For years I’ve been accustomed to using yarn to thread my hair. I have heard of people using weaving thread but the one thread that intrigued my curiosity was one made of rubber. African rubber thread. I had to try it so I ordered it on eBay. I had to try it. I have heard of the moisture retention capabilities and claims that it’s better for your hair. I had to test it out.
Here are my thoughts and preferences.
- I do love the way this thread helps with retaining moisture. It’s rubber structure doesn’t absorb products and moisture from the hair strands the way yarn does.
- If hair is completely wrapped in this rubber thread, it cancels the possibility to wash your hair in this style as no water can penetrate it.
- Rubber thread though great for moisture retention, is difficult to use when hands are wet or oily and in most cases, when i style or thread my hair, it is done right after preparing it with oils and butters so the thread was slippery.
- Rubber thread is slightly glossy which is ok but i prefer the matte texture and appearance of the yarn.
How and what I prefer:
- For concealed styles such as under a wig, I intend on using the rubber thread.
- For styles that I wear out and exposed, I will continue to use yarn due to the matte texture.
- For yarn or genie wraps, I plan on first wrapping my hair with the rubber thread and then wrapping over it with yarn for a matte natural finish.