How to cut afro shapes

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How to cut afro shapes
Both men and women can sport Afro hairstyles. (Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Afros are hairstyles often sported by persons of African descent who refrain from straightening or texturising their hair chemically. Afro hairstyles are loose, with no braids or twists in the hair. Because persons of African descent often have very curly or corkscrew hair, their Afros are full and thick and cutting them is different than cutting fine Caucasian hair. With a few materials, professional or amateur stylists can cut different Afro shapes.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Clippers
  • Hair scissors
  • Afro pick

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine what style or shape you want the Afro. Afros can be long or short and can shaped tightly or loosely.

  2. 2

    Detangle and fluff the hair with an Afro pick. Start with the teeth of the pick angled down toward the head at the scalp and pull it quickly through the length of the hair. Pick the entire Afro to make it easier to cut with the clippers.

  3. 3

    Set the clippers to the setting that will cut to the desired length. If you cannot tell which setting will make which length, check the manual that comes with your clippers. Begin cutting the hair along the back of the neck, moving the clippers from ear to ear and, if desired, along the rest of the hair. Shape it as you wish. Trim the sideburns and the hairline in whatever shape you desire so that the Afro looks neat and orderly once trimmed.

  4. 4

    Pick the hair out once again. Trim along the picked hair, cutting off any strands that stick out above the desired shape of the Afro. If you desire a more condensed look, use your hands to pat down the Afro. Move your hands in a circular movement around the Afro until it is completely patted.

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