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African threading on thin hair /4b/4c Natural Hair

Updated on January 5, 2016

The Result

Notice how soft and fine my 4b type hair is
Notice how soft and fine my 4b type hair is | Source

African Threading My Way

I have natural 4b type hair, which is both soft and fine, and so whenever I wash my hair it shrinks a lot. This creates a problem whenever I do any wash and go routine. So I need to:

  • prevent breakage
  • Stretch or lengthen the hair
  • Retain moisture
  • Prevent shrinkage

African threading for growing hair method does that. I consider this technique the ultimate protective style for natural hair.

Learning how to stretch out our natural hair without blowing drying (no heat) has some great benefits.

Here are some Benefits of Stretching your natural hair

How to stop black natural hair breakage. Your hair will suffer breakage if it is dry and frizzy, and if it tangled up too. You cannot comb through it. Doing the African threading along with trimming your split ends, doing a Protein treatment for dry hair, wash, using a Good conditioner for natural hair breakage and adding a good detangler for natural hair Will stop or prevent hair breakage.

How to Stretch 4c/4b kinky black hair. This technique holds the hair in a stiff or straight position. The hair is now almost lying side by side to each other instead of coiling around each strands, this help to stop tangling, and knots. Remember our natural pattern is spiral in appearance. Therefore, 4b and 4c natural hair strands do not lie straight next to each other, instead the hair strands overlap and touch each other. The power of the African threading is that it attempts to hold the hair in a straight jacket type position.

The hair now starts to stretch or lengthen, and the growth of the hair is easily seen. This has a positive effect on our self esteem being that most natural ladies wants our hair be noticeable longer.

How to Moisturize for kinky coily hair. Our hair needs moisture at all times. Water, water is our friend. Without water our hair will not grow. So water is our number moisture contributor along with sealants like shea butter and our favorite oils. Make sure that the water is in spray bottle and infused with olive or coconut oil and add some *green tea extract .When you apply these and then completely wrap the hair using the African threading technique this keeps the moisture lock into the hair and so the hair will begin to grow.

How to reduce shrinkage in natural hair - Again this technique hold the hair in a straight position this help to stop tangling, because the hair is not growing on top of each other. The longer you keep your African threading in; the longer the hair growth becomes. Some people keep the threading for up to 4-6 weeks each time it is done.

During these times you should wear a wig whenever you are going out. Tie the threads together flat on your head before you put a wig over the threads or else the threads will be sticking out from under the wig.

When the hair is sufficiently stretch out and you take out the threads, it does look like you blow dry it does is not?

The Side showing the threads and rubber bands

Rubber band acting has a barrier. Protecting the threads
Rubber band acting has a barrier. Protecting the threads | Source

How I African Thread my natural hair –The Process

1.To thread your hair first take a small portion of your hair (if you have short to medium hair) and part it into two and twist them together to form a twist curl. Twisting my hair before threading gives my hair an added layer of protection- due to the fact my hair does not have a strong nor a volumous texture of a tightly curled 4c hair.

2. Now tie a knot at one end of the thread to anchor the hair at the root.

3. Next place the knotted end under your thumb and then start to wrap the twisted hair.

4. Wrap around the root of the hair at lease 2-3 times, now start to move the thread slightly downward after each wrap around.

Just before you reach the end/tip take a little shea butter to moisten the tip. This is to protect your ends, to keep it moisturized. Your hair breaks at the tip of the hair (not at the root). Check for split ends, and if you find any trim the ends. This is especially important if you plan to keep the threads in for a long time). You do not want all that hard work to be wasted due to split ends.

5. Next roll the end/tip upwards (going towards the root) and then wrap the thread around the end about 2-3 times and about half way back up (like you are going back to the root). This makes the threading more secure, and won’t slide off so easily.

6. And now one more step in this process, use a small elastic rubber band to wrap around the hair where you decide to end the wrap. See the image

7. To better manage this process you could part your hair into 4-8 sections using clips and then thread within each section. See the Video below.

African threading on wet or dry hair?

Some people do african threading on wet or dry hair, but I prefer to do it on damp hair.

Remember our hair is kinky so it curls or coils on itself. So without water, a detangler, and a leave in conditioner the hair will break very easily.

If you notice the right side of my hair -near my temple breaks very easily, but it is improving.

How to thread a soft fine 4b/4c naturally kinky hair

Using rubber bands to protect the ends

need I say anymore?
need I say anymore? | Source

What Thread type Should I use?

Personally I think it is matter of choice which is Best type of thread for African threading to use for your hair.

You can use either weave threads, shoe laces, or even silk yarn. I keep three types threads on hand.


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Which African Thread do you prefer?

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Your Night time Routine

You should protect your hair and the threading by covering your hair with Silk bonnet and scarves for natural hair, and should consider sleeping on a satin pillowcase. Why? because if you use a terry or a cotton cloth to cover your hair they will rob the moisture from your hair. The satin material is also gentle on your hair, and on the African threading, and on your ends too.

©2015 Rosemarie Graham author.

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