You are walking through the shopping mall or taking a ride to the store, and you see a woman with a huge, microphone-shaped cloud on her head. You have just spotted an afro style. You wonder, “How can I get my hair to look like that?”
Creating an afro with your hair depends on your hair texture, length, products, and styling techniques. There are four primary hair types: straight, wavy, curly, and kinky. If your hair is straight or wavy, you may have a more difficult time creating an afro like the Jacksons or Angela Davis from the 1970’s. They have curly and kinky hair textures. However, if you follow these simple steps, anyone can achieve an afro. The afro style on a straight/wavy person’s hair will look different than a curly/kinky person’s hair.
Afro for Straight/Wavy Hair
Tools needed: Shampoo, Conditioner, Setting Lotion, Rollers, Hooded Hair Dryer, Rattail Comb, Afro Pick Comb
Instructions: Shampoo and condition your hair. While your hair is still wet, use the rattail comb to part your hair in sections and apply setting lotion to each section before wrapping that section of hair around a roller. Once you have roller set all of your hair, sit under a hooded dryer until your hair is dry. If you have more time on your hands, opt to air dry your hair. Once your hair is dry, take out the rollers, use the afro pick comb to tease the roots of your hair and then use your fingers to fluff your hair into the desired shape.
Afro for Curly/Kinky Hair
Tools needed: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hairdress (grease) or product of choice, Hooded Hair Dryer, Rattail Comb, Afro Pick Comb
Instructions: Shampoo and condition your hair. While your hair is still wet, use the rattail comb or your fingers to part your hair in sections and apply hairdress or product of choice to each section before braiding or plaiting up sections of hair. Once you have finished plaiting up your hair, sit under a hooded dryer until your hair is dry. If you have more time on your hands, opt to air dry your hair. Once your hair is dry, unravel the plaits, use the afro pick comb to gently pick out sections of hair starting from tip to root. After you are finished picking out your hair, use the palm of your hands to pat down uneven sections of hair into the desired shape. You can also wrap a scarf loosely around your afro for a few minutes to shape your afro.
Now you have an afro! You can have fun flaunting and displaying your afro to the world! If you are a woman, spice up your afro with a headband or a flower accessory.