Your questions answered
How do I start to grow an Afro – do I need my haircut in a certain style beforehand?
If your are starting to grow your Afro from a short haircut you must make sure you have a defined hair line – this can be done with clippers, you will need to continue to keep this up until your hair starts to grow and take shape. As your hair grows and the style takes shape you may notice some hairs appear to be growing longer than others particularly on top. You need to try to get the hair on the side of your head to be an even length with the hair on top. In order to do this you will need to make sure the top is trimmed to match the slower growth of sides. This is a great style for summer.
How do I care for my Afro?
Afros are easy to care for. A lot of it depends on length. Short Afros can be shampooed twice or three times weekly, daily if one wishes. Medium and longer lengths can be shampooed just as frequently but should be conditioned every other shampoo to maintain moisture levels. I find that Sta Sof Fro Extra Dry works really well for longer ‘Fros’ as these tend to get drier on ends.
How do I comb the ‘Fro’?
You should never comb dry hair and don’t use water because water can dry hair out. Before combing hair should be sprayed with Sta Sof FroOil Sheen Spray or for shorter Fros use Sof n Free’s Curl Activator Lotion. The best way to comb the Fro is to separate hair strands to keep them from tangling. Begin combing on the perimeter of hair so for back and sides start at nape and temples and work your way up to the crown. For top combing start at forehead and comb forward working your way back to the crown, you can then comb for strand separation and style. Finish styling by using an Afro pick but remember you should never comb your hair with a pick. A pick will decrease the diameter of the strand and cause the hair to tangle and break.
How long should I grow my Afro?
Length should revolve around form and function. You need to decide if you just want your Fro to frame your face, or go further. How tall are you? Make sure that your Afro length complements you body type and height. Remember you can play with your Fro but care should be taken, especially if your hair is going to be textured and set on bone rollers or braided and combed out to make a wavy pattern