African Threading Method: Heatless Way To Stretch Natural Hair ย 

Hello guy! 

Hope your having a fab day? Yes i know you are ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Im showing you guys how to deal with shrinkage!! Yaay! Yes!… If you think your hair aint growing girl try stretching it with african threading and you’l be woowed!! 


   We all know how natural hair shrinks especially type 4 hair. My hair is no exception. Im a type 4C and I have about 90% shrinkage if im correct. I’v dealt with my shrinkage for so long even though i love it as its a sign of healthy hair, I just wanted Something different, to see my hair lenght and to stretch it out. I thought of using a blow dryer or heat straigthener but NO NO!! My hair is color treated and I can’t risk any damaging procedure. 

Suddenly I remembered my little cousin, shes natural too and whenever she takes out her threading, her hair is always stretched out and full. Wow!!! Then I thought to myself, yes thats the answer and I tried it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Do not thread too tight to your scalp, make sure its fluffy around the roots.
  • Dont thread on wet hair, so it wouldnt be wet on take down and your hair would shrink back to square one ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฃ 
  • Detangle before threading.


  • I used wool. (You can use african thread rope, ribbon, sewing threading, tiny rubber bands. For banding/wrapping.
  • Detangling combs

    • Kinky curly Knot Today Detangler/Leave-in conditioner


    1.  It was after my wash day so i’v done all the do-ables (wash, Deep conditioned, tea rinse, conditioned, hot oil treatment) so my hair was not too wet or too damp. 

      shrinkage is no joke

    2. I appled my leave in conditioner, and finger detangled my whole head gently.   
    3. Then i started parting it from the back. Took a section, detangled it, and started threading (practically wrapping the thread around your hair till you get to the tip, then you tie it to secure it). If you didnt get the technique check it out African threading Technique . You can leave spaces during threading if you like, but for maximum stretch dont leave too much space while threading a bunch. 
    4. I reapeated it till i was done with my whole head, you can do smaller sections if your taking it out. But i didnt carry it out like this, I covered with a scarf some days and also wigs.   
    5. Dry overnight. It stayed for 3days then I took it out. 

    RESULT: Dang!!!! All stretched out and im like ๐Ÿ˜ณis this my hair???? I didnt even have to combbb it I mean it was soo soft and smooth like air ๐Ÿ˜ 

    I finally got the chance to pack a puff ๐Ÿ˜„ (the shrinkage struggle is real o)  

    Puff It Out

     Other methods of stretching natural hair are:

    1. Braiding
    2. Twisting
    3. Rod sets
    4. Banding

 Banding method 

    Hope you enjoyed this post? Have you tried African thread or other methods for stretching?? Lets know you view in the comment section. Thanks!

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33 responses to “African Threading Method: Heatless Way To Stretch Natural Hair ย 

  1. dee

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ shrinkage is the devil…I took off a protective style yesterday and after washing, my roommate was staring in confusion. Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ˜Š. Would surely try it.

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  2. ebele

    But the stretching doesn’t last long! I tries this a few weeks ago and after a couple of days hair went right back to its shell. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. I have decided to add African Threading to my hair regimen as a protective style after my experience. Itz just the best way to stretch hair. Shrinkage is real

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  4. Oh, I forgot, I’m loving the look of ur blog. Itz beautiful. Well done.

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  5. Lelo Lawan

    My hair is still on the short side… Can I still do this


  6. ebele

    Please could you explain the banding method of stretching natural hair?


  7. So i just did the african threading but i only added my spritz and leave in. Wasnt ready to wash. Can i co-wash and do an hot oil treatment after i take it down in 4days , hope it wont shrink back? Lol. Then while im on the thread can i still spritz my hair and do the usual loc or i shld just leave it like that?


  8. Gbemi

    Your shrinkage is not from this world o ๐Ÿ˜. Who would have thought?!


  9. nafisah

    So nice! Im currently wearing the threads. Its my third time trying this. Here’s a post of my frist time threading.


  10. ogehchee

    Reblogged this on ogehchee's Blog and commented:
    Amazing stretching tecbique by kinkynigeriancurls


  11. Shamiah Wiltshire

    Didn’t the wool suck out the moisture in your hair?


  12. After you stretched your hair(thread out of hair) did you continue with your AM and PM routine for that week? Didn’t the hair go back to shrunken level?


  13. Tess

    Aww thanks for this info oo ana surprise my co workers soon cz dey always say “dis ur hair dosnt grow ooo” den I av to draw it out my sef to show dem. So ama surly try dis… thanks for d tip.. but how did u manage to thread it ur sef?? Weldone dear. Plus how nd were can I buy dat product u displayed???


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  15. I’m soo going to thread now


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