Threading (Irun Kiko)
This picture from the Vogue Black gallery of vintage hairstyles brought back memories of high-school in Nigeria. Girls were given the option of wearing their hair in cornrows, cutting it into a TWA, or threading. For anyone not in the know, threading involves tightly winding a thin piece of latex-like thread around a section of hair (like wrapping ribbons around a maypole, with the section of your hair standing in as the maypole) so that the hair is completely encased by the thread. Because of the rubbery/latex-like feel of the thread and the tension applied to ensure a firm hold, the threaded section of hair feels quite stiff and can be rolled and molded into different shapes as in the photo. BGLH ran a great post on this a while back.
I think I only ever had my hair threaded once, because I feared for my hairline even at a young age (I still recall my sisters having massive tension headaches after having had their hair threaded). Plus my hair is quite fine so that, apart from potential physical damage, I don’t think my hair would fully showcase the style’s beauty.
In high-school, girls with natural hair loved having their hair threaded because it effectively gave them a blow-out when they took the threads out, such was the stretching effect of the style! For comparison, my hair is so fine that bunning my hair while wet and allowing to dry achieves a similar blow-out effect…I don’t think I could wear this style to my day job, but I wouldn’t mind trying this on my next holiday to Nigeria…if I can find a sympathetic hairdresser…a la Timberlake, maybe I’ll be bringing threading back