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    Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 1:07am


Why, hello there :-) so I am trying something new called African hair threading but I tweaked it to my liking. 



How I "installed" them.
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A few questions for those of you who have rocked this growing up. 

How long can this style stay in without causing damage? (I am trying for 2 months)

Can you wash in them?
 

Can the thread be re-used? 

Can it be doubled w/o causing breakage?

Thanks in advance, I tried to get the scoop on AHT from an African natural hair Facebook page and my questions were skipped over lol not sure what that was about LOL


Thanks again! & Yes, Yes, I know…..TTT has more eyes so sue me. I’m trying to not end up bald after my experiment. Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 1:38am
My mother used to do this on me as a child so I'll just speak from my childhood experience.

No, you can't wash in them. My mother always doubled. I think the thread can be reused, but it all depends on you.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 6:06am
That's not how we do it in Nigeria. Ermm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 7:22am
Hey girl

I'm South African & like many little girls here, I grew up with the threading styles. Ours are a bit different to the version you've posted, which is very cute by the way. I'll re-post some pictures I posted ages ago in the Natural section, showing the typical styles we did.

Its a pity that these styles are no longer worn by grown women out here, only little girls. I still wear mine at home when I am resting my hair from weaves. I wear the plaits at home & wear wigs at work. Its a great way to keep protective styling for short periods because I tend to miss my real hair when I have weaves.


How long can this style stay in without causing damage? (I am trying for 2 months)

We kept them in for one or two weeks. They'd get taken out on Saturday or Sunday evening & re-done after a wash. Each night we'd go to sleep wearing a silk scarf or stocking cap (made from old pantyhose, lol) to protect the style from fuzzing & keep hair from breaking. It was usually moisturised with a braidspray or glycerine + water & vaseline (for serious).

Can you wash in them?

No, that will cause lots of fuzzing.

Can the thread be re-used?

Yes, it can be. The best thing to use is actually cut up pieces of black stocking / pantyhose. You cut the leg part into thin rings, like onion rings or calamari. Then you snip those rings & tie them to the lengths you can work with to plait the hair. It is much better than using acrylic "wool" or cotton thread(no-one I know ever used cotton thread). The stocking strings are more pliable so they will bend around your own hair instead of cutting through it. They also "hold" the braidspray & thus keep your hair moisturised.


Looking closely at yours, it looks like you used a large needle & thread, which will not work with the knots in the pantyhose string. In SA we use a freehand method that does not require a needle. One day I'll take pics & post them for posterity.

Can it be doubled w/o causing breakage?

Doubled in what way?




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 7:23am
Examples of the threaded styles we do in South Africa:

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The pics are from an awesome South African blog called FroChic, run by 2 natural ladies. The last pic is a vintage shot of one of the blogger's mom's from the 70s. So fly!








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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 7:44am
I loved this as soon as I saw it. If I have a daughter I will be doing her hair like this until kindergarten
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she's a member here, had the pleasure of meeting her tooTongue

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 8:10am
I've never seen them done (like in the OP)
The results looks nice though. Not sure how you would successfully get 4-8 weeks out of them.
Can't wait to hear/see your update.

When my mom used to do them on us, they looked like:



or

The thread wound around like:




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 8:39am
Originally posted by yaya24 yaya24 wrote:

I've never seen them done (like in the OP)
The results looks nice though. Not sure how you would successfully get 4-8 weeks out of them.
Can't wait to hear/see your update.

When my mom used to do them on us, they looked like:



or

The thread wound around like:





These pictures are making me which I had someone here to thread my hair or at least somewhere to buy rubber from. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 06 2012 at 8:50am
Ummm...
*raises hand*
Not only africans do that...
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