The natural hairstyle known as the Afro has been called bold, carefree, wild and stylish. The style is typically worn by people who have naturally thick, highly textured hair. People who sport this style often begin by cutting their hair to about 2 to 3 inches long, letting it grow out naturally to longer lengths. However, textured hair tends to be dry and susceptible to breakage, therefore proper care has to be taken if you want to make your Afro grow bigger.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Nourish your hair from the inside. Drink plenty of water and eat your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet gives you the nutrients needed to grow healthy hair. Drink at least 8 to 10 cups of water daily to keep your hair healthy, soft and lush, and your body hydrated. Eat food rich in proteins to strengthen the hair and prevent damage. Take vitamin supplements if your diet is not as healthy as it should be.
Keep your hair clean and conditioned. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to avoid oil and product build-up. Condition your hair weekly using a deep conditioner with directions stating it should be left on the hair for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing. Use a leave-in conditioner after each shampoo to keep hair soft and manageable. Choose moisturising conditioners that are recommended for dry hair.
Moisturise and oil your hair daily. Afro-textured hair needs plenty of moisture to prevent breakage and split ends. Select a cream or liquid moisturiser before grooming your Afro. After the hair has been moisturised, add a light oil to seal the hair and lock in moisture. Use natural oils like tea tree and jojoba as they don't weigh the hair down and leave a heavy residue.
Wear protective hairstyles to prevent breakage and retain growth. Braids and twists are stylish options. These protective hairstyles may be worn up to two weeks at a time and will protect the ends of your hair. They will also give fragile hair a break from the daily grooming routine. The less the hair is manipulated, the less likely it is to become damaged.
Cover the hair at bedtime with a scarf or bonnet made of silk or satin. Damage often occurs at night while you sleep from tossing and pulling on your hair. Avoid unnecessary stress on your tresses by twisting or braiding large sections and covering them with a scarf or bonnet. Avoid cotton scarves that absorb moisture from the hair. If you find it difficult to sleep with your hair covered, purchase silk or satin pillowcases for your bed.
Tips and warnings
- Detangle your hair in the shower with a wide-tooth comb to avoid breakage.
- Use a pick to groom your Afro.
- Never comb your hair while dry or with a small-tooth comb.
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