I can NOT believe how much the African Threading process stretched out MG2's really damp, highly shrunken hair. In fact, it's still damp in the above picture, but the tension of the thread is keeping her hair stretched out. I wasn't even looking for this, but I'll take it!
I'm told by GirlsLoveYourCurls that Africans use this method to stretch out their hair without heat. I'm sold! I'll post pictures a couple of weeks from now when I take this style down so you can see how stretched her hair is loose.
Follow me step by step as I show you what I did with this combo style:
Step 1: Detangle and moisturize. I used plain water to dampen the hair to help me coax out the snarls first with my fingers followed by my Tangle Teezer brush. I locked in the moisture using my shea butter mix.
Step 2: Part the hair from ear to ear and clip away the top half.
Step 3: Make your first vertical part to begin cornrowing down. Cornrow down the length of the row you've created. When you get to the end of your row and the braid moves off the scalp, stop.
I chose to prepare the thread and lay it over my chair in advance so I could move through the process more quickly. I cut thread two to three times the length of the hair I intended to wrap.
Step 4: Grab your prepared thread and start wrapping from the base of your cornrow. You can watch a video demonstration here.
Step 5: Tie off the ends with a single knot. Cut off the excess thread.
Step 6: Repeat until you've completed the entire head.
So pretty and so easy!
Let me know if you try this--I'd love to see your attempts!