If bantu knot outs or twist outs just don't work for you, then here is a technique that just may be your new go-to. Whether you're looking for a protective style for your daughters or a heatless stretching technique, African threading is a versatile technique that is fairly simple to learn. Watch the tutorials below to see how you can try this technique yourself. 

Nadine writes:

In [CurlyNikki's] recent interview with Kimberly Elise, she mentioned my GirlsLoveYourCurls YouTube channel, which she credited with teaching her the African Threading technique she uses to stretch her hair. As a result, I got a lot of traffic, and messages, many of which were people saying they had never heard of this technique.

One of the goals of my videos is to introduce people to the technique of African Threading, which is a traditional styling technique used in many parts of Africa. It is especially useful for use on children's hair as an alternative styling option, because it is quick to achieve and lasts for at least a week. My family originates from Ghana West Africa. My mother used it on my hair and taught me how to take care of my hair using this technique.
I have two young daughters and this technique is invaluable to me. I started making tutorials because I got so many requests from friends, wanting to learn how to take care of their daughter's natural hair. My goal is to help offer mothers/caretakers of young girls as many tools as I can, so as to prevent them resorting to chemical processing, due to lack of options.
Here's are a couple of tutorials:

How to do African Threading

African Threaded Bantu Buns

African Threaded Ponytail Plait

If you're looking to try the style on your own hair, Tina Munzu has a great tutorial where she demonstrates her very first time doing the African Threading technique. It may look intimidating, but if Tina can ace it on her first try then it can't be as scary as it looks.
Getting the perfect curls with Bantu knots and sometimes even the two-strand twists can be a challenge for many. I recently tried the African Threading method seen on YouTube to obtain curls, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The curl definition was superb and the style is so easy. This can be done on freshly washed as well as dry hair with spectacular results. Check it out and enjoy!

Tina's Threading Tutorial


This article was written by Nadine and Tina Munzu for CurlyNikki.