Hello beautiful people! There are a lot of things about natural locks that totally trips me.
-The hair actually gets to breathe away from all those weaves
-There’s no need to bother much when you see the rain coming
-And it looks great in pictures!
is growing an Afro really that hard? Not necessarily, with proper maintenance and care, you are good to go.
Cut off all relaxed hair. Chemically straightened will not work with an afro style. If you have relaxed hair, transition by giving it some time to grow out a couple of inches and then cut it off. While this may leave your hair shorter than you wish, it is important to start out with completely natural hair when trying to grow an afro.
Trim off any split ends. There may be damage left behind from an old coloring job or from too much heat applied to your hair. Trim off all split ends and damaged hair so that all hair of your natural hair is in healthy shape.
Pay a visit to the local barbershop or hair salon and have your hair cut into an even, short style once you are ready to grow your afro. This will be the beginning of your afro. The size of it will depend on the length of hair that is left after split ends and chemicals have been trimmed.
Keep your hair washed and conditioned. Hair that is clean and well conditioned will be shiny and much more manageable. Thoroughly cleanse the scalp and wash the hair from the root up the shaft. Rinse well, and wash again to remove any buildup that may have acquired in the hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner and let your hair air dry.
Natural hair can sometimes be difficult to manage, but keeping your hair well-moisturized can help you keep your locks under control. Daily Glow recommends looking for products with shea butter, olive oil and sunflower oil and avoiding products with alcohol or petrolatum, as they can dry out the hair and cause it to become brittle and break.
Pick your hair out with a wide-toothed comb or a pick-style comb often. Use your comb to fluff and comb your hair out every time it starts to mat for best results. A well-kept afro will look better than one that is not meticulously picked. The website Itz Carribbean recommends applying some type of oil-based moisturizer on the afro before combing to prevent breakage, as natural hair tends to be dry and breaks easily.
Keep your hair trimmed. Trimming your afro as needed with scissors or clippers every four to six weeks will encourage growth and prevent your style from getting too out of control, promoting a tame, chic natural afro look.
GROWING IT HEALTHY
FRO CARE TIPS
Eat right. Diet can go a long way toward improving your skin and hair. Make sure you stay properly hydrated (at least eight glasses a day — more if you’re working out or sweating), and focus on eating fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, which can help strengthen your hair. Taking a multivitamin is also a good idea to ensure that you cover any shortfalls in your diet.
Go as long as you can between washings. African-American hair tends to be drier and more brittle, and shampooing can only exacerbate that. Try to wash your hair no more than once a week to allow your Afro to grow. (You can simply rinse it with a little water in between washings when needed.)
Keep your scalp moisturized. Conditioning is vital to the health of your hair and scalp. Look for natural emollients like olive oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, and use these products on your hair daily to keep it soft and supple. Avoid moisturizers like mineral oil and petroleum, which can block pores and make your hair look dull.
Use a deep-conditioning treatment. Hot-oil treatments help the moisture penetrate further into the scalp and hair, making it healthier and stronger. Massage the moisturizer in, which should help stimulate hair growth, then wrap your Afro in a warm towel.
Get the right gear. A wide-toothed comb or pick can help you detangle, style, and shape your Afro. You may want to consider keeping your tools in the shower, as your hair may be easier to style when wet.
Let it grow. After a last trim, just let your hair grow for several months until it achieves the length you want.
Protect your hair. African-American hair can be prone to breakage, so look for ways to keep your hair from being damaged. Avoid using heated tools like flat irons or blow-dryers, and wrap your head in a silk scarf before you go to bed or use a satin pillow so your hair doesn’t break against the rough fibers of your pillowcase.
Trim it into shape. When your Afro gets to the length you want, hit the salon regularly to have the hair trimmed to ensure that it is growing evenly and achieving the look you want.
Look naturally radiant!
ROCK YOUR FRO!
SMILE. SNAP. AFRO.
Xo! *big wink*