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That Time I Wore African Threading to School



By the 4th grade, my mom had tried many things with my hair–plaiting, salon relaxers, jheri curls, and  extension braids. Box relaxers were not a thing in our lives yet, so one day, she decided African threading would be a  good look for her daughters.

My older sister was in middle school and more outspoken than me besides, so she was not having it. It was just me unspooling and measuring out the threads, while Mom wrapped and wrapped and wrapped. It was all quite fascinating until I remembered this wondrous creation was being erected atop my head, and I would be wearing it to school.

As the twisting forms took shape, I got nervous. I sheepishly asked my mom if she could maybe just have them all go to the back in a sort of ponytail. Nope. Not enough thread for that, and besides, African threading was an art–design!

The kids at school didn’t think so. One pasty kid who ain’t never said two words to me in all the time before, decided to open his mouth to say it looked like a “fuse box”. And my teacher–bless her Southern heart–could only muster a polite smile and a “it looks unique.” I don’t remember how many days I had to endure that boy’s teasing, but I didn’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings, so I didn’t tell her about it.

Instead, I plotted, as we non-confrontational types are wont to do. I waited for my moment to let that snotty fool have a piece of my mind. I thought up the best comeback my little self could summon from the depths of my undeveloped mean side. Next time I saw Snotty, I wouldn’t be the one left tongue-tied.

Finally, the threads came down and I returned to school.

“What happened to your fuse box?” asked Snotty.


I sucked at comebacks, and we ended up going a few rounds repeating our questions in comical fashion.

The end


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Author: pursuitofnatural

I'm a natural black chick in the USA who loves to laugh, write, and help others. So, I created The Pursuit of Natural, a blog on the hijinks, lowjinks, and lessons learned from going natural

5 thoughts on “That Time I Wore African Threading to School

  1. Yes I remember my mom pressing my hair with a hot comb. Then roller setting it tight in what was supposed to be a bob. Then it rained on top of that.i was 12-13 years old and was sooo embarrassed. I know people talked about it but luckily no one said anything to my face!

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  2. I remember doing an African threading once, I really hated to make my hair but d struggle of being young and going to school nd playing by rules, i was compelled to..my hairstyles all have a story behind it…this one was made with wool and the hair dresser made it quite tight I couldn’t sleep the pain was so much..I stood up in distress got a pair of scissors and cut the locs right out of my head.💇.
    I can still remember the facial expression my mom made when she saw my hair..😧😵😱😨😦😲😒😫😓
    But instead I felt relieved than sorry

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    • Too tight installations at the salon. It’s like some hair stylists forget there’s a live human underneath all that hair. The lady who did my salon relaxer actually put me and my sis under a hooded dryer, because our hair was “too tough”. Heat and a relaxer? Oh how we cried!

      Did you cut your own hair underneath? I can just imagine your mom’s reaction. My mom would’ve given me such a tongue-lashing. 😫

      Thanks for sharing!

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