“(This is) a specifically Nigerian hairstyle, and it was my favourite hairstyle when I was a child. Don’t ask me why, I just insisted on it whenever it was time to do my hair for school.
It’s achieved by partitioning the hair kind of like if you were trying to do bantu knots, but in much bigger sections. There’s a special rubbery thread that I’ve only ever seen in Nigeria (it might be available in Texas since the place is [full of] Nigerians but I’m not sure) and this thread is used to wrap each section very quickly and tightly (it’s not so tight that it hurts you or damages your hair but it’s tight enough that it covers your hair completely with no spaces and makes your hair rigid enough to stand on its own). even watching the women do you hair in thread is fun because they have to thread it through their toes (again don’t ask me why, I just know that is how it’s done. It’s very, very cool. I’ll have to learn when I go back home so that when I get married I can do my daughter’s hair).
Anyway, when they finish the individual sections, your hair is sticking every which way and you look like a witch, then they pull all the individual sections and use the remaining thread to wrap them into different shapes… There are lots of other shapes not as dramatic as the one in the picture here, and your options are only limited by your hair stylist’s knowledge of different shapes and possibilities. I don’t think that there are many Americans that would know how to do this. But if you ever run into a Nigerian, they might know how. Or they might know someone who knows how. As far as I know the style isn’t popular outside Nigeria or West Africa, but it was THE hairstyle for little girls when I was little. Grown women also wear this hairstyle frequently, but the shapes that are acceptable for ladies are very different from those acceptable for little girls. For example, a little girl may be allowed to walk around with her hair in the all sticky out stage that you start with, and it’s okay because it’s a little-girl look, but a lady would never. She would have it pulled down or up into a more complex shape.
…I realized that on almost every natural hair blog, whenever people talk about African hairstyles, noone ever talks about thread, and it’s such a beautiful beautiful hairstyle with so many options from conservative to really daring.” ~ sugabelly
okay… i have a question: does the thread stay in your hair? that shiny stuff… is that thread? or is that hair?
somebody help me out… and what are your thoughts?
***update @ 9:13 a.m. … okay, i just found some more photos of threading on the internet… these are from a book called” J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Photographs” here is a link to more photo excerpts…