Here’s another African Hair Threading style done on my daughter (I will begin referring to this style simply as “threading” in future posts). It’s the same style seen in my Ghana Plait Bun video that I will post below the pictures for those who want to see how to do this style.
I have gotten a few questions about this style. People have asked if the thread cuts or dries out the hair. My answer is no to both questions, but I believe that it would depend on the thread used. I use weave thread purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply. This type of thread is fairly thick and is of course made for use in hair. I have been threading my daughter’s hair for quite a while now and have seen no evidence of the thread breaking or drying out her hair. If anything, I would say that her hair is growing.
I like the threading as a protective style for a few reasons. One reason is that her hair is nicely stretched and ready for another style once the thread is removed. It is a great alternative to banding. I also like it because when I thread her hair, I wrap the thread all the way down to the ends of her hair, which offers some protection.
I do have a few warnings about threading though. One, be careful not to thread the hair too tight, especially at the roots. If you thread too tight at the roots, just like with tight braids, you may be putting too much stress and tension on the hair. If you see bumps on the scalp, you have threaded the hair too tightly and should remove the thread right away.
Also, once when threading my own hair, I ended up with a thread tangled mess. I would recommend using some type of clip to keep the hair that is not being threaded out of the way. If you decide to leave the thread long at the end of each plait, as I show in the video, you may need to clip the extra thread out of your way while you work so the thread at the end of your finished plaits does not tangle with the thread that you are working with.
That’s about it. See the video below if you want to know how this style is done. If you have any questions about this style, please click here to contact me.
I’ve been in love with African Hair Threading for a few months now. I’ve mostly been experimenting with various styles. Here is the latest which is just a variation of regular pigtails. Check it out:
Here’s the back of the style. This was done on freshly washed hair using products by Cara B Naturally and coconut oil.
The Ghana Plaits are sometimes stiff so I added balls to the ends of her hair to weigh the plaits down. However, I do not recommend using the balls often, because they are sometimes tough to remove from the end of the hair without them getting tangled. This may be the last time I use them.
Here is the other side of her hair. The front of her hair is in three plaits, while the back is in four.
I have discovered another use for my beloved Ghana Plaits…hair stretching! Well, I can’t say that discovered it, it would be more accurate to say that I finally discovered an effective way to stretch my daughter’s hair. Her hair is not very stretch friendly. I create stretched afros on my own hair by braiding it in large braids, then combing the hair out after taking the braids down. This technique does not work on my daughter’s hair.
I was online reading up on hair banding. So I went to a couple of stores trying to find goody bands, and wouldn’t you know it…I couldn’t find them anywhere. So I came home and said to myself, “Isn’t hair threading sort of like banding?” The answer is yes, it is just like banding, except with thread instead of goody bands (thread is a lot cheaper than bands by the way). Here is the result of my hair stretching experiment on my daughter:
To begin, I divided her clean moist hair into 6 large sections. I used Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll (I just realized that I have never done a formal review of this product) on each section, before I began wrapping them with thread. The goal was not for her to wear these plaits out, just stretch out her hair. Here are the three back plaits. (Why does it look like I’m misspelling the word plaits?)
I then rolled the back three plaits into a bun. When I completed the top three plaits, I connected them to the bun using an ouchless band.
Here is the top divided into its three large sections.
Here is the other side. Like I said, I did not intend for this style to be worn out, but I actually left these plaits in her hair for about three days.
Keep in mind that this technique could be used on adult hair as well. I just have not worked up the nerve to try Ghana Plaits on my own head (I could not imagine trying to plait the back of my hair by myself).
When I removed the plaits, this is what I got. Overall, I do not believe that the Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll made much of a difference with my daughter’s hair. I probably could have used any product and gotten the same results.
The Ghana Plaits was successful in stretching her curls and giving her hair a blow dried look, without heat. Her hair probably would have been even straighter if I used a brush or comb on the ends, but I was afraid to do that. I try to avoid combing her hair at all when it is dry.
Here is the other side. After I took these pictures, I went ahead and braided her hair (which was nice because it was stretched out so well). While braiding, I used a spray bottle to moisten the ends of her hair, before using a comb on them.
The best thing about braiding her hair while it was stretched out, is that her hair was totally tangle free! Not having to deal with tangles cut the hair styling time significantly. I am now a big fan of using Ghana Plaits to stretch the hair in lieu of a blow dryer!
I recorded the process while doing this last set of Ghana Plaits, but I’m not very happy with the quality of the video. I may post it eventually, but in the meantime check out the GirlsLoveYourCurls video on youtube for an excellent tutorial.
As usual, I started out on clean moist hair. I plaited her hair into 11 sections, with a Ghana plait row in the front.
Here’s a closer view of the plaits.
I gathered all of the plaits and threaded them together using the same technique shown in the GirlsLoveYourCurls video. Notice that there is thread left over at the end of the gathered plaits.
Here’s what the bun looked like after it was wrapped and secured using the thread that was left over in the picture above.
Here’s the finished look. Ghana plaits last in my daughter’s hair about a week.
Here’s the other side. I find that Ghana Plaits take a little longer than regular braids, but they are great for stretching the hair, show length well and have a nice unique look.
Here’s the front with the Ghana Plait row. I have yet to record the process of doing a Ghana Row. Once I’ve perfected it, I will provide a how-to video.
I have mentioned time and time again that I am cornrow challenged. I don’t know why, but I have the hardest time with cornrows…it’s like I just can’t get my hands quite right. Of course, I’m not going to let that stop me. But, it has also inspired me to experiment with another way of accomplishing the look of cornrows, without actually doing a cornrow. What I came up with is sort of a Ghana Plait row (for lack of a better name). Check it out:
It would be impossible to explain what I did here without a video, but in short, I used the same Ghana Plait technique that I explained in my earlier Ghana Plaits posts. This time I used the thread to connect the hair across her head in three rows.
I then took the end of the three rows and curled them into a knot.
The back of her was threaded into 8 individual sections, then curled together into two buns.
I was more than pleased with the results and will be working on revisiting and perfecting this style. I did not make a video because: 1) I didn’t have anyone to hold the camera for me and, 2) I wasn’t sure that this experiment would work out. I will make sure to record next time I try this style.
When my daughter’s last Ghana Plait style, seen here: Protective Style, started to look bad – I restyled the hair into another simple style. Check it out:
The front part of her hair held up, so I was able to leave it as is.
The back of her Ghana Plaits needed re-doing, so I took the eight plaits in the back and restyled them into four plaits. I could have twisted them up into a bun, but I decided to add accessories and allow her to wear it in sort of a ponytail tail style. I wanted to share it, because I think it can be a cute alternative to regular pony tails.
Still using the the tutorials shown on the GirlsLoveYourCurls You Tube channel, I created a protective style using the African hair Threading (Ghana Plaits) method. Once again, I cannot express how easy it is to complete this style. I’m tempted to experiment with a cornrow like style using thread (Is this even possible? It never hurts to try!). Anyway, here is what my last Ghana Plait journey looked like:
I used the technique shown in the GirlsLoveYourCurls Protective Style video #1 to complete this style. I decided to leave two of the plaits out for bangs and I made one bun at the top and one at the back instead of side by side as shown in the video.
Here’s another view of her top and back bun. I used Cara B Naturally’s leave-in conditioner, rubbing it all over her hair, after washing it with Cara B Naturally shampoo. Once again, I used Coconut Oil on each plait before threading them.
Once again, her hair was moist before I began this style. Next time, I think I’ll try this style on dry hair.
The very front of her hair was divided into two large size sections in the front. Two threaded plaits were completed for bangs.
Using much bigger sections than last time, this style took a little over an hour and a half.
The next day, I added accessories to decorate her two buns.
So far, my daughter has been wearing this style for a week and it still looks decent, so I’m going to try and leave it in for another week.
My daughter’s Ghana Plaits lasted almost a week. The only reason they did not last longer than that was the thread began to unravel. I need to improve my technique to avoid this. After the 5th day, I decided to remove the thread. Her hair held together for a while without the thread. It was actually kind of cute, sort of a twist without the twist 🙂 However, by the next day, the sections of hair began to separate, so I went ahead and finished separating the hair into somewhat of a twist out (or actually a thread out…I guess?). There was not quite enough definition or texture to pull off the look so I ended up brushing it all back into a puff.
Days 2-5: I dressed her bun up with a cute flower accessory.
I didn’t do anything special with the rest of the plaits. I just made sure to keep them moisturized by spritzing them everyday. I also made sure to tie her hair up with a satin scarf each night.
Day 6: This is what the plaits looked like without the thread.
Here’s another view in different light. I wish these would have held together longer. I really liked the look.
From further away, you really could not tell that the thread was gone.
I was checking out one of my favorite girl hair sites, Beads, Braids & Beyond, one day. On the site was a hair washing video from GirlsLoveYourCurls on youtube. I went to check it out and ended up staying on the site for hours. I believe that I watched every single video on the channel that day. One of the videos really caught my attention. It was the one seen here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GirlsLoveYourCurls#p/u/5/nG2Kn2GznMY on African Hair Threading. I’ve watched this video several times because the technique is so interesting to me. There are other videos on the site that shows how to do protective styling using this technique.
Anyway, I decided that I would give it a try, so I went to Sally’s and bought some weave thread. The thread was less than a dollar. I came home, watched the videos one more time and decided to give it a try. Here are the results:
This is what the threaded plaits looked like close up. I was a bit intimidated by this technique before I started, but I was surprised at how easy it was to do. It’s actually easier than braiding! (click this picture to see the enlarged version)
The first thing I noticed after completing the first few plaits was how much longer her hair was when compared to her braids or twists. This technique eliminated all of the shrinkage that I usually get when I braid or twist her hair. This would be an incredible hair stretching technique (I may have to try it on myself).
Here is the completed hair from the side. I did not initially tend to do her hair in such small sections, so it took much longer than I anticipated. Our tradition whenever I do braids or twists in her hair is to watch Princess & The Frog (which is 1 hour, 38 minutes long), which we both love by the way. Well, I still had a ways to go after watching the whole movie, so I’d guess that this style took about 2 and a half hours (with breaks of course).
Here’s the other side. I did a few cornrows (I’m still terrible at them) at the top with the African Threading at the ends. I then used more thread to create a side bun using the technique shown in one of GirlsLoveYourCurl‘s other videos. See that small section of hair right above her ear? I never know what to do with that. Maybe if my cornrow technique was better I could catch that hair in her cornrow 🙂 I am cornrow challenged, but that’s ok, I’m learning.
I should probably leave this picture out, but I’m committed to showing my mistakes as well as my triumphs. Before I started the top of her hair, I had a plan to do sort of an alternating part type of thing, but for some reason it didn’t happen, so I had one cornrow parted differently than the others. I didn’t have the heart to make her sit while I took the cornrow back down, so I just left it. Is it too terrible and noticeable? It’s OK, be honest 🙂
Back view. Next time I will try this technique with bigger plaits. I will probably try the protective style shown on the GirlsLoveYourCurls video.
So ladies (and gentlemen if there are any checking out the site), what do you think of my first attempt at Ghana Plaits? I could use the feedback. If you would, please leave comments or criticisms in the comment section below. Thanks!
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