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Easy African hair threading for natural hair

African hair threading has been used for hundreds of years to style and protect afro hair. Raised in the UK; child of Ghanaian parents, my mother threaded my hair from ages 6-10 years. A hairstyle technique used by my grandmother and her mother before her. Many African women on the continent and in the diaspora, probably had this technique done on their hair at some point during their childhood.

Admittedly from age 11+, growing up in the UK, I didn’t appreciate the benefits or beauty of hair threading and stopped using the technique. Then the natural hair movement of the 2000’s kicked off! Many black women (including myself), embraced their natural hair texture. Learning all the new hair terminology that came along with understanding my natural hair, I also realised that my hair doesn’t like heat. I rarely blow dry my hair (probably 2-3 times a year – if that), but having 4C afro kinky hair, I usually wear stretched styles and make sure my hair is stretched after washing, to avoid tangles.

Sometimes I just embrace shrinkage (always liberating), which is best for certain styles, like wearing my afro out.

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Like many 4C natural hair ladies, I use the traditional technique of African threading to stretch my hair without using heat. If you’d rather avoid or cut down on the use of heating tools, why not give it a try?! This is the type of thread I use, not sure if it has a special name, but it’s smoother /silky than normal yarn thread. You can use whatever thread you can get your hands on.

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This video from Green Beauty explains why stretching is a useful technique for natural hair.

If you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend trying the African threading technique to stretch your hair. For me it produces similar results to a blowout. Below are some videos on how to do it yourself, from some of the YouTubers I follow. As always make sure you don’t pull your hair too tight!


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You must be #mental

The beauty of YouTube is that anyone can stumble across the funniest videos, whether old or new. Unlike the man with the red tie (in the video below), I didn’t have to suppress my laughter when I saw this. We all know that social media can create stars / one hit wonders; love it or hate it you can’t knock the hustle!

For those who have made money from YouTube videos (more power to ya), including Alika singing below, who got a modelling gig with JD Sports off the back of this video, singing on the London Underground!

Another beauty of YouTube is there are always links to related videos, some of which are not funny at all. If I had seen this video (below) first, I wouldn’t have found the one above funny at all! It made me rethink.  


Apparently, 25% of people in the UK are affected by mental illness. According to the Mental Health Foundation, people from black and ethnic minorities in the UK are more likely to:

Be diagnosed with mental health problems

Be diagnosed and admitted to hospital

Experience a poor outcome from treatment

Disengage from mainstream mental health services, leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in their mental health

There are various reasons for this, despite the prevalence of mental illness in black and ethnic communities it’s still a taboo subject. People from ethnic minorities are reluctant to seek help from mental health services, which have been criticised for not understanding particular cultural needs of non-white patients. The link between poverty and mental health is also something that cannot be ignored.

Alika Samuel Timothy Agidi-Jeffs | London, United Kingdom | Actor, Model, Musician
Alika: Model Man – who knows what goes on in ones head? http://www.starnow.co.uk/Infecta

Mental health issues are real; I’m sure many of us know someone young, old, tall, short, skinny, fat, that has or is suffering from a mental illness. Like most illnesses those of the mind don’t discriminate either; anyone can be affected. The more these issues are discussed among families / communities, the easier it will be for those affected not to suffer in silence.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” 

Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor)

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