African Hair threading – history and tutorial

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coiffure au fils / hair threading

African hair threading consists of wrapping sectioned hair in black thread. It is highly developed in South Nigeria.

In this region many names were given for this hairstyle.

– Los

– Eko bridge

Threaded strands are joined at their ends to term circles.

The design is named for a bridge in Lagos

– Sunga

The style that has gaps in it meaning the hair shows thru the threading at various points

-Air force

– Akula

-Synchro system


It has many benefits, it strengthens the hair and helps in detangling it. Threading encourages the hair to grow faster because of the traction, but constant threading has a tendency to make the hairline recede, especially from the temples. It is advisable, therefore, to alternate between cornrowing and threading from time to time.



How to do African Hair Threading?

The basic requirements are a comb, some hair moisturiser, a pair of scissors, and spools of black thread.

  1. Comb the hair
  2. Divide the hair into 8 sections
  3. Using clips or rubber bands, secure each of the sections of hair except the one on which you plan to work first.
  4. Moisturise the section you are about to thread.
  5. Taking one metre of double black thread in your right hand, hold the section of hair firmly at the scalp between your left thumb and forefinger.
  6. Having anchored the end if the thread by twisting it around the hair at the scalp, wind the thread clockwise around the section of hair, working your way gradually towards the hair ends.
  7. When you reach the tip of the hair ends, knot the thread securely two or three times so that it does not unravel.
  8. Cut off the end of the thread with a pair of scissors or a razor blade.
  9. Repeat the same process with each of the parted section until all of the hair have been threaded.


To keep the hair neat, wrap the head with a scarf at bedtime. Hair can be threaded for about a week, after it should be unwrapped and washed.

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