“It was black-black, so thick it drank two containers of relaxer at the salon, so full it took hours under the hooded dryer, and, when finally released from pink plastic rollers, sprang free and full, flowing down her back like a celebration. Her father called it a crown of glory.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
The Afro is Here to Stay
photo credit: Aevin Dugas (Guinness World Record holder Largest Afro)
We are moving swiftly through the year, it’s already June! Here at Green Hair Revolution, we would like to pay tribute to the iconic AFRO! That’s right, the Afro in all it’s glory! With all it’s textures, lengths, shapes and styles!
For some of you, attaining a beautiful Afro to look just the way you want it, is effortless; but for some of us (myself included) it is not such a simple process. There is always some issue: too dry, too droopy, too much shrinkage, uneven, too this, or too that. So we have a few hints below on how to achieve the perfect Curly Afro, providing your hair chooses to cooperate.
Step #1 Pick Your Style: The style of your fro’d out hair is key to you feeling good about how it looks on you. Experts suggest looking at different afro styles and picking one you think fits your style and lifestyle.
Step #2 Get Your Hair Cut or Trimmed: To form that afro of your dreams, it is suggested to start with the initial shape and length you want the afro to be. Therefore going to a barber or stylist to get a cut or trim is probably a good idea. It will also take care of any dead ends you might have hanging around.
Step #3 Wash Your Hair: We found that washing your hair after getting it cut helps complete the rinsing out of any extra hair. Complete your wash as usual, then add a conditioner and leave it on for about 5 minutes. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly and remove any excess water with a towel. Lastly, apply a light oil like almond or grape seed oil throughout your hair by using your fingers to distribute it evenly.
Step #4 Twist Your Hair (if long enough): Separate your hair into sections that are not too small, because big chunky twists are pretty easy to achieve and they will allow for your hair to look even fuller. Once you are finished with the twists, allow your hair to dry overnight.
Step #5 Moisturize Your Hair: Un-twist your dry hair the next day, and apply a moisturizer all over your hair, concentrating on the ends so they are frizz free and soft. You want to make sure to follow this step especially if you have curly hair which is predisposed to being dry.
Step #6 Style and Wear That Fro In All Your Glory: Your fingers and and afro pick are all you need to get that beautiful curly afro. Using your fingers to separate your hair and the afro pick to brush through it, will help to create fullness without loosing that curl definition.
Well there it is. Our experts’ take on the perfect… okay not so perfect curly afro. Whatever afro or style you decide to wear your hair, be sure to wear it with pride and love.And make sure to share it with us! Post a reaction or picture of your completed fro on any of our social platforms, or right here in the comments section. Peace and Hair Grease!