Over the past two years, I’ve used heat twice on my birthday to help me with my annual length check ( post can be found here), and to also trim my ends if needed. But on both occasions, I hated how dry my hair felt afterwards.

This year, as I was dreading the heat experience again, I came across African Threading on The Kink and I blog. How could I have forgotten this method of stretching hair? I remember when I was a lot younger, my mum used to take me to the hair braiders in the open market to style my hair using thread. So in my excitement I drove to the open market and bought loads of rubber thread at N25 each.

 

On my birthday, I quickly washed and conditioned my hair to prep for styling. Bear in mind that I have no previous experience in threading my hair myself. I was absolutely clueless on how much pressure to apply when wrapping the thread around my hair and how to tie up the thread on the ends of my hair when I was done. The only knowledge I had, was from a couple of YouTube videos and what I could recall from my memory when I was younger.

Unperturbed, I kept going until I was finally done. It took me about two hours, which is very long for styling in my opinion but I guess if I had more experience it should have taken way less time.

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My intention was to leave the thread in for about two hours to completely stretch my hair but after 30 minutes I began to get a throbbing headache. I had made the thread too tight and my scalp was crying out. Despite the pain, I stuck to my two hours mark before I took out the thread, but unfortunately, only my ends were dry and the rest of my hair was still damp and poofy. NOT GOOD. I was running out of time and I needed to get ice cream before the store closed so the first thing that came to my mind was, “Comb your hair out Chinwe”, and I reached for the afro comb. In my haste, I was still gentle with my hair and it only took me an extra 30 minutes to complete my whole head. As for how I styled it, I just made a little bun in front and let the rest of the hair blow in the wind. 

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In the end, I’m totally happy with how my hair turned out. 🙂