down the length of the braid. This resulted in a stiffer braid.
5. Left a lot more excess string at the ends, and tucked them away.

I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share if any of this helped.


  1. Thanks for posting about your experiences with the African Hair Threading. I'm hoping to learn from all your trials so I don't have to go through them too! ;) I'm hoping to try the technique on my daughter in the next week or so.

  2. Oh good! Let me know how it goes! I'd love it if you share pictures on Facebook with us so we can see how it turns out.

  3. Hello Natacha,

    I am a regular reader of your blog. I really love it. I have two questions. One is that you post about using a shea/coconut mix on your daughters' hair. Would you consider posting your mix sometime? My other question is about twists. I just put in a whole head of twists and then my daughter went swimming. About 90% of them fell out! Augh. I had put in a few braid stitches at the base and just twisted the ends like I do with braids. My dd's hair is 4b, coarse, but soft and tightly coiled. Apologies for writing my questions here -- I didn't see how to contact you.

  4. Hi Martha,
    I've had another request to do as video about the mix--so I will. About the twists, it may help to put them in a ponytail or two while she swims. Maybe even braid the twists up and secure the ends with a pony tail holder--just to hold it as she swims. I typically don't do twists for swimming because my girls' hair mattes up a lot if the twists get soaking wet. Braids/cornrows work much better for us.

  5. I've watched all of your African threading videos and I'm ready to try! On one video, you said that you weren't sure what to do with the very ends of the hair to keep them protected. Did you ever find a solution for this?

  6. I asked the question above but forgot to sign in. I realized that you wouldn't be able to reply to my e-mail address so I'm asking it again.

    I've watched all of your African threading videos and I'm ready to try! On one video, you said that you weren't sure what to do with the very ends of the hair to keep them protected. Did you ever find a solution for this?

  7. If you style the hair with the ends tucked under (as in the above bun, they will be protected. I made the comment because my girls like to wear their hair down and the constant motion of the threaded hair caused the threading to loosen up and unravel over time.


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