How to make your afro stand up

Updated April 17, 2017

The Afro hairstyle is back in vogue, with more athletes, actors and musicians rocking Afros these days. An Afro hairstyle requires extra handling to keep tangles minimised and maintain your hair's moisture. To keep an Afro standing up and round you need a good hair pick with wide teeth. Do not use tight-toothed combs as they can damage your hair.

Wash your hair and dry it thoroughly. Do not use conditioner after washing your hair.

Apply a light hair control product all over your hair, working down to the scalp. Use the most natural and light product you can, such as natural pomades or oils.

One section at a time, apply the pick to the ends of your hair, using a picking motion that moves straight out and up.

Work in towards the base of the scalp as you work out tangles.

Maintain a rounded shape by patting down any sections of hair that stand out.


Plastic picks tend to be gentler on your hair than metal ones. To maintain your Afro's shape, get regular trims. Wear a satin sleeping cap or sleep on satin pillowcases. Cotton pillow cases will rob your hair of moisture.


Use hair picks or wide-tooth combs. Combs with close teeth are hard on your hair and can pull it out. Use the lightest-weight hair products you can find. Heavier hair products will weigh your hair down, making it harder for you to keep your Afro standing up.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair pick
  • Hair products
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Based in Colorado, Joe Kelly has been a freelance writer since 2007. His writing has appeared in various online publications such as OC Publife, The Raiders Post, Liberty Abyss, Chasing the River and PipingShark. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University, Northridge.