Her neighbor admires the new style and calls her over for a chat.
"It must have taken forever!" she exclaims, admiring Rachel's threaded coils.
"Yes, Glen had two naps and the hairdresser pulled my hair so hard I'm getting a headache," Rachel admits.
"Still I think it will be worth it."
"She said it would help my hair grow," Rachel adds, turning to show the other profile.
When Debbie Garrett featured Taofik Okoya's Queens of Africa dolls on Black Doll Collecting last month, I fell in love with the threaded hairstyle one of the dolls wears. Okoya says the doll's hairstyle was very popular in Nigeria in the 1970s and indeed, back in the 70s I had a classmate from Nigeria who would periodically show up at school with her hair threaded.
It took a couple of tries and some tedious hours wrapping the hair with thread to make the wig but I think the end result is fit for a queen!