Saturday, March 12, 2011

Update on African Threading

It's only been a couple of days but I've learned so much already. Let's look at the girls:

1. My fuzzy wuzzy is...

...well...fuzzy wuzzy of course! LOL! She's wearing red in today's picture.

2. MG2 initially had hers loose...
I had to braid it up and put a ponytail holder around the ends. I plan to remove the ponytail holder and braid her threaded plaits all the way down to the ends just like I did for MG3 in the video.

Here are my thoughts:
1. Remember how I cropped the string flush with their hair? My concern was to make the string as invisible as possible because I intended to leave the hair hanging. I think this would have worked better if I had added beads or barrettes to the end. The single knot was not strong enough to stay tied because of the friction caused by the movement of MG2's loose plaits. When she woke up after the first night of sleeping on the style, I noticed that several of the plaits had string beginning to unravel. This could have also been caused by the looseness of her sleep bonnet, and the fact that I failed to gather the loose plaits into a ponytail or braid before she went to sleep.

I noticed the GirlsLoveYourCurls (GLYC), in her demo, left a lot more length on the end, bunned the style or added a barrette. Another solution may be to tie a double knot, but I wonder if that could cause problems during take down.

2. Remember how I ran out of string with several of the plaits because I cut the string too short? I thought it would be no big deal to leave the ends loose like that. Here are the ends now:

Loose ends rubbing on her shirt like this...not protective over time. I think I should have started over with a longer string moving all the way to the ends.

My conclusions:
1. I still think this is a beautiful style that could work really well as a protective style. I don't think it works well to let the hair hang loose unless you can secure the thread firmly somehow (maybe try beads or barrettes). I would allow the hair to hang loose short term, being sure to secure it for bedtime and release it in the morning.
2. I think it's important to wrap the hair all the way to the ends leaving an excess of thread--ideally to use to wrap and secure a pinned up style in place.
3. Make sure the hair is covered at night. A bonnet is OK but I think a snug fitting cap or scarf may be better.
4. If we swim on this, I think it will definitely be necessary to braid and bun the hair in place first.
5. Used short term just to stretch the hair--no worries. Both girls have taken showers and dampened their hair--no shrinkage at all except for the loose ends.


  1. Wow thank you! I couldn't find the answer anywhere else. I will take care of my ends too!

  2. Hi, seen this it may be late but you don't need to start again. When i was a kid and the string was to short my mum would add more string starting from where she left off. I also did the same the other day