Thread, also known as threading is an old-school deeply African protective hair style. It’s popular for its ability to help natural and relaxed hair grow long and strong. I’ve always loved thread and one of my favorite pictures of my mom in her youth was when she had her hair threaded. It just looks fantastic and spunky and African and beautiful. I’m not sure that every African culture has it’s own form of threading but I have seen some pretty sweet threading from all over the continent, Masaai warriors thread, the Fulani with their gorgeous hair thread and braid at the same time– love them! When I moved to Zambia from Nigeria, I realized that they also thread in Zambia but slightly differently.
What I love about thread is that it keeps well for long periods and because the hair is completely wrapped, there is no breakage when taking it out. In fact, threading doubled as a heat-free blowout for me as a kid because once the thread came out, my hair was stretched and soft with a gentle wave, that happened as a result of the method of threading. The pictures below are of my extended family rocking some sweet threads. I plan on getting my hair threaded this summer and yes there will be pictures!