Threading was my least favourite hairstyle while I grew my hair as a 9/10-year old. I just disliked it. Maybe it was the shininess of the thread, or the way it made my hair look sparse (sadly no pictorial evidence but I was growing my hair from scratch then); but for whatever reason, I associated the style with tackiness (beats me now).
Now, I had heard, read blog posts, and watched YouTube videos of kinky-haired ladies using the threading method (what Yorubas call Kíkó) to stretch coily/curly locks without heat. but I was never inspired to do so. But when my hairstylist came to braid my hair over the Christmas holidays last year, she came with the most adorable kíkó style. I fell in love and decided then and there to try it out someday. That day finally came!
So, after “rocking” my hair in various styles over 6 weeks, I decided it was time to lay off the manipulation and call on my darling stylist.
And here’s how it went (of course, I had washed, detangled, moisturised and sealed before the stylist arrived. I have discovered it works out best for me that way) :
1. My hair is sectioned into medium-large segments and a front portion is separated to form a bang of sorts (aka base).
2. Each section is carefully wrapped with the “thread” from roots to tip and secured (not sure how she finished off the ends to be honest). In this particular style, the thread was a simple black wool. No shine 😉 unlike the rubbery one of my childhood.
3. Each wrapped/threaded section is twisted and curled and manipulated to get the curly look of the threaded strands.
4. I’m a happy customer!
I’m loving this style I tell you, and would definitely recommend it. It’s absolutely no maintenance! Although you have to keep your scalp moisturised and oiled. You don’t want no flaking! 😀
I’ve been told it looks great on me. But people keep on saying they don’t think they could do it. Some have said it takes courage (probably because it’s a style usually associated with little girls and old-fashioned ladies). All I know is I think it’s cute and I plan on doing it again. The only dilemma I have is whether to leave it for a while or take it out soon so that I can enjoy the stretched out effect before I need to wash.
What do you think? Would you try it?
Here are more pictures for your viewing pleasure:
Is it just me or this hair style channels serious ol’ skoo vibes? I think this could be a picture of my mum or grand-mum back in the day: